Jazz24

About Jazz24

What is Jazz24?

Welcome to Jazz24 from Seattle and Tacoma, Washington. Our free jazz stream features some of the all-time greatest artists, like Miles Davis, Billie Holiday and Dave Brubeck; as well as today’s top talents, like Wynton Marsalis, Diana Krall and Pat Metheny. We also like to throw in some surprises from time to time, seasoning our jazz gumbo with blues, funk and Latin jazz. Thanks for listening!

Jazz24 is produced by Pacific Public Media, who also operates KNKX.

 

Joey Cohn
General Manager

Joey Cohn has been a jazz fan for many years, dating back to when he was an on-air host at KUAT radio while attending the University of Arizona in Tucson. Later in his broadcast career, Joey worked within commercial media in such roles as radio rock DJ, as well as music host for a nationally syndicated TV show on the Music Channel.

In 1987, Joey joined the KNKX/Jazz24 team as Morning Jazz Host and Music Director. He has since held various positions at KNKX/ Jazz24, including New Media Director and Marketing Director. Throughout his time at the station, he has worked to expand KNKX/ Jazz24 programming and audience growth to award-winning heights, most recently as the Assistant General Manager and Director of Content. Under Joey’s leadership, KNKX/Jazz24 has won numerous national accolades including the Edward R. Murrow for news and the Marconi, for Jazz Station of the Year. Joey has also done consulting for NPR and other public radio stations around the U.S.

jcohn@knkx.org


Carol Handley
Music Director

 

Carol Handley joined KNKX in 2018 as Director of Music Programming for KNKX and Jazz24. Previously, she has held positions including General Manager, Program Director, Music Director and On-Air host at several stations in the Northwest presenting traditional, progressive and contemporary styles of Jazz and roots music. In the early part of her broadcasting career she was a host at the station formerly known as KPLU.

Carol is a Northwest native who has led teams of on-air hosts in creating unique radio programming and live events since the 80’s. For 13 years, she produced a two-day festival for 10,000 music fans annually.

Carol’s favorite part of being a broadcaster is working with staff to create unique listener experiences on-air and in live settings to support the music and the artists who make it.

chandley@knkx.org


Dick Stein
Host

Dick Stein has been with KNKX/Jazz24 since January, 1992. His duties include hosting KNKX’s morning jazz show and co-hosting and producing the Food for Thought feature with Seattle food icon, Nancy Leson. He was writer and director of the three Jimmy Jazzoid live radio musical comedies and 100 episodes of Jazz Kitchen. Previous occupations include the USAF, radio call-in show host, country, classical and top-40 DJ, chimney sweep, window washer and advertising copywriter.

His most memorable KNKX/Jazz24 moment: Peeling Alien life form from Erin Hennessey’s face after it leapt at her from the biohazard refrigerator he picked up cheap for the station at an FDA garage sale. Dick is married to nationally noted metalsmith, jewelry designer and cowgirl “Calamity” Cheryl DeGroot.

dstein@knkx.org


Abe Beeson
Host

Abe grew up in Western Washington, a 3rd generation Seattle/Tacoma kid. It was as a student in college that Abe landed his first job at KNKX/Jazz24, editing and producing audio for news stories. It was a Christmas Day shift no one else wanted that gave Abe his first on-air experience which led to overnights, then Saturday afternoons, and he’s been hosting Evening Jazz since 1998.

His most memorable KNKX/Jazz24 radio moments include introducing Dave Brubeck, Ray Charles, Oscar Peterson and other greats; attending the San Sebastian Jazz Festival in Spain with a group of KNKX/Jazz24 fans; and locking himself out of the station on a particularly cold winter night.
abeeson@knkx.org


Mary McCann
Host

Mary McCann is a poet and performer and madly in love with music. She’s written three one woman shows and had her poetry published by Arizona State University. Broadcast radio was her life from age 17 on. In 1999 she had a pioneering role in Internet radio during the dot com boom in Silicon Valley. Mary is currently the World Music Director at AOL Internet radio and one of the narrators for BirdNote. She started at KNKX/Jazz24 in June of 2008 as the host of the Saturday Jazz Matinee.

Her most memorable KNKX/Jazz24 moment was my first fund drive. She says, “It was a thrill to talk to people about shared values through music. It still is, every time I take the mic.”

mmccann@knkx.org


Nick Morrison
Host

Nick began working at KNKX/Jazz24 as a program host in the late 1980’s and, with the exception of a relatively brief hiatus, has been with the station ever since. Along with his work as a Midday Jazz host, Nick worked for several years as KNKX/Jazz24’s Music Director. He is now the station’s Production Manager and also serves as a fill-in host on KNKX/Jazz24’s music.

Among his many memorable KNKX/Jazz24 moments, Nick vividly recalls his pleasure and amazement when guitarist, Larry Coryell, visited the studios during his program and performed a solo, acoustic guitar version of George Gershwin’s ‘Rhapsody In Blue.’ It still stands as one of the most wonderful live music performances he’s ever seen.

nmorrison@knkx.org


Ruby Brown
Host

It’s never too late to dream, or to follow that dream… Philadelphia native Ruby Brown was in health care in her mid-thirties; but it wasn’t her heart’s work. So – back to school. At Evergreen State College Ruby pursued her dream – radio. Ruby helped Olympia’s KAOS for 5 years as on-air host and staff. After graduation she went to a major Seattle station for another 5 years. Commercials never warmed Ruby’s heart, so she returned to public radio with KNKX/Jazz24. Currently Ruby fills in on other shows at KNKX/Jazz24.

Her most memorable KNKX/Jazz24 moment – hearing from a listener overseas and realizing she was bringing her work worldwide.

rbrown@knkx.org

4 thoughts on “About Jazz24

  1. Dear Jazz 24:

    I love your work. You are keeping us sensitive and conscious with this quintessential American music.

    Jerry Small (very satisfied member who wishes he had more money to toss your way)
    Venice, California

  2. Hey, just found out that I can listen to Jazz 24 KBSU from all the way in London. It is a station that I loved when I was growing up in Boise and I was so excited to find a way to listen to it 5,000 miles away. I was just wondering if you could play some Kenny Wheeler, as I just was hired a couple of weeks ago by Kenny Wheeler’s daughter to serve drinks at his granddaughter’s birthday party. Thanks for being groovy.

    Austin

  3. I am a fairly long-time paying member, but suddenly today I have been unable to hear your broadcast. I have tried over and over all day, hitting “Listen Live,” but with no success. I could not find a phone number to call for an answer. Would you please send me a phone number I could call to see if I can get you back.

    I have never had this problem, have been happily listening almost every day for years. Very frustrating. Please help.

    Thanks,
    Jerry Small

  4. Jazz 24 used to be my go to station for the best variety of historic and new Jazz music, always intriguing and surprising.
    I enhanced my music collection because of a lot of music I heard on your station.
    Since the campaign and purchase of the station there’s seems to be a leaning toward smooth jazz.
    Sorry, but I am beginning to lose interest in the music selection at Jazz 24

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