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Radio AM to FM: April 4, 2003

KKJZ Celebrates Jazz in April

April is Jazz Appreciation Month (who would've thought ... I always thought it was just my birthday month), and KKJZ (88.1) is hitting the road in order to bring live music to listeners as well as reach new audiences.

On Monday, the station will launch a series of live concert broadcasts from the Jazz Bakery in Culver City (3233 Helms Avenue; 310-271-9039). The debut concert features Gerald Wilson, while April 21st will star Bob Florence. The concerts are hosted by Chuck Niles, continue through at least early June, and will air from 8 to 9 PM.

Additionally, some of the KKJZ hosts will broadcast their shows live from various locations in Southern California including Sean Heitkemper and Payal Kumar from the Newport Film Festival (7 PM to 12 AM April 5th), Helen Borgers from the Hollywood and Highland Center (4 to 8 PM April 9th), Scott Willis from Ontario Mills (9 AM to 2 PM April 12), and Scott Willis again from the UCLA Festival of Books (9 AM to 2 PM April 27th and 28th).

April 26th at 9 PM, the station will air a two-hour documentary highlighting the making of John Coltrane's groundbreaking recording, A Love Supreme.

The J. A. M. finale begins at 7:30 PM on Saturday, May 3rd when the station hosts the 5th Annual Cinco de Mayo Latin Jazz Dance Concert at the House of Blues on the Sunset Strip in Hollywood.

Later on we'll discuss how you can hold a Cinco de Mayo concert on May 3rd as the finale for Jazz Appreciation Month in April.


Two weeks ago I ran a letter from a reader asking if anyone knew where to find recordings of Nightwatch, a series which starred Peter Lee narrating a short mystery. I came up almost empty-handed, but another reader, Gary B., came through.

One source Gary suggested is This site has quite a large selection, but the cost for duplicating shows that are (supposedly) in the public domain seems a bit steep to me as well as Gary, so he has another thought.

"A more prudent path for anyone wanting a specific show or series would be to join one of the old time radio clubs," wrote Gary. "I belong to SPERDVAC -- the Society to Preserve and Encourage Radio Drama, Variety And Comedy, at They have a large library (their catalog is approaching 600 pages) and the fee for checking out a tape or disc is minimal. Members get a monthly newsletter, Radiogram; they hold about 6-10 meetings a year and a convention in the Fall." And there are others. Gary has a listing on his web page,

If you join a group to partly get a specific show, make sure they have it ... write first to ask questions before you join.


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