Your show keeps alive the romance and excitement of this very important genre... the listing of performances around the country gives lie to the notion that Jazz is dead. The broadcast reminds me of an era when radio was the primary electronic medium for mass communication.
- Dane W. (MD)
I grew up in Seattle, listening to KPLU -- now I record "Jazz After Hours" every weekend, listening to it at my desk in the following week. Keep doing what you're doing! There's lots of jazz dj's out there, but you still have the best track record of introducing me to music that I'm going to really like.
- Peter F. (DE)
For over 30 years, my musical education has been accompanied by Jim Wilke's voice.
- Roger P. (NH)
Love your show so much! Great selections of mostly new and happening music with classics sprinkled in here and there. Plus your voice compliments it perfectly ... Thank you so much for everyone's hard work on the program and keep up the good work!
- Cody H. (NC)
Your program is like yoga for me - I forgot how good it feels, and when I get lucky and tune in I have to ask myself, "why don't you do this more often?"
- Peggy M. (MD)
Thanks for your fantastic programming!!! I have been an avid fan since the first time I heard your program in 1998 on WVTF. Keep up the fantastic work!
- Kelly M. (VA)
Really enjoying the show. Tuning in here in Tokyo via the wamc.org stream.
- Robbie R. (Tokyo)
I am enjoying listening in Cassis, France. Your show is one of the things I enjoy most from America, and it's always timely in my time zone!
- Laurie P. (France)
I am currently on the high speed train from The Hague to Paris. (180mph) The train has satellite connection to the internet. I am streaming your show and now have the head conductor (who has been listening in via my headphones) a fan of yours. Just trying to spread the word of good jazz.
- Joe I. (from Ireland, in France)
Jim - I discovered your show about two years ago and listen to it (until I fall asleep around 2am) every week at my weekend home in the Albany, NY area. Even in competition with all of the jazz shows in NYC, it's the best.
- John F. (NY)
... as always, thanks for the music! JAH is a regular week-end event for us and we don’t have to stay awake for it like folks in North America do.
Regards from Not-So-Sunny-but-we’re-eagerly-awaiting-spring North Yorkshire.
- Carl (England)
JAH is simply the best jazz program I have ever heard, hands down, no comparison. Jim's selections just blow me away, song after song, hour after hour. I found JAH in August 2007. I don't think I've had a jazz conversation since then and not mentioned it. If I pay too much attention, I can't fall asleep to it on Friday and Saturday nights--it just draws me in that much--I fall asleep after my tuner's sleep timer times out.
- Rusty S. (CO)
Thank you for all that you do to make jazz understood and appreciated. Thousands of us need it and depend on it and really don't want to live without it... Thank you so much for publishing the playlists. You don't know how convenient it is to get the info if you want to buy it or look for it in iTunes. In the words of Frazier Crane "I'm listening"
- Carver G. (MD)
Once again, listening to your Jazz After Hours (streamed on KUNC, Greeley, CO) is just the way I enjoy spending parts of Friday and Saturday evenings. When I lived in Tacoma, Washington I attended some of the Port Townsend jazz performances, and listened to you on KPLU. Thanks for continuing to create a wonderful jazz mood every weekend.
- Bob S. (CO)
I love your program on weekends. I stay up most weekends to listen to Jazz After Hours. The night time is the right time. I love the fact that you don't talk a lot. You let the great music speak for itself. The Dr. Martin Luther King tribute was beautiful, especially the Oliver Nelson, Duke and Herbie Hancock compositions. They ran like a beautiful collage. Jim, you're one of the best. I enjoy hearing who's performing around the globe.
Thanks for the midnight groove!
- Darrell (MD)
I still listen to your show every weekend ... your "1957" show was one of the best I've heard. In spite of the fact I've been on the music scene for 40 years now, every time I tune in your show I learn or hear somethng new.
When my wife lets me stay up with you, I'm very honored to be in your presence. Keep on keepin' on, and congratulations on your 50 years in the business!
- Gary (WA)
.. we just got home from a gig in NYC. We had a 3 hour drive back to Albany and as usual tuned in to your show. WOW! The best show I've ever heard. All the way home we were in awe of how remarkably fresh and inspiring the music was. ... Thank you Jim, for your dedication to jazz and all your hard work in putting together such an extraordinary show. ... Congratulations on 50 years of success in bringing such joy to your listeners and keeping the flame burning for this rich musical heritage.
- Sonny & Perley (NY)
Keep up the good work. I'm standing by in Puerta Vallarta via Sioux Falls (KWIT). When air was clean and sex was dirty, I used to tape you with a VCR and move you to cassettes. Now a 2G DSL makes it child's play. Ciao,
- Dave (PV , Mexico)
HEY!!! Thanks! That was a great version (of A Night in Tunisia). Just heard it about 12:45 my time -- it is a sunny day at the beach!
