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Jeff Holtz Memorial Programs

To suggest that TSPR Music Director emeritus Jeff Holtz was the voice of public radio in this neck of the woods wouldn’t be much of a stretch: at various times since his arrival at WIUM-FM in 1987, Jeff hosted the daily classical show Ovation; its afternoon precursor Classical 91; showtune and great American songbook program Encore; folk, roots, blues and Americana sampler Folk Weekend; and, of course, Saturday night jazz stalwart After Hours… as well as co-hosting Jazz Worth Remembering with local jazz history buff Dick Abbot, Dale Hopper’s Big Band Jazz with WIU Jazz Studio Orchestra founder Dale Hopper, and producing the nationally-syndicated Rural Route 3, hosted by Chris Vallillo.

Following Jeff’s unexpected departure, each of his legacy programs paid tribute in their own way: After Hours with a retrospective of Jeff’s favorite artists and new music he’d planned to feature; Ovation with a program Jeff himself chose on his retirement day in 2008; and Folk Weekend with a retrospective and insights from longtime friend and partner-in-art Chris Vallillo.  We’ve rounded up those three programs and set them aside right here for all to listen (for a limited run engagement--- 2 weeks only), starting Monday, October 4th.

After Hours (Part 2)
After Hours (Part 3)
Folk Weekend (Part 1)
Folk Weekend (Part 2)
Ovation (Part 1)
Ovation (Part 2)
Ovation (Part 3)