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NEPR's Tom Reney Receives Marian McPartland/Willis Conover Award

Joyce Skowyra
Tom Reney

Tom Reney, the host of Jazz à la Mode on New England Public Radio, will receive the Marian McPartland/Willis Conover Award for Career Excellence in Broadcasting from the Jazz Journalists Association. JJA Director Howard Mandel made the announcement on May 1, 2019.

Author and journalist Bob Blumenthal, former jazz critic of the Boston Phoenix and the Boston Globe, will make the presentation to Reney at New England Public Radio’s Arts & Humanities Gala on May 22 at the Log Cabin in Holyoke.

"We at New England Public Radio are so very proud of all that Tom's done to promote and educate the public about jazz," said Martin Miller, CEO and General Manager of NEPR. "This award is richly deserved and a wonderful recognition of a career devoted to this truly great American art form."

Tom Reney has been the producer and host of Jazz à la Mode on NEPR/88.5FM since 1984. His career in radio began in 1977 at WCUW in Worcester. His jazz blog and JazzBeat podcast have been features of NEPR’s website since 2010. As a music journalist, Reney has written for the Boston Globe Magazine, Jazz Times, Downbeat, No Depression, the Valley Advocate, Daily Hampshire Gazette, Worcester Magazine, and the Worcester Telegram & Gazette.

The Marian McPartland/Willis Conover Award for Career Excellence in Broadcasting is named for Marian McPartland, the London-born jazz pianist who was the longtime host of NPR’s Piano Jazz; and Willis Conover, who was the host of jazz radio programs produced by the Voice of America for broadcast across the globe. He was especially renowned for his broadcasts of jazz to Eastern Europe during the Cold War.

About the Jazz Journalists Association
The Jazz Journalists Association (JJA) is an international organization of all types of media professionals who document, promulgate, or appreciate jazz. As of 2016, it has approximately 250 members, including professional journalists, students, industry associates, and supporting institutions, primarily in North America but also on other continents. The mission of the association is "to promote high standards and respect for our works, to create a professional network, and to increase general interest in jazz."

Vanessa has overseen marketing and events at NEPR, now NEPM, since 2008. She is also the co-producer of Valley Voices Story Slam and host of the Valley Voices podcast and radio show. Before she moved back to western Massachusetts to work at her hometown public radio station, Vanessa spent time working in the fashion industry in New York City, and in non-profits and public media in Boston. She lives with her family in Gill, MA.
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