After graduating college as a music major and taking up a career as a modern-day minstrel (more or less), Joel Mann
packed up his
trusty guitar, departed his
native Virginia, and settled in the cooler New England climes, where he
spent the next two decades plucking out "roots" sounds.
found himself over in East Orland, Maine, where he
and volunteered as a platter-jockey.
Somewhere during his
five to six year span at the microphone he
was bitten unceremoniously by the "radio bug.
In an effort to broaden his
also began doing part time work for some commercial outlets, learning the nuts and bolts of commercial radio, and later started up a couple of stations.
But just as his
commercial career began to lift off in the area, the seductive finger of community radio beckoned with the offer of a program directorshipand that sounded just fine to Joel
In the early '90s he
was doing Red Sox baseball games, among other things, but managed to keep his
hand in as a volunteer with WERU
He ran a couple of "roots" programs there (e.g. "House of Blue Lights") and also started an Americana show. (When he took over as program director of WERU, about 3 yrs ago, one of the first things he did was to turn the morning show "Morning Maine"into an Americana program.) A key aspect of the show is to play cuts from a featured artist every morning throughout the week, and, at the end of that week, Joel interviews that artist on his segment of the show.