A new weekly radio show debuts today on WUCF FM to examine the great stories of jazz across America and the people who create it. Produced by 89.9 Jazz & More and hosted by University of Central Florida director of jazz studies Jeff Rupert, Jazz and the American Spirit will air Mondays at 7 p.m.

In this one-hour weekly program, Rupert, a saxophonist, composer, record producer and recording artist, will present the stories of how jazz is deeply connected to conveying the history of America and will demonstrate how jazz tells those stories.

“WUCF is Central Florida’s Storyteller as well as providing Orlando’s jazz soundtrack,” says Phil Hoffman, WUCF executive director. “We are honored to work with Jeff Rupert on Jazz and the American Spirit as it embodies our mission of preserving and advancing the jazz art form to our Central Florida audience.”

Listeners can view the radio schedule at wucf.org/fmschedule.