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Amanda Wilde, host of The Swing Years and Beyond, presents American popular music from the 1920s through the 1950s. Amanda hosts Saturday and Sunday afternoons on KUOW as well as Saturday evenings. Amanda produces interviews ranging from in–depth historical interviews to interviews with artists and culture figures. Her popular KUOW segment, Sounds Familiar, focuses on the little–known history behind the icons of popular music.
Amanda's keen interest in working with sound and showcasing musical connections led her to public radio. A key figure in the development of Seattle music station KEXP, she hosted Seattle's afternoon drive at KEXP for 12 years, from 1993 to 2005. So it was that Amanda came to KUOW in 2003, already well–known to listeners around the world for her eclectic knowledge of music and her in–depth interviews. Her unique perspective draws on a rare combination of geographical and personal influences with the happy result of reaching a steadily increasing global audience. A featured DJ in "The Rough Guide to Internet Radio," Amanda has been showcased in The Seattle Times, MSNBC and "Best Places Seattle." In 2007, she was recognized for her interview work with a national award from Public Radio News Directors Incorporated. In 2014, Seattle Women In Jazz presented Amanda with the first annual "Amanda Wilde Inspire Award" for outstanding contributions to the jazz community.
The Swing Years And Beyond features popular music of the 1920s - 1950s, from familiar favorites to lesser-known gems. A mix of Jazz, swing, ballads, blues, show tunes and bebop showcases the relationships between these various musical styles. The program highlights the personalities, history and popular culture of the time through music and explores the enduring nature of this uniquely American art form.
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