About This Program

Join WPKN for a special fundraising event Celebrating Aretha from 7 am to 10 pm on Thursday, March 25, 2021. The Queen of Soul, Aretha Louise Franklin (March 25, 1942 – August 16, 2018), was an American singer, songwriter, actress, pianist, and civil rights activist.

Franklin recorded 112 charted singles on Billboard, including 77 Hot 100 entries, 17 top-ten pop singles, 100 R&B entries, and 20 number-one R&B singles. She won 18 Grammy Awards, including the first eight awards given for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. Franklin is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, having sold more than 75 million records worldwide.

She was awarded the National Medal of Arts and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. In 1987, she became the first female performer to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. She also was inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2005 and into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2012. In 2010, Rolling Stone magazine ranked her number one on its list of the “100 Greatest Singers of All Time” and number nine on its list of “100 Greatest Artists of All Time.” The Pulitzer Prize jury in 2019 awarded Franklin a posthumous special citation for her indelible contribution to American music and culture for more than five decades. In 2020, she was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame.

Cliff Furnald
Cliff Furnald
Cliff brings music little heard on the radio or the mainstream.

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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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Martha W. Lewis
Martha W. Lewis
Martha Lewis is a visual artist, curator, educator and radio presenter who has exhibited nationally and internationally. Her artistic practice focuses on drawing, Site-Specific Installation, books, knowledge, and the history of science.
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Mike Zito
Mike Zito
I first started doing shows at WPKN early in 1973. It is truly an honor to be back and part of WPKN, now more than forty years! There are remarkable people who have graced our airways (many of which I now think of as family), and listeners who are just as remarkable, and just as much family to me.

Thank you for continuing to listen.

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Catherine Conroy
Catherine Conroy
WPKN Board of Directors Public Affairs Director
A creative marketing professional specializing in the intersection of urban ecosystems and digital technologies with an ear to the ground for social trends in a constantly evolving industry.
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Colette Rossignol
Colette Rossignol
WPKN Board of Directors Chair
Colette started at WPKN in 1982 presenting “Capital Radio” and continues on programming both a Rock-N-Roll and her “Blues for Bob and You” show.
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Cheryl Magoveny
Cheryl Magoveny
WPKN Board of Directors Treasurer
I have been on the air at WPKN since September 2018. I am inspired by WPKN in many ways. I am greatly impressed by the immense love all the programmers, volunteers, and staff have for the station. Because of this, our listeners can expect to hear the widest range of programming on radio today.
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