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Long time member and Jazz presenter Barry Wightman has decided to turn off his microphone and retire, after his last program of ‘Jazztime’ on Saturday 3rd August.

His ‘on air’ career began supplying music and presenting programs on Tommy Carters Jazz As you like it, eventually sharing  a long time partnership with Graeme Kniese on ‘Jazztime’ since the early nineties.

Barry’s first interest in music began in his early teens and can still remember the first 78rpm record, Smokey Mokes/Ragtime Tuba by Adelaide band ‘The Southern Jazz Group’ led by Dave Dallwitz and recorderd in 1949, he purchased at Franklins store in the Eastern Market Melbourne. This was the beginning of a life time passion for Jazz.

Barry’s Jazz preference is for New Orleans, Classic and all forms of Traditional Jazz. He has a large collection of records and CDs he enjoys sharing with his listeners.

As a great volunteer, he was always available to help on working bees, even assisting in the painting of the new premises in Wilsons Road Mornington. Barry has been a stalwart of the station since its very beginning at our original studios in Octavia Street Mornington.

After all this time Barry will miss doing the program and will certainly be missed by his many faithful  listeners. He will still contribute musically and continue listening to Graeme and Tim regularly.

Barry would like to thank all his loyal listeners for all the years of support and he especially enjoyed all those encouraging phone calls.

‘Jazztime’ can be heard every Saturday 12noon – 2.00pm playing music from Storyville to Swing Street.

Graeme Kniese presents the program on the 1st and 3rd Sat.
Tim Harding the 2nd and 4th Saturdays.

RPP FM, your Voice on the Peninsula 98.7 & 98.3 Frankston

Pictured: Barry Wightman bids farewell to his chair at RPP FM studios on the RPP FM program 'Jazztime'.

Words by Graeme Kniese