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Radio DJ Helen Borgers, L.A.'s longtime voice of jazz, dies at 60

Radio DJ Helen Borgers, L.A.'s longtime voice of jazz, dies at 60

For decades Helen Borgers was a leading voice of jazz in L.A., a drive-time radio personality with a booming voice and an easy laugh.

On air, Borgers explored both the legends and the up-and-comers who — with some luck and a bit of airplay — might arrive at the threshold of fame.

But her voice vanished from the airwaves in June when she was unexpectedly laid off by K-Jazz after 38 years, halting a career that stretched from the days of vinyl and turntables to the more sterile environment of punching buttons on a console.

On Nov. 12, after months of health problems, she died following surgery for a tumor. She was 60.

“Being in LA won’t be the same without Helen on...

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