[JPL] KMHD Portland's new contact info

TradeSecrets/Mancuso's TradeSecrets at comcast.net
Sun Jul 26 13:56:16 EDT 2009

Dear Booby;

This news literally makes me ill.

It continues to work in Portland, because the on-air staff is FREE.  We¹re
all volunteers.

Yes, OPB is putting up a lot of money and talent to get KMHD to a place
where it runs like a broadcast outlet.  Finally, the energy and commitment
on that side is balancing the passion for the music of the volunteers.

Without creative, professional jazz radio people like YOU, volunteers alone
can't make it work.

A new door will surely open, as so many on the list have said, to a place
that sincerely respects and uses your many talents.

You are the #1 Jazz Mensch.

Thank you for your kind words.

All our best,

Jan & Ric Mancuso

> I sent out an earlier e-mail that I don't think made it out there so
> here goes round two.
> First to the JPL family....Heart felt thanks to all the voices who
> have expressed concern and regrets of the demise of local jazz at
> WCPN.  A greater family than our jazz family does not exist.  I'm
> grateful to be counted in your ranks.  The task in Cleveland was
> difficult to begin with and not altogether unexpected in terms of its
> outcome.  I gave it my best, learned a lot along the way and don't
> know what I would have done here differently working with the tool box
> I was given.  For my own effort, I have no regrets.  I've been a true
> warrior.
> As for Bob Parlocha and Dinner Jazz, I respect Bob for his acumen as a
> jazz broadcaster.  However, I just don't think syndication works as
> well as local jazz presenters any more than NPR news works in lieu of
> locally based newscasts and reporters.  Cheaper out of necessity I
> guess, but certainly less than....
> This evening, my wife was entertaining some girl friends who paid us a
> visit tonight and I put on some music for them.  It hit me then that
> Cleveland would not have any local flavor in terms of music and that
> was depressing.  I have no desire to work, teach or live in a city
> that doesn't have a radio station committed to jazz.  I've never had
> to do that before and I don't want to do it now or in the future.  I'm
> actually looking to head home (NYC) or to wind up in New England if I
> can swing that.  You never know what life will bring so I choose to
> remain optimistic.
> I've always maintained we jazz stations are like fish swimming in a
> barrel.  This time I got shot.  I hope none of you have to endure this
> kind of hardship but we all know this isn't over just yet.  I'm just
> beginning this journey to the next phase of my life and work so
> everything is all very hazy for me right now.  I remember many going
> through this including my brother from another mother Arturo Gomez.  I
> have major concerns about my family and health insurance costs.  That
> is scary considering the times we live in.  I'll be glad when I find
> something and can settle into new routines.  There may be a
> possibility of me doing work on the internet and I'm having
> discussions about that right now, including lending some positive
> energy to it.  It's not a situation that will allow me to pay my bills
> right away or afford me health care but it is something to look
> forward to.  I'm not ready to be put out to pasture just yet.  Please
> keep me in your thoughts to possibilities that may open up out here.
> I applied for the job in Portland.  The search committee was very kind
> and very committed to finding the right person to fit in their
> community.  I was impressed by their commitment to jazz and wish them
> well.  I heard there were over 80 applicants for the job.   I am
> grateful for the opportunity to speak with them as I'm sure they
> didn't interview everyone who applied.  Of course, I was disappointed
> that they didn't call my name but  I want to extend my best wishes
> to KMHD and Matt Fleeger as he begins his journey of shepherding jazz
> for OPB/KMHD.  There are some great people who work at that shop such
> as my dear friends Jan and Rick Mancuso.  Considering musicians like
> bassists Ben Wolfe and Esperanza Spaulding who cut their eyeteeth in
> that community learning jazz it seems like a great situation to be in,
> not to mention the progressiveness of the city.  It's encouraging to
> see a community that actually GETS it and is committed to making local
> jazz their programming flagship and to fight to make jazz work in
> their community.  Who knew that local jazz would be more important to
> communities like Portland over places like Chicago and Cleveland??
> Who knew???  Keep swingin' and fighting for this music!!!  Trust that
> I will too.....
> Aloha,
> Bobby Jackson

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