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WDCB Public Radio Celebrates Black History Month

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As part of its tribute to Black History Month in February, 90.9fm WDCB Public Radio will present a series of specials that will be broadcast Sunday mornings at 9 a.m. and repeated Wednesday night at 11 p.m. WDCB also streams its broadcasts via a dedicated Internet audio stream from its website WDCB.org, making WDCB available world-wide 24/7.

Sunday, Feb. 3 and Wednesday, Feb 6: "Zydeco Nation"

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This compelling documentary traces the journey and evolution of the Creole musical style "zydeco" as it travels from its birthplace in the bayous of Louisiana to a new home in the Bay Area of California.

Sunday, Feb. 10 and Wednesday, Feb 13: "Let Freedom Sing: The Music of the Abolitionists"

Let Freedom Sing chronicles the idealistic artists and their powerful music who turned abolitionism into a national movement; hosted by Noah Adams.

Sunday, Feb. 17 and Wednesday, Feb 20: "Maya Angelou's Black History Month Special"

Host Maya Angelou poetically and historically covers milestones by African Americans in Nobel Peace Prize, Grammy, Academy Awards and cultural awards.

Sunday, Feb. 24 and Wednesday, Feb 27: "Heavenly Sights: A Vision out of Blindness"

Host David Marash brings us stories, music and insights from the blind gospel tradition that transformed American song and gave it soul. This program features the music and stories of black gospel singers, including: Arizona Dranes, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Blind Willie Johnson, Ray Charles, Flora Molton, and Reverend Gary Davis whose "holy blues" influenced Ry Cooder and Bob Dylan.

In addition, WDCB will feature the Ernest Dawkins Quartet for its free "WDCB Night" concert on Wednesday, Feb. 13, at The Jazz Showcase in Chicago. More details are available at WDCB.org.

About WDCB Public Radio 90.9fm WDCB is a listener-supported public radio station serving Chicagoland at 90.9fm and the world through its dedicated Internet audio stream at WDCB.org. WDCB airs more than 100 hours of jazz weekly and is widely-acknowledged as "Chicago's Jazz Station.

The popular station also provides blues and folk/Americana music, local news and more. WDCB also programs three channels available at 90.9fm on HD radios, as well as providing programming via podcast. In addition to its programming, WDCB enriches the community by presenting and sponsoring numerous concerts throughout the year, as well as other free programming provided at WDCB's headquarters at College of DuPage, and at venues throughout the Chicagoland area.

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