As a not-quite-small child growing up near Buffalo, NY, Chuck Ingersoll listened to his transistor radio under the pillow and discovered great R&B, soul, and eventually jazz on stations like WUFO and WBLK in Buffalo, and via Harry Abraham’s all-night program on WHAM in Rochester. While his musical tastes evolved from James Brown to Jimmy Smith and from Lee Dorsey to Lee Morgan, he never lost his love of J.B. and a great soul groove.
Eventually, Chuck wrote jazz reviews and articles for magazines like Downbeat, Different Drummer and Fusion and became a morning personality and program director at Rochester’s WCMF and WSAY. After working as a writer and creative director for Rochester ad agencies, he operated his own advertising agency, Ingersoll et al Communications, for 10 years serving as President and Panamanian Strongman (a joke more amusing when Manuel Noriega still roamed his domain.) Several years ago he sold his business to Mason Marketing where he now serves as Associate Creative Director.
Today Chuck also does a great deal of voiceover work for commercials, narrations, eLearning, online training, station imaging, and other audio projects; along with freelance naming and branding work for companies, products and services. His Web site URLs are www.hearchucknow.com and www.brandsandtags.com.
Every Sunday night from 9-10 p.m., Chuck combines his love of funk, groove and jazz by hosting the Soul Jazz Spectrum on Jazz 90.1. You’ll hear everyone from Greyboy to Grant Green, the Blackbyrds to Rusty Bryant, Soulive to Jimmy Smith and beyond. According to Chuck, “It’s where the groove survives and thrives.”