I had the great pleasure of hosting Swing Is In The Air for about a year in the mid-2000s and it was not only loads of fun but a wonderful learning experience. To this day, I can credit improvements on how I present comments to a live audience to some of the techniques I learned while training to be an on-air host. Thanks to the great team at Swing and CKCU FM as well as to all who listened in and chatted with me online (and those who phoned and sent personal emails) in regards to some of my shows. And a special thanks to the iconic founders of CKCU jazz programs Swing Is In The Air and In A Mellow Tone Jacques Emond and Ron Sweetman. These gentlemen invited me to guest host on their shows a few times which led to my hosting Swing. Although they have sadly left us to join that great radio station in the sky, I think of them often with fondness and appreciation.
My programs focused mostly on the exploration of vocal jazz and often featured thematic presentations about singers and songwriters of the Great American Songbook and beyond. This is not to say that I didn’t play instrumental music but for the most part on my Sundays, the crooner was king and the chanteuse was queen!
The dedicated Swing team continues to offer excellent programming every Sunday afternoon from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. on CKCU FM 93.1 or via live streaming at www.ckcufm.com (where you can also listen to archived programs on demand).
Thanks for listening!