This year marks the re-Birth of the Cool. In 2009 financial hardship reduced WSIE (88.7 FM) — since the 1980s the only all-jazz station in St. Louis — to running syndicated content 24/7. But its parent institution, Southern Illinois University–Edwardsville, committed to revitalizing the beloved station, and in 2012 WSIE has hit its stride, offering a full spectrum of jazz programming, along with university news and sports. Local jazz artists receiving airplay include the Jim Widner Big Band, the St. Louis Ragtimers, Tom Byrne, Spoke, and Reggie and Mardra Thomas. Miles Davis would approve.
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