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Ayana Contreras

Ayana Contreras

Sound Opinions Producer

Ayana Contreras is a producer with WBEZ’s Sound Opinions. She is an avid collector of vintage vinyl records, and shares her knowledge as host of Reclaimed Soul on Vocalo. Ayana periodically joins WBEZ’s Morning Shift, as well.
Previously, Ayana was Executive Producer of The Barber Shop Show hosted by Richard Steele, which was broadcast from a working barber shop on Chicago’s West Side.

Ayana was a 2014-15 Arts + Public Life Artist-in-Residence at The University of Chicago, and is a 2015 Association of Independents in Radio New Voices Scholar. Her first hosting gig was with WBEZ’s Global Overnight program in 2007. 


Recent Stories

The World

Call It Clave, Or Call It Hambone — The Beat's The Same

Clave is the foundation of salsa, boogaloo, mambo and so much more.

Morning Shift

Reclaimed Soul Serves Up Slice Of 75th Birthday Cake To Chicago Musician And Producer Willie Henderson

The Brunswick label was one of the biggest players in the Chicago Soul scene, and one of the key men behind the sounds at Brunswick was Willie Henderson.


Practically Speaking

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