Juke Joint Shuffle Returns to WKMS Saturdays

Mar 7, 2012

Media Release: Juke Joint Shuffle Returns to WKMS Saturdays

Date: 01-13-12

Contact: Membership Coordinator Jenni Todd (270-809-4748 or jtodd14@murraystate.edu)

Longtime WKMS personality John Griffin returns with co-host Rick Nance to resume Juke Joint Shuffle Saturdays from 1 -3 p.m. The return of Juke Joint on Murray State’s public radio service WKMS-FM replaces Bluegrass BreakdownAll Songs Considered, and Rick’s Kitchen Sink.

Juke Joint Shuffle is a weekly two-hour mix of blues, jazz, and roots music that features artists like Neko Case,Ry Cooder, Frank Zappa, Allison Krauss, Robert Plant and Yo-Yo Ma. Griffin says, “The name of the show honors older blues musicians who were expected to play anything the juke joint customers cared to hear; not just home-made blues, but all the popular songs of the day.  And of course when you hit the shuffle button on an mp3 player, there is no telling what will play next."

John Griffin has been a part of WKMS for decades, most of that time as host of Stateline Blues. He also serves as Resident Director for MSU’s Semester in Regensburg Program, spending five month of each year in Germany. For years he emceed Kenlake’s Hot August Blues Festival and worked with his friend Rick Nance, who designed and produced the posters. A local graphic designer, Nance returns to co-hosting Juke Joint Shuffle after a successful endeavor of hosting his own showRick’s Kitchen Sink while Juke Joint was on hiatus for half the year. 

WKMS operates with funding from individuals, underwriters, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and Murray State University. See a listening schedule for WKMS programming at www.wkms.org. The station's media services include 91.3 WKMS, Murray; WKMS HD-1 and All-Music HD-2; 90.9 WKMD and WKMD HD-1 and HD-2, Madisonville; 89.5 WKMT, Fulton; 99.5 Paris, TN; and All-Music 92.5 Paducah and 101.5Madisonville. The station also streams both WKMS HD-1 and HD-2 at www.wkms.org.