Doug Gruber

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Former WBOI host and longtime station volunteer Doug Gruber died Wednesday at the age of 77 after battling complications from several illnesses.

Gruber's distinctive voice helped shape the organization’s musical footprint and overall sound for nearly two decades.

He started as a classical music host for WBNI, but his passion for the likes of Dave Brubeck and others eventually led him to become WBOI’s jazz coordinator and host of the Saturday program “All That Jazz.”

File / Northeast Indiana Public Radio

Northeast Indiana Public Radio’s jazz coordinator and longtime volunteer, Doug Gruber, notified station management this week he will no longer host his popular music program, “All That Jazz,” and will step away from his other station duties, as well.

He says health concerns drove his decision to take time away from the station.