Video: Ken Nordine turns 90, gives us a trippy tour of his house/studio
One of the joys of working for Chicago Public Radio is to come in contact with some amazing broadcast legends. Ken Nordine definitely fits in that category. When I was a radio student at Columbia College, my production teachers would play Nordine's Word Jazz to give us inspiration for what was possible in audio. Nordine is the host of Word Jazz, the trippy audio-art program that airs Sundays at midnight on WBEZ. This month, he turned 90. Yep, that's right. He's 90 years old and he's still producing new Word Jazz episodes from his studios on Chicago's far North side. We were lucky enough to be invited up to his house, where the third floor/attic serves as his long-time studio. Here's the video piece we put together, featuring Steve Edwards on lead-interview.