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Not Workin' at the Car Wash Anymore: Lil' Ed on His Return to Performing with the Blues Imperials

Lil' Ed Williams
Andy Lyons
"Lil' Ed" Williams will be performing at the Blast Furnace Blues and Lehigh Valley Bike Fest on Sunday, July 24, 2022.

Chicago blues musician "Lil' Ed" Williams of Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials talks with WDIY's Neil Hever about his unlikely job cleaning cars during the pandemic lockdown. He also discusses his effort to expose a new generation to the blues music he's loved since he was a child.

Lil' Ed & The Imperials will be the final performers at this year's Blast Furnace Blues and Lehigh Valley Bike Fest in Bethlehem, PA on Sunday, July 24, 2022.

(Original air-date: 7/19/2022)

Neil began his radio career as a student disc jockey at Muhlenberg college radio station WMUH in 1978. After earning a B.A. degree from the college, he spent the next 13 years in commercial radio and sound production at WSAN, Creative Sound studios and later at WAEB. In 1981, while attending Muhlenberg College, he and another community member joined together to form the first organized group of community radio volunteers in the Lehigh Valley. The group began incorporation meetings in 1984 and spent the next decade building support for a new community based station. WDIY 88.1 FM began broadcasting in 1995. Neil joined the staff in August of 1997 as Program Director and was promoted to Operations Director in February 2008.
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