Programmer Profile

Michael J.

The Show

Providing a musical oasis on your radio dial, with thoughtful song selection and information on what you're hearing.

About Michael J.

Husband of one, father of seven, father-in-law of four and grandpa of five (not counting dogs and cats). Loves a wide variety of music (thanks to WYCE), reading (mostly fiction), films (mostly independent, little-known movies) and running around Reeds Lake (mostly used to do that faster). Still amazed by grace daily.

Favorite Albums

My 2017 favorites: Ibibio Sound Machine, Uyai; Jason Isbell, The Nashville Sound*;The War & Treaty, The War & Treaty; Natalia M. King, Traces in the Sand.Bruce Cockburn, Bone to Bone; Lizz Wright, Grace. [*Recording of the Year.]

My 2016 favorites: Tall Heights, Neptune; Mavis Staples, Livin' on a High Note; Bill Evans, Some Other Time; Leroy Bell, When the Fire Rolls Around; Zomba Prison Project, I Will Not Stop Singing*; Lori McKenna, The Bird & The Rifle; Colvin & Earle, Colvin & Earle. [*Recording of the Year.]

My 2015 favorites: Liz Vice, There's a Light*; Andra Day, Cheers to the Fall; Jason Isbell, Something More than Free; Amy Helm, Didn't It Rain; Lizz Wright, Freedom & Surrender; Eagle Rock Gospel Singers, Heavenly Fire; Vox Vidorra, Promise Land; Milk Carton Kids, Monterrey; Saun & Starr, Look Closer. [*Recording of the Year.]

My 2014 favorites: Lucinda Williams, Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone*: Lake Street Dive, Bad Self Portraits; Rodrigo Y Gabriella, 9 Dead Alive; Regina Carter, Southern Comfort; Nickel Creek, A Dotted Line; St. Paul and the Broken Bones, Half the City. [*Recording of the Year.]

My 2013 favorites: Over the Rhine, Meet Me at the End of the World*; Michael Franti & Spearhead, All People; Steve Earle, The Low Highway; Gregory Porter, Liquid Spirit; Bobby McFerrin, SpiritYouAll; Trombone Shorty, Say That to This; Mavis Staples, One True Vine; Travis Haddix, Ring On Her Finger Rope Around My Neck; Kobo Town, Jumbie in the Jukebox; Garifuna Collective. Ayo; Vienna Teng, Aims. [*Recording of the Year.]

My 2012 favorties: Brandi Carlile, Bear Creek*; Various Artists, Chimes of Freedom; Otis Taylor, Otis Taylor's Contraband; Bruce Springsteen, Wrecking Ball; Amadou & Mariam, Folila; Martin Zellar, Roosters Crow; Karisa Wilson, Stronger; Rachel Zylstra, Strings; Ruthie Foster, Let It Burn; Martin Sexton, Fall Like Rain; Ingrid Michaelson, Human Again. [*Recording of the Year.]

My 2011 favorites: Over the Rhine, The Long Surrender; The Decemberists, The King is Dead*; Ivan & Alyosha, Fathers Be Kind; Lucinda Williams, Blessed; The Civil Wars, Barton Hollow; Paul Simon, So Beautiful or So What. [*Recording of the Year.]

My 2010 favorites: Mumford and Sons, Sigh No More; You Are Not Alone, Mavis Staples* ; Reverse Thread, Regina Carter; Michael Franti and Spearhead, The Sound of Sunshine; Mohammed Alidu & The Bizung Family [from Ghana], Land of Fire. [*Recording of the Year]

My 2009 favorites: The Life of the World to Come (The Mountain Goats)*, The Truth According to Ruthie Foster (Ruthie Foster) and Throw Down Your Heart (Bela Fleck). [*Recording of the Year]

All-time musical hall of fame: Louis Armstrong, Beatles, Jackson Browne, Johnny Cash, Bruce Cockburn, John Coltrane, Sam Cooke, Miles Davis, Bob Dylan, Steve Earle, Ella Fitzgerald, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Al Green, Emmylou Harris, Billie Holiday, Etta James, Robert Johnson, Bob Marley, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison, Randy Newman, Over the Rhine, Elvis Presley, Zachary Richard, Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen, Mavis Staples, U2, Sarah Vaughn, Tom Waits, Dinah Washington, Lucinda Williams, Warren Zevon.

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