[JPL] KKJZ stays Jazz

Bindert, Dan DBindert at chicagopublicradio.org
Mon Oct 9 17:29:42 EDT 2006

There was another article somewhere which referred to KKJZ, along with
WBGO, as the only 2 professionally staffed 24/7 jazz stations left.
There are plenty of professionally staffed split format/partial jazz
stations, and plenty of 24/7 stations that are largely staffed with
volunteer DJs, but how many other 24/7 jazz stations are
paid/professionally staffed 24/7?

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On Oct 9, 2006, at 12:35 AM, Jim Wilke wrote:

> Also, I wonder how many are the "few stations in the country  
> focusing on classic jazz" ?  Mr. Butler makes it sound like it's  
> only three or four.   Has anyone a count of stations that have jazz  
> programming more than 50% of their weekly programming?

Right now, we have around 85 stations on the JazzWeek jazz panel.   
All but a handful of those have 30 or more hours.  In addition, there  
are some which are not part of the panel.  A quick guess would be  
that around 50 or so might be the number.

It seems to me that one of two things is happening with all of the  
stories from L.A. on this -- either all of the other writers keep  
quoting the work of one writer who wrote something somewhat  
misleading in the first place, or the station or college is feeding  
them inaccurate information.

The other thing -- which was written in Don Heckman's article and  
repeated by another L.A. Times writer -- is that most stations in the  
country dropped "classic jazz" for smooth jazz.  Where they got that  
impression or misinformation, I don't know.  There are a few non- 
commercial smooth outlets, but most are commercial and did not evolve  
from a mainstream jazz format.

I have written to a couple of writers and papers on this but have yet  
to receive a response.


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