Local radio presenter Frank Stowe is hanging up the headset this Sunday, after an astonishing 31 years of presenting a traditional jazz show.
Jazz on Sunday, which first aired on then-Triple C FM on May 1, 1982, features music from Frank’s extensive personal collection of more than 3000 traditional jazz records.
Eighty-seven-year-old Frank has made the difficult decision to give the show away due to his health.
“He has loved presenting, and absolutely loves jazz music. He has been collecting records since 1945, and we’ve travelled to the United States twice following jazz music,” his wife, Elsie, said.
“He started after he saw an advertisement in the local paper, and was one of the first ever people to present on the station.
“There is no mainstream songs, just classical and traditional jazz, a lot of which is quite rare these days.”
The show, which now airs on Fresh FM, has attracted a loyal following, according to station general manager Wallace Teasdale.
“On the rare occasion he has been away the station receives numerous calls and emails asking where he is”, he said.
“We would like to sincerely thank Frank, Elsie and his family. Frank has been loyal, a great local broadcaster and a true gentleman.
“We will certainly miss him around the station, and I’m sure his listeners will as well.”Frank’s last Jazz on Sunday show will run from 9 to 11am this Sunday on 101.5 Fresh FM.