While checking out my google alerts I noticed an item about Chicago smooth jazz station WNUA. Well the smooth jazz format for WNUA has bitten the dust. WNUA-99.5 flipped to a Spanish hot adult contemporary format yesterday. Check out this link to a thank you letter to all the listeners.
Adios to smooth jazz at Clear Channel’s WNUA-FM 95.5.
Hola, Mega 95.5.
WNUA, a pioneer 22 years ago with the adult-contemporary format that blended pop instrumentals and jazz influences, is poised to become a Spanish-language station, complementing the music of artists such as Shakira, Enrique Iglesias and Aventura with local on-air personalities, news and traffic in an effort to seize a share of a rapidly growing audience segment.
The flip, set for Friday morning, has been the subject of a guessing game within the industry as other smooth jazz stations around the country dropped the format in recent weeks. But much of the speculation wrongly had WNUA embracing country, oldies or classic rock rather than what is being billed as Spanish hot adult contemporary.
A change in call letters has not been finalized, but the new Chicago station branding will be Mega 95.5, and it will be available online through Mega955.com.
Jazz pianist Ramsey Lewis, a long-time WNUA personality, is supposed to bid fans farewell in Friday’s 9 a.m. hour. That will be followed by a brief audio montage recalling the history of the 95.5 frequency in Chicago, from the Moody Bible Institute to WDHF to WMET to WNUA. Then at 9:55 a.m., the plan is to begin playing 5,000 successive songs from the new format over the next two weeks as an introduction before regular Mega 95.5 programming begins. Clear Channel has yet to name the station’s personalities.
It may be small solace for loyal WNUA listeners, but its smooth jazz format will remain available online at yoursmoothjazz.com, as well as on smart phones via iheartradio.com and to those with HD Radios at 95.5 HD2.
Clear Channel has been on a rampage throughout the country firing folks and flipping radio formats. No wonder more and more folks are switching from terrestrial radio (regular radio) to internet radio, satellite radio and their mp3 players.
I guess this means I will be taking the WNUA link off my blog and taking the link out of my favorites. For all the WNUA listeners I feel your pain. Those of us in the Washington, D.C. area lost our smooth jazz station, Smooth Jazz 105.9 last year. Other smooth jazz listeners lost their smooth jazz stations all over the country as well including KKSF Smooth Jazz in San Francisco on May 18. There are still a few smooth jazz radio stations left but I wouldn’t be surprised if they all disappear in the next few years. I guess Clear Channel and Citadel would have accomplished their mission by then.
As I have stated before if you’re looking for something online, you can always check out Pandora Radio. Just type in your favorite smooth jazz musician or any other music artists that you like and you’ll get to listen to that musician as well as others with a similar sound. And check out the following links for more smooth jazz: