Nashville Jumps on Radio Free Nashville Signs Off: Dec. 13 Show To Be the Last, for Now

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Late Sunday night, Pete Wilson — DJ of WRFN's venerable radio program Nashville Jumps and frequent, insightful commenter on many of the Scene's blogs (including this one) — announced via Facebook that this Thursday night's show will be a farewell, for now. Nearly every week for the past 13 years, Pete has hosted his two-hour program, featuring an extensive collection of post-WWII jump blues, R&B and much more, curating an archive that serves as a DNA fingerprint for rock 'n' roll and pop music as we know it today. Since Vanderbilt's WRVU ceased terrestrial broadcast last year, the show found a home on low-power station WRFN, but citing the challenges of single-handedly keeping the program afloat, Wilson has decided to hang up his hat — at least temporarily — after his regular set Dec. 13, from 8-10 p.m. See Wilson's message below:

Hi, folks! Two things: First, I’ve put the Dec. 6 edition of Nashville Jumps—a special edition devoted to the late Mickey Baker!—on the Internet Archive. Use the attached link to find all the Jumps shows I’ve done for WRFN, Radio Free Nashville, on the Archive. Second, as I announced at the end of the Dec. 6 show, I’m retiring from hosting Nashville Jumps after a final show on Dec 13. This may turn out to be a Brett Favre-like retirement, but right now I don’t anticipate a return in the near future. I have enjoyed doing Nashville Jumps, on both WRVU and Radio Free Nashville, since January 2000, and I will miss it. But I also think it is time to call this effort complete and look back on it with pleasure. While I appreciate the hospitality of Radio Free Nashville, doing Jumps has honestly never felt the same to me since WRVU died on June 7, 2011. I am grateful to have been able to continue the show for over a year longer—with two breaks, one between WRVU’s demise and my September debut on WRFN, and another from March to August 2012 because of my mother’s illness and death—but I find that I miss WRVU more and more as time goes on, to the point that it makes me sad. I’m starting to get a little burnt out and I believe it may be time to pursue another hobby or two. I am very grateful to everyone who listened to the show, at WRVU or WRFN, live or from archives, and to everyone who supported me on Facebook. I hope you’ll listen to the final show on Dec. 13. I’ll play songs that I think are among the best from the repertoire. Thanks again to everyone.

Wilson reports he will be continuing his resident DJ slot at The Stone Fox on the first Wednesday of every month, and has ruled out neither the possibility of additional live gigs, nor a return to radio in the future. As mentioned above, an archive of over 40 shows from Nashville Jumps' tenure on WRFN will continue to be available on the Internet Archive.

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