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Tony Bennett: An exclusive conversation with Michael Bourne from 1992

Michael Bourne and Tony Bennett at WBGO on Dec. 22, 2009.
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Michael Bourne and Tony Bennett at WBGO on Dec. 22, 2009.

On November 16th, 1992, Tony Bennett sat down for a chat with his friend Michael Bourne at the WBGO Studios. Now, over 30 years later, both Tony and Michael are no longer with us, but the conversation, stored in the WBGO archives all those years, is available for you to hear right now. Special thanks to the American Archive of Public Broadcasting for providing the files.

Michael Bourne, who died on August 21, 2022, was a presence on the air at WBGO between the end of 1984 and the start of 2022 when he retired from full-time hosting duty. He is the host of the Singers Unlimited Podcast by WBGO Studios. Previously, he hosted the popular Singers Unlimited (1985-2022). He also hosted the equally popular Blues Break for several years. Michael is a senior contributor to Down Beat, with the magazine since 1969. Doctor Bourne earned a PhD in Theatre from Indiana University -- which comes in handy when he's a theatre critic for the WBGO Journal.