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WXRT unplugs 'Jazz Transfusion' after 43 years

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"Jazz Transfusion," a Sunday night staple on WXRT FM 93.1 - Chicago for 43 years, is vanishing from the Entercom adult album alternative station. This weekend marks the final broadcast of the jazz showcase, which airs from 11 p.m. Sunday to 1 a.m. Monday. Since 1986 it has been hosted each week by Barry Winograd. "Barry Winograd will always be a part of the WXRT family, and we are keeping our relationship alive to hopefully have Barry return to the airwaves in the future for special features and special programming in the jazz genre," Greg Solk, operations manager and program director of WXRT, told staffers Thursday. Starting February 11, Sunday nights will be hosted by 'XRT newcomer Don Davis, according to Solk. Said Winograd: "Thirty-two years doing commercial jazz on 'XRT, it's pretty amazing, I think. It's been a privilege to present music to people who wouldn't have otherwise been exposed to it any other way." Winograd, who was born in Chicago and grew up in Evanston, continues to host a weekday jazz show on the College of DuPage's WDCB FM 90.9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. He also hosts "When Jazz Was King" from 10 to 11 a.m. Saturdays on WDCB.