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Remembering Dick Bishop

We remember longtime WFIU jazz host-producer Dick Bishop one year after his death. Steve Steve Sanders conducted this interview with Dick in April of 2006.

Dick Bishop against studio backdrop, wearing navy blazer, blue-and-white vertically-striped shirt open at neck

Photo: Adam Schwartz/WFIU

Dick Bishop in 2012

“Are you kidding me? We were dodging bullets and bombs. We’d get halfway through a performance and we’d have to duck under some boards. Hell no, we didn’t make any recordings.”

—Dick Bishop relating a phone conversation he had with World War II bandleader Artie Shaw

For five decades Dick Bishop’s name was synonymous with WFIU’s jazz programming. He joined WFIU as a student announcer in 1957 and went on to become the station’s longest-tenured host. Dick founded the popular-song program Afterglow, which remains a Friday night institution on our airwaves, as well the longtime show The Big Bands. His most recent program was Standards by Starlight. Dick Bishop died in May of 2016 at age 78.

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