Bob Nave

 

This year's blues Christmas special is dedicated to the memory of WVXU Production Assistant Kevin Rowinski who started his radio broadcast career while a student at Xavier University.  Cincinnati Public Radio brought him on board in 2005 where he enjoyed his work on a number of award-winning specials over the years.  Sadly, he passed away in the spring of 2016, but his work is still highly valued by those who worked with him.  So, this blues special is one which he helped me produce in 2014.  

This picture of him was taken at a Cincinnati Reds ballgame even though his first love was the Cleveland Indians.  He loved sports and has left lasting memories with those of us who were lucky enough to share time with him.

This week on The Blues, Saturday night, April 15th at 11pm, the spotlight's on the late, great guitarist Lonnie Mack who passed away a year ago on April 21, 2016.  You'll hear many of his songs, as well as some songs with Stevie Ray Vaughan.

WVXU

On New Year’s Eve 15 years ago, Cincinnati jazz lovers weren’t celebrating. They were about to lose their favorite station, WNOP-AM, which last broadcast jazz on Dec. 31, 2000.

For 40 years, the crazy little station filled the airwaves with Duke Ellington, Dave Brubeck, Oscar Peterson, Wes Montgomery, Buddy Rich, Count Basie, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald and other jazz giants.

It was unlike any other station in Cincinnati – or possibly the nation. Who else broadcast from three huge oil tanks welded together, floating on the Ohio River on the Newport shore.

They called it “The Jazz Ark.”