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WUWF’s RadioLive Welcomes New Host in January

Tanya Gallagher

RadioLive debuted in 1988 with WUWF Executive Director, Pat Crawford as host and producer. Now in its 35th year, Crawford is turning over the microphone to new host and artistic director, Tanya Gallagher.

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A local musician, fourth-generation Pensacolian, and UWF Alumni, Gallagher is excited to assume her new role in January. She discovered her passion for music at a young age. “Words and poetry were always something that I really loved, but it wasn’t until around age 15 I started singing in church. Then at age 18, I picked up a guitar. It was just one of those things that came pretty naturally,” Gallagher said, “and I’ve been playing ever since.”

While in Canada producing an album, Gallagher earned a Ph.D. in Forest Conservation Science. “Academics were always important to me. I loved school and music was always intertwined with my education. It helped pay my way through college.”

Living in Vancouver at the time, Gallagher distinctly recalls her first time being invited to perform on RadioLive. ”I was just so excited because I had built it up so much in my head. I’d listened to it ever since I was a kid,” Gallagher said.

Crawford added, “I have felt for some time the need for a new face that better reflects the direction RadioLive has been moving and needs to keep moving.  I also have always thought that a host who is a musician would bring much more to the program, providing opportunities to collaborate with the other artists. Gallagher is the perfect choice for host.”

On January 4, Gallagher will host her first RadioLive.  “There’s a nervous-excitement feeling,” she said anticipating her first show as host. “That’s a good thing. I understand how big of a deal this is.”

RadioLive is held at 6 p.m. on the first Thursday of every month inside the Museum of Commerce in downtown Historic Pensacola, located at 201 Zaragoza St. Tickets are $10 and available online at wuwf.org/radiolive.

Read about the history of RadioLive at https://www.wuwf.org/celebrating-35-years-of-radiolive.

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