Al 'Jazzbo' Collins

  Al 'Jazzbo' Collins, shown here with jazz singer June Christy in 1962, was the best known of the jazz disk jockeys in the country although he did every kind of radio show throughout his long career.

When Bob Whitney arrived at KALL in Salt Lake City as Program Director of what was billed to be a Top Forty station, there was Al Collins - at the mike - NOT anybody's Top Forty disk jockey.

He was Jazzbo - a world famous personality having started in radio in the 1940's. He went on to host programs in LA at KMET, KFI, KLAC & KGBS; in San Francisco at KGO, KSFO and KMPX. His last program was a jazz show at KCSM, the public radio station of the College of San Mateo. And he was always Jazzbo: one of a kind. And that was NOT to be changed.

Al Collins died of cancer in 1997.

  Here's Jazzbo as a nightime talkshow host on Newsradio KGO, San Franciscco, in the 1970's. Here's Bob Whitney's Jazzbo story and an unforgettable Jazzbo treatment of reality.