TAMPA, Fla. (March 24, 2016) – This Saturday, March 26, Bob Seymour will host his last weekend evening of jazz music for WUSF Public Media, the culmination of a multi-decade career in radio broadcasting.
Seymour is retiring as Jazz Music Director & Host at the station where he first became jazz director in 1981, hosting two hours of jazz each night. Since then, he has presented thousands of evenings of jazz on air and overseen the 60 hours per week of jazz programming on WUSF 89.7. His final evening hosting “Saturday Night Jazz” will be this Saturday at 9 p.m. He’ll revisit some of the records that originally drew him to jazz – including old favorites by long-time friends.
“It’s been such an honor to be associated with this music, and with such great colleagues here at WUSF. And the time has sure flown by,” Seymour said. “I’ve made so many lasting friendships in the music community, and really treasure the relationship with the listeners who have joined us for All Night Jazz.”
With Seymour at the helm, jazz programming blossomed at WUSF, said WUSF and WSMR Program Director Shelia Rue. “Though we will miss Bob, the tradition of jazz programs on WUSF will continue, just as Bob would wish.”
Seymour first came to the Tampa Bay region in 1976, working at stations in Sarasota before joining WUSF. Over that time, he has met and interviewed a wide range of jazz greats, including Chick Corea, Dick Hyman, Benny Golson, Joe Henderson, Wayne Shorter and Nat Adderley.
“Bob has a wonderful presence on the air and around the studio and his work is legendary in the jazz community,” said WUSF General Manager JoAnn Urofsky. “WUSF 89.7 listeners have also heard Bob hosting Morning Edition, All Things Considered and classical music. He’s the ultimate utility player at WUSF. We’ll miss his distinct tone on air and his boundless knowledge of jazz, and we wish Bob only the best in his next chapter. Congratulations on a wonderful career.”
Besides presenting jazz from the studio, and introducing hundreds of live concerts, Seymour was involved with the classical music scene, producing series from the Sarasota Music Festival and La Musica International Chamber Music Festival, as well as hosting Florida Orchestra broadcasts.
This past March 13, The Palladium Theater in St. Petersburg celebrated Seymour during a special concert with sax master Harry Allen and vocalist Rebecca Kilgore in a tribute to Judy Garland – followed by a packed, three-hour jam session by many local jazz artists.
WUSF will also celebrate Seymour’s career with a feature radio piece, airing Monday the 28th at 8:45 a.m. and 5:45 p.m., and Wednesday the 30th at 8:40 a.m. and 5:45 p.m. on WUSF 89.7.
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