‘Renaissance Man’

‘Professah Blues’ Celebrates 30 Years

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Posted: January 24, 2014

Greg Versen, a retired James Madison University professor, prepares for his Saturday night show on WMRA, “Blues Valley,” in the station’s studio on Reservoir Street on Thursday. Versen is celebrating the start of his 30th year on the air. (Photos by Michael Reilly / DN-R)
Greg Versen, a retired James Madison University professor and host of WMRA’s “Blues Valley,” talks about the show at the Reservoir Street studio on Thursday. On Saturday, Clementine Café will host a concert celebrating the start of Versen’s 30th year on the air. Cost of admission is a $10 donation to WMRA but the show is nearing capacity.

HARRISONBURG — Greg Versen was raised on the blues, somewhat quite literally.

Growing up in Vicksburg, Miss., he never lived more than a few blocks from U.S. 61, often called “The Blues...



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