WUSF swaps long-running Jazz All Night for news programming

General Manager at WUSF Public Media JoAnn Urofsky said despite it being difficult, the decision to end “Jazz All Night” will provide more relevant content for listeners. ORACLE PHOTO/ALEXANDRA URBAN

After a 56-year run, WUSF’s “Jazz All Night” segment had its curtain call Monday night as the radio station renovates its catalog to better cater to its audience, according to General Manager at WUSF Public Media JoAnn Urofsky. 

Several new shows will take the music segment’s airtime, including “1A Plus,” which will broadcast Monday through Friday from 9-10 p.m., Urofsky said. Journalist Jenn White will host the show and speak on culturally relevant topics from politics to technology to sports, according to WUSF’s website.    

Taking over the jazz segment’s late-night airtime will be “BBC World Service,” according to Urofsky, running from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. all week. The segment will utilize the British media’s network of global correspondence to provide updates on world events, the website said. 

Another change being made to the schedule includes increasing the runtime of “Science Friday” from one to two hours, Urofsky said. The show will now air from 7-9 p.m.

About 17 protesters and jazz lovers gathered outside the WUSF building on Thursday to advocate for keeping All Night Jazz on the air. ORACLE PHOTO/ALEXANDRA URBAN

Former Jazz All Night Bob Seymour will be keeping jazz in the Tampa Bay airwaves as WMNF’s new program, “Jazz in the Night,” according to an October Tampa Bay Times article. The program will air on Mondays starting at 9 p.m. 

In light of last week’s protest against the removal of All Night Jazz, Urofsky said she understood some listeners would be disappointed when it was decided to pull the plug on the jazz segment. However, she said WUSF welcomes its jazz fans to a new outlet on its website and believes it will better serve the genre’s streaming-based audience. 

“We knew we would have listeners who were deeply saddened by the change in programming on WUSF 89.7,” Urofsky said. “We appreciate the many contributions of the jazz staff, the musicians that performed live in our studios and were heard on All Night Jazz and the donors who made it possible.”