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Carolyn Bednarski


Carolyn's career in radio spans well over two decades, most of which have been spent wrapped up in the world of Jazz. It always seems to start with college radio, and for Carolyn that was no exception. Little did she know then that the music she was being introduced to at the University of Wisconsin campus station would remain a near constant in her life. Upon moving to New York City in 1993, after a quick stint on-air at WFAS in Westchester Co. she landed in the Programming Dept. at WQEW-AM, delving in the Jazz big band era, Swing, and the singers of American Popular Standards in Jazz.

She then joined the on-air staff at WQCD, CD101.9, while simultaneously serving as Continuity Manager and later Production Assistant. CD101.9 became her home for 13 years. For the final three she served as Music Director.

Carolyn's many artist interviews took place particularly during a two-year stint as a jazz journalist, writing and producing a daily news page for radio stations in the format. She has produced her own show for the streaming MoJa (Modern Jazz) Radio, hosting The New Jazz Singers. At WBGO, Carolyn is a host (known as CJ on the air), and you hear her work come to life on the air otherwise as she works in the WBGO Programming and Production Department.

For years outside of radio, she's worn many hats. She was once a hairstylist, an Events Manager, studied acting, and has worked on film and TV productions both on crew as well as a SAG-AFTRA actor, dating back for almost as many years as her radio career.