Starting February 20 the Chicago Cultural Center will begin hosting monthly tapings of Listen Here, the nationally syndicated jazz radio show hosted by former WBEZ DJs Mark Ruffin and (Reader contributor) Neil Tesser. The one-hour program, which launched in 2005, features record reviews, conversation between the hosts, interviews, and live performances as well as some recorded music. Local guitarist Fareed Haque plays live for the first Cultural Center taping.
Oddly, though Listen Here is produced here and distributed by the local WFMT Radio Network, it can't actually be heard on the radio in Chicago. Elgin’s WEPS (88.9 FM) is the closest station to broadcast the show, but its 740 watt signal doesn’t penetrate city limits. (You can listen to the show via the program Web site.) Perhaps now someone will finally pick it up—maybe even the station that provides the feed to the dozens of stations around the country that do air it.