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Michael Bourne Identity: Celebrating One of a Kind, and One of Our Own

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Michael Bourne hosting Blues Break at WBGO in 2019.

As he prepares to step away from the microphone at WBGO, Michael Bourne has plenty to be proud of. His colleagues here at Newark Public Radio will tell you how proud they are to be associated with him.

This week, we wrap up a monthlong celebration of Michael's legacy with a flourish. On Wednesday, watch for a new episode of The Checkout devoted to Michael's deep bond with the Montreal International Jazz Festival, and with pianist and singer Diana Krall.

Thursday brings a piece about Michael's parallel legacy as a contributor to DownBeat, featuring a touching testimonial from the magazine's publisher, Frank Alkyer.

On Friday, Michael hosts his final installment of the Blues Break.

Saturday brings a special Bourne tribute on the WBGO Journal.

And the grand finale, on Sunday, will be Michael's farewell edition of Singers Unlimited — featuring his usual enthusiasm and welcoming erudition, and a few surprise guests.

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Monty Alexander
On the August 27 edition of the WBGO Journal, host Doug Doyle has an in-depth conversation with Jazz pianist Monty Alexander, we pay tribute to the late WBGO announcer and Journal theater critic Michael Bourne and WBGO's Jon Kalish has the latest about musician Andy Statman

And here is a delightful, off the cuff speech that Michael gave at WBGO's 35th anniversary celebration — a warm tribute to the institution he calls home.

Michael Bourne Talks About WBGO

Oh Man, I just heard that Michael Bourne from my fave Jazz station WBGO Host of The Blues Break, ,....is retiring
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Best wishes to Michael Bourne on his retirement
I'll miss his commentary on Singers Unlimited every Sunday. Happy retirement, Michael!
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