26 October, 2008
Jim Bennett leaving KPFA & KCSM for
GM postion at station WMNF in Tampa, FL
At the beginning of his long-running weekly jazz program "Forms and Feelings", past KPFA interim General Manager Jim Bennett announced he's accepted the position as General Manager with community radio station WMNF FM in Tampa, Florida.
Bennett, who filled in during two separate tenures as interim general manager during some of KPFA's more tumultous years, has been involved with the station since 1981, serving as Operations Manager and also as National Technical Director for Pacifica; and leading remote broadcasts of events ranging from anti-war demonstrations and other rallies, Power to the Peaceful concerts, the Vallejo Jazz Festival, and the annual Carnaval in the San Francisco Mission District; to intimate club dates from Yoshi's in Oakland, Anna's Jazz Island, Bimbo's 365 Club and other venues; as well as the BAJAMA Showcase hosted by Doug Edwards featuring local artists, and broadcast live from the KPFA studios.
Over the past few years Bennett has brought his expertise in live jazz recording to SF Bay Area station KCSM for the live music series, "In The Moment".
The announcement can be heard from the KPFA website (link below) at the beginning of the 2pm broadcast of "Forms and Feelings". At 4pm, fellow jazz programmer Art Sato joined by Derk Richardson further discuss at the top of the program "In Your Ear" (link below).
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Forms and Feelings (announcement at 1:30 into program)
In Your Ear (Art Sato and Dirk Richardson reminicing with Bennett)