Smooth Jazz KHJZ Flips To Top 40 As Hot 95-7
March 13, 2008 at 1:48 PM (PT)
Rumors become reality as CBS jettisons Smooth Jazz KHJZ/HOUSTON in favor of Top 40/Mainstream HOT 95-7 under OM/PD JEFF GARRISON.
Core artists include: RIHANNA, JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE, BEYONCE, KANYE WEST, ALICIA KEYS, USHER, FERGIE, TIMBALAND, CHRIS BROWN, MARIAH CAREY, MILEY CYRUS, GWEN STEFANI, JONAS BROTHERS, CHRISTINA AGUILERA, P!NK and more. HOT 95-7 will broadcast commercial-free through TUESDAY, MARCH 25th, coinciding with HOUSTON's spring break.
In addition to the on-air programming, HOT 95-7 will launch with a full complement of digital applications, including streaming audio, text messaging, online communities, podcasts and downloads. Listeners can log onto www.hothitshouston.com for the complete interactive experience.
GM LAURA MORRIS, said, "We've built HOT 95-7 for the listener. We don't pick the hits; they do. Every hour, listeners can vote for the top hit of that hour and we'll play the song at the top of the next hour. We'll do that 24 hours a day ... it's the first and only station we know of giving listeners that kind of control."
GARRSION, who also programs Country sister KILT and N/T KILT-A, added, "HOUSTON's always been about making history ... from the oil wildcatters and the 8th Wonder of the World to landing on the moon. HOT 95-7 is HOUSTON's next generation of radio, blazing a big, bold hot radio station for HOUSTON listeners. HOT 95-7 has multi-cultural pop appeal with a rhythmic spice to match HOUSTON's diversity. We're about today's new music, celebrity artists, pop culture, lifestyle and trends ... whatever is HOT now. We're online, on demand and in touch with the pulse of the next generation of radio listeners."