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In Memoriam: WUOT Host Jim Blalock

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We are sad to report that our weekend classical announcer, Jim Blalock, passed away over the weekend after a long, valiant battle against cancer. WUOT was fortunate to call Jim a colleague, mentor, and encyclopedia of classical music knowledge. More importantly, Jim was our friend. From the time he took to the WUOT airwaves, Jim was an instant favorite for many of our listeners. Audiences that had listened to him during his almost two decades behind the microphone at WETS 89.5 FM in Johnson City were delighted to have Jim back in their lives.

In addition to a long and dedicated broadcast career, Jim was also a performer. He played French horn and received a Master of Music from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Jim performed with a number of orchestras, including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Lexington Philharmonic, and the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra

Jim is survived by his wife Connie, and daughters Alicia and Jaime.

 

A Knoxville native, Todd began working at WUOT in 2006 as jazz coordinator and host of Improvisations. He is now the music director and host of of Studio 865/Flipside and Changing Course, and also produces podcasts such as Improvisations to Go and Raised in Knoxville. Todd got his start in radio at WUTK, where he served as both news and music director while earning his undergraduate degree in journalism at UT. He later earned a master’s degree in education, also at UT.