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Ron Reinhardt feat. Richard Eliot: Meet Me At The End

Jack Cohen
Ron Reinhardt

The biggest challenge for a radio programmer is to find the right songs for their station. Each artist feels they have the right song and rightfully so. However, when you have literally hundreds of songs presented to you on a daily basis it complicates things. In a format where the saxophone is the dominant instrument it’s always refreshing to find songs where other instruments are highlighted. Ron Reinhardt has done just that by weaving the Hammond B-3 organ throughout his latest release Meet Me At The End. Ron is a Tampa-based keyboardist, pianist, and musical director in his own right while working as saxophonist Richard Elliot’s keyboardist for 28 years. He’s played with a who’s who of jazz musicians including Rick Braun, Kirk Whalum, Gerald Albright and many others. He even stepped outside of the box for a stint with Donny Osmond. On this track Richard Elliot is Reinhardt's sideman.

Meet Me At the End has a distinct groove that will make your ears perk up and those are the type of songs I seek for WCLK. It’s very easy for the Smooth Jazz format to border on elevator music since traditionally it’s not a kind genre to vocalists or other instruments, being so saxophone heavy. I have nothing against those who play sax; in fact, I have loved working with Kenny G, David Sanborn, Dave Koz and others during my career. However, when a keyboard or guitar is featured it allows for balance on the airwaves, and when it features a Hammond B-3, it’s almost a slam dunk. I’m sure you’ll enjoy listening to Ron Reinhardt's Meet Me At The End when you meet up with Rivablue Monday through Friday for Midday Jazz from 10am until 2pm on Jazz 91.9 WCLK, streaming worldwide at wclk.com.

David C Linton is WCLK's Program Director. Since assuming the position in 2018, he's led Jazz 91.9 WCLK to record-setting ratings and expanded its listening audience. Linton's expertise in both NPR & commercial radio has benefited WCLK. He views WCLK as more than an Atlanta institution but a global media outlet for Jazz. He's enhanced the stations weekend line up by developing Saturdays with Ragan Whiteside and adding producer Bob Baldwin's Nu Urban Jazz Lounge to the Saturday afternoon line up. He reshuffled the Sunday Jazz offerings to provide a unique Mainstream Jazz listening experience on Sundays including the addition of Mainstream and Modern hosted by Rob Maynard. He also added Broadcast Hall of Famer Rick Joyner to the weekday line up as host of Serenade to the The City. He also programs WCLK's HD2 channel which offers Mainstream Jazz 24/7, available at wclk.com