Jim Wilke and his radio program Jazz After Hours have been an institution on the jazz radio landscape for more than 30 years.
Jim recently announced that he will be stepping down as the host of the program. The show will continue with former KJZZ music director Jeff Hanley stepping into Jim’s big shoes.
On an editor’s note, I grew up with this show and it had a great deal to do with shaping my appreciation of this incredible music. The thing I most appreciate about Jim and the program he provides is the fact that he really seemed to make it a point to do a fresh and interesting show each time he was one the air. I spent many a late night with Jim, starting in college, and always came away from the show with the names of at least 10 to 15 recordings I needed to purchase as a result of listening to the show.
It was a truly an honor when I got the opportunity to interview Jim several years ago. I will miss Jim’s great voice on the program, but I will cherish the education in music that he provided me for so many years.