Cerritos College News Release - January 2009

Blues Radio Great Bernie Pearl Returns via Cerritos College’s WPMD.org

Bernie Pearl spinning at WPMD.Pearl will Host My Kind of Blues Weekly on the Internet


Media Contact: Aya Abelon, Public Affairs; (562) 860-2451 ext.2287

NORWALK, Calif. – January 26, 2009 – Bernie Pearl is a southern California blues legend that has lent his life to this laid-back, soul-baring genre of music that he loves.

Pearl became the first all-blues FM disc jockey in Los Angeles when he started hosting his show, Nothin’ but the Blues, on KPPC FM in 1968. He stayed at KPPC for two years.

After a 10-year hiatus from radio, Pearl returned to the airwaves in 1980 with the revival of his radio show on the Cal State Long Beach radio station KLON, which is now know as KJAZZ. Pearl stayed with KLON, where he had the top-rated program and highest fundraising totals, until 1990.

While with KLON, Pearl helped found the Long Beach Blues Festival. The festival has become one of the largest of its kind, and the second oldest blues festival on the west coast.

Since leaving KLON, Pearl hosted his Nothin’ but the Blues show at KCRW for two years and has made a few on-air cameo appearances.

On Saturday, January 31 at 3:00 p.m., Pearl will once again become the blues disc-jockey he was meant to be. He will sit down behind the controls of Cerritos College’s WPMD.org and begin what will become his two-hour, Saturday tradition, of playing the best of what the genre has to offer from the 1920’s to the present day.

Bernie Pearl holding the B.B. King album his blues show is named after.“My first purpose is to present the great music that is not being heard,” Pearl said. “I’ve got only two hours a week to show the world what I feel about the blues, and I must go home each week fulfilled and eager to go do it again next week.”

Pearl visited the station on Thursday, January 22 to get used to what used to be second nature for him. He hasn’t spun records or been a DJ for over 15 years.

He has great expectations for his new show My Kind of Blues that took its name from the title of one of his favorite B.B. King albums.

“I’m going to start slow by playing some of the great stuff I love and miss hearing,” he said. “I intend to build an international following for My Kind of Blues.”

WPMD.org originates from the campus of Cerritos College in Norwalk, California.  WPMD features an eclectic programming mix of news, talk, sports and music, presented primarily by students, with help from the Cerritos College community and radio professionals.

Cerritos College serves as a comprehensive community college for southeastern Los Angeles County. Communities within the college’s district include Artesia, Bellflower, Cerritos, Downey, Hawaiian Gardens, La Mirada, Norwalk, and portions of Bell Gardens, Lakewood, Long Beach, Santa Fe Springs and South Gate. Cerritos College offers degrees and certificates in more than 180 areas of study in nine divisions. Annually, more than 1,200 students successfully complete their course of studies, and enrollment currently surpasses 24,000 students. Visit Cerritos College online at www.cerritos.edu.