Longtime WUSF radio personality Bob Seymour is calling it a career after this weekend.
Seymour is retiring as Jazz Music Director & Host at the station where he became jazz director in 1981, hosting two hours of jazz each night. Since then, he has presented thousands of evenings of jazz on air and overseen the 60 hours per week of jazz programming on WUSF 89.7. His final evening hosting “Saturday Night Jazz” will be this Saturday at 9 p.m.
“It’s been such an honor to be associated with this music, and with such great colleagues here at WUSF. And the time has sure flown by,” Seymour said in a statement issued this week. “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.’”
Seymour first came to the Tampa Bay region in 1976, working at stations in Sarasota before joining WUSF. Over that time, he has met and interviewed a wide range of jazz greats, including Chick Corea, Dick Hyman, Benny Golson, Joe Henderson, Wayne Shorter and Nat Adderley.
“Bob has a wonderful presence on the air and around the studio and his work is legendary in the jazz community,” said WUSF General Manager JoAnn Urofsky. “WUSF 89.7 listeners have also heard Bob hosting ‘Morning Edition,’ ‘All Things Considered’ and classical music. He’s the ultimate utility player at WUSF. We’ll miss his distinct tone on air and his boundless knowledge of jazz, and we wish Bob only the best in his next chapter. Congratulations on a wonderful career.”
Besides presenting jazz from the studio, and introducing hundreds of live concerts, Seymour was involved with the classical music scene, producing series from the Sarasota Music Festival and La Musica International Chamber Music Festival, as well as hosting Florida Orchestra broadcasts.
WUSF will also celebrate Seymour’s career with a feature radio piece, airing 8:45 a.m. and 5:45 p.m. Monday, and 8:40 a.m. and 5:45 p.m. Wednesday on WUSF 89.7.