Longtime 89.7 WGBH jazz host Eric Jackson has been named the 2012 Duke Dubois Humanitarian Award recipient at the JazzWeek awards in Detroit, Mich. This prestigious lifetime achievement award is named for the late jazz radio promoter Duke Dubois, who was a pioneer in the field and a mentor to many, including Jackson himself, in the jazz radio and record business.
“To have been named the recipient of the Duke Dubois Humanitarian Award is a humbling experience. I was privileged to know Duke, so to be honored in his name is extremely personally and professionally gratifying,” said Jackson. “Thank you to my friends, colleagues and especially the listeners.”
The Duke Dubois award is given to an individual to recognize a longstanding commitment to jazz, jazz radio, jazz education and generous service to the jazz community. The recipient exemplifies community mentoring and leadership skills for others in the industry. Recipients are selected by jazz radio programmers, jazz record company executives and independent jazzradio record promoters.
"This is well deserved recognition for Eric, who has enriched countless lives with his knowledge and passion for jazz," said Marita Rivero, WGBH Vice President and General Manager for Radio and Television. "We are fortunate that Eric has played a central role in WGBH radio's presentation of jazz for four decades, and we look forward to continuing that commitment together."
This is Jackson’s second award from JazzWeek as he was honored in 2008 as Major Market Programmer of the Year.