For jazz artist Amanda Carr, being named the new executive director of Worcester-based jazz radio station WICN has got to be a bit like coming full circle.
“This station gave me my first interview as a jazz artist over 20 years ago, and I have been a loyal contributing member ever since, with a closeness to many of the hosts and staff,” Carr said. “I’m looking forward to being an integral part of the emerging and exciting central Massachusetts arts scene along with WICN.”
WICN announced Carr’s appointment Wednesday. She’ll be taking over from Tom Lucci, former WICN board president, who has been acting as interim general manager.
Twice-nominated as Boston jazz artist of the year by the Boston Music Awards, Carr has began professionally as a teenager playing in Boston nightclubs in the rock and pop scene. She then began to transition to jazz and big band music.
But her new role at WICN isn’t her first venture into supporting music outside of her performances. In 2009, Carr founded the American Big Band Preservation Society, a non-profit she started to pay homage to her big band musician parents.
“Our board, staff, and volunteers are all thrilled to have Amanda join the team,” said Jeffrey Duquette, WICN’s board president. “We know that she will prove to be a strong and active community leader and will promote WICN in the communities we serve.”