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WBGO Celebrates Women's History Month

Chris Tobin
WBGO's Lezlie Harrison and Dorthaan Kirk

March is Women's History Month, and we take the time to honor the importance of women in our music and our organization. WBGO launched in 1979 with Dorthaan Kirk as a founder and Rhonda Hamilton as one of the first voices on air. Forty-two years later, the female voice rings clearly on WBGO: women are a critical factor that distinguishes us, just as they remain an essential force in the music.

We will celebrate the voices of women all month long, starting with a Take Five curated by our female announcers. A special edition of The Pulse on March 10 will feature the women of WBGO in a discussion about navigating a career in radio and the challenge of working in male-dominated spaces, among other things.

Throughout the first week of March, our special "In The Club" during Jazz After Hours (weeknights 1 a.m. to 6 a.m.) with Greg Bryant will feature live recordings from female artists:

  • Monday, March 1 - Etta Jones Don't Go to Strangers (Live in Cleveland)
  • Tuesday, March 2 - Marian McPartland I Hear Music (Live at Hickory House)
  • Wednesday, March 3 - Gretchen Parlato Juju (Live at Rockwood)
  • Thursday, March 4 Mary Lou Williams Gloria (Live at Keystone Korner)
  • Friday, March 5 - Betty Carter Heart and Soul (Live at Village Vanguard)

The Pulse featuring the Women of WBGO

The Pulse, March 10, 2021 at 8PM
Monifa Brown, Lezlie Harrison, Nicole Sweeney, Awilda Rivera, Rhonda Hamilton,  and Sheila Anderson in conversation with host Keanna Faircloth.

The Checkout will feature an interview with Rio Sakairi, Artistic Director and Director of Programming for The Jazz Gallery, while Jazz United hosts Greg Bryant and Nate Chinen will interview Keanna Faircloth about her March 10 discussion.