Tony Mowod

Jazz 89.5-2 host

Tony Mowod is the President and Founder of the Pittsburgh Jazz Society and has been one of Pittsburgh's most enduring champions of jazz for over four decades. As a teenager, Tony was dazzled by the tremendous number of jazz greats from his native Pittsburgh and responded to them not only as a fan does, but as a young musician himself. (The vibraphone was his instrument of choice, after studying classical piano as a youngster.)

While attending Duquesne University, Tony embarked on his broadcasting career at WDUQ. Since then, he has been associated with WAZZ, WTAE, WKPA, WYDD, WAMO, and WDUQ. He's appeared in off-Broadway theater and on TV, as well as local pursuits in professional summer stock, the Pittsburgh Playhouse, Pittsburgh Children's Theater, and Duquesne University's Red Masquers, among others.

Tony has written album/c.d. liner notes for nationally and locally known artists such as Houston Person, Chris Vadala, Jimmy Ponder, Hendrik Meurkens, Lori Russo, Frank Cunimondo, Al Dowe/Etta Cox, Joe Negri, Don Aliquo, to name a few.

Achievements include:

  • "Radio Personality of the Year" for three consecutive years, 1967 to 1969.
  • Pittsburgh Jazz Festival honored him for his continuing effort to promote jazz music in 1970.
  • California University of Pennsylvania awarded Tony the "Excellence in Jazz Promotion Award" in both 1989 and 1990.
  • Nominated one of Pittsburgh's Top Five D.J.'s by the readers of In Pittsburgh magazine in 1989 and 1990.
  • 1992 - presented with a plaque by the River City Brass Band for "Outstanding Contribution to the Growth and Development of Jazz".
  • Nominated by Vectors/Pittsburgh for "Man of the Year in Communications (1997, 1998, 1999 & 2000)" and in 2001 nominated for "Man of the Year in Arts & Music."
  • Selected by the Pittsburgh Post Gazette as one of the Top 50 Cultural Power Brokers of Pittsburgh (1998, 1999, 2000).
  • In 1998 he was awarded the Radio Entertainer of the Year by Showtime '98' and was honored in 1995 with Pittsburgh Magazine's Inaugural Harry Schwalb Excellence in the Arts Award for Jazz (People to Watch Category.)
  • 2000 - received the Harry Schwalb-Excellence in the Arts Award for Jazz.

Mowod serves on the board of the American Federation of Jazz Societies. Tony's ongoing love affair with jazz music is rekindled each night as he reminds listeners to "...keep a bit of love in your heart, and a taste of jazz in your soul." More than words to Tony Mowod, they are the man's philosophy.