Magazine article Variety

Dj Don Wardell Is Friend of Songbook

Magazine article Variety

Dj Don Wardell Is Friend of Songbook

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The current boom of classic songs from the so-called "Great American Songbook" on the record charts, on radio and in movies and television is good news, but no shock for Palm Springs "beautiful music" DJ Don Wardell, who dryly observes "I've seen it before."

Nowin his 22nd year with radio station KWXY, Wardell is also a Grammy-winning musicologist whose radio roots reach back to legendary "pirate" broadcasting outfit Radio Luxembourg off the coast of his native England in the early '60s.

And KWXY itself, which now reaches the world beyond the desert via the IHeartRadio online platform, also speaks volumes about the durability of classic songwriting as the station is now celebrating its golden anniversary of broadcasting timeless pop hits. There's clearly some magic remaining in the songs of eras past, as Wardell proudly notes that "the average radio listener spends 15-18 minutes tuned in while our listeners spend closer to two hours. …

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