Stevan Smith

Traffic Coordinator

A Brooklyn native raised on R&B and Hip-Hop music, Stevan was first introduced to Jazz while interning at WEAA Morgan State University Public Radio in Baltimore, Maryland. It was there that he would build his career in Jazz radio. Stevan has over 18 years of experience in on-air announcing, production, and traffic management.

As Traffic Coordinator, Stevan is responsible for creating the station’s Program Logs. These program logs serve as a guide for the on-air announcer, and is essential in the programming and execution of their show.

Stevan began working at WBGO in 2006. In addition to his duties as Traffic Coordinator, he has also produced vignettes and features for the radio station. Stevan has also filled in as announcer for Jazz After Hours. Stevan feels one of the best things about working at WBGO is that the organization provides opportunities for employees to gain experience in other areas of interest. The nurturing environment is what keeps this great tradition of jazz radio alive!

Ways to Connect

In his first live on-air interview, drummer Nate Smith stops by Afternoon Jazz to talk with Nicole Sweeney about being a part of the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead program, the making of his new album — Kinfolk: Postcards From Everywhere, featuring bassist, longtime friend and 2017 NEA Jazz Master Dave Holland —the vibe behind the "Nate Bop," and more.

New Orleans has a long lineage of great piano players. Jelly Roll Morton, Allen Toussaint, Fats Domino, and many more. Such a rich history of culture and music in the Crescent City is bound to leave a prominent imprint on the impressionable youth who hope to follow in their foot steps. Composer, pianist, and vocalist Davell Crawford was one of those kids. 

SiriusXM host Mark Thompson plays John Coltrane's "Alabama" at the end of every broadcast of his radio program, Make It Plain. Coltrane wrote and composed this song in 1963 in response to the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing that claimed the lives of four girls in Birmingham, Alabama.

"Long Tall" Dexter Gordon is one of the best known and significant musicians on his instrument: he was one of the first tenor saxophonists to adopt the bebop style, and influenced players such as John Coltrane and Sonny Rollins. Gordon's widow and former manager-producer, Maxine Gordon, and saxophonist Abraham Burton join Morning Jazz host Gary Walker to discuss the man and his music.