Afterglow (Jazz and American Popular Song): Specials

Series produced by WFIU

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Enjoy these special editions of Afterglow -- a one-hour program of vocal jazz and American popular song. They are perfect for holidays and special programming. Check it out!

Ella, Frank, Billie, and other greats of popular song — WFIU's Afterglow has them all.

Afterglow is one of the longest-running programs on public radio, first hosted by Dick Bishop on WFIU sometime in the late 1970s. It was Dick who established the elegance, the passion, the laid-back expertise, the congenial charm, and the delivery with a "martini-moon" quality, along with some of the best songs from the Great American Songbook.

After Bishop's retirement in 2005, the show was hosted by WFIU Jazz Host/Producer David Brent Johnson. As of February 2015, host and music historian Mark Chilla took the helm, continuing to bring an hour of jazz and American popular song to the airwaves in a high-quality production available every week.

For syndication information, please contact LuAnn Johnson at lujohnso@indiana.edu.


Additional Files

31 Pieces

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An Afterglow Christmas special, featuring some familiar standards for Christmas, performed by some jazz and pop crooners, like Bing Crosby, Frank S...

Bought by KBUT Crested Butte, Colo., Northeast Indiana Public Radio, Raven Radio, KUFM - Montana Public Radio, WCMU Michigan and more


  • Added: Jul 12, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 17
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An Afterglow show perfect for Valentine's Day! This week, we're saluting L-O-V-E with love songs from the Great American Songbook sung by Chet Bake...

Bought by Troy Public Radio and Troy Public Radio


  • Added: Jul 12, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 2
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An Afterglow holiday special for all classic soul fans! Some old-school soul versions of Christmas tunes, by Otis Redding, Ray Charles, Darlene Lov...

Bought by WDET Detroit Public Radio, WVAS, KUFM - Montana Public Radio, WJAB, WJFF and more


  • Added: Dec 01, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 8
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A music special perfect for Thanksgiving. A look at songs from the Great American Songbook about the comforts of home life, performed by Frank Sina...

Bought by RadioFreePalmer, Raven Radio, KUCB, Northeast Indiana Public Radio, WABE and more


  • Added: Sep 20, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 11
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The leaves are changing colors, the air outside is brisker, fall is upon us, and on this episode of Afterglow, we’ll be saluting some of the best a...

Bought by Northeast Indiana Public Radio and KUFM - Montana Public Radio


  • Added: Aug 22, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 2
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An hour of springtime songs from the Great American Songbook, sung by Ella Fitzgerald, Blossom Dearie, Mel Torme, Nina Simone, and more. Hosted by ...

Bought by Troy Public Radio, KTSW 89.9, and KSRQ


  • Added: May 08, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 3
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An hour of the jazz standards of France. We’ll hear songs written in French, songs with a certain French flair, and some songs written about Paris,...

Bought by Northeast Indiana Public Radio


  • Added: Jun 08, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
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An hour-long special highlighting the music of Brazilian jazz singer Astrud Gilberto, known for such songs as "Corcovado (Quiet Nights of Quiet Sta...

Bought by KMUW, Prairie Public, and KAZU Seaside, Calif.


  • Added: Jun 06, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 3
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An hour of summertime songs from the Great American Songbook, performed by Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, Mel Torme, Nancy Wilson, ...

  • Added: Jul 03, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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Perfect for Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, or Veterans Day! An hour-long program of jazz and popular song... It was one of the greatest jazz o...

Bought by WVAS, KHNS, WVAS, West Virginia Public Broadcasting, WXAV 88.3FM Chicago and more


  • Added: Jan 30, 2017
  • Length: 59:01
  • Purchases: 18
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A program of holiday-themed music drawing from classic movies and television specials.

Bought by WDET Detroit Public Radio, WDET Detroit Public Radio, WVRU, WVRU, KREV-LP and more


  • Added: Nov 01, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 11