[JPL] Fwd: WBEZ-CHICAGO PLANS TO PHASE OUT MUSIC
drjazz at drjazz.com
Fri Apr 7 20:01:31 EDT 2006
>Date: Fri, 07 Apr 2006 18:06:14 -0500
>Subject: WBEZ-CHICAGO PLANS TO PHASE OUT MUSIC
>From: Sarah Toulouse <sarah at ventolafilm.com>
>To: Sarah Toulouse <sarah at ventolafilm.com>
>Hello Music Colleagues,
>WBEZ Chicago Public Radio announced earlier this week that they are planning
>to phase out jazz and all music programming by the end of this year. They
>were planning to launch a second frequency for music, and have one talk and
>one music station. Those plans have been scratched in favor of two talk
>Chris Heim has been let go and the Music Director position has been
>eliminated. In the meantime, three full-time jazz hosts, and a couple
>part-time specialty music hosts remain employed. Please continue to send
>your releases because we are still not 100% sure that this plan is written
>in stone. More importantly, we still need to program the most creative and
>compelling music programs possible, and have been encouraged by
>administration to do just that. So, now more than ever, we need and greatly
>appreciate your support.
>Please contact Sarah Toulouse for continuing music business including
>sending new releases, tracking, interviews and promotional interests.
>PLEASE direct any comments, concerns, or any feedback regarding the
>station's plans or staffing changes to the program director Ron Jones.
>To contact me for official music business:
>Chicago Public Radio
>848 E. Grand Ave.
>Chicago, IL 60611
>stoulouse at chicagopublicradio.org
>TO CONTACT ME FOR PERSONAL MESSAGES, PLEASE DO NOT USE THE STATION EMAIL,
>BUT RATHER MY PRIVATE EMAIL (THE ONE I'M USING TO SEND THIS MESSAGE):
>sarah at ventolafilm.com
>Sorry for the generic email for now. I will be trying to follow up with
>everyone individually over the coming weeks.
>Please do forward this information to any of your musicians and industry
>See below for the breaking story that ran in the Chicago Sun-Times
>Chicago Public Radio
>FROM THE CHICAGO SUN-TIMES:
>All that jazz gives way to all public affairs
>April 6, 2006
>BY LESLIE BALDACCI Staff Reporter
>Chicago public radio station WBEZ-FM (91.5) is eliminating music programming
>next year when its signal strength increases nearly tenfold and it switches
>to an all-public affairs format, the station's staff was told Wednesday.
>Gone will be the jazz programs that now run Monday through Thursday from 8
>p.m. to 4 a.m., Friday night's world music lineup and Sunday afternoon's
>As first reported by Sun-Times media columnist Rob Feder, Chicago Public
>Radio has been planning to broadcast two full-time programming services on
>separate frequencies. The move became possible with the acquisition of
>WBEW-FM (91.5) in Chesterton, Ind., and WBEQ-FM (90.7) in southwest suburban
>The station had considered moving music to the second station, but they are
>taking the riskier step of doing public affairs on those two stations as
>well, said Daniel Ash, the station's vice president of strategic
>"The WBEW and WBEQ signals will be rooted in public affairs, with the
>sensibility of attracting a more diverse and a bit younger audience," Ash
>He said WBEZ's music programs, about a third of the station's schedule, have
>"a small but loyal audience."
>About two-thirds of the station's schedule already is news, talk, arts,
>culture and National Public Radio programs.
>In coming weeks, the station will form creative teams to address new
>programming, Ash said.
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