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Radio To Carry
Blues festival

FRIDAY AUG 10 1973

The 1973 Ann Arbor Blues and Jazz Festival, scheduled for the summer rock concert site next to Huron High School Sept. 7-9 will be broadcast live this year throughout the country, according to an agreement signed recently with the National Public radio Network.

Ninety-six of the network’s AM and FM stations in 33 states, including Alaska, will be carrying at least half of the festival's music, and many of them will program all 30 hours of it. Included in the list is WUOM on the UM campus.

National Public Radio is a non-commercial network of over 160 stations, whose programs are financed by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, established by Congress in 1967 as a non-profit, non-government agency to promote non-commercial radio and television.

Program direction will be by Bud Spangler of radio station WDET in Detroit. Spangler is a well-known jazz artist (pianist and composer for the Contemporary Jazz Quintet, which will be performing at the festival) and jazz commentator, whose “Kaleidophone” program is carried over WDET.

The program will be fed by phone from the festival site to WDET, and then to NPR studios in Washington, where it will be dispersed nationally.

Festival promoters Peter Andrews and John Sinclair, of Rainbow Multi-Media Productions, have also announced final completion of a special three-hour long segment of the festival program devoted to Detroit blues artists.

Appearing on the program Saturday, Sept. 8, in addition to major Detroit artists John Lee Hooker, Yusuf Lateef, and the CJQ, will be Doctor Ross, Little Mack Collins and his Rhythm Masters, Little Junior, Arthur Gunter, Baby Boy Warren, Johnny Mae Matthews, Jake “The Shaker" Woods, One-String Sam, Eddie Burns, Bobo Jenkins. Mr. Bo, Boogie Woogie Red, Lightnin' Slim, and Washboard Willie.

Rainbow Multi-Media plans to record this show in its entirety and issue a double record album called "Detroit Blues" from the material.

This will be in addition to the official festival record, to be issued by a major record company, and other possible single releases by artists on the festival program. Last year Atlantic Records issued a two-album set of various artists from the festival, and also a single album of the live performance of the Art Ensemble of Chicago.