On July 19, 2001 after an FM station in Syracuse, New York changed formats, I made the decision to begin broadcasting my own smooth jazz radio station on the internet. Back then, I partnered with Live365, a start up radio network that gave hobby broadcasters the ability to create their own radio stations.
Since that day happened, I began giving the radio station it’s own identity, creating bumpers, sweepers and PSA’s. I started a website using what was then called Geocities, a community that helped people develop their own website. Eventually, I purchased it’s own web address, smoothjazzandmore.com and developed it’s own server.
After five years, I needed to develop a way to sustain it. So I began blogging for money, which helped pay for Live365’s administration fees. I created a gift store on Café Press, selling radio station “swag” to further the radio station’s identity.
But corporate radio eventually saw small internet radio stations like Smooth Jazz and More as a threat. So they began working with the help of Congress to increase music royalty costs. Live365 became a casualty, and along with their own financial difficulties, initially shut down in 2016, leaving us temporarily without a internet home.
I moved Smooth Jazz and More to Radionomy, an internet radio provider based in Belgium. The company initially helped us continue to broadcast by providing news and weather updates for the stream. We were able to incorporate sports updates for a short time. But frequent technical problems forced us to leave after 14 months. We moved to another company, SoniXcast as a temporary fix, but they too had technical issues and we left after 6 months. We finally settled into our current home at Torontocast, where we’ve had uninterrupted service for three years.
And now, can you believe it’s been 20 years since I started Smooth Jazz and More? Never in my wildest dreams would I ever thought I’d be doing this for 20 years. But it’s you, the listeners that made it happen, It been my pleasure to bring to you the best smooth jazz, light sounds and in between since 2001.
To celebrate this big occasion, we selling our 20th anniversary T-shirt at or Café Press Store. It’s only $22 dollars each, and a portion of your purchase goes to help keep smooth jazz and more on the air. Click the link to purchase your own 20th anniversary t-shirt.
I’m also giving away my book “HOLLYWOOD HOUSE” for free on July 19 for all Amazon Kindle users. That’s the official day smooth jazz and more began internet broadcasting on Live365 20 years ago. Now you don’t need a Kindle device to get my book for free. You can get a kindle app for your phone or tablet and purchase my book for free that way.
Just go to our website at smoothjazzandmore.com and click on the links to purchase your free kindle book on July 19, or buy our 20th anniversary t-shirt.
It’s gonna be an incredible summer, so keep listening to smooth jazz and more during our 20th anniversary celebration.