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A farewell from Dick Stein


Hi-Ho Jazzoids! After three decades on the air at 88.5, I wanted to personally let you know that I am retiring. What a pleasure it's been to play the music I love for you all this time. Add to that the fun of Food for Thought, the Jimmy Jazzoids, Jazz Kitchen and others I may have only imagined and I've been one lucky guy. I'm grateful too for the privilege of calling the talented and hard-working professionals of KNKX — best radio in all the land — my colleagues and friends.

It's no exaggeration to say that my years with 88.5, both as KPLU and KNKX, have been the very best of my life. But now it's time to pack up the Big Red Switch and call it a day. Thank you so much for supporting and sharing these many years of music and merriment with me.

Join Dick Stein as he, friends and colleagues say farewell on Friday Dec. 4, from 9 to noon.

If you want to send Dick Stein a note, please email We are compiling messages and will make sure they get passed along to him. 

Dick Stein joined KNKX in January 1992. He retired in 2020 after three decades on air. During his storied radio career, he hosted the morning jazz show, co-hosted and produced "Food for Thought" with Nancy Leson and wrote and directed the Jimmy Jazzoid live radio musical comedies and 100 episodes of Jazz Kitchen.
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