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Jazz Drummer & Educator Paul Wertico Hosting Radio Show in Chicago

Paul Wertico’s “Wild World of Jazz” show debuts on WLFM, a smooth jazz radio station

Paul Wertico
Paul Wertico

Perhaps best known for performing with Pat Metheny, drummer Paul Wertico has also been a prolific bandleader and educator in his native Chicago for many years. A frequent guest on radio shows and recording sessions, he is now moving to the other side of the glass, at least for two hours a week, when he hosts “Paul Wertico’s Wild World of Jazz,” on WLFM-LP in Chicago. The show, launched on February 14, airs on Sunday nights, starting at 9 pm. This is Wertico’s debut as a radio host.

Wertico, who like most drummers seems to have boundless energy and drive, said that the show wasn’t really his idea, at least initially. “I got an e-mail from Rick O’Dell [program director at the station] asking if I was interested in doing a radio show. I had always wanted to do something like this. I loved to play stuff for people – things that they probably hadn’t heard before. And I’ve got a big record collection.”

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