- Laurie (Tunisia)
You and your program have been great companions for this jazz buff. I found your program one night when I couldn't sleep and enjoy it every weekend. It's exposed me to so many artists I might have never heard otherwise. I had never heard Chet Baker before your show and he's become a favorite. I've also become aware of so many wonderful current artists. I can't thank you enough! Your soothing voice has been quite a comfort on many a restless night.
- Marc P.
I have wanted to write you for some time to simply tell you how much I enjoy your show, your music and your particular style in introducing and discussing all the music you play. You always bring a smile to my face and joy to my soul, and I am very appreciative of your fine work.
- Dr. J (OK)
THANK YOU for your wonderful Jazz After Hours program. I live in a smaller city where the only time I can hear jazz on the radio is on Friday and Saturday nights from midnight till 5am. Most of my friends know that late on weekends I can be found in my car, faithfully listening to your show. Many of the favorite CDs in my collection are artists that I heard first on Jazz After Hours.
- Angela J. (WV)
I'm based in, and listening from London, UK, so that 'Jazz After Hours', is actually the music I listen to when I get up in the morning! But it sounds good to me, anyway.
-Ethel D. (London)
I'm listening in Hong Kong on stream
from WVTF Roanoke, VA. It's great here - I listened all day
Sunday because of 13 hr. time difference. However I will be
back home in VA next week and am not a "night owl".
Can I find a link other than overnight? The program and your
narrative are wonderful! Thank you,
- Keister E (Hong Kong)
Your radio show is what I look forward to more than anything
else every week. You have the ability to unload the stress of
a long week from me as well as set the perfect mood. You, Mr.
Wilke, are the definition of a quality jazz radio announcer...
- Daniel S
Sadly there aren't any stations within range that bring your
excellent program to the Minneapolis St Paul area but with the
addition of broadband to our house we will be able to get a "Wilke" fix. Thanks again,
- Ron and Linda O (MN)
Ninety percent of the cd's I own are a direct result of the airplay on your show. You are by far, without queston, the definitive jazz voice of America. You have turned this jazz lover into a real afficianado and somewhat of an expert. Honest, Jim your gift to us all is immeasurable.
- Phillip S.
I am flying over the Indian subcontinent on Singapore Airlines
bound for London, connected to broadband and streaming your
show. Great music! Great commentary!. Makes me home-sick for
- Dr.Joseph I
I cannot thank you enough for the great show that you do week
in and week out. The show that you did on Paul Desmond
was rock solid and fun. Most of all, I just cannot think
of anyone in broadcasting jazz who has such authority and such
a good ear for the great stuff! You are a great trend
- Joe N (NY)
Twenty years in the business
of music is no small feat. It has been an oasis in the night
for all of us who have soldiered on through the peaks and
valleys of jazz. If jazz endures, it will be the result of
steadfast people such as yourself who have supported the brave
souls that venuture into this very special world of music.
- Juanita G (MA)
Congratulations from Pennsylvania on twenty years of success.
Listening to you now on Saturday AM, thanks for your smooth
delivery in all kinds of weather. Also for your insightful
remarks on jazz and other things. Happy sailing for
many more years.
- Joseph G (PA)
Congratulations on your twenty
years of Jazz After Hours. I am sorry I missed the first 17
years of it, but I have enjoyed the last three years beyond
all telling. I hope you keep going for the next 20.
- Robert C (MO)
Allow me to join in congratulating you on the 20th anniversary
of Jazz After Hours, a program that I much appreciate. 20
years is only a part of the time that I have been your listener.
I remember a program you had on the air between 11:00 p.m.
and midnight, just before KUOW signed off, back in the days
when radio stations did sign off at night!
- Philip H (WA)
I adore your presentation and jazz selections. Absolutely
the best thing on radio anywhere today. I have had idiotic
talk shows up the kazoo. Thank God for the sanity
of your weekly shows.
- Alberta P
I regularly listen to your program, 'Jazz After Hours' and
I really love it. Here is Turkey, Ankara; thousands miles
away from USA, Seattle. Almost every Saturday and Sunday morning
I and many times my wife Gulgun come to our architectural
office, where we have high-speed internet connection, in order
to listen to your warm voice, the way you present the program
and the beautiful pieces of your jazz music selections. Thanks
a lot to you for your perfect program on the web.
- C.Kabaoglu (Ankara, Turkey)
Ive listened to your
program for more than ten years (including the years that
I lived in Vancouver BC) and youve always had the best
jazz program on the air.
