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Charlie Perkinson is WVTF's weekday host of “Jazz Tonight” from 8:00 pm to midnight and the weekend host of “All That Jazz” airing from 8:00-11:00 pm Saturday and from 9:00-11:00 pm on Sunday.
It was his passion for listening to and playing jazz that led Charlie to the airwaves of WVWR (now WVTF) in 1973 when the station first went on the air. “All That Jazz” has been a weekend staple ever since and features music from Charlie’s extensive home collection of mainstream Jazz. “Jazz Tonight” draws from WVTF’s collection of more than 5,000 jazz CDs.
Charlie developed his affinity for jazz when he was in high school playing upright bass and working with a quartet that was keen on playing the music of Dave Brubeck, especially the challenging tune, Take Five. Charlie went on to attend Virginia Tech, where he played in the school dance band, The Southern Colonels.
After college, the U.S. Air Force beckoned and while stationed overseas, Charlie, by a big twist of fate, had a one night stand playing bass in the band backing up singer Rosemary Clooney while she was on a USO tour.
In 1970, Charlie moved to Roanoke where he got into the jazz scene playing bass in a number of groups. In 1973, Charlie got a chance to try his hand in jazz radio announcing, and the rest is history.