Afterglow (Jazz and American Popular Song): Specials

Series produced by WFIU

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Enjoy these special editions of Afterglow -- a one-hour program of vocal jazz and American popular song. They are perfect for holidays and special programming. Check it out!

Ella, the Duke, MJQ, and other greats -- WFIU's Afterglow has them all.

Afterglow first aired on WFIU sometime in the late 1970s. Host Dick Bishop took the title of the show and his theme from a Marian McPartland composition. All of the rest--the elegance, the passion, the laid-back expertise, the congenial charm, and the delivery with a "martini-moon" quality to it, came from Dick himself.

In addition to his considerable knowledge and love for the jazz and American popular song that he played every Friday evening, Dick also drew on his personal relationships and encounters with many of the performers that he featured.

After Bishop's retirement in 2005, the show was hosted by WFIU Jazz Host/Producer David Brent Johnson. As of February 2015, WFIU producer Mark Chilla took the helm, continuing to bring an hour of jazz and American popular song to the airwaves in a high quality production available every week.

For syndication information, please contact LuAnn Johnson at lujohnso@indiana.edu. Hide full description

Ella, the Duke, MJQ, and other greats -- WFIU's Afterglow has them all. Afterglow first aired on WFIU sometime in the late 1970s. Host Dick Bishop took the title of the show and his theme from a Marian McPartland composition. All of the rest--the elegance, the passion, the laid-back expertise, the congenial charm, and the delivery with a "martini-moon" quality to it, came from Dick himself. In addition to his considerable knowledge and love for the jazz and American popular song that he played every Friday evening, Dick also drew on his personal relationships and encounters with many of the performers that he featured. After Bishop's retirement in 2005, the show was hosted by WFIU Jazz Host/Producer David Brent Johnson. As of February 2015, WFIU producer Mark Chilla took the helm,... Show full description


Additional Files

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On this spring fundraising edition of Afterglow, we look at songs for the spring season, including "April In Paris," "It Might As Well Be Spring," ...

Bought by Tri States Public Radio and WNMU-FM


  • Added: Jul 18, 2019
  • Length: 48:45
  • Purchases: 2
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March 17th marks Nat King Cole's centennial, and on this program, we chronicle his rise to stardom in the 1940s.

Bought by Troy Public Radio and WJSU


  • Added: Feb 20, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 2
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Miss Peggy Lee was more than a pop star: she was also a world-class songwriter in the male-dominated world of jazz. On this Afterglow special, I’ll...

  • Added: Feb 20, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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Singer Blossom Dearie could be coy, cute, heartbreaking funny, and intimate, and she exhibited all of it on her six albums for Verve Records in the...

  • Added: Feb 20, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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On this fall fundraising edition of Afterglow, we look at songs for the fall season, including "Autumn Leaves," "Autumn In New York," and "Septembe...

Bought by Tri States Public Radio


  • Added: Jul 18, 2019
  • Length: 47:00
  • Purchases: 1
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A special perfect for Labor Day! The Hollywood Blacklist didn’t only affect the film industry. On this show, we look at the repercussions it had fo...

Bought by WAMC and WVAS


  • Added: Aug 16, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 2
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An Afterglow special perfect for the Fourth of July! We celebrate America by exploring jazz and pop standards from different states, including "Moo...

Bought by WVAS and WAER


  • Added: Jun 15, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 2
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On this fundraising edition of Afterglow, we look at the music of songwriter Harry Warren, known for such diverse songs as "Lullaby of Broadway," "...

Bought by Tri States Public Radio


  • Added: Jul 18, 2019
  • Length: 47:00
  • Purchases: 1
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An Afterglow special perfect for Memorial Day! An exploration of the popular songs from World War II, sung by Bing Crosby, Dinah Shore, Frank Sinat...

Bought by WVAS and KTXK


  • Added: May 10, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 2
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On this episode, we explore some of the most haunting, bewitching, and eerie tunes from the Great American Songbook for the haunted Holiday of Hall...

  • Added: Oct 11, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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Not all winter songs are about Christmas! In this Afterglow special, we’ll hear some favorite wintertime songs from the Great American Songbook sun...

Bought by South Dakota Public Broadcasting - Radio, KRPS, WVAS, WJFF, and South Dakota Public Broadcasting - Radio


  • Added: Jul 12, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 5
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An Afterglow Christmas special, featuring some familiar standards for Christmas, performed by some jazz and pop crooners, like Bing Crosby, Frank S...

Bought by KIOS-FM Omaha Public Radio, WVAS, KMXT, KRPS, WRGY and more


  • Added: Jul 12, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 7
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An Afterglow show perfect for Valentine's Day! This week, we're saluting L-O-V-E with love songs from the Great American Songbook sung by Chet Bake...

Bought by Troy Public Radio


  • Added: Jul 12, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
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An Afterglow holiday special for all classic soul fans! Some old-school soul versions of Christmas tunes, by Otis Redding, Ray Charles, Darlene Lov...

Bought by WDET Detroit Public Radio, WVAS, KUFM - Montana Public Radio, WJAB, WJFF and more


  • Added: Dec 01, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 8
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A music special perfect for Thanksgiving. A look at songs from the Great American Songbook about the comforts of home life, performed by Frank Sina...

Bought by Northeast Indiana Public Radio, WJFF, KMXT, KHNS, South Dakota Public Broadcasting - Radio and more


  • Added: Nov 11, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 6
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The leaves are changing colors, the air outside is brisker, fall is upon us, and on this episode of Afterglow, we’ll be saluting some of the best a...

Bought by Northeast Indiana Public Radio and KUFM - Montana Public Radio


  • Added: Aug 22, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 2
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An hour of springtime songs from the Great American Songbook, sung by Ella Fitzgerald, Blossom Dearie, Mel Torme, Nina Simone, and more. Hosted by ...

Bought by KSRQ


  • Added: May 08, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
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An hour of the jazz standards of France. We’ll hear songs written in French, songs with a certain French flair, and some songs written about Paris,...

  • Added: Jun 08, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
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An hour-long special highlighting the music of Brazilian jazz singer Astrud Gilberto, known for such songs as "Corcovado (Quiet Nights of Quiet Sta...

Bought by Prairie Public and KAZU


  • Added: Jun 06, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 2
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An hour of summertime songs from the Great American Songbook, performed by Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, Mel Torme, Nancy Wilson, ...

  • Added: Jul 03, 2019
  • Length: 59:00