May 22, 2009

The Smooth Jazz Format is Just About DEAD!

Clear Channel will end the 22 year run of Smooth Jazz 95.5 WNUA in Chicago. The station is the radio home of jazz keyboardist and morning host Ramsey Lewis. Lewis' morning show was syndicated to many smooth jazz stations across the country. According to the Chicago Tribune, Ramsey Lewis will sign off in the 9 a.m. hour on Friday morning (May 22), before the new format Spanish hot AC as "Mega 95.5" takes over at 9:55 A.M.

Earlier this week San Francisco's 103.7 KKSF flipped from Smooth Jazz to a Classic Rock format. So now there is really only ONE major Smooth Jazz terrestrial radio station left in the country which is 94.7 KTWV "The Wave" in Los Angeles. The Wave is owned by CBS Radio and R&B singer Brian McKnight is the morning host at the station. There are rumors that indicate a format change is in the works at KTWV as well.
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