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Jazz With an Accent Radio Show Debuts in Miami

New weekly radio show hosted by Fernando Gonzalez airs on WDNA on Wednesdays at 7 pm

Fernando Gonzalez - writer, critic and radio host

Noted jazz and Latin music writer Fernando Gonzalez is launching a new one-hour radio show on 88.9FM WDNA in Miami. The show “Jazz With an Accent” will feature jazz from around the world, including music informed by flamenco, tango, African music, the European classical tradition, bomba y plena, and other international genres. The show will air every Wednesday at 7 pm EST and can be heard via streaming audio on the station’s website.

Gonzalez, a frequent contributor to JazzTimes during the last few years, says that it’s been awhile since he’s been on the air as a radio host, going back to the days when DJs spun LPs, rather than CDs or even digital files. “Many, many moons ago, I had done a radio show, an AM station back in Boston,” says Gonzalez. “This was one of those radio stations that sold times to brokers. They hired me as a monitor because they had a number of shows that were in Spanish and obviously they didn’t understand what was going on so they needed someone to make sure that the FCC wouldn’t close the station! Anyway, there was some free time on Friday nights that nobody bought so they said, ‘Do you guys want to run something?’ and with a friend of mine we did a show.”

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