Where is Chicago's Smooth Jazz?

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WNUA left us.  And now 87.7 Smooth Jazz is gone.   I was sorely disappointed when public radio took jazz off the air too.   A city as stellar, as smooth, as sophisticated, as Chicago deserve a Smooth Jazz station.  It was one of my favorite stations, because I am a jazz lover.  It was my radio of choice at work in the office.  Not too loud, not too beat aggressive, not too distracting, it was just right, playing nice music to work by.   On the way to work I listen to WVAZ.   I alternate between WVAZ and WVON in the afternoons.    The blend was right.  The shows were right.  I loved Ramsey Lewis program Legends.  Rick O’Dell had a wonderful program on Sunday nights that was really catching on as he played Chicago music exclusively.  What a treat.

When WNUA went off the air, I was crazy.  What happened?  The advertisers seem lucrative and placed right.  Clear Channel made the decision to take smooth  jazz off and add Spanish.  A decision, I am sure,  reflective of a growing population and greater  revenues.   And now, 87.7 is replaced with hard rock.  Please.

I thought 87.7  got it right, with  a wonderful  blend of jazz and rhythm and blues  capturing  a significant audience.  It wasn’t pure jazz.  It was fusion.  It wasn’t old school  exclusive  it was mixed.  It was just right, right in the pocket.   Great sounds to hear Marvin Gaye along with George Benson.  Just right.  Aretha and Sinatra never hurt nobody.

As I search for a new jazz station to listen to, I realize there is no jazz station in Chicago.  Why?

Chicago is too great, not to have a jazz station.  Somebody hear me in radio land.   Do you miss smooth jazz in Chicago?

 

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  • We do have a jazz station: WDCB, 90.9 FM, out of Glen Ellyn. It is somewhat handicapped by only having a 5,000 watt signal, but it also streams free over the internet. I highly recommend it -- a tremendous variety of jazz, and the station is expertly staffed.

  • Thanks so much. I will listen.

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    there is a jazz station i listen to often. it comes in on 90.9fm from dupage college at wcdb or wbcd. programming is good but there i noticed is a small amount of smooth jazz which i like the rest is classic jazz, bebop, big band, sara, billie, ella etc

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    So why is it that we have have a great jazz station, easy listening, and
    now, we have nothing at all? Why the demise of such decision to leave cold and empty for us listeners? Just an fyi, I have listen to this since I was 7 yrs old.
    Where is Ramesy Louis and gang?

  • In reply to Debi Diaferia:

    I think advertising is an issue.

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    ONE DAY SOMEBODY WILL HEAR OUR CRY SMOOTHJAZZ DESERVE TO BE REPRESENTED EVERY MUSIC CULTURE I DONT CARE IF ITS RAP RAND B NEED TO STAND UP AND PROTEST CAUSE JAZZ OPENED THE DOORS FOR YOU NOW ITS YOUR TURN TO GIVE BACK AND STAND UP FOR SMOOTHJAZZ GROVER WASHINGTON TURNING IN HIS GRAVE ART PORTER THE FATHERS OF JAZZ MILES DAVIS THEY DIDNT BUILD THIS GENRE TO SEE IT COLLAPSE FOR NOTHING ITS UP TO US THE LISTENERS AND OTHER MUSIC LOVERS TO STAND UP AND SAY NO MORE WE WANT JAZZ BACK

  • In reply to james Crawford:

    Thanks you for your comment. What are jazz listeners and jazz musicians to do?

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    The only place I can get my jazz fix is in the car on satelite radio. I've lived in Chicago my whole life and enjoy a wide mix of music. It's had to believe that this town that produces the talent cant get a jazz radio station.

  • I find myself doing the same. Also in the office, I am now listening to the "computer" streaming a whole host of jazz stations.

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