I have loved listening to jazz on National Public Radio for decades. In the late 1980s/early 1990s, I used to listen to WBEZ (91.5 FM), my Chicago-based hometown jazz radio station. There were two powerhouse jazz hosts on WBEZ, the late Larry Smith and the late Dick Buckley. Another host that I have to mention is Mr. Ken Nordine, the host of "Word Jazz". Larry Smith hosted an evening jazz show that ran from something like 8 pm to midnight on WBEZ. If memory serves, Dick Buckley hosted a Sunday afternoon jazz show on WBEZ. I don't remember exactly when Ken Nordine's Word Jazz came on.
The Internet is a fantastic thing: I can now listen to the WBEZ online Internet stream. Today, I watched a fantastic interview with master saxophonist Antonio Hart where he revealed that the public radio station that introduced him to jazz was WEAA (88.9 PM) which serves the Baltimore/Washington metropolitan area where Antonio Hart grew up. I immediately added WEAA to my Internet bookmarks.
Here is the interview with Antonio Hart:
You can listen to the WEAA stream here.