George Eldred

Archivist, Host/Producer of Café Jazz, Jazz Vault, Classical Encore, Jazzman Show

George Eldred has lived most of his life in Princeton, Kentucky except for a 15 year stint of studying music in Sewanee, Tennessee and Lawrence, Kansas and working in camera and photofinishing shops in the Washington, DC area. George first went on the air around the 4th grade when the local station in Princeton used to get elementary school students to read children's books from the library on the air.

He grew up listening to the old tube-type radios: clear-channel AM stations let him "travel" over more than half the country. During college he hung out at the "big time" 10 Watt FM station and subbed in on occasion. For some time he volunteered during on-air fundraising, drawing from his own classical music collection.

He first joined the WKMS staff from 1994-1998 producing a classical music show. In 2001 he started producing Café Jazz one night a week and in 2005 began hosting Commonwealth Classics. Now he hosts Café Jazz on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thurdays (at 10). He also produces Jazz Vault.

WKMS Programming
11:43 am
Mon September 16, 2013

The Black Cats Jump Returns to WKMS - A Chat with Todd Hill

Back in the 1980s, The Black Cats Jump was a thirteen part series of hour-long programs on big band music with host Bobby Bryan and co-producer Mark Welch. The series featured some of the great black big band leaders, sidemen, vocalists, and arrangers. The first show aired live on Friday, October 3, 1980. Dr. Todd Hill and Mark Welch revisit the series for special airings Tuesdays at 9 p.m. during Cafe Jazz, starting September 17. Cafe Jazz hosts George Eldred and Todd Hill talk about the program and how they re-mastered the series with Mark Welch.