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.

The JT Project is back on the scene ready to pick up where their “Tenth Anniversary” release left off. This mid-tempo track is properly called Laid Back.

Grammy nominated Jazz artist Chan Hall returns with a nice mellow track featuring Tony Craddock Jr.  This Wilson, North Carolina native who now calls Richmond Virginai home continues his hit music making ways with Stay Awhile.   Teaming his keyboard skills with those of Saxophonist Tony Craddock delivers a song that will make you want to cozy up to your radio or hug that someone special.  This cut from his new album Somethin' 2 Prove will make perfect sense when you hear Stay Awhile on Serenade to The City weekday evenings 10p on Jazz 91.9 WCLK.

Recently I was contacted to get my opinion on a potential new release by a studio session creation. Two musicians from Indianapolis-- Drummer Travis Brant and Bassist Cory Carleton, who called themselves Axon Radio, sent the basic track to Grammy-nominated Producer-Manager Bud Harner to see if he would produce it. Bud enlisted Gerald Albright on sax, Michael Thompson on guitar, Luis Conte percussion, Matt Rhodes on keys (The Voice) with Travis and Cory.

Vocalists traditionally have a difficult time at Smooth Jazz but there are artists who defy the odds and classification. I remember seeing Nicole Henry at a showcase during my tenure as an SVP at Capitol Records at the start of her career.

Claudia Hayden returns with Central Park West, a song that well, the title alone caught this programmers eye. As one with memories of hanging out in Central Park West, I was curious and Claudia didn’t disappoint.  This funky flautist who hails from Louisiana but now calls New York City home has captured the energy of spring and summer in New York’s famed Central Park. 

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