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The Big Broadcast for March 29th: You're Perfect!

by Rich Conaty

I never met Alberta Hunter, although she was still performing when I should have known better. I even reviewed a concert video of hers for Video Review Magazine. Her home base was The Cookery on University Place, and she was there as late as 1981. I was fortunate to see Red Norvo at Town Hall, a wonderful show that included Benny Carter, and met him briefly at a jazz festival in Florida a few years later. Lyricist Edward Eliscu, another of the half dozen of tonight's birthday celebrants, was a guest on the 1000th "Big Broadcast" in the fall of 1992.

Vin Scelsa Announces His Retirement

by WFUV Staff
Vin Scelsa (photo by David Vanderheyden)

Vin Scelsa is hanging up his headphones. A pioneer of freeform FM radio and a New York icon for five decades, Vin announced on Saturday night during "Idiot's Delight"®, his weekly program on WFUV (90.7 FM/, that he will retire and do his final show on May 2, 2015, from 8-10 p.m. (His final satellite radio program on SiriusXM's "The Loft" channel will be on Thursday, April 30.) As a loving sendoff,  "Vin Scelsa's Fare Thee Well Concert," with many musical guests, will take place on Monday, June 8 at City Winery.

"I am incredibly lucky to have spent my entire radio career doing exactly what I've wanted," says Vin. "The kind of programming autonomy I've enjoyed, on both commercial and public radio over all these years, is unique. I am grateful to all the stations I've worked on for the privilege of being allowed to wander through their airwaves wherever my interests have taken me. I am grateful to my listeners for their support and their indulgence as we shared this journey together. It's hard to let go, of course, but I always promised myself and my audience that when the time was right I would stop. How lucky am I that I get to decide even this!"