WDCB's Jazz and Blues to Air on CAN TV

From Miles Davis' trumpet to Buddy Guy's guitar, the signature sounds of jazz and blues are now coming to Chicago cable viewers through
CAN TV.   

A new partnership between CAN TV, Chicago's public access television network, and WDCB Public Radio (90.9fm) launches on Thursday, June 12, at noon with a live co-production from downtown Chicago at PianoForte. Blues pianist Barrelhouse Chuck will perform, showcasing his blues and boogie-woogie piano style.

The kick-off continues during Chicago Blues Fest weekend and beyond with CAN TV42 featuring WDCB programming 24 hours a day as part of its interactive bulletin board service. Local viewers call this service for on-demand access to job openings, digital literacy classes, health screenings, volunteer opportunities, and cultural events from hundreds of local nonprofit organizations.

"This partnership combines the timeless qualities of jazz with timely information from nonprofits throughout the city," said CAN TV Executive Director Barbara Popovic. "We are excited to expand the audience for public media on multiple platforms."

WDCB Station Manager Dan Bindert said, "Jazz and blues music is a big part of Chicago's history and identity. The audience is very diverse, so we're thrilled to be teaming up with CAN TV, which reaches such a wide cross-section of Chicago residents."

CAN TV puts technology in the hands of Chicago residents and nonprofit groups by teaching skills toward independent use of media. Its five local, noncommercial Chicago cable channels (CANTV19, 21, 27, 36, and 42) help viewers find jobs, locate HIV/AIDS and domestic violence counseling, access art and educational resources, interact with public officials and experience a diversity of viewpoints. For more information, go to www.cantv.org

WDCB is a listener-supported public radio station serving Chicagoland at 90.9fm, and the world through its 24/7 dedicated audio stream at WDCB.org. The station airs more than 125 hours of jazz weekly and is widely-acknowledged as "Chicago's Jazz Station." WDCB also provides blues, Afro-Cuban/Brazilian, Americana, Celtic music and more. WDCB hosts and sponsors numerous concerts throughout the year at venues throughout the Chicagoland area. More information is available at www.WDCB.org.