WEVL Archive

WEVL thrives on independent streak, listener support. (Memphis Daily News, 10/12/12)

WEVL voted Memphis' Best FM Station for 6th straight year. (10/3/12)

Ben Vaughn's Love Affair with Memphis Continues (9/25/12)

WEVL is now an official site on the Memphis Blues Trail. (7/12)

Q&A session with WEVL Program Director Brian Craig featured in RSVP Magazine. (7/12)

WEVL's Joyce Cobb is the cover story of The Best Times magazine. (4/12)

"Be sure to flip your radio dial to WEVL 89.9...terrific blues and alternative country music." WEVL recommended in the New York Times 10/14/11.

WEVL voted Memphis' Best FM Station for the fifth year in a row by Memphis Flyer readers!

"A musician, teacher, actor and radio show host, Joyce Cobb is a major contributor to the legacy of Memphis music." Joyce Cobb Takes Memphis Sounds Around The World. (Memphis Commercial Appeal 9/22/11)

Many thanks to the International Paper Foundation for their generous grant to WEVL to purchase a new HVAC system!

WEVL featured in Memphis magazine: Variety Rules: After 35 Years, WEVL's Still Going Strong (June 2011)

WEVL's way: listener support keeps eclectic station going 35 years by James Dowd, Memphis Commercial Appeal.

The Memphis Flyer talks to Memphis Beat host Andrew McCalla about music.

"WEVL is the jewel of Memphis' airwaves." WEVL voted Memphis' Best FM Station once again by Memphis Flyer readers.

WEVL named one of the 40 Best Little Radio Stations in the U.S. by Paste magazine. "From 'Deep Blues' to 'Hillbilly Jazz' to 'Old Time Country,' WEVL is as down-home as the city it serves."

"Truly, the city begins wherever 89.9 on your FM dial starts to stabilize." WEVL featured on $5 Cover Insider Guide 5/13/09.

WEVL is now on Facebook.

R.I.P. former Late Shift host and loyal WEVL member David Pique 2/27/09.

Bashful Bob retires, but show continues.

"Alejandro Escovedo has had what, by anyone's standard, is a breakout year." Read Bob Mehr's WEVL concert preview in the 10/24/08 Memphis Commercial Appeal.

See photos of the 10/4/08 air room renovation by volunteer engineer John Buffaloe.

For the second straight year, WEVL has been voted "Best FM Station" in the Memphis Flyer Best of Memphis Readers' Poll.

R.I.P. former longtime Night Train host Charles Dangeau 6/21/46 - 9/16/08

Blues on the Bluff® featured in the September 2008 RSVP Magazine PDF

WEVL's Station Manager interviewed in Commercial Appeal's 9/4/08 What Do You Hear?

We are pleased to announce WEVL was awarded a $13,800 grant from the J. R. Hyde III Family Foundation in July 2008. The funds will support the augmentation and upgrade of our administrative and broadcast equipment. Many thanks to the J. R. Hyde III Family Foundation!

Dee "Cap'n Pete" Henderson and WEVL featured in The New York Times 8/3/08: The Blues Silence a D.J. Who Knew Them Well by John M. Hubbell.

Read what people have said in the Cap'n Pete Guestbook.

See the TV reports of Cap'n Pete's untimely passing: Action News 5, Eyewitness News

Joyce Cobb, host of Voices and Songs for My Father, receives 2008 Women of Excellence Award.

WEVL's Station Manager featured in Spring 2008 Memphis Business Quarterly: The Five Best Outdoor Places.

More kudos for House Bayou host's paintings.

WEVL Awarded $15,300 Grant!

We are proud to announce WEVL has been awarded a $15,300 grant from the Community Partnership Fund of the Community Foundation of Greater Memphis. The funds will support an upgrade and augmentation of the station's broadcast and administrative technology. Thanks to Board president and Swing Shift Shuffle host Tim Taylor for writing the successful grant proposal! This is a 1:1 matching grant, and we look to the community to help us raise the remaining funds by the end of 2008. -1/1/08

(Update 7/08: Matching funds raised, thanks to an anonymous member and a generous grant from the J.R. Hyde III Family Foundation.)


WEVL Voted Best FM Station in Memphis Flyer's Best of Memphis 2007 Poll!

Memphis Flyer Best Of...
"When WEVL 89.9 calls itself 'listener supported,' they aren't kidding: they got enough support to take this year's top prize. WEVL's stable of excellent and diverse programs and volunteer hosts makes a great case, but Friday night's Cap'n Pete's Blues Cruise might have been enough to do the trick by itself."

Memphis Flyer 10/3/07

Click to vote in the 2008 Readers' Poll. You must have at least 50% of the categories completed for your ballot to count.

"If you're a fan of Memphis music, it's becoming very hard to ignore Andrew McCalla." PDF
Read this great article about WEVL's "Memphis Beat" and "In The Basement" program host!
Bob Mehr, Memphis Commercial Appeal 3/16/07

House Bayou host Susan Maakestad's art exhibition chosen as one of the 8 Best of 2006. PDF
Fredric Koeppel, Memphis Commercial Appeal 12/29/06

"We can’t wrap up WEVL’s awesome music in pretty paper and tie it with a ribbon, but it is a gift we can share with people we care about,” said Lokion Interactive CEO Megan Jones. The company made a generous donation and helped spread the word about WEVL through its website and holiday card. Many thanks!

