It’s a special installment of the Local Showcase tonight as DJ Barry Lee welcomes local personality Chuck Haddix to the studio for a tribute to the late Charlie “Bird” Parker.
About the guest:
Chuck Haddix AKA Chuck Haddock joined the staff of KCUR FM in 1984. Originally hired as a jazz producer, Haddix began producing the “Fish Fry” in 1985. Making its debut on Saturday night at midnight, the “Fish Fry” proved so popular with listeners it quickly moved up to the 8:00 p.m. slot. A year or so later the public radio party spread like a virus to Friday night. Since then the Fish Fry has been featured Friday and Saturday nights from 8:00 until midnight. A faculty member at UMKC, Haddix is the director of the Marr Sound Archives, a collection of 250,000 sound recordings housed in the Miller Nichols Library. He is a writer who has been published in Down Beat and Living Blues Magazine. Well known for his broad knowledge of music, Haddix served as a consultant for a wide variety of theatrical, video and film projects including Robert Altman’s Kansas City and Merchant-Ivory’s Mr. and Mrs. Bridge.