[members-announce] 30th Anniversary of In A Mellow Tone
ronsweetman at canada.com
Wed Mar 22 14:49:06 EST 2006
IN A MELLOW TONEs 30th ANNIVERSARY
15,000 HOURS of VOLUNTEERING
CKCU-FM 93.1 listeners in Ottawa first heard the mid-Atlantic accent of
jazz activist Ron Sweetman on May 5, 1976, when he took over the show
"Blue 'n' Boogie" from regular host Paul Hoffman for the summer. When Paul
returned, Ron was offered his own show, which he named "In A Mellow Tone"
in deference to the Duke Ellington composition sometimes spelled "In A
Each week, Ron spends an average of seven hours among his vast collection
of books and records researching and preparing each program. Each program
features a musician, a style, a country, a festival, an instrument or a
record label. Some musicians, such as Lovie Austin, Clifford Brown, Gil
Evans and Charles Mingus, even get a series of programs devoted to them.
Once a month Ron reviews recent jazz and blues releases. One of the
characteristics of the programming is Ron's broad musical taste and
geographic range; you'll hear recordings made around the world between 1917
to 2006. As a record collector, he says his areas of special interest are
New Orleans in the 'twenties, South African jazz and the contemporary Dutch
The show runs every Wednesday from 9:00 to 11:00pm, and Ron allows three
hours to get to/from the radio station and present the program. Add seven
hours for preparation and three hours for presentation, and you have ten
hours a week, five hundred hours a year, or fifteen thousand hours of
volunteered time after thirty years!
CKCU-FM 93.1 and Ron are celebrating this anniversary on two dates in May.
On Wednesday May 3, Ron will devote his 30th Anniversary program to
contemporary Canadian jazz and blues musicians. On Friday May 5, CKCU will
host the In A Mellow Tone 30th Birthday Party at the Bayou.
Some of the best local jazz musicians have volunteered to animate this evening.
In A Mellow Tone is now heard around the world on the Internet at:
For more information contact:
Matthew Crosier, Station Manager CKCU-FM 93.1.
613-520-2600 x 1625. mcrosier at ccs.carleton.ca.
Ron Sweetman. 613-730-2083.
ronsweetman at canada.com.
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