Linda Yohn

Profile Updated: May 27, 2009
Residing In: Ypsilanti, MI USA
Spouse/Partner: William Labedzki
Occupation: Public Radio Music Director and on-air host
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In 1975, I started tending bar at a great jazz club in Columbus, Ohio and became a raving lunatic jazz fan. I'd always dug music, but jazz hit me up side the head and changed my life. In 1977 I hosted my first paid jazz radio show and was hooked. I worked two or three jobs at a time to keep this habit happening. In 1980, I branched out to the market of Cincinnati, Ohio on a more powerful station. 1981 found me in Kent, Ohio doing jazz public radio for listeners in Akron, Canton, Cleveland and Youngstown, Ohio. I loved that job! In '86, I moved to New York City to pursue a jazz dream of working in the music industry. I worked as a publicist representing artists such as Mel Torme, George Shearing, The Count Basie Orchestra and others. This was a great experience, but the mid 80s in New York were hellish. I had to take on another job to make rent. For the most part, this wasn't the fun and glamour I'd imagined. I began to long for my more bucolic existence in Kent, Ohio. So, I searched for a jazz public radio job back in the Midwest which is what led me to Ypsilanti and Eastern Michigan University in 1987. I became their music director and have held that position since. I'm on the air Monday through Friday from 9AM to 12:30PM hosting a show of modern jazz with some blues, Latin, funk and worldbeat for spice. In addition to the on-air work, I deal with all the record companies, review all music programmed at WEMU and supervise the music staff and activities. I love being involved in the community around Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti and Detroit and serve on boards and am a volunteer for many causes such as the American Cancer Society. Lest you think that my life is all work, I do like to play, too. I love swimming, hiking Michigan's Sand Dunes, bycicling, cooking, wine tasting, walking, bird watching and laughing. I haven't changed much...I'm still a party girl. One thing really changed my life however, and that is my marriage to Bill Labedzki. He tamed this crazed jazz woman and made her in to a much more responsible human being. He is the neat, clean, organized one in the relationship. I bring the friends and parties to him and in to our lives. He brings an appreciation of the visual arts (he is a former art teacher turned digital sign maker) and order in the chaos. We share a small home surrounded by three and a half acres of mature trees, native flowering plants, deer, hummingbirds and a cement frog pond. This locale offers our three cats plenty of stimulation and area in which to roam. We appreciate it, too. With Bill's help we grow onions, leeks, tomatoes, basil, peppers, eggplant and zucchini every year. I cook like crazy all summer. We enjoy summer nights sipping a beverage, eating our own produce and watching the sun set over the Huron River. I'm loving my life with Bill...perhaps even more since surviving colorectal cancer in 2007.

School Story:

I remember being a grandma cheerleader in a rocking chair for the homecoming parade float. Closest I'd ever get to "Go, Billies, Go!" although I tried out.

Mr. Calandra!

Being in the cast of "Guys And Dolls" was cool, too.

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