UK TV presenter and author "found jazz and blues" on VOA during his early teens.

Posted: 24 Apr 2012   Print   Send a link
The Journal (Newcastle upon Tyne), 23 Apr 2012: "Best-known for presenting TV shows like Grundy's Wonders and Grundy's Northern Pride, presenter and author John Grundy is a champion of North East architecture. ... What music did you like and what was the first record you bought? I loved rock ā€˜nā€™ roll from the first moment I heard it and I started a lifetime love of American music before I was ten. The first record I bought was 'Hound Dog' by Elvis but I loved Bill Haley and Lonny Donegan. In my early teens I discovered The Voice of America radio station and found jazz and the blues. What joy." -- Mr. Grundy is 65 years old, so his early teens would have been around 1960.

Willis Conover Day, as proclaimed by Congress in 2009, is 25 April. It will be commemorated by events at VOA on 25 and 26 April.

Cold War Radios, 8 Mar 2012, Richard H. Cummings: "No disc jockey of Radio Free Europe or Radio Liberty gained the legendary status of Willis Conover, who daily hosted the music program 'Jazz Hour' for the Voice of America (VOA). ... That is not without trying of RFE and RL but for the jamming of the frequencies of both RFE and RL throughout most of the Cold War. That being said, both RFE and RL had popular music programs including jazz. ... Simon (Sim) Copans actually provided jazz program texts to Radio Free Europe's language services in Munich from October 1956 to June 1959. His program text 'Jazz from Paris' in English was then translated into the respective RFE languages for broadcasting."