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WNUA drops the smooth jazz format

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.

WNUA swings to Spanish format

Phil Rosenthal
Media

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:

SmoothJazz.com

Smooth  Jazz Top 20

Smooth Jazz America

Relaxing Jazz

Smooth Jazz 94.7 The Wave

Smooth Jazz 97.1 WQJZ

Smooth Jazz Radio Stations

Smooth Jazz V99.7

Goodbye Tom Joyner, hello Steve Harvey

Speaking of the Tom Joyner Morning Show, it’s been dumped from WVAZ-FM (V-103) in Chicago and replaced by the Steve Harvey Morning Show this week.  Some Chicago listeners are livid over this move.  Chicago was the TJMS’s largest market.   WVAZ  is owned by Clear Channel.

Steve Harvey replacing Tom Joyner on WVAZ
Tom Joyner’s syndicated morning show dumped after 13 years

By Phil Rosenthal

Tribune reporter

March 24, 2009

Clear Channel Chicago is bouncing Tom Joyner’s syndicated morning show after 13 years on WVAZ-FM 102.7, moving “The Steve Harvey Morning Show” from WGCI-FM 107.5 to replace it beginning Tuesday.

Harvey will simulcast on both stations until March 31. Clear Channel did not say Monday what its plans are after that for WGCI-FM. Any change occurring on April 1 risks being interpreted as an April Fool’s Day prank.

“Tom Joyner has been a great partner with V103 for the past 13 years, making it difficult to part ways,” WVAZ-FM program director Derrick Brown said. “We appreciate all Tom’s hard work and wish him continued success.”

WGCI-FM has aired this incarnation of Harvey’s syndicated show since 2007. But he has deep roots in the Chicago market, beginning his radio career in 1996 at WGCI-FM as a replacement for Joyner, whose decades-long connection began when legendary local radio executive Marv Dyson hired him at Johnson Publishing’s WJPC.

“Steve Harvey is an entertainment and marketing juggernaut,” Brown said. “There are very few entertainers who have successfully tackled radio, TV, film, stage, online and publishing. … Being a ‘King of Comedy,’ nobody can beat Steve being funny.”

The Steve Harvey Morning Show airs on WHUR in Washington, D.C. The Tom Joyner Morning Show airs on WMMJ 102.3 here in D.C. I tried listening to Steve Harvey a few times and I just couldn’t get into his show.   He’s a little too country for my taste.  The show didn’t impress me that much compared to the TJMS.  I’ve previously stated my views about the TJMS and how sometimes they get on my nerves.  When Smooth Jazz 105.9 was still around (damn I still miss that station), I use to switch over to them when the TJMS got on my nerves.  It was nice to have a different radio station to listen to.  Now I just listen to my cds, my gigabeat or Pandora.

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