Chris Cooke

Jazz host

Chris Cooke has been a voice on public radio in Omaha since 1989. Working at KVNO-FM during college, Cooke hosted a weekend progressive jazz show on the station in addition to working as an on-air announcer. In November 1992, Cooke signed on at KIOS-FM and has been there ever since. He has hosted the Tuesday and Thursday editions of Jazz in the Afternoon since 1996 and has hosted Last Call since that year. A long time fan of jazz music, Cooke enjoys talking with the musicians who make jazz music and presenting those conversations with listeners. When not hosting or listening to jazz, on record or in person, Cooke maintains a busy schedule as a self-employed web design consultant.

Ways To Connect

Last Call Rotation

Jun 28, 2015

Ornette Coleman's emergence in 1958 on Contemporary Records album Something Else!!! was the dawn of a career which would present a revolutionary new approach to playing jazz music and influence countless forward- looking jazz artists. Recorded February 10, 22 and March 24, 1958, in Los Angeles, this recording was the first of two albums made for Les Koenig's influential West Coast label.  It is without doubt an essential recording to have in a jazz library.  

Ornette Coleman, alto saxophonist, composer, bandleader and innovator of free jazz, died on Thursday, July 11th in New York City. He was 85.  

Remembering Bob Belden

Jun 2, 2015

Noted producer, saxophonist, and composer Bob Belden passed away suddenly in May. He died of a heart attack on May 20th, 2015. He was 58. Belden was a major force on the jazz scene during the last two decades.

Jazz From Studio One : May
1st and 3rd Thursdays at 8:00PM

Programs for May, 2015:

May 7: Great Jazz Drummers Through The Years
May 21: Jazz Grab Bag