San Diego's Jazz

San Diego's Jazz88.3 On-Air Staff

David Barron

David Barron says being the host of Soul Jazz Review is a dream come true. He loves that sound and it’s certainly different than the one he hears in his “other job” as a meat cutter. It’s an interesting combination, he notes, but he finds a good balance. David loves a good live jazz show, and helping friends figure out what to BBQ…

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Gary Beck

He is a long-time broadcaster whose talents have taken him around the country. Gary Beck has worked in various formats but his love of jazz and blues is evident when you hear him weekday mornings. This third-generation San Diegan began his long association with Jazz88 in October of 1974 and he has done shows off and on since that time. Gary is a big fan of soul-jazz, but also has a soft spot for eclectic singers like Zan Gardner and Rickie Lee Jones. You can also visit him on his My Space profile.

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Lou Curtiss

Lou Curtiss is himself a cultural icon to many in San Diego. Lou is not just a jazz radio host, but truly an archivist of the earliest recorded music in America. In addition to programming Jazz Roots for KSDS, Lou has worked on numerous projects for the Smithsonian Institution and was the long-time proprietor of Folk Arts Rare Records. Also, he and his wife Virginia are both well-respected musicians. Say hi to him on Facebook.

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Jeff Dalrymple

There's many sides to Jeff Dalrymple. When not on the air at Jazz 88.3, Jeff can be found putting his musical talents to work as a percussionist, including with the San Diego Symphony. Or you might see him in the workshop doing a custom stained-glass piece. You also might hear him giving traffic reports on the radio. And, don’t be surprised if you catch a glimpse of him in the pit band at a local theatre gig. That’s just Jeff…arts fan, radio host, jazzy Renaissance man.

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Ernie Danese

Ernie Danese came to KSDS as a student in the late 80s, and like many, just found it too much fun to leave once the semester ended. His passion for the straight-ahead, classic sound is evident in his Saturday morning show. Ernie’s musical tastes are broad, though…just ask him about some American folk music sometime. Ernie is a New Jersey native, happily not shovelling snow in San Diego.

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Ron Dhanifu

The steady force Monday through Friday (1pm-4pm) Ron Dhanifu has a gift for hearing what’s in the music, so you always get a captivating show. His favorite artist is Miles Davis, but his favorite instrument is the alto sax. He started working for KSDS in 1977 and has lived in San Diego for 30+ years.

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Phil Dinsen

Phil Dinsen gets to the heart of West Coast Jazz, and his decades of hosting offer a vast knowledge of the players and places that made the scene. Phil likes to share that knowledge with listeners and has been part of the Jazz 88.3 line-up for almost two decades. When not laying down the cool sound, Phil is involved in local real estate and lives in San Diego with his wife.

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Dave Drexler

A trusted broadcast professional for more than 30 years, Emmy-winning Dave Drexler is one of San Diego’s best-known voice-over talents, on-camera presenters and media writer/producers. Dave is the Director of Drexler Media, a professor at San Diego City College and Palomar College, and is the Producer/Director of our Jazz Live Series. When not immersed in some sort of audio, Dave enjoys world travel and he is the host of 'Inside Art', heard every Sunday evening at 6 on KSDS.

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Rick Fabares

As a native San Diegan, Rick Fabares has seen the many changes in the area and on the radio dial.  As a teen, the birth of FM radio in the sixties was a magical time as it was also for music.  He also is an artist with degree in Fine Art from SDSU, and a photographer who enjoys shooting live concerts.  He believes that one of the good things about being alive during this time, has been the evolution that happens in music and technology...and craft beer, that's pretty good too.

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Barry Farrar Jr.

He loves to surf and is a true-blue Chargers fan. He’s also a drummer whose dad is a musician, so jazz is in his blood. Barry Farrar Jr. is a native San Diegan that keeps one foot in the blues with his band Blue Rockit and another in jazz with the Jazz88 All-Stars. His musical tastes run from Miles Davis and Elvin Jones to Jimi Hendrix and Santana.

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Chad Fox

Since joining San Diego's Jazz 88.3 as a DJ in 2009, Chad Fox has worked on our Development team, Music department, and currently is our Operations Director.  He was drawn to Jazz 88.3 by his long-standing passion for avant-garde, industrial & experimental music, which has lead to a deep appreciation for Jazz.  A native of Lancaster, Ohio, Chad loves collecting music, and frequently spends his free time hanging out in record shops, researching new music, and unwinding with tunes from his vinyl collection.  Follow Chad Fox on Twitter or on his Facebook program page Facebook profile.

