After-hours jazz show gets jam started

AIR CHECK

July 08, 1995|By Steve McKerrow | Steve McKerrow,Sun Staff Writer

"A nice place to spend time after hours." That's the ambition of a new jazz-oriented overnight radio show premiering this weekend.

"We're going to keep it a light, fun mix," says Jan Tegler, co-host with his twin brother, Eric, of "Legends in the Night." The show premieres an hour after midnight tonight on WWLG-AM (1360) and WASA-AM (1330, Havre de Grace). It will air from 1 a.m.-6 a.m. Sunday and midnight-6 a.m. Monday.

"We hope to cover a broad span of mostly jazz and popular music, more on the '30s, '40s and '50s but even up to the present day," says Mr. Tegler.

At 27, you might expect this host to be playing rock groups like Pearl Jam. But, Mr. Tegler explains, "I've been exposed to this a lot more than Pearl Jam, and it's the music I prefer, to tell the truth."

The co-hosts both play jazz -- Jan on drums and Eric guitar -- and are the sons of John Tegler, a jazz drummer and longtime Baltimore radio presence whose "Jazz Straight Ahead" airs Wednesday nights (8 p.m.-midnight) on WEAA-FM (88.9).

The new show is a production of the senior Mr. Tegler's Severna Park company, Wings Productions. While broadcast live from WWLG studios in Towson, "Legends in the Night" will also feature some of the archival music heard on "Jazz Straight Ahead."

The mix is scheduled to include a number of historic concert and dance recordings, "airchecks" of radio performances by bands over the years and even a touch of radio comedy. Tonight, the show will highlight the trumpet work of Louis Armstrong, in recognition of his July 4 birthday.

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The Texaco-Metropolitan Opera International Radio Network" may be on summer hiatus, but WBJC-FM (91.5) is filling the usual Saturday afternoon concert time with its own "WBJC Operafest." Today's production (1:30p.m.-5 p.m.) is Mozart's "Don Giovanni," with the Vienna State Opera Chorus and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.

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For a fascinating insight into how present-day Japanese view their country's World War II experience, check out "Japan Reflects," a weekly segment on the daily business news program "Marketplace," heard at 7:30 p.m. weekdays on WJHU-FM (88.1).

Produced by international editor George Lewinski, the segments will be heard Wednesdays through Aug. 9, in advance of the Sept. 2 observance of the 50th anniversary of VJ Day.

"Instead of focusing on victory and defeat, we are focusing on how the lives and attitudes of the Japanese have changed and how they remain the same in spite of the most traumatic event in the country's history," says Mr. Lewinski.

For example, although Japanese citizens were taught Americans were monsters, the U.S. occupation of Japan after the country's surrender brought stories of kindness.

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