Jazz Standards

Jazz Standards

Saturdays at 9pm on WVIA-FM

This hour-long program features a different theme on jazz each week.

Meet the Team

 Sascha Feinstein

Sascha Feinstein is a poet, essayist, and editor. His books include two collections of poetry, Ajanta’s Ledge and Misterioso (winner of the Hayden Carruth Award); a memoir, Black Pearls: Improvisations on a Lost Year; a collection of interviews,Ask Me Now: Conversations on Jazz & Literature; and a critical study, Jazz Poetry: From the 1920s to the Present. He has also co-edited four books: The Jazz Poetry Anthology and its companion volume, The Second Set (both with Yusef Komunyakaa); The Jazz Fiction Anthology (with David Rife); and Keystone Korner: Portrait of a Jazz Club (with Kathy Sloane).

In 1996, he founded Brilliant Corners: A Journal of Jazz & Literature, which he still edits. His honors include the 2008 Pennsylvania Governor’s Award for Artist of the Year. He is Professor of English at Lycoming College in Williamsport, where he has received both their junior and senior teaching awards, and a core faculty member in the MFA Program in Writing at Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Fiona Powell

Fiona Powell

WVIA-FM producer, editor and on-air host Fiona Powell began her career at WVIA in 2002 by being a volunteer, and assistant to Erika Funke.

During her time with Erika, Fiona interviewed authors, artists and musicians, and did research for both ArtScene and Early Birds.

After becoming one of the WVIA-FM weekend staff members, Fiona was offered the opportunity to help run the WVYA-FM studio in Williamsport, and host a weekday show on local Arts events and music.

Fiona also engineers and produces “Jazz Standards” for host Sascha Feinstein. In addition to “Jazz Standards,” Fiona also produces specials, such as the annual St David’s Day show, and is the occasional guest host for Early Birds.

In addition to her responsibilities at WVIA, Fiona is a respected folklorist and storyteller with over 20 years experience and is on the roster of artists for the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

She takes stories and folklore programs to schools, Celtic Festivals, folk festivals and colleges. Fiona is proud to be an annual presenter for the Reader’s Series at the Stadler Center for Poetry at Bucknell University.

Fiona, who is British and proud of her Welsh heritage; spent her early years working in Agriculture; qualifying at a British Agricultural College, and working for many years as a shepherd

Fiona is the mother of 4 grown children, and 6 grandchildren, who live in Bloomsburg and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Scarborough, England; and Savannah, Georgia.



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