Monday, September 03, 2007

in the Spirit of KJAZ

Now that the Spirit is once again dead, I've been on the hunt for a reasonable alternative. Nothing will replace it but I'm willing to lower my expectations a bit. So far I've settled on KCSM's Jazz 91 after a short bond with CSU's KJAZZ. But it really feels like the fans are right and KCSM is the best candidate to carry on the flag.
It's fair to say that KJAZZ is a good starting point. It will make you happy when you feel the blues so it's well worth a place in your playlist as well.
Tune in and enjoy...

[edited at 03.10.2007]
I just gogled once more for the Spirit and this is the link to the new broadcast: The Spirit of KJAZ - San Francisco -- In memory of Jerry Dean 9/07. Same voice, sad listener :(



Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm happy to tell you that I just retried my link to the Spirit of KJAZ and it's playing now as I type you this message!

Sadly, the title says "In memory of Jerry Dean" so my favorite radio voice is now gone on to greater service.

The website is still not helpful in telling listeners what's going on and still refers to Jerry Dean as though he were alive.

2:28 AM, September 26, 2007  
Blogger cosmin said...

Very, very sad news indeed. He will live forever in the memory of all those who listened to his voice over the years.
Could you post here your url please?
The one in my bookmarks is still not working. And I've tried countless others so I'm not sure any more...

10:18 AM, September 26, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From Ben Fong-Torres's "Radio Waves" column, San Francisco Chronicle, 23 Sept 2007:
JAZZ MAN: Jazz fans are mourning the loss of Jerry Dean, a jazz DJ for some 50 years, who died Sept. 5 of a heart attack; he had also been dealing with kidney failure for months. He was 75. Dean was a versatile DJ on KJAZ, where he worked every time slot, including the popular "Dinner Jazz" show, and served as operations manager. "I was the first person on the air when they signed on in August 1959," he said, "and the last one when they signed off in September 1994." He went on to other stations, both online ("The Spirit of KJAZ," via Shoutcast until it closed recently) and on air, including KJZY (93.7 FM) in Santa Rosa. He also continued to MC the Russian River Jazz Festival, which he hosted for 26 years.

Born Gerald Gene Schram in Wisconsin, Dean was a trumpet player who, while in the Air Force, was assigned to Armed Forces Radio. He came west in 1954 and worked at stations in Pittsburg and Vallejo, until Pat Henry founded KJAZ in Berkeley. The late Chronicle critic John L. Wasserman once called Dean "one of the finest jazz programmers in the country." Dean is survived by Shirley Schram and six children. Said daughter Kema Small: "He will be remembered for his larger-than-life personality, his sense of adventure and travel, his rich, beautiful voice, and his ability to share the music that he loved."

10:49 PM, October 03, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Spirit of KJAZ is a tremendous boon to the jazz lovers of the world. Thank you to Jerry Dean and to whoever keeps KJAZ running now!

8:02 PM, January 25, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As a newcomer to jazz, I am completely delighted that the Spirit continues to deliver wonderful music to us. Sad that Jerry Dean is no longer, but we continue to relish his thoughtful commentary and lush voice through the miracle of the Internet.

Thank you for keeping this station alive.

4:05 PM, August 08, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is sooo sad. KJAZZ was the best jazz radio station in the world.

When I was a student, I used to listen to Jerry long hours day and night when I was writing University papers.

Without Jerry nothing, nothing will ever be the same.


Jerry will be allways a friend in my memories.

2:51 AM, September 21, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Used to listen to hour long shows announced by Jerry Dean on iTunes radio. Can't find it now. Are these shows available anywhere.

2:49 AM, July 06, 2009  
Blogger cosmin said...

Well I still have the old link and I'm listening using VLC on OS X. The thing is that sometimes it plays, sometimes it doesn't and sometimes it asks for an user/password that I have no idea where to get from. Maybe in the US it works better?
The link is

9:42 AM, July 06, 2009  
Blogger Unknown said...

Here's the Itune link to KJaz:

6:37 AM, October 19, 2009  
Anonymous rickyfry said...

Well, it's playing right now and it's the streaming titles notwithstanding. Who cares? I know most of this's the art of the selector in the moment that I dig. I lived in SF 1974-1984 and this is really the vibe of those times. Jerry's voice is like a warm fire burning in the room with me as I listen to him back announcing. Fantastic...thanks to whomever maintians this.

12:09 AM, December 06, 2009  
Blogger Tom said...

I have been listening to this stream (at different URL) since 2005. I was surprised that Jerry's recordings were archived and still continue. Kudos to whoever maintains it.

2:52 AM, December 12, 2009  
Blogger Unknown said...

Up until recently I was able to listen to The Spirit on I Tunes using the URL provided by cosmin. The around the middle of December I got a crawler on I TUNES that said KJAZ would be off the air until 12/31 but was returning. It has not. Anyone know what happened. MLB

5:32 PM, January 11, 2011  
Blogger cosmin said...

It's back online :)

8:13 AM, January 25, 2011  
Anonymous Loren S. Miller said...

The Spirit goes on... yeah.

10:28 AM, May 30, 2012  
Blogger Mark said...

Long may the spirit continue. Seen me through many moments in my life!

12:40 PM, September 07, 2012  
Blogger Mark said...

Long may the spirit continue. Seen me through many moments in my life!

12:41 PM, September 07, 2012  

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