Charlie Perkinson

WVTF Music Host

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.

All That Jazz

On All That Jazz, host/producer Charlie Perkinson draws from his many years  listening, loving, and playing jazz.

Each weekend, Charlie expands on the foundation of jazz by playing a greater variety of the genre that maintains a vital link to the mainstream of the music--improvisation, swing, a groove, and a feeling of the blues.  Charlie maintains you should be able to enjoy the program whether you are a casual listener, a full-blown jazz fan or a musician.

Jazz Tonight

On Jazz Tonight, Charlie  Perkinson expands on the foundation of jazz by playing a greater variety of the genre that maintains a vital link to the mainstream of the music--improvisation, swing, a groove, and a feeling of the blues.

Charlie maintains you should be able to enjoy the program whether you are a casual listener, a full-blown jazz fan or a musician. You'll hear the latest releases from the up and coming "young lions," as well as a wealth of music from the jazz greats drawing from WVTF's vast CD library and from Charlie's sizeable personal collection: "I hope the music makes you tap your foot, brings about a smile--maybe even a tear--and just makes you feel good!"