Celebrating Decades On The Air At WEMU With Michael Jewett & David Fair: Part 2

Sep 11, 2019

(L to R) WEMU's own Michael Jewett, Lisa Barry, and David Fair at the WEMU Jazz Brunch.
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In the second half of WEMU's Lisa Barry's interview with news director David Fair and jazz and blues host Michael Jewett, the conversation picks up as they look back at their lengthy on-air careers at WEMU.

(From L to R top row) Big City Blues Cruise host Joe Tiboni, the Holmes Brothers, WEMU jazz host Michael Jewett, and (below) WEMU music director emeritus Linda Yohn in 2001.
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Michael Jewett talks about his over three decades of on-air jazz and blues hosting on WEMU.

He recalls the blues segment going to a full hour after he'd already been on the air for a while.  Michael talks about a job he had before coming to WEMU taking care of lab animals which makes him even more grateful for his chance to share music with listeners.. 

David Fair talks about 25 years of Cinema Chat with Russ Collins, who has been doing that segment at WEMU for even longer than that.  David says he and Russ have developed a friendship from their many years talking about the movies on WEMU.  David Fair has great appreciation for how Washtenaw County it interacts with the arts and cultural community adding "when you start talking with people who have deep desire and passion to let the world know about it you become excited and inspired."  

WEMU news director David Fair
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Fair adds  "As a news department, we have opportunity through our partnerships to find a way to dive into the issues in the community and be able to tell stories that are richer, deeper and touch more people and actually affect change."

Michael Jewett talks about his father Coleman Jewett, a long time educator in the Ann Arbor school system and a fixture at the Ann Arbor Farmers Market, where there is a monument in his honor.  He says his grandfather, Richard Jewett, was a jazz afficionado and exposed Michael to jazz in his late teens in the late 70's and early 80's.

David Fair brought up the memory of his first time on the air at WEMU and invited Michael to share his.

Moving forward, David says he wants to keep striving to "be more and be better."  Michael adding he's doing what he loves most right now, sharing jazz and blues music with WEMU listeners.

To listen to Part One of this interview again, click here.

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— Lisa Barry is the host of All Things Considered on WEMU. You can contact Lisa at 734.487.3363, on Twitter @LisaWEMU, or email her at lbarryma@emich.edu