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Posted on Sun, Feb 28, 2010 : 5:58 a.m.

WEMU changing overnight programming with "Undercurrents"

By Staff

WEMU (89.1-FM), the public radio station based at Eastern Michigan University, has announced new overnight programming starting Monday.

Replacing the syndicated “Jazz with Bob Parlocha” will be a new national show with a broader musical focus called “Undercurrents.” It includes jazz but also a variety of other genres.

The full press release from WEMU:

89.1, WEMU, Eastern Michigan University’s public radio station, will debut a new overnight music service beginning at 10 p.m. Monday, March 1. “Undercurrents,” hosted by Peabody Award winner Gregg McVicar, comes from RadioCamp LLC and distributed by Native Voice One: The Native American Radio Service, replaces the previous overnight program, the syndicated “Jazz with Bob Parlocha.”

“Undercurrents” is called “American music with a passport” and lives up to that claim with an intriguing, well-produced, expertly hosted, and very listenable mix of rock, blues, jazz, folk, native, Americana, funk, electronica, reggae, roots, world, dub, and alt country music” said WEMU’s program director, Clark Smith. “I'm excited that WEMU is able to offer this new blend to its late night listeners, and look forward to listener responses to this new program.”

“Undercurrents” will air weeknights from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., following 89.1 Jazz. The program begins at 11 p.m. Saturdays, following “Brazilian Sol,” and Sundays at 10 p.m., following “From Memphis to Motown.”

WEMU is a listener-supported NPR affiliate, with a format of jazz, blues, and local news in addition to NPR news, information, and cultural programming. The station broadcasts to all or part of Washtenaw, Wayne, Oakland, Livingston, Jackson, Lenawee, Monroe, and Lucas (OH) Counties, webcasts live 24 hours a day at, and operates a second channel, WEMU2, on HD Radio.

Listen to an “Undercurrents” demo.