Charlie Cump was born in Chicago, and was encouraged to study piano at an early age. He later played cornet in his grade school band, and fooled around with a guitar in college. When his brother Dave brought jazz LP’s home from college, Charlie was introduced to a bit of Dave Brubeck and others. As an undergraduate student in western Michigan, his interest started growing through college friends who introduced him to Roland Kirk, Weather Report, Eric Dolphy and others. A class in jazz history taught by a jazz piano player sealed his fate.
Ever since then, Charlie has pursued the enjoyment of live and recorded jazz wherever he has found it. In the 1980's, he twice taught a very basic class in jazz history through the “Denver Free University” to share his love of the music. For the last six or seven years, Charlie has volunteered as an occasional on-air host. He tries to program music which is entertaining, but helps the listener experience some new artists and tunes. Charlie believes in the delights of the sound of surprise.