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CBC Radio 2 announces Afterdark and Saturday Night Jazz

Editorial Staff

CBC Radio 2 is pleased to announce some revisions to its schedule beginning Sept. 4, including two new programs and hosts.

Afterdark with Odario Williams

Monday to Friday, from 8 p.m. to midnight, Odario Williams will present a mix of contemporary hits and ambient late-night music on Afterdark. Williams will be familiar to CBC listeners as guest host for The Signal, Radio 2 Top 20, Weekend Morning and as a regular guest on CBC Radio One's q. He's also an actor, songwriter, producer, poet and lead vocalist for the award-winning hip-hop collective Grand Analog.

"Afterdark will be a cool mixed bag of vibes new and old, like the mixtapes you used to make for your friends," says Williams. "So whether you're tuned in on your headphones, or at home with your stereo on, or sealed inside your car, I hope you carry this show with you wherever you go. It'll be a fun ride."

Saturday Night Jazz with Laila Biali

Jazz lovers can now look forward to Saturday Night Jazz, a soundtrack of new discoveries and much-loved classics airing Saturdays from 8 p.m. to midnight. Jazz pianist and singer-songwriter Laila Biali will host the program. "I've always been a radio junkie — my mom used to have CBC Radio 2 on in the background when we were kids, and my deep love of music was fed by that constant stream of sound," she says.

Currently the guest host of CBC Radio 2's Tonic, which wraps up its 10-year run on Sept. 3, Biali was nominated for best vocal jazz album of the year at the 2011 Juno Awards and has toured with Chris Botti, Paula Cole and Suzanne Vega. "When the CBC invited me to host Saturday Night Jazz, I couldn't have been more thrilled!"

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