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Last modified: Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Putting the 'MC' in McRobbie: IU president to host rock radio show on WFIU

WHAT: IU President McRobbie hosts "Just You and Me with Joe Bourne"
WHEN: March 5, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
WHERE: WFIU studios, 1229 E. Seventh St., IU Bloomington campus

Feb. 23, 2010

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Indiana University president Michael McRobbie will guest host the WFIU radio program "Just You and Me with Joe Bourne" March 5 from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The president will play his favorite rock songs from his days as a college student. All of the music will be from groups formed and famous before 1970.

"At a time when the arts are facing cuts, it's particularly encouraging to hear Indiana University President McRobbie on-air promoting cultural programming on WFIU," said WFIU Station Manager Christina Kuzmych. "It's a testament to the WFIU/Indiana University partnership, and to President McRobbie's personal enjoyment of music and radio."

McRobbie plans to spin his favorite tunes from the U.K. -- the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Jethro Tull, the Who and Cream -- and groups from the U.S. such as Jimi Hendrix, Jefferson Airplane, the Doors, Janis Joplin and Neil Young.

All music will be selected only from live recordings "to give listeners a sense of the energy, power and musicianship of all these great groups and artists at their peak," McRobbie said.

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IU President Michael McRobbie will spin rock 'n roll records during his second guest DJ stint at WFIU March 5. Last spring, he co-hosted a jazz show in April with Joe Bourne.

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President McRobbie will be the solo host of the March 5 show.

Last spring, on April 24, he co-hosted a jazz show with Bourne. McRobbie's musical selections for that show were "Ascenseur pour L'Echafaud," Miles Davis; "Kind of Blue," Miles Davis; "Miles & Quincy Live at Montreux," Miles Davis, Quincy Jones; "Stratusphunk," George Russell Sextet; "Fleur Carnivore," Carla Bley; "The Colours of Chlo," Eberhard Weber; "In a Silent Way," Miles Davis; and "A Love Supreme," John Coltrane.

McRobbie has said that of all the rock concerts he has seen, Led Zepplin was his favorite by far.

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