Here's the latest wrap-up of links & short local news items of interest you may have missed:
* With the new owners of KFUO (99.1 FM) set to take possession next week, this Friday's "I Love Jazz" show will be longtime jazz radio personality Don Wolff's last broadcast for the station. However, Wolff (pictured) recently emailed to assure StLJN that he will be continuing the video version of his program I Love Jazz via cable's HEC-TV and online, as well as the Internet radio version of the program, heard on Live365 and accessible from the front page of Wolff's site. The veteran DJ and jazz advocate also recently posted on his site an interview with up-and-coming singer Nikki Yanofsky. Wolff told StLJN that he's open to another broadcast radio station picking up "I Love Jazz," but so far, no firm offers have been tendered.
* Singer Brian Owens was profiled by the North County community news website NoCo.com.
* Freelance scribe Terry Perkins is writing a series of pieces for the St. Louis Beacon profiling St. Louis-based musicians who are playing local festivals around the metro area this summer. Already published are stories featuring saxophonist Jim Stevens and singer/songwriter Javier Mendoza, with more to come.
* Downtown's Kiel Opera House, once a grand venue for concerts, theater and other events but closed since 1991, finally will be renovated and reopened, thanks to a complicated financing deal signed this week.
* Music for Lifelong Achievement, which helps get musical instruments into the hands of disadvantaged kids, will sponsor a free musical instrument "petting zoo" at this weekend's Fair St. Louis on the riverfront.