David C. Linton

Program Director, Host

A radio and music industry  veteran for over 4 decades was recently named program director for Jazz 91.9 WCLK.  David C. Linton brings both NPR & commercial radio experience to WCLK. He programmed and served as morning man at WSHA/Shaw University and WRVS/Elizabeth City State University, the latter which he founded and named in 1986. Linton enjoyed a successful career as a music industry executive at such famed labels as Warner Bros. Island, Arista and Capitol Records where he served as Sr.Vice President Promotions/Marketing. He has worked with such diverse artists ranging from Jazz to Hip-Hop including Quincy Jones & Ray Charles. Linton is no stranger to the Atlanta market as he played a key role in the careers of Toni Braxton, TLC, Usher, OutKast. He has received numerous awards for his work in the music industry.

Linton has a M.A. Media Marketing from North Carolina Central University. He’s been a national music columnist and  contributed pieces to the Huffington Post. He was recently featured in Billboard Magazine for his crusade to balance the playing field for women and African Americans  in music industry’s executive ranks. He serves as the Chairman of Living Legends Foundation, Inc. and sits on the Henry County Development Authority.  “David C” as he’s known on the radio is excited about the future with Jazz 91.9 WCLK.

Music is the Universal language and these five talented twenty-something musicians from Budapest who call themselves The Peet Project are proof. Galaxies is the second single from their full length project Ups And Downs (Beagle Beat Records). It's the perfect follow up to Let's Do This, the first single. Galaxies is perfect for a Fall drive, a soundtrack for work, or if you just want to hear some feel-good music.

I listen to a lot of songs as WCLK Program Director, some good, some not as good. But you know immediately when you have a winner. I believe keyboardist Mark Etheredge's latest You & Me & We (Vipaka Records) is a winner. Mark's keys matched with Paul Brown's rhythm guitar is a match made in contemorary Jazz music heaven. This track is smooth and funky at the same time. You'll want to add it to your collection, but if you don't you can hear it on Atlanta's Jazz Station 91.9 WCLK.

When I got the call about Dave Koz's new full length New Day(Just Koz Entertainment) I was eager to hear it. When I learned his first single would be Side By Side featuring David Sanborn, I knew the listeners were in for a treat.  Personally, I wanted to hear it, having worked with both of them as a label executive at Capitol and 

This live performance recorded for Concord Jazz at  Harlem's legendary Apollo Theatre is the perfect setting to commemorate the 100th Birthday of the one and only Ella Fitzgerald. It's an All Star cast hosted by David Allan Grier and features: Patti Austin, Ledisi, The Count Basie Orchestra, Lizz Wright and so many more.

If one didn't know better, this could be interpreted as the Atlanta-based Jazz musician's theme song. Anytime Joey Sommerville picks up his trumpet and begins to play you know the music will be hot and the listener will have fun. However, in this case it's his take on the Sylvester Stewart (Sly and the Family Stone) classic Hot Fun In The Summertime.  

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