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Doug Gruber, seen here in a 2002 photo, died Wednesday, Northern Indiana Public Radio has announced. Gruber served as WBOI-FM's jazz coordinator and host of the Saturday program "All That Jazz."

Longtime public-radio host Doug Gruber dies

Longtime local jazz broadcaster Doug Gruber died Wednesday, Northeast Indiana Public Radio said tonight. He was 77.

Gruber stepped down from his roles at the station last month because of health concerns, NIPR said on its website. It said he was recently diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.

In an online obituary, NIPR said Gruber joined WOWO as a reporter in the 1960s after broadcasting at Purdue University as a student in the late 1950s. He served as assistant program manager and afternoon disc jockey there, NIPR said.

He left the station in 1967, but joined public radio as a volunteer in the 1990s, first as a classical-music broadcaster on WBNI and then in jazz for WBOI.

"Doug has been an integral part of 89.1 WBOI and Classical 94.1 WBNI for nearly 20 years," NIPR President and General Manager Peter Dominowski said on the website when Gruber left the station last month.

"Whether being a host for jazz or classical music, or reporting on the TinCaps or Komets, Doug's distinctive voice was welcomed and trusted by our listeners.

"Our stations -- and our community -- are a better place because of his many talents as a broadcaster. No one could possibly replace his unique talents."

No public services are planned at this time, NIPR said.