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Jon Norton

Music Director/Morning Edition Host

Not a hunter, skier, ice fisherman or hockey player, Northern Minnesota native Jon Norton has adapted well to what he considers the warm climate of Central Illinois.

After 20+ years in commercial radio, he's also "adapted" well to programming and playing jazz and blues music for listeners in Central Illinois.  John Lee Hooker and Oscar Peterson are among his favorite artists.

Norton is an ISU and Chicago Bulls Basketball fan, a Minnesota Twins baseball fan and treasures his time at home with his wife and son. 

JC Smith

Sep 28, 2015

On this edition of GLT Blues Next, west-coast bluesman John Smith, aka "JC Smith" of the "JC Smith Band" details his bands new album, titled "Love Mechanic." He also recalls meeting a blues legend -- before he realized who the legend was -- and before he realized they were related.

Ghost Town Blues Band

Sep 28, 2015

There are a number of young blues artists based in Memphis, the so-called "home of the blues." Getting gigs in Memphis isn't always easy, but there are a lot of musical collaborations. On this edition of GLT Blues Next, Jon Norton talks with Matt Isbell, guitarist and vocalist with the Memphis based Ghost Town Blues Band, about one of those collaborations, and about the bands new album, Hard Row to Hoe.

Balkun Brothers

Sep 28, 2015
Katrina Kelly / Kats Eye Press

The blues-rock band the Balkun Brothers pulls its influences from classic rock even from hard rock bands like Black Sabbath. Drummer Nick Balkun talks about shaping the band’s sound in this edition of GLT Blues Next.

Occasionally we send Jon Norton out to local record stores to listen to what customers are hearing as they browse the bins.  Norton's trip to Uptown Normal this week pumped some new heavy metal in his hear holes.

Jazz vocalist and lyricist Lorraine Feather has been quite busy in the last few years.

Grand Jury decisions in Ferguson Missouri and New York City not to indict white officers for killing unarmed black men has provoked a kind of national Rorschach test on race. According to a Pew Research Center study, blacks, by a an overwhelming margin, say the Ferguson shooting raises critical racial issues and that the police quote "went too far" in responding to subsequent protests. Only 9 percent of blacks said they agreed with the Grand Jury's decision.

In the mostly minority Ferguson, Missouri neighborhood where Michael Brown lived, residents have taken what they call a pro-active approach to monitoring police. A group called "We Copwatch" donated cameras to neighborhood residents so they can record police interactions. Nearly 14 years ago, leaders in McLean County tackled the issue of minority-police relationships using a different approach. GLT's Jon Norton has more in the 5th and final part of the GLT News investigative series "Police and Race in the Twin Cities."

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