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May 06, 2010


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T. Nicholson

Fyi, H. Johnson of Atlanta is still spinning the platters in Atlanta:



Loved this, Marc!

As a young, up-and-coming jazz fan, I spent many hours first listening to William B. Williams at WNEW in NYC. Then, when I discovered Ed Beach, Max Cole and Les Davis at WRVR, I was in heaven.

I feel fortunate to have spent quality time, talking jazz, with Chuck Niles during my visits to the L.A. area. I also count dear Bob Perkins at WRTI in Philadelphia as a friend and fellow jazz lover.

The one thing all of these folks have in common is a deep and passionate love for and knowledge of the music.

I know of the late Mort Fega via my friend, pianist/vocalist Patti Wicks and she continues to speak highly of him - his, knowledge/sense of jazz history, his passion and his integrity. I wish I could have met him and sorry I was not able to hear him as an on air announcer.

Thanks - enjoyed reading this and combing through the list!


John Herr

Marla beat me to the punch in noting that Bob Perkins is still on the air at WRTI in Philadelphia. He's on from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm M-F & 10:00 am to 2:00 pm Sun. I met him at a Jackie Ryan-Larry McKenna 4tet performance at Chris' Jazz Cafe in the City of Brotherly Love last November, & even though I live in Syracuse, I sometimes switch over to his tastefully-chosen selection of jazz after WAER starts its news programming in late afternoon. Tony Mowod is also still on the air, as one of the announcers for the canned service which WAER, Binghamton's WSQX & other NPR jazz stations use in hours when they don't have live, locally-originated shows on the air. I'd like to see you devote a posting to stations that still offer mainstream jazz & to the announcers who carry the banner forward.

Chris Albertson

While this guy is right about the importance/influence of many who are on his lists, he obviously is not as "hip" as he would want us to believe. Sid Mark (WHAT), for example, had very limited knowledge of jazz beyond what he read in liner notes, and he was virtually ignorant of its history.

When I asked him why he never played Fats Navarro's records, he said that we weren't "getting his new stuff." Fats had been dead for some time. Sid's thing was and remains Frank Sinatra.

BTW, Joel Dorn replaced me when I moved to New York. WHAT-FM played jazz 24/7 and may have been the country's first all-jazz station.


Chris Albertson...just read your post. I've recently met Dick, as his son joined our family by marriage. Wish you could meet him. He's funny, cool, and seems fairly humble despite the fact that he ran with many of the greats (Rat Pack, Nat King Cole, etc.) in the day. He's in his 80s now and still working and successful. He's amazing.

Johnny Holliday

Love to re connect with Dick LaPalm..any suggestions? Got to know Dick when I was at WHK in Cleveland.
Johnny Holliday

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