Since joining WDCB's broadcast team in 1998 as a part-time/fill-in announcer, Besflores (Bes) Nievera Jr. has enjoyed a very busy career at the station - As co-host for On the Scene, he interviewed Fareed Haque, Chuchito Valdes & David Young. He represented the station as emcee at local events and concerts, welcoming everyone from Patricia Barber to the legendary Frank Wess. He also produced several year-end music review programs, showcasing the best of the station's playlists. Not bad for a guy whose first gig was a voice over as 'Bubba the Safety Bee'!
When he's off the air, Bes earns a pretty good wage as Trade Show Coordinator and Senior Audio Consultant for Chicago-based musicdirect, a nationally recognized multichannel retailer of High Performance 'Audiophile' products. His friendly style has earned him praise from customers and industry peers for over a decade, and his knowledge in this field has been documented in interviews for Stereophile, Jazz Times and 6Moons.com.
To make sure Mrs. Nievera's oldest son earned a good living, Bes graduated from Columbia College with a degree in Arts & Media Management, and successfully completed an internship at ABC Radio in Chicago. He previously completed courses toward an Associate Degree in International Business at Harold Washington College and Northwestern University.
Bes also possesses a talent for hamming it up as well. He received his theatrical training at both Oakton College and Northwestern University, and studied First Folio under Robert Scoggin. His performances included a studio theater production of Catcher in the Rye and a powerful interpretation of John Merrick in Bernard Pomerance's The Elephant Man. His voice work has included narration work for an interactive educational program at Governor's State University, and performances in original audio dramas for Mind's Ear Audio Productions. Behind the scenes, Bes's creative output led him to remaster a track for Big Chicago Records' Chicago Jazz Tour, and design chilling sound effects for a performance penned by noted author Jay Bonansinga.
In his free time Bes has volunteered for the Jazz Institute of Chicago's annual Jazz Club Tour and Jazz Festivals, and CRIS Radio.
Bes resides in Chicago with his wife Dawn and their precious cat, Cashmere.