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Scott Gregory

Scott Gregory

The home theater is for music as well as video, and some of the best music can be heard on “All This Jazz”, Saturdays at 10 pm on KWGS 89.5.

ATJ is hosted by Scott Gregory (read more about his background in the NYC book business at the link).

Besides all the good work he does at KWGS, he has a special connection to Tulsa media: his dad is Bob Gregory, who is a former CBS News reporter and news director at KTUL-TV.

But we are here today to talk about jazz, something at which Scott is highly adept. He brings to the show knowledge and enthusiasm from his listening experiences in the Big Apple, the Midsized Apple (Tulsa) and other tasty locales.

A simpatico host is important for this music. I once worked a fund drive for KLON-Long Beach (then available on Tulsa Cable) while on vacation just to meet jazz hosts Chuck Niles, Sam Fields, Ken and Helen Borgers. Scott ranks in their rarified company.

A few weeks ago in the Tulsa World editorial section, there was a dueling pair of columns, con- and pro-jazz. I suspected that Scott might send a trenchant Letter to the Editor. Sure enough, he did:

(Re: the Aug. 14 point, counterpoint: “Is Jazz Dead or Alive and Kicking?”)

“Jazz? Dead? Really? I guess a host of jazz-driven record labels both great and small — Blue Note, Concord Jazz, Verve, ECM, Sony/OKeh, Sunnyside Communications, Mosaic, Palmetto, et al. — haven’t received that memo. Nor have the people buying all those recordings.

“Of course, some people also think newspapers are dead, yet here we are.

“Maybe what’s really dead — in this digitized, online, all-media-all-the-time era — is writing or thinking about any form of art or entertainment in ‘Is It Dead?’ terms.”

Check out the ATJ Facebook community, and Scott’s “Occasional KWGS Jazz Journal”, Kind of Blog.

The main subject of this blog ostensibly being home theater, I want to tell you how I get the most out of Scott’s show.

Even though ATJ is rebroadcast at 7 pm on Sunday nights on Jazz 89.5-2, I am sometimes not able to catch the show at either broadcast time. But I have my own free digital audio recorder at DAR.fm (FAQ link).

In brief, to get your own personal ATJ DAR, create a login, then type ‘All This Jazz’ into the DAR.fm search box. You will see a Record button for ATJ. Push it, and from then on, you can download the show in eight 15-minute mp3 segments to your computer. That’s it. Download at your leisure and enjoy.

Needless to say, I don’t stop there. My Plex content is accessible by my Raspberry Pi media computer, any of our Roku boxes with the Plex channel, or a browser anywhere in the world, so I can pull up a show anytime, anywhere, and kick back.

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Smart-radio in the kitchen

I also use a free Android app called FtpCafe to copy the show over to my hand-me-down, wifi-only smartphone (I run the free Filezilla Server on the laptop to make this possible). I can then plug the phone into a radio in the kitchen, a boombox in the workout room, or a little iHome powered speaker for listening in other rooms at home or away. (If I had a more up-to-date phone, I could just run the Plex app.)

But wait, there’s more! A little FM radio/mp3 player called a Sansa Clip is my running and walking companion (I’m now in training for the Tulsa Run). Hook it up to the computer, bring up Windows Media Player, and drag a few shows over for syncing. I might get a couple of training runs per show.

And then sometimes I listen live on the radio.