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Ida Garcia

Ida Garcia is the KSDS "Swing Queen" and has developed a following that can usually be found on the dance floor. A native San Diegan, Ida joined KSDS in 1995 just so she could play swing music on the radio. And boy, does she! Ida also loves the classics from Billie Holiday, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Bobby Darin, and the new swing of Royal Crown Revue.

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Janine Harty

Janine Harty joined the Jazz 88.3 on-air team in 1988. Since then she's made sure the spotlight stays on women in Jazz and she is a big fan of the blues and great vocal work. So much so that she hosts a Blues show that features 'live' performances called 'Blues Up Front' (Saturday at 12am) and digs into the soul of the music with 'The Gospel Gathering', every Sunday morning at 6.

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Michael Kinsman

For 25 years, Kinsman was a business and music journalist for the S.D. Union-Tribune and its predecessor San Diego Tribune. He currently writes for many music publications and has interviewed more than 500 blues, roots and rock musicians; reviewed more than 300 CDs; and his freelance stories have been published in more than 100 publications and scores of websites through the years.

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Joe Kocherhans

Joe Kocherhans started his DJ career as a City College student in 1972. He worked at KFSD (classical) for 5 years. He can currently be heard Monday through Friday mornings (6am-9am) and at Noon for “Portrait in Jazz”. Joe is our Music Director and is, quite literally, The Voice of Jazz 88.3.

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Pat Launer

Our resident theater critic presents her reviews every Friday and Saturday morning at 9, Center Stage. Pat sees more than 200 local productions a year, and has been the voice of San Diego theater for more than two decades. When not behind the mic, she writes a weekly column at, and contributes regularly to the San Diego Jewish Journal.

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Tony McGee

Tony McGee started his jazz radio career on Super Bowl Sunday, 1979. He remembers watching the game and having to leave in the third quarter to get his first show ready. Now a regular Sunday morning tradition, Tony’s appreciation of the art of jazz influences his musical choices. He especially likes the sounds of the piano, vibraphone, and trumpet…not necessarily all at once, but it IS jazz. He will now take over the Progressive side of Tuesday Nights. Look for Tony in his off hours taking a relaxing bike ride by the beach.

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Jim McInnes

Jim McInnes swerves all over the musical map every Saturday from 9 am until noon.  He has been a successful commercial radio broadcaster since 1970 becoming a radio household name during his 29-year stint on (then-San Diego rock radio powerhouse) 101.5 KGB-FM. He has a penchant for Latin and Big Band jazz, favoring the works of Duke Ellington, Tito Puente, and Eddie Palmieri. A Detroit native, Jim grew up immersed in rock and soul, so he leans toward the sound of the Hammond B3. When he's not on the air, he jams with his various bands, writes for The Troubadour, and dreams of going to Ireland with his wife Sandi. 

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Drew Miller

Drew Miller is a native San Diegan with a heart for The Big Easy. He’s our resident New Orleans music expert, and that’s saying something: Drew is also a professional event DJ, so he literally knows tens of thousands of songs! Jazz 88.3 benefits from that kind of knowledge. When not spinning for parties or the airwaves, Drew tries to keep up with his wife and two kids.

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Miff Mole

Miff Mole says don't get hung up before the end. He also says dig when it's really important. His personal calendar starts on Thursday with Free Time. If born in another era, Miff Mole would have been a scientist discovering a new sound. If he could do whatever he wanted, Miff Mole would sit quietly. It would look a lot like napping.

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Larry Murry

Larry Murry has been on the air at Jazz 88.3 since 1991. He is the voice of Overnight Jazz and his personal love of the music has a strong influence on his expert programming skills. In addition to being a radio guy, Larry is an accomplished photographer.

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Ric loves jazz because of its versatility. It can, he says, “relax me, recharge me, or just cause me to think.” He’s New York City born and still dreams of meeting Queens native Tony Bennett. Ric not only admires artistic style in artists such as Bennett or Dave Brubeck, but also admires them as people. His main interests beside jazz and radio are his wife and two sons, as well as other family and friends. Say hi to Ric on his Facebook profile.

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Raymond O'Donnell

Raymond O'Donnell has one foot in the present and one foot firmly planted in the past sounds of rock, blues, and boogie. But, not only does Raymond dig the jukebox sounds of decades gone by, he's also into the new sounds of jazz. Raymond lives in San Diego.