"I've never heard a station like WEVL," Vaughn said. "It's the best station I know of in America." The Many Moods of Ben Vaughn is heard exclusively on WEVL every Friday 6-7 pm CST.

WEVL takes second place for Best FM Station in the Memphis Flyer's 2006 Best of Memphis Poll. PDF

Voices and Songs For My Father host Joyce Cobb nominated for Ostrander Award for Best Actress in a Musical (The Devil's Music at Theatre Memphis). PDF


"Bluffing" by Greg Akers PDF
Memphis Flyer 7/19/2006, ©2006 Contemporary Media, Inc.

"Tuning into Celtic Music" by Andria Lisle PDF
Memphis Business Journal 4/17/2006, ©2006 American City Business Journals, Inc.

"Contemplating the Cosmos" by Andria Lisle PDF
Memphis Flyer 4/5/2006, ©1996-2006, Contemporary Media, Inc.

"30 Years of Eclectic Music" by Rachel Hurley PDF
The Commercial Appeal Memphis Playbook 3/3/2006

"WEVL Turns 30"by Chris Herrington PDF
Memphis Flyer 3/3/2006, ©1996-2006, Contemporary Media, Inc.

"Local station on dial for 30 years" by Jessica Baird, A&E Editor PDF
The Daily Helmsman 3/1/2006

Local Beat: "Dialing Memphis" by Andria Lisle PDF
Memphis Flyer 2/9/2006, ©1996-2006, Contemporary Media, Inc.

Behind the Mike: St Jude Corridors profile of Thursday Morning Throwdown host Paul Woodard PDF

House Bayou host Susan Maakestad's art exhibition at Rhodes College's Clough-Hanson Gallery. PDF

It's Always Something host Brian Roper retires from Germantown Police Department after 30 years of community service. PDF

WEVL ties for #3 place in Memphis Flyer 2005 Reader's Poll for "Best
FM Station."
PDF

WEVL is Back Online PDF

If a Memphis record falls in the forest, who hears it? WEVL is easily
Memphis’ finest radio station supporting local music.

"My Musical Best List" by Sherman Willmott

Memphis Flyer Online, 11/10/2005, ©1996-2006, Contemporary Media, Inc.

Jazz It Up: Southern Women magazine spotlights WEVL's own Joyce Cobb 

Bashful Bob PDF
Ninety-six miles, 70 years, and 1,000 vinyls -- a WEVL deejay delivers truckloads of honky-tonk.

By Chris Davis
Memphis Flyer, Annual Manual 2005

Spinning Success PDF

WEVL, which today reaches listeners within 50 miles of Memphis, has a kind of musical street cred that creates loyalty commercial radio stations can only dream of.

By Tara Milligan
Memphis Business Journal, 11/15/2004

Grammy-award Winner Rob Bowman Credits WEVL PDF
"I heard this station and it was mind blowing. I hadn't heard radio like this before." Bowman has worked as an announcer on countless public radio stations in both Canada and the USA, beginning some three decades ago at WEVL in Memphis. He credited WEVL with initiating a lifelong musical exploration that culminated in his 1996 Grammy Award for Best Album Notes for The Complete Stax/Volt Soul Singles, Vol. 3: 1972-1975.

Judy Dorsey: Stage Director
Featured in the People section of the July 2004 issue of RSVP, a local Memphis magazine that highlights the city's social scene and provides insights to happenin' folks in the community.

Musical tour of Memphis PDF
USA Today: Every root of American popular music took hold here...
Posted 4/8/2004 6:43 PM    
Updated 4/10/2004 2:47 PM
© Copyright 2004 USA TODAY

Local Beat by Andria Lisle PDF
"It was a dark and stormy night." So says roots-rocker Ben Vaughn when recalling his first visit to Memphis some 17 years ago. "I'd met Tav Falco in New York, and he told me that if I was going to Memphis, I'd better send a copy of my record to WEVL. So when we got to town, I called the station from a pay phone. They said, 'C'mon by, and we'll put you on the air.'"

Memphis Flyer 6/5/2003, ©1996-2004, Contemporary Media, Inc.

True Believer PDF
[Alejandro] Escovedo's local concert this week at the Blue Monkey is a benefit for WEVL FM 90, yet another local connection for the songwriter, who has performed in the station's studio twice.

By Andria Lisle
Memphis Flyer 2/28/2003, Copyright 1996-2004, Contemporary Media, Inc.

Blues on the Bluff® and Community Keep WEVL Airing Strong PDF

WEVL rocking on after 26 years of change

By Sue Pease
The Daily News, 8/9/2002

"Memphis radio tradition lives on in WEVL. . .especially the funky 'Rock House' show and 'Cap’n Pete’s Blues Cruise'". WEVL mentioned in American Heritage magazine.

Wax nostalgic PDF
'Bashful' Bob spins the Golden Age of country music

By C. Richard Cotton - Special To The Commercial Appeal
4/13/1998

Bold WEVL PDF
Independent, volunteer-run FM 90 Memphis. With a dedicated volunteer force behind the mikes broadcasting everything from blues to big band to country and more, WEVL gives listeners plenty of reasons to tune into public radio, as well as a great place to hear Memphis music.

By Mary Jane Adams.
©1998 Towery Publishing, Inc.

Left of the Dial PDF
Finding a place for community radio in Nashville

By Jim Ridley - ©Nashville Scene
10.1.98

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