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'100% Blues': Bev Conklin Gets Ready to Hit the Stage at the Blast Furnace Blues Festival

 Bev Conklin sings on stage holding a microphone.
Shamus McGroggan
Bev Conklin performs at the Blues, Brews & Barbecue Festival in Allentown in 2013. She will be playing in Bethlehem with BC Blue at the 2023 Blast Furnace Blues Festival on Friday, July 21.

Neil Hever talks with Lehigh Valley blues singer Bev Conklin as she prepares to perform with BC Blue at the 2023 Blast Furnace Blues Festival. Bev discusses what makes the festival so special to her.

The Blast Furnace Blues Festival returns to SteelStacks in Bethlehem from Friday, July 21 to Sunday, July 23, 2023. The event has free admission. More information is available at the SteelStacks website.

(Original air-date: 7/20/2023)

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.