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KCSM programmer Jesse “Chuy” Varela is the 2017 recipient of JazzWeek’s Bobby Jackson Award, which recognizes a jazz programmer’s professionalism, programming abilities, and contribution to jazz radio.

Despite experiencing the sort of ongoing financial budget strife commonly faced by college radio stations, faithful listeners to KCSM can expect most of their favorite programming to remain, a district official said.

As the date of KCSM’s annual jazz festival approaches, several musicians from far and wide are preparing to pack their bags and head to the CSM campus to join Bay Area musicians and music lovers.

KCSM, which began as a learning center for broadcasting students, has programmed jazz full-time since 1988, outlasting KJAZ, which folded in 1994. In fact, much of that legendary station’s music library — more than 12,000 albums — is now at KCSM.

A concert stage is being constructed on a grassy hill at CSM in preparation for the annual Jazz on the Hill event Saturday, June 6. The free event is a day for people to relax and enjoy the campus with music, wine and beer, food truck offerings and art and crafts tables.

This year the event not only showcases the breadth and depth of the Bay Area scene, it’s also a celebration of the college’s 50th anniversary, complete with public tours of the campus.

After a nine-year hiatus, the popular day-long jazz celebration will return to the home of the area’s only jazz radio station, KCSM 91.1 FM, on the campus of College of San Mateo.

On April 14, singer and performer Pamela Rose will present her acclaimed show, “Wild Women of Song: Great Gal Composers of the Jazz Era,” in a benefit concert for KCSM-FM.

The competition was open to all high school students in the Bay Area. Bay Area viewers will have the opportunity to watch the student productions, as part of the Youth Cinema public television series to air on KCSM this fall.

It’s been a season of love thus far for San Francisco Giants broadcaster Jon Miller, who will be inducted into the broadcasters’ wing of the Baseball Hall of Fame later this week.