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Vince Outlaw

Yes, that's his real name. Vince Outlaw brings an innate sense of curiosity to The New Jazz Thing. That's why he loves having artists join him on the show. A lifelong San Diegan and graduate of Point Loma Nazarene University, Vince loves hanging with his wife and kids, catching live jazz (especially Jazz Live), and documenting the whole jazz experience!

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Sue Palmer

Sue Palmer has been making her mark for decades with her own high energy band, the Motel Swing Orchestra. She has performed with many of the legends of the boogie genre and many awards, including the International Blues Challenge in Memphis. Her boogie-woogie piano style has proven irresistible to audiences worldwide. She's a lifelong San Diegan with a love for jazz and blues that was fostered by her musical family. After years of being a musical friend to Jazz 88.3, she's now our host for San Diego Sessions, and shares her deep knowledge of the local scene to the radio.

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John Phillips

John is known for his smooth style and taste in music. He was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee. After receiving his High School Diploma, John was off to fulfill his dream of serving his country. John retired in 1998 after an adventurous and stellar 30 year career in the U.S. Navy. He also earned his Associates of Science Degree in Broadcast Communications, Radio and Television right here at San Diego City College in 2002. His company, Golden Voice Productions, offers a variety of Mobile DJ services.

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Ross Porter

Ross Porter got bit by the Big Band Bug early. He was not yet a teenager when the Glenn Miller Orchestra played San Diego. After that experience he was hooked. His interests in music are cultural but also historical. Ross has deep family roots in San Diego and is fascinated by community, as well as familial history. He lives in San Diego with his husband and their pets Mazzie and Sebastian. Ross counts Mildred Bailey, Sy Oliver, Artie Shaw, and Tommy Dorsey among his favorite musicians.

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Mike Rovatsos

It all started with The Beatles for Mike Rovatsos. And after all these years not much has changed. Mike is our Production Director and started working in radio when he was just out of high school on Long Island, NY. After a decade of working for various major media corporations in NYC, Mike felt compelled to leave it all, head out west and do what he loves the most; producing and making great radio with the help of all the wonderful talent at KSDS-FM. And for that he is very grateful. He is also a musician/producer and hosts The Guitar Hour every Sunday night at 7pm Pacific. Photo courtesy of Sara Kovacs

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Claudia Russell

Claudia Russell hosts a regular spot on Monday through Friday's Jazz Ride Home (4pm-8pm). As a child she learned jazz songs from her mom, as well as seeing Dizzy Gillespie and Buddy Rich on The Muppet Show. Claudia picks the guitar and tenor saxophone as her favorite instruments, and says picking a favorite musician depends on mood and circumstance.

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Chris Springer

Chris Springer, better known as 'C-Love', loves Latin jazz and the energy it brings through improvisation and percussion rhythms. His favorite artists include Mario Bauza and Cal Tjader. His favorite jazz instruments are the timbales, the Fender Rhodes and the flute. Chris started working for KSDS in 2000. Soon after, he started playing the Salsa hour in 2003 which evolved into Latin Grooves, which now airs from 12 Noon to 3 on Saturday afternoons. 

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Norm ''Birdman'' Swanberg

Originally from the Boston area, Norm grew up listening to great jazz, an appreciation he carries to this day. He believes the beauty of the music is its diversity, the variety of grooves and textures you can get from different artists and different eras. In addition to his love of jazz, he has a very close family and finds their company his greatest joy in life. For those curious about the nickname, it’s not a reference to a certain alto sax player, but rather is a play on his last name, as well as a nod to his being a longtime Celtics fan, and that he actually did rehab work with birds of prey!

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Justin Watson

Justin "JayWat" Watson interned at KSDS as a San Diego City College student in 2010 and graduated a year later with a Communications degree in Radio and Television.  He currently can be heard Monday from 12mid to 2am and Thursday (same time). Say hi to him on his Facebook profile.

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J. Otis Williams

J.Otis Williams started at Jazz 88 in 2000 and now guides you late-night on Fridays starting at 12 Midnight, Saturday mornings at 2am, and has a smokin' Blues show on Sunday morning (2am-6).  If you've heard his show(s) you know he's deep into the music, and yes, he's always that energetic. J. Otis is a huge fan of Miles Davis. His favorite instrument is the bass. Besides music, J. Otis enjoys good times with family and friends. 

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