The "Jazz Junction Radio Show" can be heard on Sunday's from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on THE X 106.9 FM broadcasting from Fanshawe College in London. You can also listen in to The X on the Internet and the show is hosted by a variety of Jazz Society Members who are listed alphabetically below along with a brief biography.
Note: The Jazz Junction Show is not broadcast on holiday weekends.
Gillian Barr is a keen jazz fan who has an in depth knowledge of good jazz and she has an impressive collection of music that she enjoys sharing with other jazz fans via the Jazz Junction Radio Show. She plays a nice mix of soulful jazz vocalists and great instrumentalists. She loves romantic jazz and plays some of the most touching music you have ever heard, performed by both well known and not so well known artists. Gillian also plays some impressive main stream jazz instrumentals that you will find both inspiring and uplifting.
Ron Chalk has been a life long jazz music enthusiast and has compiled a collection totaling 4500 vinyl records. From this amazing resource he is able to present a variety of themes for his Jazz Junction Radio Show. These themes cover various jazz categories and can include such things as featured musical styles, singers or instrumentalists. Ron is one of a rare breed that still uses vinyl records for his radio program and you can enjoy this unique presentation right here in London, Ontario. Ron has been a Jazz Junction DJ for the past 5 years although he was unavailable for portion of that time. He is currently active on the show and sells vintage records and antiques at various mall displays and flea markets in the London area.
Ian Davies started his radio career in 1971 when Radio Western was born. He was one of the founding members of the station. Shortly thereafter, Ian began his professional radio career at CFPL-FM where he was Music Director, Special Programs Producer/Writer, and an announcer. One of the highlights at that time was producing a seven hour documentary on Cleo Laine (which included an extensive interview with Cleo). In 1981 Ian moved to Windsor where he continued his radio career at CJOM-FM (now known as 89X). Ian's professional radio career ended in 1991 when he took a new career path in non-profit Arts Management in Hamilton. In 1993 Ian returned to London as Director of Development for Orchestra London. In the summer of 1999 Ian left Orchestra London to start his own business - IDEA - a concert promotion and booking agency. In addition to being a volunteer announcer for the London Jazz Society, Ian was also the alternate host for "A Sign of the Times" (a folk radio show that aired on 6X for many years). Ian's volunteer musical activity includes singing in two choirs, and work on three music festivals, plus promoting and booking the Acoustic Muse Concert Series, and also the Cuckoo's Nest Folk Club concert series.
Sandy MacKay is one of the busiest jazz drummers in the London area and he is coordinator of the Jazz for the People series presented at the Wolf Performance Hall in the London Central Library. Sandy can be seen playing for a variety of local groups and he has performed at several gigs for the London Jazz Society. He is the father of noted up-and-coming drummer Ian MacKay who is gaining a great reputation as a talented jazz musician. Sandy is one of the hosts of the "Jazz Junction Show" and often plays tracks featuring remarkable drumming.
Born in London, Ontario, Liz lived and worked in New York City for over 15 years before returning to Canada after 9/11. While in Manhattan, Liz frequented some of the best jazz clubs. These included Bradley's Jazz Club, the Village Vanguard, and the Blue Note. Her real love in jazz music is anything from the "Great American Songbook" or the "Golden Age of the Big Bands". Liz's most memorable highlight while working in New York was talking regularly on the telephone with the great songwriter, Sammy Cahn, who was a client for one of the firms that Liz worked for while in Manhattan. Mr. Cahn was always a true gentleman and his songs will live on forever.
Doug Proudfoot is a jazz enthusiast who likes to share his interest and knowledge of that great music with listeners of the "Jazz Junction Show". He is a lawyer by profession and is a member of the London Jazz Society Advisory Board.
With great sadness we announce the recent loss of four of our previous radio hosts. The London Jazz Society extends our deepest sympathies to the families and friends of Barney Booth, Lois Higgins, Bill Fenlon, Jack Young, and Al Burton. We will miss them greatly and we are grateful for their contributions to the London Jazz Society.
Note: Some of these programs may have changed.
On Sunday evenings between 8 and 10 P.M. you can enjoy "Jazz for a Sunday Night" on 94.9 CHRW FM Radio Western.
On Monday afternoons between 12 and 1:30 P.M. you can enjoy the "All That Jazz With Al " show hosted by Jazz Society Member Al Lavoie on 94.9 CHRW FM Radio Western.
On Tuesday afternoons between 12 and 1 :30 P.M. you can enjoy "Lois' Jazz Lane" hosted by Jazz Society Member Lois Higgins on 94.9 CHRW FM Radio.
On Wednesday afternoons between 12 and 1 :30 P.M. you can enjoy the "Afternoon Jazz" show on 94.9 CHRW FM Radio Western. There is also a blues show on Wednesday evenings from 7 to 8:30.
On Thursday afternoons between 12 and 1 :30 P.M. you can enjoy the "The Third Stone" show on 94.9 CHRW FM Radio Western.
On Friday afternoons between 12 and 1 :30 P.M. you can try the unique and non-mainstream "Beyond the Beyond" show on 94.9 CHRW FM Radio Western.
Another good source of Jazz music is AM 1410 in London, Ontario. This station also features other music of that era.
CBC Radio One (99.1 FM) can be heard in London at 93.5 FM and they play jazz on Sunday's from 11:05 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. They also have a Saturday Night Blues show from 11:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m.
CBC Radio Two (94.1 FM) can be heard in London at 100.5 FM and they play jazz from Monday to Friday at 10:05 p.m. to midnight. They also have a Jazz Beat show on Sunday's from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Jazz FM (91.0) can be heard on cable in London at 90.3 FM. This is a 24 hour jazz station based in Toronto that plays an excellent assortment of main stream jazz and is highly recommended.
WQLN Erie can be heard on cable in London at 96.3 FM and they play jazz on the weekends. This station is based in Erie Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
WDET Detroit can be heard on cable in London at 98.5 FM and they play jazz mainly during the evenings and on weekends. This station is based in Detroit Michigan, U.S.A.
We received the sad news of the passing of celebrated Past President Al Burton in late August, 2017. Al was the single most influential member of the Society since it's founding by Doris Jackson in 1983. Al was a founding member, and became the LJS President two years later, in 1985, and he held that position until just a few years ago. One of Mr. Burton's greatest legacies was the creation of the Doris Jackson Fund in 1994. That fund provides annual grants to students of the Faculty of Music at Western University, and the principle has grown to an amazing $230,000.00, and is still rising. Al Burton was also a longtime host of the Jazz Junction Radio Show, and he presented many excellent groups, live on stage, such as Peter Appleyard, Club Django, and Jon Seiger. His main focus though, was promoting local jazz combos and that legacy continues to this day. We extend our deepest sympathies to his family and friends.
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