Courtney BlueJazz Host
Ms. Blue, or "DJ CB," has been on a musical path her entire life - as a young child copying radio shows to tape cassette, and as a student of various musical instruments and dance genres. Her first foray in the industry was with WDCR at Delaware County Community College, where she was hired as a DJ for the student-run station and quickly became station manager, a position she held for two years. There she ushered in new technology and programs to embrace the early days of podcasting.
Through the years, Ms. Blue has been involved with the music industry in a myriad of ways including working for music venues as a show producer, promoter, and also as a representative for record labels.
After gaining inspiration from the lyrics of a Talking Heads song “If your work isn’t what you love, then something isn’t right…” Ms. Blue immediately refocused on a radio career, eventually enrolling at Temple University’s Broadcasting and Mass Media program. In 2011, she studied abroad in London and became further engrossed in the public radio industry.
Upon return, she held an internship at WRTI, and after graduating Dean’s List in 2012, has worked her way from production assistant to jazz host.
Ms. Blue is an active club DJ here in Philadelphia with a purist penchant for specializing in sets of all vinyl records and for dance parties featuring all-women artists. She has also remained active on the Internet radio scene.
You can hear Ms. Blue doing what she loves every weeknight as host of Late Evening Jazz from 9 PM to midnight on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, and also on Wednesdays from 9 PM to midnight for the Jazz Request Show, and Fridays from 6 to 10 PM for Nouveau Jazz Showcase.
Photo credit: Koofreh Ibi Umoren
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