Jim Clark quit South Dakota Public Broadcasting on August 8, leaving South Dakota without his uniquely informative and thoughtful jazz programming. Clark now takes to the editorial pages of papers around the state to formally sign off:
I regret to inform my listeners that I resigned as host of “Jazz Nightly” on South Dakota Public Broadcasting Radio on Aug. 6. I would have liked to have said goodbye on the air but the circumstances of my abrupt resignation on that day made it impossible.
I had contemplated resigning for a long time. While I could publicly disclose at length the reasons for my resignation and the issues and conflicts involved, I have concluded that it would serve no useful purpose at this time.
To all my loyal listeners and supporters over the past 14 1/2 years, I can only thank you from the bottom of my heart. I will never forget you [Jim Clark, letter to the editor, Yankton Press & Dakotan, 2015.08.20].
Something had to be wrong for a radio professional to leave the air with no notice. But Clark himself is telling us “the reasons… issues and conflicts” are none of our beeswax for now.