â¢ In addition to Night Lights, I also write, host, and produce a weekly program at WFIU called Afterglow, which features a usually themed mix of jazz, ballads, and American popular song. The show's founder, Dick Bishop, who hosted the program from the late 1970s until 2005, always did programs he called "Songs of the Season" that paid musical tribute to the changing times of year. I've continued the tradition. The fall 2009 program Songs of the Season: Autumn includes music from Frank Sinatra, Nina Simone, Kurt Elling, Duke Ellington, and more. There's also a video clip of Nat King Cole singing "Autumn Leaves" on the program page.
â¢ Next, return with me to the thrilling yesteryears of terrestrial radio! In the age of downloads, podcasts, streaming audio, iPhone applications and so on, it's easy to overlook the fact that many people still listen to radio programs from an actual radio â but it's true! You can hear Night Lights around the United States each week on more than a dozen stations (as well as one in the Phillippines): check out this Night Lights station map. Our newest addition, WMCE, a public radio station in Erie, Pennsylvania that swam against the currents of programming trends by going to an all-jazz format this past January, now carries Night Lights on Saturdays at 8 p.m. EST.
â¢ On the radio at a national level, there were three good stories on NPR in the past week.
- One was a feature on Sam Rivers, the 85-year-old musician whose career follows a line from the late-1940s/early-1950s Boston bebop and big-band scene through the 1970s New York City jazz-loft era to the present day. (He also did a brief but interesting stint with Miles Davis in the 1960s.)
- The other story took a look back at the 1967 Frank Sinatra-Antonio Carlos Jobim collaboration.
- Finally, check out Robert Levin's remembrance of seeing avant-garde jazz piano giant Cecil Taylor at a club on New York City's Bleecker Street in the early 1960s.