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Dick Buckley's last sign-off

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On Sunday from 2 to 4 PM Dick Buckley, perhaps Chicago's best-known jazz DJ, hosts his final show on WBEZ, where he’s been spinning records for 31 years. Aside from possessing one of the all-time great radio voices, Buckley has a deep knowledge of the music, particularly its first four decades, and his show provided excellent history and context, but his avuncular charm always made it seem like he was simply playing you some of his favorite records.

Buckley was the only jazz host to survive the music purge of station manager Torey Malatia in January of 2007, and programming has been cut back again recently, but I've been told that the decision to retire was his own (Buckley turns 83 next month).

This leaves the station with no jazz shows and only one in-house music show, Tony Sarabia's Radio M--to which I contribute monthly. (It's followed by Afropop Worldwide, but that's produced elsewhere and syndicated.)

Sunday's extended broadcast promises a discussion of Buckley's radio career with fellow WBEZ broadcasters Richard Steele and Dan Bindert.

Today’s playlist:

Nush Werchowksa, Mathias Pontevia, Heddy Boubaker, Glotosifres (Creative Sources)
Satan’s Tornade, Satan’s Tornade (Warp)
Omer Klein, Introducing (Smalls)
Stetsasonic, In Full Gear (Tommy Boy)
Achim Kaufmann, Michael Moore and Dylan van der Schyff, Kamosc (Red Toucan)

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