Marlee Walker - Publisher/Host
Publisher/Broadcaster Marlee Walker is a
longtime blues broadcaster and publisher based in her hometown of Seattle,
Washington. Marlee Walker has a name and voice Northwestern
music fans recognize as the ‘Blues Lady’ in Seattle, with over 25 national and
regional awards and nominations for her work promoting the blues in various
media including radio, TV, newsprint, web, email, and soon on your smart
phone. ? Blues To Do Monthly was
started in 1992, about one year before Marlee left her nine+ year (9+) award
winning career as blues host for KPLU radio. The same week she left KPLU,
she was hired by KMTT to host their weekly blues show which she called Marlee
Walker's Blues Kitchen. After more than an award winning year, the consultants
took over so she began hosting the Sunday morning Preachin' The Blues show at
KCMU, which later became KEXP while she was there hosting for more than eight
(8+) years, thru 2003.
Next, she was offered an opportunity to make a
television show so Marlee Walker grabbed her mic and make-up and gathered a
crew, eventually garnering more awards for her live weekly TV show. She
books the artists and groups and various VIP guests each week with help from her lively all
volunteer crew on cameras, audio for live music AND interviews, lighting, video editing, podcasting and livestreaming too!
Now, Blues To Do-TV is all assembled in digital
pieces with footage of a new artist or group in each new episode. It involves editing and computer
skills to assemble the show and Marlee has also jumped into the mix with new
technical skills to get it on the air. Now we live stream thru
www.seattlecommunitymedia.org and have various other methods of distribution as
well, including www.archive.org.
Jim “Early” Byrd has been a regular co-host on Blues To Do-TV. Now at 88, Byrd (pictured above at 80) with Marlee on set of Blues To Do-TV), is the fourth
legendary disc jockey inducted into the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland,
Ohio, along with Wolfman Jack, Alan Freed and Dick Clark. ? He
managed three(3) of James Brown's radio stations and much more. See
www.earlybyrd.com for more information.
BLUES TO DO and MARLEE WALKER’s AWARDS and
~ Keeping The Blues Alive Award in Radio,
2000 from The Blues Foundation, Memphis, TN.
~ Keeping The Blues Alive Nomination in
Print,1994 from The Blues Foundation, Memphis, TN.
~ Communicatin’ The Blues, 1990, 1991,
1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996 Summy Awards, Tacoma.
~ Golden Summy, 1997 Summy Awards, Tacoma.
~ Grand Summy, 1998, 1999, 2000 Summy
~ Best Writer, 1999, 2000 BB Awards, WBS,
~ Best Writer, 2004 BB Award Nomination,
~ Best DJ, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002 BB
Awards, WBS, Seattle.
~ Keeping The Blues Alive, 1999, 2000 BB
Awards, WBS, Seattle.
~ Keeping The Blues Alive, 2004 BB Award
Nomination, WBS, Seattle.
~ NW Gospel Awards, 2008, Seattle.
~ Favorite Live Music Program, SCAN-TV
Awards 2009, Seattle
Best Overall Technical Quality, and Best Producer, SCAN-TV Awards 2010, Seattle?