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Lachmann to talk on 30 years of ‘Women on Air’

JOHNSON CITY (March 16, 2017) – As part of Women’s History Month, WETS-FM radio host Susan Lachmann will speak at East Tennessee State University on Tuesday, March 21.

Lachmann, host of WETS-FM/HD’s “Women on Air,” will present “Thirty Years of Powerful Voices,” as the program celebrates its 30th anniversary, at 5 p.m. in the Multicultural Center in the D.P. Culp University Center on campus. A reception will follow the lecture.

“The year was 1987. The station was WETS-FM, an NPR affiliate in northeast Tennessee. And the show was ‘Women On Air.’ The playlist was, in radio speak, ‘AAA’—adult alternative acoustic,” recalls Lachmann. “My first exposure to the show resides indelibly in episodic memory: It was a warm, sunny afternoon, I was sitting by the stereo at a friend’s home, high up on a hilltop overlooking Buffalo Mountain. Dressed in my off-work ‘uniform’ of overalls and T-shirt, sipping from a mug of hot black coffee, I heard voices like none I had ever heard before. Louise Vahle, the first ‘Women On Air’announcer, identified those voices as Sweet Honey in the Rock, an all-female a capella group from Washington, D.C. Their sound was potent, pure and powerful,”

In her talk, Lachmann will discuss her personal interviews, with excerpts, providing a retrospective look at female icons in the music, education, and activism professions.

 “The ‘Women On Air’  mission remains steadfast in providing a platform to promote, support and illuminate women’s voices with a  playlist that includes music and interviews with musicians, authors, health practitioners, professionals in esoteric arts, students, activists, and entrepreneurs,” Lachmann said. “The interview archives are full of primary source material from regional, national and international artists, including but not limited to Ysaye Barnwell from Sweet Honey in the Rock, Melissa Etheridge, Ani DiFranco, Lee Smith, Lily Tomlin, Odetta, Madeline L’Engle, Emmy Lou Harris, Mary Gauthier, Nikki Giovanni and many others.”

The free event is sponsored by the Women’s Resource Center at ETSU.

For more information, contact the Women’s Resource Center at 423-439-5772. For disability accommodations, call the ETSU Office of Disability Services at 423-439-8346.

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