Legendary Tampa broadcaster Pat Chamburs dies

04/13/09 Mitch E. Perry
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Pat Chamburs a DJ on WMNF’s airwaves for more than 20 years and somewhat of a broadcasting legend, died yesterday, according to his son, Philip. Pat Chamburs was believed to have been 82.

Chamburs' Wednesday night jazz show ran on WMNF from 1983 until 2005. But his radio career started nearly four decades before, in 1947, just after World War II. In 1950, he came home to Tampa Bay for a vacation and wound up taking a job with WFLA. He stayed there for several years and then moved over to WDAE before landing the night shift at WILZ in the mid 60s.

In 1961, Pat owned a bookstore near the University of Tampa, The Tenth Muse and Only One Grace, and a coffeehouse next door, The House of Seven Sorrows, which featured live jazz and beatnik poetry readings.

As Pat told the St. Petersburg Times in 1998, ”They believed I was corrupting their students with poetry, jazz and improper thoughts.”

Chamburs grew up in Pinellas County, the son of a Clearwater motorcycle cop. He enlisted in the Navy at 17 and came through World War II without serious injury until December 1945, when a Japanese suicide plane dived into the battleship New Mexico. Chamburs lost a leg in the explosion that followed.

WMNF Program Director Randy Wynne talked about the life of former WMNF DJ Pat Chamburs.

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