- Bob (CA)
I couldn't believe that he
really always had to leave at 1:30 AM on Saturday to get home
and tape your broadcasts. Now that we are sharing the same
abode I realize it is a fact... but the idea that he sets
the alarm so he can turn the tape over is a bit much. Can
you turn us on to a way we can tape your broadasts... or get
the whole program on one tape?
I'm a UK jazz enthusiast... this is the first time I have
tuned into your programme and after studying your playlists
it will not be the last. I've been searching for some interesting
jazz for weekend listening.
- Richard R (UK)
...thank you for your great show. This past summer our family
took a vacation to Cleveland and because of the regional jazz
calendars was able to take in a wonderful show at Nightown
there. Both the Room and atmosphere were delightful. Thank
you for the regional calendars as well as the exposure to
a variety of jazz.
- Ray W. (NC)
I now tape your program on my VCR so I can get six hours of
the best program in the universe. The fidelity is great and
I can enjoy your show more than ever before. I seldom listen
that I don't get or at least want to get a copy of a particular
CD for my own.
- Wayne E. (MI)
Jazz After Hours? Not for me,
this is Italy and it's 11:30 AM, and it's great to wake up
with your music... thinking that it is a dark cold night there
and a chilly (just chilly) bright day here and your music
- Claudio (Napoli, Italy)
Thank you! You are a master
of programming. It's like a fine chef knowing when to go to
another taste. The program is almost as good as a live perfomance
in the excitement you generate.
G'day mate! 8.50 pm in Mount
Colah, just outside of Sydney. Love this station. Smooth,
easy, relaxing, entertaining.
Thank you for your tribute
to Sleepy Stein last Friday night. You brought back a flood
of memories that were most pleasant to remember.
I'm a long time listener to
your program and a member of my local public radio station.
Your program is a weekend ritual. I always listen closely
to your "Who's playing where" segments. This really
came in handy when I took my son to New York City to hear
Pharoah Sanders at Sweet Basil. It was the high point of his
trip to the City.
Don W. (NY)
You have the best jazz show
in the history of the world. If more people heard your show
(they'd hear) jazz that is made for the love of music and
not simply to show off technique...
Jeff W. (CO)
...now we have moved again,
and I can't tell you how gratified I was to discover last
night that you are still on the air. It was just like finding
that old friend whom you thought you would never see again.
I had missed your quiet reserved manner, your obvious dedication
to an idiom that I love and most of all, the music you present
with taciturn humor.
I've been a big fan of your
show for 15 years, dating back to when I was living back in
my hometown of Schenectady NY... I now listen to your show
on the internet courtesy of WAMC in Albany, New York. Keep
up the good work. Listening to your show again is like becoming
reacquainted with an old friend.
What an incredible job you
have done with these shows. Is there life without JAH? I think
Scott K. (NC)
Your selection and choice works
are awesome! Without you, our universe would be much smaller,
plainer, duller. A clean well lighted place without color.
All my life I've been longing
for a progam such as yours. Now when I listen to you, I think
I've died and gone to heaven: all music and very little talk,
all of it relevant and intelligent. Thank you, thank you,
thank you... or mahalo as we say here in Hawaii.
Amy A. (HI)
Your show is a national treasure!
I just wanted to let you know
that your program is heard and enjoyed up here in Montreal.
I came across your program about three years ago and love
Jennison A. (Montreal)
Your show and presentation
is the best jazz on radio since Dave Garroway worked in Chicago!
Dave I. (AZ)
"After Hours" is
the best jazz progam I have ever heard. I appreciate your
knowledgeable approach to music above all. You catch exactly
the right tone, and I find myself year after year entranced
by your cunning choices of stuff to play.
Larry A. (PA)
Your progam is a life saver.
I receive very few progams on radio which feature the contemporary
jazz scene. For many years I listened to Willis Conover on
Voice of America but his progams are no longer heard here.
Roy W. (Gerona, Spain)
Thanks for never failing to
entertain, educate, delight and swing your listeners!
Joe W. (PA)
I have just listened to the
most fantastic jazz program on radio - Europe can now receive
Jazz After Hours - Congratulations on an excellent program!
Michael L. (Glasgow, Scotland)
I've listened and greatly enjoyed
your program for many years. Your program is a voice in the
wilderness for us in the hinterland who remember Daddy-O Daly
(from Chicago) and Moonglow with Martin (from New Orleans).
Like them you take us through the night with a great American
sound and tasteful radio.
Bill B. (IA)
I listen to your program every
Friday night while I work in Tifton, GA. I work for the leading
package delivery service. I enjoy the music so much I actually
look forward to Friday night. Thank you soooo much. It really
does make the night better.
Clyde T. (GA)
...I think of you more as a
friend than an announcer.
Monty G. (NY)