Best Radio DJ

Jamal Ahmed

Staff Pick

Now that JAMAL AHMED has returned to the airwaves of WCLK-FM (91.9), Atlanta can exhale. The DJ/on-air personality of 12 years left in early 2007, amid the community-funded station’s scramble to program more pure jazz in response to membership polls. With Ahmed’s departure, it was like the self-proclaimed “jazz voice of the city” lost its soul – literally. His long-running program “S.O.U.L.” (Sounds Of Universal Love) had grown an international reputation and served as an incubator in the late ’90s for the city’s underground soul scene. Through “S.O.U.L.,” Ahmed fed listeners an eclectic diet of acid jazz and international remixes. Since his return four months ago to host “The Soul of Jazz” weekdays from 3-6 p.m., the station has received “some tremendously great feedback,” according to station manager Shed Jackson. Sounds like WCLK’s got its groove back.

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