For an alternative, venture across the FM dial

In the recent coverage of
WGBH radio’s cutback in jazz programming, little mention has been made of the one radio station in the Boston area that plays more hours of jazz than WGBH ever did: WHRB, 95.3 FM. WHRB, the station of Harvard University, broadcasts jazz from 5 a.m. to 1 p.m., weekdays. In those hours you may hear anything and everything that could ever have had the label “jazz” attached to it, from cool to hot, tame to wild, old to new, traditional to avant garde, mainstream to third stream, bebop to post-bebop.

I have no vested interest in WHRB other than being a devoted and passionate fan. My discovery of the jazz side of the station came after turning to its classical programming a number of years ago, which, by the way, is more varied and enlightening than either the old or new WGBH and WCRB. If you give WHRB a try, you may not get the interviews and depth of knowledge of Eric Jackson or Steve Schwartz. But you will get the music.

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