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:
Yesterday during lunch I was checking out some news sites and saw that former NBA player and award winning smooth jazz musician Wayman Tisdale passed away earlier that morning. He was 44 years old and had been battling bone cancer for the past two years. Wayman is survived by his wife Regina, three daughters and a son.
After reading a couple of news articles about Wayman’s death I headed over to Pandora Radio and created a Wayman Tisdale radio station. I was introduced to his music while listening to Smooth Jazz 105.9 years ago.
Wherever Wayman Tisdale went, whatever he was doing, chances were he was smiling.
Tisdale was a three-time All-American at Oklahoma in the mid-1980s before playing a dozen years in the NBA and later becoming an accomplished jazz musician.
But those who knew Tisdale, who died Friday at a hospital in his hometown of Tulsa, Okla., recalled not only his professional gifts but a perpetually sunny outlook, even in the face of a two-year battle with cancer that took his life at 44.
“I don’t know of any athlete at Oklahoma or any place else who was more loved by the fans who knew him than Wayman Tisdale,” said Billy Tubbs, who coached Tisdale with the Sooners. “He was obviously, a great, great player, but Wayman as a person overshadowed that. He just lit up a room and was so positive.”
Jeff Capel, the current Oklahoma coach, noted Tisdale’s “incredible gift of making the people who came in contact with him feel incredibly special.”
After three years at Oklahoma, Tisdale played in the NBA with the Indiana Pacers, Sacramento Kings and Phoenix Suns. The 6-foot-9 forward, with a soft left-handed touch on the court, averaged 15.3 points for his career. He was on the U.S. team that won the gold medal in the 1984 Olympics.
Gov. Brad Henry attended Oklahoma at the same time Tisdale did and later appointed him to the state’s Tourism Commission.
“Oklahoma has lost one of its most beloved sons,” Henry said. “Wayman Tisdale was a hero both on and off the basketball court. … Even in the most challenging of times, he had a smile for people, and he had the rare ability to make everyone around him smile. He was one of the most inspirational people I have ever known.”
State senators paused and prayed Friday morning after learning of his death.
Check out the entire ESPN article here.
You can also check out more articles about Wayman Tisdale:
Wayman made his music debut in 1995 by signing with Motown subsidiary MoJazz. His debut cd was titled Power Forward. He would eventually record seven more cds. His latest cd, Rebound was released last year. One of the songs from that cd is Never Never Gonna Give Ya Up featuring Toby Keith.
And check out this video promoting his Way Up cd.
RIP Wayman Tisdale
So yesterday was my Friday at work. I’ve got a four day weekend that started today. It’s so cold outside today.
Since I don’t have a Smooth Jazz station to listen to (yeah I’m still ticked off; damn you Citadel Broadcasting!!!!), I brought a couple of Norman Brown cds to work with me. It was a Norman Brown day for me. It was so calm and relaxing for a Thursday. I was listening to Just Between Us
and After The Storm.
Love this song.