The Smooth Jazz format has taken a hit over the last three years.
The latest victim this week was at WJZZ in Atlanta. According to Carol Archer at Radio & Records, The loss of ‘JZZ represents the end of terrestrial smooth jazz as we have known it for more than 20 years on the East Coast and is the 10th format flip away from smooth jazz…
Cities such as New York, Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, Miami, Houston & Denver have seen their Smooth Jazz FM radio station flip over to other formats over the years.
The trend seems to be moving these formats over to HD radio, where the listener would have to purchase an HD receiver for a huge price, in some cases, over $200 dollars.
Luckily, with the simple click of a mouse, you can still get smooth jazz over your computer with “Smooth Jazz and More” & Live365.
Even more encouraging news, car companies are starting to incorporate the Internet in their newer models, making it much more convenient to listen to their favorite Internet radio stations.
I’ve given up on FM radio years ago. The traditional way of getting your music is going the way of the dinosaur.
Smooth Jazz and other nitche formats will continue to thrive on the Internet, as long as there are listeners who want it!