While the Smooth Jazz format has disappeared from much of the country, it is having a minor renaissance in central Washington State. Jacobs Radio Programming launched “Smooth Jazz 102.3” on 93.5 KWDR Royal City and 102.3 K272ED Kennewick on Wednesday. Owner Jeff Jacobs told the Tri-City Herald, “Radio listeners have missed jazz on the radio. This is a station that will serve the educated, mature, affluent and professional adult between the ages of 45 and 75 who enjoys and can afford the finer things in life.” The station is utilizing programming from Broadcast Architecture’s Smooth Jazz Network. KWDR/K272ED’s launch follows Alexandria Communications debut of “Smooth Jazz 94.5” KZIU-HD3/K233CJ College Place/Walla Walla in March.
Townsquare Media flipped Classic Hits “97.5 Kool-FM” KOLW Basin City/Kennewick/Richland/Pasco, WA to Rhythmic CHR “Hot 97.5” at 3pm today. The new format allows Townsquare to flank sister Hot AC “98.3 The Key” KEYW against James Ingstad’s CHR “Power 99.1” KUJ-FM. In the Spring 2013 Arbitron ratings, KUJ-FM ranked second in the market with a 10.2 share placing it just behind Townsquare’s market leading Country 102.7 KORD. KOLW’s previous Classic Hits format had a 3.5 share. The first hour of Hot 97.5 consisted of: J. Cole – Crooked Smile Calvin Harris – I Need Your Love Drake – The Motto Miley Cyrus – We Can’t Stop Jay Z – Paris Rhianna – Right Now John Hart – Who Booty Jay Sean...[Read More]