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Those golden voices

They were truly great, and rarely intrusive



Ameen Sayani: still drawing fans

Willis Conover: The irony was that he rarely heard in the U.S. He was with the Voice of America, which was targeted at listeners outside the United States. Conover was one of the most important RJs in the history of jazz and fans never failed to tune in to his Jazz Hour. He worked in Washington D.C. and New York during the 1939-54 period. Conover's broadcasts introduced jazz to European (especially East European) listeners during the Cold War.

Bruce Belfrage: He was reading a news bulletin at the Beeb one night during the War when a bomb hit the building. After the briefest of pauses, he continued to read.

Willie Bryant: He was significant to music twice in his career, as the leader of a talented big band during 1935-38 and as a popular radio jockey in the 1950s. He recorded "Blues Around The Clock" and his original "It's Over Because We're Through".

Ameen Sayani: Hosted Binaca Geetmala on All India Radio, and his iconic voice became the badge of Akashvani. He still rules the airwaves with Radio Indigo.

Vernon Corea: Radio Ceylon's pioneering broadcaster, he was instrumental in introducing Sinhala music into the English service.

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