Schedule of Panel Sessions

All times eastern daylight time. Updated August 12, 1:30 p.m. EDT

Thursday, August 13

10:30 a.m. Countdown to the event as Zoom goes live
11:00 a.m. Radio Programming Strategies

How do radio programmers make decisions on what music to play, how to mix new, recurrent, and library material? What decisions go into reviewing and choosing music? What about the mix of instrumentals and vocals? A panel of radio music and program directors reveals what their formulas are and what makes them successful.

Moderator: Ed Trefzger, JazzWeek
Panelists: Carol Handley, KNKX; Derrick Lucas, WGMC; Jonathan Turner, WXTS; Gary Vercelli, Capradio; Tessil Collins, WGBH 24/7
12:00 noon Intermission
12:30 p.m. Creating Jazz Radio from Home and Remote Studios in the COVID-19 Era

The pandemic has forced many stations to have their hosts work from home or away from the studio. How have stations adjusted? What makes for a successful home studio and workflow?

Moderator: Brad Stone,
Panelists: Ben Boddie, Taintradio; J Hunter, WVCR; Scott Hanley, WZUM; Ken Irwin, Taintradio, WXOJ, WMCB; Rob Linton, WGMC
1:30 p.m. Intermission
2:00 p.m. Record Promoter Roundtable

A group of jazz radio promoters will discuss why record promotion is necessary and how it’s accomplished. This will be a lively discussion with lots of Q&A. Here’s an opportunity to find out just what makes jazz radio promotion tick.

Moderator: Ed Trefzger
3:30 p.m. Intermission
4:00 p.m. Latin Jazz Panel with Performance by Harold López-Nussa

KCSM Music Director Jesse “Chuy” Varela leads a discussion on programming and presenting Latin jazz on jazz radio. Included is a performance live from Havana by pianist and Mack Avenue recording artist Harold López-Nussa. Harold will also take questions from the audience.

Moderator: Jesse “Chuy” Varela, KCSM
Panelists: Paul Abella, WDCB; Kayonne Riley, WUCF; Arturo Goméz, KUVO;
Bobby Sanabria, WBGO; Sammy Figueroa, WDNA; José Rizo, KKJZ
5:30 p.m.Intermission
6:00 p.m.Announcement of 2020 Duke Dubois Humanitarian Award

Friday, August 14

10:30 a.m. Countdown to the event as Zoom goes live
11:00 a.m. Digital Promotion and Servicing: Still more to get done

The COVID-19 crisis forced many stations to use digital releases instead of physical product. But there’s a long way to go to get to the point where jazz radio catches up to most other formats and at least previews releases digitally. What are our next steps?

Moderator: Ed Trefzger, JazzWeek
Panelists: Shaunna Machosky, Jazzzdog Promotions; Kayonne Riley, WUCF; Paul Abella, WDCB; Marc Free, Posi-Tone Records
12:00 noon Intermission
12:30 p.m. JazzWeek Technology Update

The pandemic has interrupted some of the planned work to update This fall a revamped and reskinned website with new technology behind it will improve the experience for stations, promoters, and other visitors alike. JazzWeek publisher Ed Trefzger previews the changes and fields questions on progress toward monitored airplay, which this update makes possible.
1:30 p.m. Intermission
2:00 p.m. Building the Show: Music Selection, Scheduling, and Preparation

There are probably as many ways of putting together a jazz radio program as there are program hosts. Some stations tightly schedule everything while some leave it entirely up to the hosts. Still others try to strike a balance in between. Music and program directors explain their approaches, what works for their stations, and how they measure success.

Moderator: Brad Stone,
Panelists: David Dauterive, WWOZ; Bob McWilliams, KANU; Chuck Obuchowski, WWUH; Todd Steed, WUOT; Hobart Taylor, KUCI; Mark Zaborney, WBGU
3:30 p.m. Intermission
4:00 p.m. JazzWeek Town Hall/Roundtable

In our live JazzWeek Summit events, the final session – a “Town Hall” discussion – serves to allow issues not covered to be discussed, as well as providing a way for attendees to summarize their thoughts.
5:30 p.m.Summit ends