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Nik Thompson


Greetings music lovers!

I started at WEMU in 1999 – drawn to EMU as a student because of the country’s best jazz station. My mission then – and now – continues to be making the community I inhabit better. In terms I understand, that means flooding the airwaves with the best music choices I can muster.

I’m also motivated by discovery and preservation – ideas that are more closely aligned than you may suspect.

When I’m not playing Teddy Wilson records on WEMU, I’m looking for things around the house to fix, or finding ways to laugh about how absurd life is, or walking around my neighborhood noticing the trees getting bigger. I also watch enough movies to make you wonder where I find the time.

If I was given a few hours to play with, I’d go for a bike ride while listening to albums from start to finish.

If I was given a month to play with, I’d hike up Kilimanjaro.

If I got a face tattoo, it would probably be a full landscape of a deep and clear trout stream, in early autumn, with the sun just touching the top of the tree line. Or an Old English D.

Thank you for supporting WEMU!