A Fond Farewell to KCPW’s Steve Williams

Beloved jazz music champion and host Steve Williams is moving to Chicago! Steve and his wife Vicki are relocating to the Windy City to be closer to family, and we wish them the happiest of landings. Needless to say, we’re heartbroken to see them go!

“It’s been a privilege bringing jazz music to KCPW’s listeners these past six years and I’m deeply grateful to the station for carving out a space for the show,” Williams said. “I’m especially thankful for the people who have taken the time to reach out and tell me how much they appreciate the music, that they share my love for jazz. Thank you listeners and KCPW.”

Steve’s radio career goes back more than 40 years. He first worked as a jazzman at KRCL and then spent several decades at KUER before landing at KCPW in 2015 when listeners asked, en masse, to find a place for Steve who was entering semi-retirement. We were happy to cede Sunday nights to “the mayor of jazz city,” and it’s been a lot of fun since.

While next steps are determined, KCPW listeners will still be able to tune in to reruns for at least the next couple months, curated by Steve from his new home.

Station staff are looking into options, and a listener survey is in the works. We’re looking for community feedback to help guide not only what becomes of Sunday evenings but also to help guide other important programming decisions.

In the meantime, tune in for Steve’s last show from 6-10 p.m. on Sunday, April 25th! “I’m going to make this last show a tribute to Chicago and Salt Lake. I’ll always consider Utah home,” Steve told us this week. “Thank you friends!”

To help send Steve off, we want to gather your comments. Tell us how Steve – and the jazz music he’s provided over the years – has impacted you. Send written comments to

Additionally, KCPW’s Roger McDonough is working on an audio tribute to Steve, and he’d love to hear from you. Follow these instructions to send an audio comment to Roger, or email him directly at and he’ll reach out to you.

Thank you for joining us in celebrating the incredible career of Steve “Jazzman” Williams!


    Hey Daddy-O you and Vicki are going to be missed terribly!
    I love hearing the tunes you spin out.
    You have given so much to our fair city and I thank you for this gift of music you have shared with all of us.
    May your new home treat you well.
    We don’t want to see you go, yet, the winds of change are upon us.
    With much love and affection Margeaux
    Cheers & All the Best

    I just know that I am not the only one crying right now. This song has me all teared up.
    That’s All…In friendship
    Yes, we know what this means, it’s the end of an era.
    88.3 Love you! Sad to say, this is it! Whaaaaaa
    Thank you Steve!!!

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