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Michael Bourne: “Sing Music You Enjoy, Sing Something That’s You!”

Roseanna Vitro interviews renowned writer and broadcaster about his life-long affinity for jazz singers

Radio programmer and writer Michael Bourne

Michael Bourne is The Voice for vocalists. As a 30-year veteran of WBGO (, which covers the Tri-State area surrounding New York City, yet echoes well beyond, he has become a stalwart advocate for jazz and jazz singers. His reach and influence are substantial.

Radio airplay on major stations can provide a big push for any artist. Jazz singers comprise a significant artist group within the jazz community. There are more singers than available slots for broadcast opportunities. Friends and students commonly ask the question, “How do I get airplay”?

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