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Bobby Jackson, Veteran Jazz Broadcaster, Dies at 57

A radio and TV fixture in Ohio and Georgia, Jackson was also an educator

Bobby Jackson

Bobby Jackson, a longtime, award-winning jazz broadcaster and educator, died Dec. 9 in Cleveland. Jackson, who was 57, died suddenly of undetermined causes, said his wife of 10 years, Lisa-Jean Sylvia.

Jackson most recently created, wrote and hosted The Roots of Smooth, a syndicated radio program airing on 21 stations. Prior to that, he was the music director of northeastern Ohio public radio station WCPN 90.3-FM and WVIZ-TV. His program Jazz Tracks was named the Ohio Educational Telecommunications Program of the Year and he received the Gavin trade magazine’s national jazz radio Programmer of the Year award three times. He also emceed a national broadcast of the Detroit International Jazz Festival and operated a website, The Jazz Mind.

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