Tonight KEXP bids farewell to one of our founding fathers. Thirty years ago, Jon Kertzer was hired as the station manager of KCMU (as we were known then) and over the next several years founded our continuing programs Audioasis (1982), our Northwest music show, The Best Ambiance (1984), focusing on music from the continent of Africa, and Wo’ Pop (1988), our world music show. Jon has been a driving force in much of what listeners tune to KEXP for in every day, yet he is most know as the ongoing host of The Best Ambiance (besides a brief hiatus from the show in the late 80’s).
Tonight, from 6-9PM PST, he will host the episode of The Best Ambiance before he moves on to Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, to become director of the folkswaysAlive! Center at the University of Alberta, and continue to share his vast knowledge of music with students, faculty and staff.
Tune in tonight to bid Jon adieu and to wish him the best as his musical journey leads him onward.
And for now, here’s part of the 25th Anniversary of The Best Ambiance, held at The Triple Door two years ago, with the legendary King Sunny Ade & His African Beats: