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WSNC-FM 90.5 to Broadcast Award-Winning Jazz Series

January 5, 2011
   Radio station WSNC-FM 90.5 will broadcast The Jazz Loft Project radio series in four one-hour programs beginning at 8 p.m. Sunday, January 9, and running every Sunday at the same time every Sunday through January 30.

    Sara Fishko, WNYC radio producer for cultural programs, will host the series, exploring the colorful characters, the exciting street life, and the music captured in 4,000 hours of audio tape recorded by renowned photographer W. Eugene Smith during 1957-1965 at his loft in New York.  Fishko also weaves stories from the tapes with interviews with musicians, artists and neighbors who lived and played and hung out with Smith.

    In 1997, Sam Stephenson, director of the Center for Documentary Studies and an author, accidentally stumbled on unopened cartons that contained audio tapes, photographs and other documents from Smith’s Manhattan loft.  The cartons had not been opened since before Smith’s death in 1978.  It then took Stephenson and his associates more than a decade to decipher and catalogue the roughly 45,000 pictures and 4,000 hours of tapes.

    During eight years at 821 Sixth Avenue, Smith became obsessed with the musical and other goings-on in the building.  He taped and photographed them with an unimaginable thoroughness.  The sounds and stories that emerged from those years became the basis for The Jazz Loft Project.  The radio series features interviews with Stephenson and many others that provide a spotlight on the sense of adventure, experimentation and spontaneity of the 1950s and early 1960s.  Through the sounds, conversations and music Eugene Smith captured, listeners can get a vivid picture of a New York neighborhood, an art form, an attitude and an era.

    The Jazz Loft Project is a production of WNYC Public Radio in New York and supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

About 90.5 WSNC
The Piedmont’s public radio station for jazz, news, information and cultural programming, WSNC is a professionally staffed, community supported broadcast service of Winston-Salem State University.  WSNC offers programming that is culturally diverse and strives to educate and enlighten its listeners.  The station serves the Piedmont region and is streamed live via the Internet at

Contact:                 Hollie Stevenson-Parrish
                                90.5 WSNC-FM Public Radio

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