“The year was 1987, the station was WETS-FM, an NPR affiliate in northeast Tennessee, and the show was ‘Women On Air.’ The playlist was, in radio speak, ‘AAA’: adult alternative acoustic. My first exposure to the show resides indelibly in episodic memory: It was a warm, sunny afternoon, I was sitting by the stereo at a friend’s home, high up on a hilltop overlooking Buffalo Mountain. Dressed in my off-work ‘uniform’ of overalls and tee shirt, sipping from a mug of hot black coffee, I heard voices like none I had ever heard before. Louise Vahle, the first ‘Women On Air’ announcer, identified those voices as Sweet Honey in the Rock, an all-female a capella group from Washington, DC. Their sound was potent, pure and powerful,” states Susan Lachmann, (pictured right), local radio personality, producer, and singer/songwriter, on the 30-year anniversary of “Women On Air” broadcasts.
On Tuesday, March 21, 2017, Lachmann, host of WETS-FM/HD's “Women on Air,” is presenting “Thirty Years of Powerful Voices.” A true milestone for Lachmann, she discusses her personal interviews, with excerpts, providing a retrospective look at female icons in the music, education, and activism professions during this early evening lecture and performance.
According to Lachmann, “The ‘Women On Air’ mission remains steadfast in providing a platform to promote, support and illuminate women’s voices with a playlist that includes music, and interviews with musicians, authors, health practitioners, professionals in esoteric arts, students, activists, and entrepreneurs. The interview archives are full of primary source material from regional, national and international artists, including but not limited to: Ysaye Barnwell from Sweet Honey in the Rock, Melissa Etheridge, Ani DiFranco, Lee Smith, Lily Tomlin, Odetta, Madeline L’Engle, Emmy Lou Harris, Mary Gauthier, Nikki Giovanni and many others.”
Event location for “Thirty Years of Powerful Voices” is the Multicultural Presentation Room, Multicultural Center, D.P. Culp University Center, room 271. Start time is 5:00 p.m. A reception follows the lecture/performance.
Please join us on March 21st for this Women’s History Month Special Event sponsored by the Women’s Resource Center. For more information, contact the Women's Resource Center at 423-439-5772.
This Women’s History Month special event is free and open to the public.