Archive for August, 2015

WNCU From Its Debut to Present: Celebrating 20 Years of Art Through Sound

Sunday, August 2nd, 2015

Join us for a panel discussion of WNCU 90.7 FM’s past and present influential figures led by Lackisha Freeman, current general manager. Since its debut in August 1995, the station, licensed to North Carolina Central University, has consistently fulfilled its mission to provide quality culturally appropriate programming to public radio listeners.

Thursday, Aug. 6, 7 p.m.
Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St.

This program is co-sponsored by WNCU 90.7 FM.

For more information call 919-560-0268 or visit

Ernie Andrews

Saturday, August 1st, 2015

Ernie Andrews has managed to be both popular and underrated throughout his lengthy career. After his family moved to Los Angeles, he sang in a church choir, and while still attending high school had a few hits for the G&G label. Billy Eckstine and Al Hibbler were early influences and, after reaching maturity, Andrews was somewhat in the shadow of Joe Williams (who has a similar style). Andrews recorded for Aladdin, Columbia, and London in the late ’40s, spent six years singing with the Harry James Orchestra, and cut a couple of big band dates for GNP/Crescendo during 1958-1959. Despite his unchanging style, Andrews was mostly in obscurity during the 1960s and ’70s, just making a couple of albums for Dot during 1965-1966. A 1980 Discovery date found him in excellent form, and in the ’80s, he was rediscovered. Andrews recorded with the Capp/Pierce Juggernaut, Gene Harris’ Superband, Jay McShann, and with the Harper Brothers, in addition to making a few sets in the 1990s for Muse, and later High Note. He is also prominent in the documentary Blues for Central Avenue.

Biography written by Scott Yanow and posted on