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Andy Bienstock

Vice-President, Program Director, On-Air Host

Andy Bienstock is that rare radio bird who's spent almost his entire career on the same frequency. As an undergraduate at The Johns Hopkins University, he polished his radio skills at the student-run WJHU, the best little 10-watt station ever. After a brief stint doing weekend jazz at WBJC, he joined the 10,000 watt WJHU in October of 1986, - when it went on the air as an NPR affiliate doing a Sunday night jazz show and hosting the local portion of Morning Edition. In the summer of 1990 he began his nightly jazz program, and hasn't budged since. When the station became WYPR in 2002, Andy added Program Director to his portfolio, and is excited to help shape Your Public Radio's future.
A native New Yorker, he is still learning to deal with the Yankees' loss of omnipotence, though Oriole fans should still stay clear of him until the Birds manage to finish ahead of his beloved Bombers. He shares an 1891 house in Annapolis with the most wonderful woman in the world, and the meanest cat in the world. His hobbies include reading, martini making, martini drinking, and trying not to kill the fish and plants in his backyard water garden.