Jazz After Hours is a late night jazz radio show hosted by Jim Wilke heard Friday and Saturday nights across the U.S. and parts of Canada since 1984. Jim has decided to step down from hosting the show this year, the 30th year of the show.
"It's been a good run," Jim says, "and receiving the Willis Conover/Marian McPartland broadcasting award and the Seattle Jazz Hero award from the Jazz Journalists Association, and topping JazzTimes Critics and Readers Polls is great recognition for what I've tried to do with the show. Thanks to Public Radio International for distributing the show and especially the listeners for being there with enthusiastic support."
The new host Jeff Hanley has been doing some guest shots on the show this Summer and will take over as full time host and producer in October. He's been getting comfortable in his new role, building his library and a new website for Jazz After Hours which will go live here on October 1. He has plans for social media connections as well and he'll be telling you about that, too.
Jeff and Jim actually worked together at KING-FM in the 70s when Jeff was a production assistant (remember tape recording?) and Jim was Program Director. Since then, Jeff worked at radio stations in Washington, Southern California and the Bay Area, and more recently in visual media as a filmmaker and digital media creative director in Silicone Valley. He's excited about his return to jazz radio. Jim says he hopes Jeff enjoys it as much as he has, and the great connection with you listeners continues as warmly as it has in the past.
Jim's photo by Steve Korn
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