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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, it just so happened that a temp agency placed her in a very sweet spot - at WQEW-AM where she worked in the programming department under the tutelage of Program Director Stan Martin and alongside Jonathan Schwartz and other legendary radio hosts. It was there where her love of jazz vocalists began, not just on the radio, but also by seeing many perform live.

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 radio DJ's prep sheet called The Jazz Fax. The news service was faxed out to Jazz radio stations across the country. And she has produced her own show for MoJaRadio.com, hosting The New Jazz Singers, where she had the chance to delve deeper into her passion for vocalists. She is honored to be a part of WBGO.

Outside of radio, she is many things to many people; professionally, she's studied acting and has worked on productions as a SAG-AFTRA actor, dating back for almost as many years as her radio career.