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Q&A: XM Radio’s Bill Wax Chats About His Wammies Co-host Calling

XM Radio’s Bill Wax, DJ to “B.B. King’s Bluesville,” dished to the News-Press what it’s like to be hosting the Wammies once again, advice for his co-hosts and – no surprises here – his 62-year love affair with blues music.billwax

XM Radio’s Bill Wax, DJ to “B.B. King’s Bluesville,” dished to the News-Press what it’s like to be hosting the Wammies once again, advice for his co-hosts and – no surprises here – his 62-year love affair with blues music.

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Bill Wax (Photo: Courtesy Ross Herosian)

News-Press: Is there anything you’ve learned from hosting the Wammies in the 90s that you’ll take with you into Sunday’s event?

Bill Wax: As a DJ, you get called on to host a lot of events. Any host needs to always understand the audience isn’t there for you. They’re there for the music and program, so as long as you know that, you’ll be fine.

N-P: What advice do you have for your co-hosts?

Wax: [Laughs] I think it would be pretty presumptuous of me to tell someone like Jim Bohannon or Kojo Nnamdi how to do what they do so well. What I do hope is that the three of us will have as much fun as the musicians there. If we do that, we’ll have a great show.

N-P: How does hosting an event in person compare to hosting a radio show?

Wax: On a radio show, you’re in a little room and, unless you have a guest, you’re totally alone. You might have thousands or more listening, but they’re not in the same room. If you need to pull out a book or check your notes, you can. But with a live audience, you get to hear immediate feedback from the crowd, unlike radio — where it’s sent out into the ether and all you get is a big silence. You don’t know what the reaction is.

N-P: Do you know yet where you will be pre- or after-partying?

Wax: I’m not that big of a party guy … maybe I’d be if I was in my 20s or 30s. But, at the age of 62, parties aren’t important. What’s important is making sure the event goes off the way the organization that called upon me to host wants it to.

N-P: Which Wammies performances are you looking forward to the most?

Wax: The genre I know best is blues, so I’m always excited to see blues music performed. But, honestly, good music is good music is good music. More so, I’m excited for all of the artists. It’s an incredible achievement for these musicians to get recognition from their peers. If  they do their job well, they get praise from the audience, but they don’t get too many chances to hear it from their peers in the industry.

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