About This Program

A special two-day fundraiser in honor of a special label: WPKN celebrates Blue Note Records all day on October 26 and 27.

It was 81 years ago that a German immigrant and passionate Jazz Aficionado, Alfred Lion, produced his first recording session in New York City. The rest is history: Blue Note Records is one of the longest-running Jazz labels in the world. Its contribution to jazz recording is legendary for its breadth, creativity and quality. Current Blue Note president Don Was continues the tradition, in documenting today’s golden age of jazz and beyond. At WPKN we love Jazz, we love innovation, and we love quality. Blue Note has always stood for all three and we salute them with two days of legendary players, great music, wonderful stories and a bespoke set of premiums to help you celebrate and support your jazz radio station, now and into the future.

WPKN needs you and we want to make supporting us fun, swinging with great sounds and full of fascinating insights. Join us please for this joyous musical extravaganza!

Special thanks to Roz Chast, cartoonist for The New Yorker, who donated the original art for our WPKN limited-edition T-shirts.

Annette Szczesiul
Annette Szczesiul
What inspires me about ‘PKN is that amidst all the differences, there is a beautiful core sharing values, mutual inspiration, spirit, heart, humor and never-ending goofiness!
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Joseph Celli
Joseph Celli
Joseph Celli is an American musician and composer specializing in contemporary and improvised music for oboe and English horn. In addition, he plays the Yamaha WX7 MIDI breath controller, as well as double reed instruments from several Asian cultures.
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Rick Petrone
Rick Petrone
Rick Petrone is a bassist who has been active in jazz since the 1960s. Born in Stamford, CT near New York in 1947, he lived in L.A. as a child but has spent most of his life on the East Coast.
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Kevin Gallagher
Kevin Gallagher
WPKN Board of Directors, Long Island Director
Kevin Gallagher likes to dig. Ask him to tell you about his life, and don’t be surprised if he digs up a tale about traveling the world with the Eurythmics or that he’s been digging WPKN since he became a DJ in 1972.
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David Golden
David Golden
I’ve served on various station boards and committees, hosted a bunch of live music, and hopefully kept you company. Bring your favorite mug and hang out.
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Scott Harris
Scott Harris
Scott has worked in radio since his college days when he served as a DJ and then manager of a small college radio station. When he came to WPKN 89.5 FM in ’73, Scott hosted a weekly blues program that through the years featured an increasing number of public affairs interview segments. In ’87, that show became Counterpoint.
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Steve di Costanzo
Steve di Costanzo
WPKN General Manager
Music has always been front and center for me. It’s beyond therapeutic.
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Lisa Sahulka
Lisa Sahulka
WPKN Board of Directors On-Air Fundraising Director
Lisa is a programmer, board member and on-air fundraising director for WPKN 89.5 FM, named best radio station for music by Connecticut Magazine.
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Harry Minot
Harry Minot
Harry Minot was WPKN’s General Manager from 1978 to 2008. Prior to that he had been a Producer at Compton Advertising on NYC’s fabled Madison Avenue, and before that had begun his broadcasting career at WLAD/Danbury CT. Nowadays he does a monthly program on the fourth Wednesdays from 4 to 6:50pm.
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Doc Hardy
Doc Hardy
Doc Hardy has music and radio broadcasting in his blood. He joined WPKN in 2108 and continues in his mission to preserve Soul music, or as his father says, “put Soul on Ice.”
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Jim Motavalli
Jim Motavalli
I love music, but I don’t want to be just a jukebox. Hence, my show mixes up long, carefully arranged sets in multiple genres with segments that draw upon my journalistic background, including interviews with authors, experts in many fields, and musicians.
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In addition to our spectacular hosts, above, we want to take a minute to thank our fundraiser tally-keepers, without whose help we would certainly be lost!