Ex-WBEZ host takes charge at WDCB

Dan Bindert

Dan Bindert

Dan Bindert, an on-air and behind-scenes veteran of public radio stations in Chicago and northwest Indiana, has been named station manager of WDCB FM 90.9, the College of DuPage’s public radio/jazz outlet.

Starting Monday, he succeeds Scott Wager, who retired in July after more than 30 years at the station.

Bindert most recently was vice president of radio operations at Lakeshore Public Media’s WLPR FM 89.1 in Merrillville. Earlier this year, he overhauled the station’s weekday lineup, adding hours for NPR’s “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered.” He also launched on-air membership drives.

Before joining Lakeshore Public Media in 2010, Bindert spent 10 years at Chicago Public Media WBEZ FM 91.5, where he hosted jazz and blues programs, and produced and anchored newscasts, “Weekend Edition” and features for “Eight Forty-Eight.”

He previously was a host and producer at WCPN FM in Cleveland and WXXI AM in Rochester, N.Y.

West suburban Glen Ellyn-based WDCB, which bills itself as “Chicagoland’s Choice For Jazz, Blues, News and More,” also is the home of such eclectic programming as Steve Darnall’s “Those Were the Days” old-time radio showcase, John Russell Ghrist’s “Midwest Ballroom,” Bruce Oscar’s “Swing Shift” and Victor Parra’s “Mambo Express.”