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A Port City resident since 1993, Lan began his duties as on-air host for WHQR’s Front Street Blues in 2003. He's studied computer science at NCSU, attended Duke University’s Non-Profit Management program and is now an honors graduate of Cape Fear Community College with an A.A.S. degree in Computer Engineering and certified as a Network Specialist. His career path has included programming, IT, web design, computer graphics, media & event production, and plying his trade as a first-call professional bassist with a variety of touring and local artists. Lan's passion? “Producing episodes of FSB at WHQR’s state-of-the-art studios” he confesses.
His Tuesday nights are often spent at the ever-popular Cape Fear Blues Jam and his award-winning blues band, Tommy B. & The Stingers, has played nearly everywhere. He’s directed the annual Cape Fear Blues Festival since its inception and ushered the Cape Fear Blues Society into the 21st century as president, board chairperson, and active volunteer. Lan’s advice: “Bring a positive message to your community and follow a well-lit path. Success is never far behind.” Lan admits. “Zen is doing what you love. Deep Zen is doing it with the knowledge that the results benefit all.”
Lan spends his most important and productive moments with his harp-wailin', accordion-squeezin', keyboard-playin’ wife, Nel. They share a home with a half-dozen cute cats, an upright bass, and at least 3 computers.
If any one individual has been associated with the successful production and promotion of Blues music in the Port City, it's Lan Nichols. He's the director of the Cape Fear Blues Festival, a pro-active member of the Cape Fear Blues Society, and an ardent bassist with an ear for all things retro. Lan's duties as producer and host of WHQR's Front Street Blues include spinning classic, traditional, and contemporary tunes, peppered with flavors from all across the Blues map. FSB also welcomes submissions from local and regional performers, offering them exposure to a discerning audience. Is there a favorite Blues artist or song you'd like to suggest for airplay? Drop FSB a line at email@example.com. And keep listening!