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Television Tue Jan 12 2010

JBTV Announces New Host

PhotobucketJerry Bryant has been a staple in my house every Wednesday night since I was a wee teenager discovering alternative music for the first time. Between his big bushy gray beard and signature chuckle, the man was like my own personal Santa Claus bringing the gift of this world of music of which I had been completely oblivious. I cannot even count the number of times I pestered him via email to play the latest Smashing Pumpkins video -- requests which he usually obliged until one day he responded, "Enough Smashing Pumpkins!"

Now in its 25th year, Jerry Bryant's "JBTV" is the longest-running independent music television show. This morning, the show has announced that former Q101 DJ Ryan Manno (pictured above) will be taking the reigns as the new host. Considering Jerry Bryant has produced and hosted over 3,613 episodes of the show, these are pretty lofty shoes to fill. Never fear -- we'll still be treated with a Jerry Bryant fix via a weekly segment highlighting Jerry's archived footage from the past 25 years. Here's to an exciting new chapter in an iconic Chicago television show.

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Amanda / January 12, 2010 3:04 PM

JBTV really does hold a special place in my heart, and I am excited for the new direction it is taking with Ryan Manno as host and Christian Picciolini as General Manager. Great article!

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Feature Thu Dec 31 2015

Our Final Transmission Days

By The Gapers Block Transmission Staff

Transmission staffers share their most cherished memories and moments while writing for Gapers Block.

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