remembering the KJAZ announcersPosted: April 2, 2015
The passing of Bob Parlocha made me think of the many KJAZ announcers who went to the public radio station KCSM after the demise of KJAZ and after KCSM switched to jazz. They would be on KCSM a day or two a week, not on a regular daily shift like they had at KJAZ. But I’m glad that KCSM welcomed them.
Still active, busy, and on the air each Tuesday and Thursday evening is Greg Bridges. I love hearing his mellow voice, and am happy that he fills in for other announcers on the evening Jazz Oasis at times as well.
Others are no longer on the air. George Hughes of KJAZ had the Saturday evening shift for a long time before he shuffled off this mortal coil. John Rogers, a long-time KJAZ veteran had the later shift on Saturday evenings until he decided it was time to hang up the headphones. Michael Berman, who ran the board for both of them and kept things functioning, now has Saturday nights. He’s not a KJAZ veteran, but I appreciate his crisp, pleasant, British accent.
Before George and John Saturday nights on KCSM were owned by Al “Jazzbeaux” Collins. He was not a KJAZ veteran but was a well-established jazz broadcaster on various other Bay Area stations. He was a dominating presence and I remember him scaring the heck out of a student intern one Saturday who was trying his best to queue up CDs for him.
I appreciate the legacy of all of those great KJAZ broadcasters who have moved on to that great radio studio in the sky, and I value those who are still with us.