WUSF jazz host Bob Seymour retiring from Tampa Bay airwaves
It's the end of an era for the Tampa Bay jazz scene.
Bob Seymour, the longtime host and jazz music director for WUSF-89.7 FM, will retire this weekend after 35 years on the air. His final episode of Saturday Night Jazz will air at 9 p.m. Saturday, during which he'll play some of his favorite records, the ones that led him to become one of Florida's great jazz evangelists.
Seymour has interviewed a wide range of jazz musicians over the course of his career, from legends like Chick Corea and Dick Hyman to local artists at every level. He was known as a tireless supporter of the Tampa Bay jazz scene, and made WUSF's "all night jazz" lineup a cornerstone of the art form in Florida.
"It's been such an honor to be associated with this music, and with such great colleagues here at WUSF," Seymour said in a statement. "And the time has sure flown by. I've made so many lasting friendships in the music community, and really treasure the relationship with the listeners who have joined us for All Night Jazz."
If you miss his final show Saturday night, WUSF will air a feature piece about Seymour's extensive career at 8:45 a.m. and 5:45 p.m. Monday, and 8:40 a.m. and 5:45 p.m. Wednesday.
-- Jay Cridlin