It all started with and idea and a dream!
I've been a fan of Jazz music since I started listening to my father's Jazz LP's as a kid. Growing up in Brooklyn, while everyone was listening to Soul and Top-40, I became a fan of New York's legendary radio station, WRVR.
The station was the home to some of the city's finest jazz music. Many of the Disc Jockeys, such as Les Davis were apt to give historical insights to the music of Armstrong, Basie, Ellington, Holiday, etc.
When the radio station abruptly left the airwaves in 1980 and changed formats to Country music, I was left heartbroken and angry. For a time, I didn't listen to Country until I met my wife, Kelly, who is a big Country fan. (Opposites attract!!)
When I graduated from high school, I attended Sullivan County Community College in 1981. It was there that I managed to find Les Davis, one of the original WRVR disc jockeys. This time, he moved to an all night jazz radio show on WVNJ. Back then, the station used to broadcast it's signal all the way up to Sullivan County.
I remember the show being on at 7pm and would continue through 7am, when it would go back to play easy listening music. When that radio station left the airwaves in 1986 in favor of Top 40 music, I was left with another void to fill.
Moving to California...and a disturbing trend!
After graduating from college, I moved to Northern California in 1987. There, I was exposed to three great radio stations, KJAZ, which was the traditional jazz station for over 30 years,
KBLX, nicknamed "The Quiet Storm", which played more R&B than jazz, but was still a great listening radio station,
and KKSF, a smooth jazz radio station that revolutionized the format in 1987. The one aspect that made KKSF unique at the time was their ability to play music that no one else heard of. Artists like Michael Tomlinson, the Yellowjackets, Julia Fordham and others. (Note: On May 18th, 2009; KKSF ended it's run as a smooth jazz FM radio station when it changed its format to classic rock.)
Upon moving back East in the late 90's, I noticed a disturbing trend in the radio industry. Many radio stations were being gobbled up by corporate conglomerates, who's only job was not to put good music on the air, but to make money and generate ratings.
Many radio stations such as KKSF were bought and their playlist conformed to play only popular jazz and R&B music. Other radio stations like KJAZ were sold and the formats turned over to something more profitable.
The trend was evident when I moved to Syracuse. In 1997, Central New York had a Smooth Jazz radio station called, "Smooth FM CD 106.9, WHCD". Because it was owned by a small group of local investors, they had no chance against big-named companies such as Clear Channel and Citadel when it came to advertising dollars.
I became frustrated by corporate radio's lack of diversity and it's drive for the almighty dollar. The eventual sale and format change in the September, 2000 was the last straw for me.
When you have to get things done...
I decided that I had enough of corporate broadcasting's dominance of FM radio. I branched out on my own and formed my own radio station on the internet. Smooth Jazz and More was born.
With the help of Live365.com and a bunch of my own CD's, I brought back radio to the way it supposed to be, music without boundaries. No time limits. No consultants. The format all done my way!
Internet radio takes us back to the days when FM radio was in its infancy. Music artists that would never be played on commercial radio because of lack of recognition.
Unfortunately, the Internet broadcasting community is under attack by the same individuals who see us as a threat to their well being. Corporate terrestrial broadcasters and record companies, along with their allies in Washington, D.C. have seized the opportunity to levy unreasonable royalties on Internet radio broadcaster. This threat has put our radio station and many others like it on the brink of extinction.
With the help of Live365.com, SaveNetRadio.org, and other active partners, our struggle for parity will succeed.
The times...they are a changin' !
January 17, 2016
Long-time Internet radio broadcaster, Smooth Jazz and More has signed on with Belgium-based Internet broadcaster ‘RADIONOMY’. In the wake of Live365’s impending shutdown at the end of the month due to financial difficulties, its founder created the stream to guarantee the Internet radio station’s continuous broadcast.
“In searching for an alternative Internet broadcaster, Radionomy gave us the chance to continue the tradition of providing a platform for new and unique independent music artists at a low cost”, said Mike James, Smooth Jazz and More’s Internet radio broadcaster, who referred to the continuing saga of music royalties on Internet broadcasts within the United States.
In December, the Copyright Royalty Board implemented new fees that eliminated an important provision allowing small and medium hobby broadcasters from paying higher than other broadcasters (i.e. Pandora, Spotify, etc.) “Now is not the time to be suppressing alternate listening sources due to greed.” James said.
Live365, “Smooth Jazz and More’s” home for nearly 15 years, alerted Internet broadcasters along its network that it may have to shut down on January 31st due to the CRB ruling. The company also lost an important investor, rendering the company financially insolvent. On Friday, the company alerted its affiliates that it would be shutting down. Listeners and broadcasters are being issued refunds for services not used.
Smooth Jazz and More uploaded farewell greetings to its Live365 audience and welcomed them to Radionomy. Listeners can click directly to the station on its website, smoothjazzandmore.com.
Remote Broadcast Stream: http://streaming.radionomy.com/SmoothJazzandMore
About Smooth Jazz and More: Streaming on the internet since 2001, Smooth Jazz and More now has a new Internet home at Radionomy. We play Smooth Jazz, light sounds and in-between all day long. We're also on various social media platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and Periscope.
About Radionomy: Created in 2007, Radionomy Group includes the world’s largest and most advanced digital audio advertising network and Internet radio platforms. Represented in the Radionomy Group of companies are Radionomy, a platform to create, manage, and distribute online radio stations, SHOUTcast, a software used by nearly half of the online radio stations around the world to broadcast audio content online, TargetSpot, the largest, most advanced digital audio ad network connecting advertisers to listeners however and wherever they listen, and media player, Winamp. Radionomy Group has a global footprint with operations in the United States, France, Spain and Germany.