Courtesy of Reuben Jackson
Reuben Jackson, host of "Friday Night Jazz
" on Vermont Public Radio, announced Tuesday via Facebook that he is leaving the show in April. He has helmed the popular weekly jazz program since 2012 when he replaced George Thomas
. Thomas had hosted "Jazz with George Thomas" on VPR for over a decade.
"Basically, I am leaving because it is time," Jackson wrote in an email to Seven Days
Jackson, who is a Washington D.C. native as well as a poet and jazz scholar, did not indicate what he plans to do next. His final VPR broadcast will be Friday, April 27.
The 61-year-old Jackson is the latest in a string of VPR employees to exit the station in 2017. These include former deputy news director Annie Russell
, digital reporter Taylor Dobbs (who joins Seven Days in December
) and president and CEO Robin Turnau
. The last will step down in March.
"Friday Night Jazz" airs weekly on VPR at 8 p.m.