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Afterglow

Series produced by WFIU

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Afterglow is a weekly, one-hour program of vocal jazz and popular song from the Great American Songbook, hosted by Mark Chilla.

Ella, Frank, Billie, Duke -- WFIU's Afterglow has them all.

Afterglow highlights the best of vocal jazz and popular song from the 1930s to today. Each episode explores a new topic about the greatest jazz singers. Whether it's the unlikely friendship between Frank Sinatra and songwriter Jimmy Van Heusen, the times trumpeter Clifford Brown worked with vocalists, or songs all about love, Afterglow tells the stories of the Great American Songbook.

Afterglow first aired on WFIU sometime in the late 1970s, hosted by a man named Dick Bishop, who gave the show its elegance, passion, laid-back expertise, congenial charm, and that "martini-moon" quality. After Bishop's retirement in 2005, the show was hosted by David Brent Johnson. In February 2015, Mark Chilla took the helm, continuing to bring an hour of the Great American Songbook to the airwaves in a high-quality production available every week.

For syndication information, please contact LuAnn Johnson at wfiuftp@indiana.edu.

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Find us at http://indianapublicmedia.org/afterglow/.

Afterglow is a production of WFIU at Indiana University in Bloomington. Hide full description

Ella, Frank, Billie, Duke -- WFIU's Afterglow has them all. Afterglow highlights the best of vocal jazz and popular song from the 1930s to today. Each episode explores a new topic about the greatest jazz singers. Whether it's the unlikely friendship between Frank Sinatra and songwriter Jimmy Van Heusen, the times trumpeter Clifford Brown worked with vocalists, or songs all about love, Afterglow tells the stories of the Great American Songbook. Afterglow first aired on WFIU sometime in the late 1970s, hosted by a man named Dick Bishop, who gave the show its elegance, passion, laid-back expertise, congenial charm, and that "martini-moon" quality. After Bishop's retirement in 2005, the show was hosted by David Brent Johnson. In February 2015, Mark Chilla took the helm, continuing to... Show full description


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15 Pieces

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Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, and The Supremes are just a few of the artists you will NOT hear this week on the show, as we explor...

  • Added: May 14, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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This week on Afterglow, we look at songs of Mel Torme, including “Born To Be Blue” and “A Stranger In Town,” as performer by the songwriter himself...

  • Added: May 14, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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This week on Afterglow, we look at the many songs of pop star and songwriter Peggy Lee, including her hits like “It’s A Good Day,” “I Don’t Know En...

  • Added: May 08, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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This week on Afterglow, we look to the songbook of Johnny Mercer, including such songs as “Blues In The Night,” “I Thought About You,” and “One For...

  • Added: Apr 28, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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This week on Afterglow, we begin a month-long series on the performing songwriters in jazz, beginning with a true jazz original Hoagy Carmichael, a...

  • Added: Apr 24, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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This week on Afterglow, we continue our celebration of Ella Fitzgerald’s centennial, by exploring her most celebrated years, recording her famous s...

  • Added: Apr 17, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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We celebrate the centennial of the First Lady Of Song, Ella Fitzgerald with an exploration of Ella’s early career recording for Decca Records, and ...

  • Added: Mar 29, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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This week on Afterglow, we turn our spotlight on Harry Warren, a composer from the Golden Age of the Hollywood musical, whose personal life eluded ...

  • Added: Mar 15, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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This week on Afterglow, we’re taking a cross country roadtrip with songs about St. Louis, Chicago, Atlanta, and the Big Apple, performed by Johnny ...

  • Added: Mar 10, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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In 1955, EmArcy Records released a series of albums for the new hi-fi home audio market featuring such singers as Sarah Vaughan, Dinah Washington, ...

  • Added: Mar 10, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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This week marks the beginning of spring, and so on this episode of Afterglow, I’ll be saluting the arrival of fairer weather with a few Songs of th...

  • Added: Mar 10, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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This week on Afterglow, we look at the radio careers of two genuine radio superstars, Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra, exploring the music they made ...

  • Added: Mar 06, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Betty Carter and Sheila Jordan
Detroit is the city of Motown, but this week on Afterglow, we look at the jazz singers who also called it home, including Betty Carter, Sheila Jord...

  • Added: Feb 27, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
Caption: Jimmy Van Heusen with Frank Sinatra in the 1950s. Van Heusen and Sinatra met in the 1930s and collaborated over the next 40 years, Credit: NPR
This week on the show, we’ll feature the many songs of songwriter Jimmy Van Heusen, as performed by his good friend Frank Sinatra, including “Come ...

  • Added: Feb 27, 2017
  • Length: 59:00