... As Smooth Jazz Moves To A New Chicago 'Hood
May 22, 2009 at 12:57 PM (PT)
BROADCAST ARCHITECTURE's Smooth Jazz format is set to ride "THE L," -- WLFM 87.7 FM, that is -- as its new radio home in CHICAGO. In an immediate response to the format switch at CLEAR CHANNEL’s WNUA, WLFM grabbed the format rights from THE SMOOTH JAZZ NETWORK. The new Smooth Jazz station will go by the nickname of "THE L."
Veteran CHICAGO radio exec PATRICK KELLEY will oversee the operations as SVP/Market Manager. "We are going to deliver to CHICAGO a hipper, cooler, Smooth Jazz station," he said. "We are very excited to build this station around the passion Chicagoans have for contemporary jazz.
"One of our main goals is to create a station that has a very strong CHICAGO identity," KELLEY continued. "We want our listeners to be comfortable riding the ‘L’ all day and all night long from the first position on the dial. We're launching a radio station that represents the best of what CHICAGO radio listeners have heard for the past 22 years with a look forward, featuring actual artists that play the music as hosts during most of the broadcast hours. Our music mix will represent what we've heard Chicagoan’s are asking for based on feedback over the past 22 years. Just today, the outcry from the community to bring back Smooth Jazz has been tremendous. We have the most passionate fans and listeners anywhere."
The on-air lineup will feature CHICAGO native and Jazz player BRIAN CULBERTSON in mornings; MIRANDA WILSON from 10a=2p; DAVE KOZ in afternoon drive; MARIA LOPEZ from 7P-Mid and BILLY RAVEN doing overnights. Weekend programming includes the Smooth Jazz Weekend and Smooth jazz Top 20 Countdown, both hosted by ALLEN KEPLER and shifts hosted by Norman Brown, PAUL HARDCASTLE and KENNY G.