Bob Parlocha, Jazz Musician, Radio Host, Dies At Age 76

Mar 18, 2015

Bob Parlocha (1938-2015)
Credit WFMT Radio Network

Bob Parlocha, longtime jazz musician and radio host died Sunday after suffering a heart attack. He was 76.

The WFMT Radio Network, which distributes Parlocha’s Jazz Network – known to KUAR listeners as Jazz with Bob Parlocha – says the longtime jazz musician and radio host had been rehabilitating from an illness over the past year and the heart attack was unexpected.

“For 15 years, listeners in central Arkansas have enjoyed hearing Bob each night on KUAR, bringing us some amazing recordings and sharing his personal recollections about jazz greats. We’ll all really miss hearing his distinctive voice every night,” KUAR General Manager Ben Fry said.

WFMT also shares this about Parlocha: “In addition to hosting the Jazz Network, which was broadcast on scores of stations throughout the United States, Bob was a tenor and soprano saxophone player, host of the Dinner Jazz Show on KJAZ and later the station’s music director. Bob was also a passionate gourmet cook.”

WFMT has created a page on its website for listeners to share comments, reflections and memories about Parlocha.

WFMT’s Jazz Network will continue on KUAR for the foreseeable future. WFMT says it plans to use repeated episodes and it will begin to incorporate new shows with new hosts in the coming months.