Mondays – Freddie Jackson
Freddie Jackson was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. As an adult, he lived in San Francisco where he really began to get into jazz music. He worked as a postmaster for most of his career, working in California, New Jersey, and Virginia. Freddie moved to Las Vegas with his wife about 20 years ago and started volunteering at KUNV answering phones. The general manager of the station asked him if he had ever considered becoming a DJ. At first he hesitated but since he loved the music so much, he decided he would give it a shot. He has been on the air now for around six years. Some of Freddie’s favorite jazz performers are Gene Ammons, Oscar Peterson, and Ricky Woodard.
Tuesdays – David Rowell
The Basie band finished its second reprise of the ending of “April in Paris,” and Dave Rowell’s intense love affair with jazz had begun! As an undergraduate at Amherst College, he hosted a late-night jazz show and worked in a music store. This led to work in commercial broadcasting; as a DJ, newsman, and announcer. After making the move to newspapers, he served as a jazz writer/reviewer, festival publicist, and occasional concert producer. He has missed only one Monterey Jazz Festival since 1973! During a business trip to Las Vegas, while scanning for a jazz station, Dave found KUNV. When he moved here to work as a real estate broker, he naturally became a regular listener. Ultimately he responded to a call for volunteers and now thoroughly enjoys being back behind the microphone, helping straight ahead jazz to thrive. Dave has served on the Board of Directors of the Las Vegas Jazz Society, chairing the Music/Program Committee and serving as Events Coordinator.
Wednesdays – Langston Farrow
Langston Farrow was born on the Delmarva Peninsula within the state Maryland, where growing up around the tributaries of the Chesapeake Bay enhanced his love for nature and the native seafood delicacy of Blue Crabs. Playing the saxophone during his elementary and secondary education introduced him to an array of music genres, in particular jazz. He relocated to Las Vegas from the D.C. metropolitan area, where he has been a resident since 2006.
His love for radio led him to volunteer his services on the air at KUNV HD2, when later he was presented with the opportunity to host the Wednesday edition of Jazz Tradition with the Jazz Masters on KUNV. Langston is the father of one son, an Army veteran who served as an M1A1 Tank Crewmember, and a current employee of the Federal Government.
In his leisure time he works out to keep fit, loves listening to music and attending concerts, partaking in the Vegas nightlife, and being around beautiful and positive people.
Thursdays – Greg Magnuson
Greg Magnuson studied Communications at the University of Minnesota, where he caught the ‘Radio Bug’. Greg worked at the college radio station and, after attending the U of M, Greg started working in small-market but FUN radio stations around the Midwest in 1978.
Having been born & raised in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis/St. Paul, he thought moving to Grand Forks/ East Grand Forks, (ND/MN) for his first radio gig meant moving to ‘the boonies.’ However, he found working in small-market radio a gas, especially if you’re young and working with a young staff. After doing an all-night Talk/Music radio show on KKXL-AM in ‘The Forks’, Mr. Magnuson moved to Iowa City/Cedar Rapids, Iowa to sign on a brand new ‘Album Rock’ station, KKRQ-FM. (Yes, they played actual ALBUMS!)
In a college town environment in the Hawkeye State, there again was much fun to be had ‘playing radio!’ That gig lasted for 3 years, during which time his daughter was born; in 1981 Monica Marie Magnuson was blessed to Greg & his wife, Allie. In 1983, they packed up and headed back to Grand Forks/East Grand Forks to sign on with another hot new top 40 station, Y-95-FM. Being a part of that as still a relatively young man and being out and about in the community ‘selling’ the station promotionally with a great group of young broadcasters was again a very good time!
Following that, Mr. Magnuson moved down the road to what at the time was the highest rated CHR (top 40) station in the country, KIZZ-FM in “Why Not” Minot, North Dakota; the ‘Magic City’! Greg got very comfortable in the northern climes, enjoying 8 years as Afternoon Drive DJ, Music Director and finally, Program Director of KIZZ-FM.
Greg’s wife Allie got her degree in Education at Minot State University and the family moved back to their roots in Minneapolis/St. Paul, where Allie began a teaching career with the St. Paul Public School District and Greg joined her in the Education field for the next 17 years.
When Allie was offered a ‘Highly Qualified Teacher’ position with the Clark County School District in Las Vegas, the family picked up and moved to the desert. The WEATHER was the real reason for the move; Minnesota is so beautiful, but it is…SO…COLD!
It was at this time that Greg began working/volunteering with KUNV-FM at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, a WONDERFUL public radio station, where he has done a Latin Jazz program called Que Pasa for several years and works quite frequently filling in for the full-time, professional staff at KUNV-FM.
Fridays – PiAnge Jackson
PiAnge’s love for music has spanned decades, beginning early in her childhood in New Orleans when her grandmother introduced her to great jazz. PiAnge’s music interest continued when she joined her high school’s orchestra and marching band. She stayed engaged in music by obtaining a Federal Communications Commission radio license and has been in and out of radio over thirty years as an on-air personality for several radio stations. Additionally, PiAnge has served as a Community Liaison for the General Manager of a radio station and also worked as a D.J. at venues on the Las Vegas Strip. PiAnge shares her musical verve every Friday evening at 7 pm until 9 pm; tune in and enjoy her playing many styles of jazz selections!