Oscar Treadwell

Jazz with OT: 10/6/19

Sep 29, 2019

This week on Jazz with OT, 10pm on Sunday, October 6th, you'll hear a program originally broadcast on WMKV on March 25, 2000.  The first selection in this varied two-hour presentation is "King Kong" by the John Patitucci Quintet.  Other artists heard during this program include Cassandra Wilson and Jeff Hamilton.

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Andy Ellis boasts that he "was pretty darn good at staying quiet" in the WGUC-FM studio as a kid. Thankfully, he's over that.

Ellis, 35, son of former WGUC producer Bruce Ellis, returns to the station as 4-9 p.m. classical music host on Monday, Aug. 26.  He made his radio debut at age eight on the station, and worked here as an announcer-engineer from 2003-2011.

April is National Poetry Month and the Greater Cincinnati Writer's League (GCWL) will present a variety of readings and gatherings in celebration. 

Courtesy Dennis George Funeral Home

In Cleves, Walter W. Harrell was also known as "Finn" during and after his service as a village councilman  and Miami Township trustee.

To listeners of WNOP-AM, Newport's "Jazz Ark," which floated on the Ohio River in the 1970s, he was DJ Bunky Tadwell.

Courtesy CBS Television

From Rudolph to Ralphie, John Legend to Johnny Cash, the Grinch to Amy Grant, Elf to Ed Sullivan, Lucy Van Pelt to Lucy Ricardo, they’re all here in my Holiday Program Guide.

It’s my biggest list ever, and it has something for everyone. Here’s the link to a downloadable PDF so you can print the list, circle your favorites and share with family and friends.

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You just know that jazz expert Oscar Treadwell is smiling on Cincinnati.

Ten years after his death, his adopted hometown provides the background for a major motion picture about jazz icon Miles Davis, Don Cheadle’s new "Miles Ahead."

Treadwell, who died on April 1, 2006, at age 79, was the jazz voice and conscience for Cincinnati for 46 years.  

If a Miles Davis tune was heard on radio here, most likely it was on Treadwell's shows on WVXU-FM, WNOP-AM, WGUC-FM, WVAE-FM or WZIP-AM. In fact, "O.T." is such an institution that his shows are still on the air here at WVXU-FM 10 p.m.-midnight Sunday.

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On New Year’s Eve 15 years ago, Cincinnati jazz lovers weren’t celebrating. They were about to lose their favorite station, WNOP-AM, which last broadcast jazz on Dec. 31, 2000.

For 40 years, the crazy little station filled the airwaves with Duke Ellington, Dave Brubeck, Oscar Peterson, Wes Montgomery, Buddy Rich, Count Basie, Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald and other jazz giants.

It was unlike any other station in Cincinnati – or possibly the nation. Who else broadcast from three huge oil tanks welded together, floating on the Ohio River on the Newport shore.

They called it “The Jazz Ark.”

This week's swing show features a number of great jazz vocalists including Louis Armstrong, June Christy and Dinah Washington in the first set.  There's also great swing music from Buddy Rich, Benny Goodman, and Stan Kenton.