"Hardluck Jim"
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This is the Manager’s Minute.

This fall we are celebrating a milestone for a person who has become an institution at KGOU.

KGOU Program Director Jim Johnson is marking 25 years – a quarter of a century – behind the microphone as producer and host of The Weekend Blues.

For a lot of us, Hardluck Jim IS the blues.

He’s taught us about the artists, the songs, the history and the state of mind that make blues music a distinctly American art form. He also mixes in some R&B, jazz and more, just to change the pace.

Members of the USAF Airmen of Note perform at Norman Public Library West on June 17, 2016.
Jacob McCleland / KGOU

The music of Glenn Miller didn’t disappear when the band leader’s airplane vanished over the English Channel in 1944 during the World War II. Miller’s songs - and the big band sound - continue today in the U.S. Air Force Airmen of Note.

The 18-piece orchestra and one vocalist will perform at Jazz in June at Brookhaven Village in Norman on Friday at 7:00 p.m. They will be followed on the stage by Beto and the Fairlanes.


Jazz legend Dave Brubeck battled time and place throughout his life.

His 1959 album Time Out broke new ground by featuring all original works, polytonality and unusual time signatures. It also produced one of the most recognizable songs in jazz, “Take Five.” But another album standout hints even more at classical music’s pull on the artist.

A major insurer who had the financially shaky Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame on the hook for around $11,200 a couple weeks ago after the museum failed to pay its workers' compensation premium on time now says the debt's been settled.

A State Farm Insurance spokesman said Friday the debt had been settled.

If both parties didn't agree on what was owed, an asset liquidation hearing could have started in court to probe how much property the jazz hall had could be turned over to the insurer to settle its debt.

The head of the cash-strapped Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame says arrangements have been made to pay past-due bills for its workers' compensation premium and property insurance.

Executive Director Jason McIntosh says a check for about $11,200 for the workers' compensation premium should be wired Wednesday to State Farm Insurance and that more than $2,900 owed to Tulsa County for property insurance has been sent to the county.

Phil Roeder / Flickr Creative Commons

Oklahoma City University opens its 2014-15 Distinguished Artists Series with a performance by the legendary Preservation Hall Jazz Band Thursday, September 25.

Michael Coghlan / Flickr Creative Commons

With upcoming events  at Lake Arcadia, the Myriad Botanical Gardens and Chesapeake Energy Arena, central Oklahoma shows off a few of its most impressive venues in the week ahead.

Boys and girls have the opportunity for a back country blast with Ma and Pa this weekend.

The conservation group Central Oklahoma Quail Forever hosts its inaugural WhistlerFest at Lake Arcadia Saturday, July 19.  

Jazz in June 2014 / Jazz in June, Inc.

Festivals old and new converge on central Oklahoma this weekend.

Norman's outdoor music festival Jazz in June continues its 31-year tradition of bringing jazz and blues artists from across the nation together to perform for the public Thursday, June 19 through Saturday, June 21.

Cross your fingers for good weather, Memorial Day weekend is here and central Oklahoma celebrates with four outdoor arts and music festivals.

More than 60,000 people are expected to attend the 38th Annual Paseo Arts Festival this Memorial Day weekend.

The University of Central Oklahoma’s Jazz Lab hosts the legendary Count Basie Orchestra in celebration of the venue’s 12th Anniversary. 

The name William “Count” Basie is synonymous with big-band jazz. UCO’s Jazz Studies Division head Brian Gorrell goes so far as to say, “The Count Basie Orchestra is without a doubt the most famous big band in all of American music history.”