For 35 years Gary Alderman hosted Journeys Into Jazz Wednesdays from 2-5 pm on WORT. Read more about the history of this beloved icon of Madison jazz and dedicated radio volunteer, and share your own memories of Gary using the form at the bottom.
Channel 3 did a news story about Gary and WORT.
This obituary was published by Samara Kalk Derby in the Wisconsin State Journal.
A celebration of Gary’s life is planned for September 8 at the Brink Lounge (click here for more information.)
I will always remember Gary for our shared love of Chinese buffet. He fought so hard, and I will miss his wit and his great selections on Wednesdays. May your journey be filled with joy. ~ Doug Holtz
Sorry to hear of Gary’s passing. I was a regular listener to his show for many years and still was in recent years. I enjoyed his show and I liked his manner of delivery. He had his own style, Listening to his show was like sitting in a living room somewhere and sharing the music. Comfy and cool. ~ Michael Disch
I grew up listening to jazz on WBEZ in Chicago and to my Dad’s large collection of jazz. I moved from Chicago area and my father died so finding Gary’s show meant so much to me since I could continue listening to new (and classic) jazz and learning him. I am so thankful to Gary and to WORT. ~ Robin Potter
To everyone who knew and loved Gary, I’m sorry for your loss. I’m writing for The Capital Times about how folks will remember him. If you have a Gary story or memory you want to share with me, please message me, email nyahr[at]madison[dot]com or call 608-252-6433. Thank you. ~ Natalie Yahr
Gary was my favorite jazz host on WORT, both for the music he played and the knowledge he shared. Did not know him well. took pledge calls for his shows several times (a mixed blessing if you wanted to hear music)! He always helped phone answerers by Id’ing pledge gift CD’s he liked. Miss him! ~ David Jenkins
1984, just arrived from NYC, for my new job. Such a transition from Big Apple. No bagels, no subways, no jazz! But while mindlessly switching FM stations, WOW! Trane, Kenny, Miles… I had found Gary! He was my Big City Savior. RIP GA ~ Al Turner