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Steve 'DaddyO' Williams: Utah's voice of nighttime jazz is retiring...and when he goes, the music goes with him / Salt Lake Tribune

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Steve Williams, the music director and host of 90.1 KUER: Salt Lake - jazz programming since 1984, will be retiring from the University of Utah next month. In this 2010 file photo, Williams is pictured in the KUER studios. Williams' last night on the air is June 30. "Over the past 30-plus years, Steve has shared his encyclopedic knowledge and love of jazz music with listeners in Utah and surrounding states," John Greene, KUER's general manager said. "He introduced all of us to the best of the best in this uniquely American art form."

The station will be pulling the jazz music from Williams' timeslot after he goes, and instead will add news and storytelling programs. The details of the new programming schedule are still being finalized. Gordon Hanks, founder and president of the GAM Foundation, said Friday he was "very distressed" by KUER's decision to cancel nighttime jazz. The foundation runs the JazzSLC concert series, and Williams often touted upcoming concerts on his show. KUER's decision is bad "not just for jazz, but for the arts community as a whole," Hanks said. "I think the responsibility of public radio is to serve the public, and nobody's going to listen to news between 8 p.m. and midnight."

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