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Delmarva Public Media Mourns the Loss of WESM Afternoon Jazz Host Brian Daniels

It is with deep sadness that we share the news that Brian Daniels, the host of Afternoon Jazz on WESM 91.3FM, and the station’s longtime programming specialist, has passed away at the age of 52.

Daniels has been with the station since 2000 when he answered an on-air call for new radio personalities, and was hired on a part-time basis until he was offered a full-time position in 2004.

Since then, his voice has been a constant presence on the airwaves, as a show host, a voice of underwriting and community PSAs, and special segments like the UMES Minute.

“Brian was a true professional who was deeply committed to public radio and to WESM,” said Gerry Weston, Delmarva Public Media’s General Manager. “He was so incredibly passionate about his work, his community, and presenting jazz to his listeners.”

Off the air, Brian was a huge sci-fi and fantasy fan. He loved aviation, video games, film scores, and countless musicians, ranging from Stevie Wonder and Charlie Parker to Gregory Porter and John Coltrane.

The entire Delmarva Public Media family will miss Brian immeasurably. We offer his friends and family, especially his wife Shalewa Daniels, our most heartfelt condolences and sympathies.

Bryan brings over 20 years of broadcasting and journalism experience to Delmarva Public Media after doing multi-award-winning work for WAMU/WRAU-FM as the host of “Coastal Connection” and as its coastal reporter. He’s contributed to national entities like the BBC, NPR, and the Associated Press, and worked the local newsbeat at the Maryland Coast Dispatch in Ocean City.