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Paul Knaplund began in radio in the 1970s, hosting a jazz show each weeknight on 89.3 WCAL in Northfield, Minnesota. After taking a break to raise a family, Paul has returned to his jazz radio roots at WICN as a swing-shift host, stepping in to host The Blend, Standard Time, and Jazz Highways as needed. […]

Steve Miller hails originally from Columbus, Ohio, and moved to Massachusetts in 2013.  He spent his career working in the world of insurance and now works as a semi-retired consultant when not spinning discs at WICN.  Steve first heard jazz in his parents’ home and his passion for the music truly ignited in high school […]

Jeff is the founder of Duquette Law Group, LLC, an intellectual property law firm which advises businesses on all aspects of patent and trademark law across a variety of technologies.  Jeff is also a research associate with the Electric Guitar Innovation Lab at WPI, an organization that provides opportunities for research, innovation, and education related […]

THIERNO CAMARA Born in Senegal, West Africa, Thierno Camara studied classical piano and flute as a child, which led him to play piano in an American pop band called Laser. At age 15, Thierno put his own Afro-pop band together and began his songwriting career. When the bassist of his group left the band, Thierno […]

Linda Dagnello is a graphic designer that has worked with non-profit organizations for 30 years, an exhibiting and commission oil painting artist, and a retired jazz vocalist. Her career of over 40 years as a jazz musician and band leader cemented her passionate relationship with WICN as an avid listener and supporter.

Tom Lucci has rejoined WICN’s Board of Directors. Between 2005 and 2017, he attended practically every Board meeting as either a Board member or Interim General Manager. Tom originally joined the Board while Chief Financial Officer of Davis Publications, owner of the Printers Building, and had a long career in finance and marketing roles with large public companies and universities.

Rafeef Al Faris, host and producer of Mediterranean Music on 90.5 WICN, is an Iraqi poet, writer, and journalist who holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science. She’s worked as a Computer Science instructor for high school and college students in Libya, in addition to coding databases for companies and libraries in Iraq and Libya. In […]

Ursula Arello is the Director of Development at DetecTogether, nonprofit cancer education and advocacy organization located in Westborough, MA. Her career in development includes roles as Director of Annual Giving at Anna Maria College and Director of Alumni Relations at Worcester Academy.

Giselle Rivera-Flores is a digital media strategist, entrepreneur, and writer from Brooklyn, New York now living in Worcester, Massachusetts, where the lack of city life makes up for the craziness of city life. She ditched her career in corporate marketing in favor of finding her own way toward the American Dream. Now, Giselle helps creatives […]

Marty Ayotte has been in radio since 1984, starting at KTEK (1110 AM Alvin TX) Christian radio in Houston Texas in 1984, with duties selling advertising and running prerecorded Sunday morning church services. He’s now the host of Blues Hit Big Town, airing every other Monday evening at 10 pm on 90.5 WICN. Marty is […]

Harry Danso is the Marketing/Content Creation Lead at Major Bloom. He is a Worcester native and graduate of St. John’s High School in Shrewsbury. From there, he went on to earn his Bachelor’s in Marketing from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. His goal is to create awareness on disproportional arrests for minorities through his experience in the Cannabis industry.

Ulysses Youngblood is the President of Major Bloom, an impact-driven cannabis company in the Economic Empowerment program. The company has manufacturing, retail, and delivery licenses in Worcester, MA, as a vertically integrated operation. Major Bloom opened its retail doors in 2021, and Ulysses and Major Bloom are highly involved in the Worcester and neighborhood communities.