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

29 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
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In Brazil, singer and guitarist João Gilberto was known as “O Mito” ("The Legend") and the man who invented the bossa nova sound. On this Afterglow...

  • Added: Jun 17, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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Doris Day was a pop star and a film star, but on this Afterglow special, I’ll highlight the often overlooked aspect of her career: a jazz singer. W...

Bought by KUFM - Montana Public Radio


  • Added: Apr 03, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
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It’s vocal jazz interpretations of the music of Bob Dylan, on this Afterglow special, including covers by Nina Simone, Madeleine Peyroux, and more.

  • Added: Apr 02, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
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On this Afterglow special, we explore the jazz side of the fab four, with a few jazz versions of Beatles songs, performed by Ella Fitzgerald, Frank...

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


  • Added: Feb 28, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 2
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The Great American Songbook is chockablock with antiquated notions of gender roles, but a few songs flip the script. On this special, we explore so...

Bought by Northeast Indiana Public Radio, Troy Public Radio, KUFM - Montana Public Radio, KLCC, KAZU and more


  • Added: Feb 28, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 9
Caption: Fats Waller, Credit: Library of Congress
Celebrate Black History Month with an exploration of the songs from one of the most influential songwriting duos of the 20th century: Andy Razaf an...

Bought by WJFF, WBGO, WAER, WVAS, and WMOT


  • Added: Jan 21, 2020
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 5
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You won't hear any Bing, Rosie, or Ella on this show! On this Afterglow Holiday Special, we'll hear some Christmastime favorites sung by contempora...

Bought by WDET Detroit Public Radio, WJAB, Northwest Public Broadcasting, WVAS, and WMOT


  • Added: Nov 07, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 5
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On this spring fundraising edition of Afterglow, we look at songs for the spring season, including "April In Paris," "It Might As Well Be Spring," ...

Bought by Tri States Public Radio and WNMU-FM


  • Added: Jul 18, 2019
  • Length: 48:45
  • Purchases: 2
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March 17th marks Nat King Cole's centennial, and on this program, we chronicle his rise to stardom in the 1940s.

Bought by Northeast Indiana Public Radio, Troy Public Radio, and WJSU


  • Added: Feb 20, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 3
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Miss Peggy Lee (born May 26, 1920) was more than a pop star: she was also a world-class songwriter in the male-dominated world of jazz. On this Aft...

  • Added: Feb 20, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
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Singer Blossom Dearie could be coy, cute, heartbreaking funny, and intimate, and she exhibited all of it on her six albums for Verve Records in the...

Bought by KMUW


  • Added: Feb 20, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 1
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On this fall fundraising edition of Afterglow, we look at songs for the fall season, including "Autumn Leaves," "Autumn In New York," and "Septembe...

Bought by Tri States Public Radio


  • Added: Jul 18, 2019
  • Length: 47:00
  • Purchases: 1
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A special perfect for Labor Day! The Hollywood Blacklist didn’t only affect the film industry. On this show, we look at the repercussions it had fo...

Bought by Red River Radio Network, WJSU, KHNS, WAMC, and WVAS


  • Added: Aug 16, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 5
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An Afterglow special perfect for the Fourth of July! We celebrate America by exploring jazz and pop standards from different states, including "Moo...

Bought by WVAS and WAER


  • Added: Jun 15, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 2
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On this fundraising edition of Afterglow, we look at the music of songwriter Harry Warren, known for such diverse songs as "Lullaby of Broadway," "...

Bought by Tri States Public Radio


  • Added: Jul 18, 2019
  • Length: 47:00
  • Purchases: 1
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An Afterglow special perfect for Memorial Day! An exploration of the popular songs from World War II, sung by Bing Crosby, Dinah Shore, Frank Sinat...

Bought by WVAS and KTXK


  • Added: May 10, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 2
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On this episode, we explore some of the most haunting, bewitching, and eerie tunes from the Great American Songbook for the haunted holiday of Hall...

Bought by KUFM - Montana Public Radio, WMOT, and WKMS


  • Added: Aug 28, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 3
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Not all winter songs are about Christmas! In this Afterglow special, we’ll hear some favorite wintertime songs from the Great American Songbook sun...

Bought by Northeast Indiana Public Radio, Northwest Public Broadcasting, South Dakota Public Broadcasting - Radio, KRPS, WVAS and more


  • Added: Nov 01, 2019
  • Length: 59:00
  • Purchases: 7
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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, Northeast Indiana Public Radio, Raven Radio, KUFM - Montana Public Radio, WCMU 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