Tuesday, June 16, 2009

The Best of All Possible Worlds

Harry Abraham hasn't had a radio show since 1978 and that is a travesty. In 1978 WHAM-AM flipped to country music and Harry hit the road, his jazz show ended abruptly. He died May 7th 2009 and that too was a goddamn shame. Even in 1982, just 4 years after the show was nixed Larry King at Billboard was reminiscing about the program in print.

1180 WHAM was a clear channel station.. it could be heard from Rochester south to Dallas, west to Denver East into the Atlantic, and North deep into Canada. That mean that from midnight to 5 AM Harry owned the night. His show "The Best of All Possible Worlds" was one of the greatest jazz programs that ever was. In a time of jazz greatness when classic sides were born, Harry was there to play them. More here.

He signed off the show the same way every time '...wishing you the best of all possible worlds..." After radio he tried his hand at a number of gigs, computer networking, photography, and one not-so-successful bank robbery. While in prison he studied up and went straight, but never went back to radio.