WCLK mourns the passing of our former Program Director Bobby Jackson, the host of The Roots of Smooth. Jackson wrote, broadcast, lectured and otherwise promoted jazz constantly during his too-short lifetime. WCLK listeners regularly hear Bobby’s voice on Sunday afternoons from 3-4pm on Atlanta’s Jazz Station. We will bring you more information about the future direction of that show as we learn it. In the meanwhile our prayers and good wishes go to his family and loved ones. Jazz in heaven just gained a great emcee.
WCLK Program Director and Serenade To The City Host Aaron Cohen has dropped in a couple of Christmas songs into overnight rotation from New Orleans' own Kermit Ruffins, whose Have A Crazy Cool Christmas covers everyone from Sammy Cahn to Donny Hathaway. If you're digging the gumbo Christmas vibe of this record, you can purchase it from Amazon and support WCLK by clicking below:
WCLK and all of our listeners and members fondly recall the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela. Smiley and West devoted their December 7 program to memories of Mandela, including conversations with Ron Dellums, Maxine Waters, and Afre Woodard.
You can listen to that program on demand by clicking here.
Atlanta's historic Southview Cemetery is hosting a wreath-laying event honoring veterans on Saturday, December 14 at noon. Southview Cemetery Association President Wini Watts-Hemphill and Southview Manager Chermaine Axam-Wilkins stopped by WCLK to talk about this event and also talk about Southview, one of Atlanta's enduring African American institutions.
Dr. Sherry L. Turner, Executive Director of the Atlanta University Center Consortium, joined Morris Baxter on Morning Jazz to talk about Saturday's Know Your Rights Legal Information Forum at the Clark Atlanta University Student Center Saturday from 10a until noon.
WCLK is there for you every night, every day. In the overnight hours PD Aaron Cohen likes to mix things up and that includes Christmas Music. You'll be hearing some from New York Voices/Let It Snow throughout the holiday season.
Fulton Focus For November featured wide ranging discussions on Fulton Juvenile Court's observance of World Adoption Day, the Fulton Youth Commission's Christmas For Kids event, new rules in Fulton County for Body Art and Tattooists, and a visit from the Safe Sex Lady and a discussion of cooperation between Fulton and Dekalb County around World AIDS Day December 1.
From Jamal Ahmad, who hosted this edition of WCLK's ongoing Jazz Education series. "...Had a wonderful time hosting the Jazz Roots educational series this morning at North Atlanta High School w/ legendary South African singer/guitarist, Jonathan Butler! It was so inspiring to see him jam with a quartet that was comprised of students! They jammed Charlie Parker's "Now is the time" and Stanley Turrentine's "Sugar" and even played a traditional South African tune with him! Don't count the kids out good people! There is still hope!"
If you think shopping local is the way to go this holiday season you might want to check out Christmas In Atlanta Holiday Marketplace December 6-8 at the Georgia World Congress Center. Vendors are made up of small and home based businesses offering the best handcrafted and artisanal gifts of all kinds. Christmas In Atlanta is an initiative of Entrepreneurs Helping Entrepreneurs.
EHE Executive Director Koren Conrad checked in with WCLK's Rob Maynard as part of WCLK Community Focus Saturday morning November 30.
It's that time again and Atlanta's Jazz Station is playing Christmas jazz for you. Between now and New Year's Day you will hear a selection of contemporary and classic jazz artists designed to get your daily commute or holiday party into a feeling of yule cool.
Vocalist John Stoddart has a new Christmas record called Only On Christmas Day, and WCLK will be featuring a version of Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas featuring none other than Lalah Hathaway.