[JPL] One down & two up

Jackson, Bobby Bobby.Jackson at ideastream.org
Wed Jun 27 18:41:27 EDT 2007

Hi George and fellow JPLers,

I think Reebs and Eric Hines are the only ones who properly answered my
question.  While there are jazz "specialty" programs on some commercial
outlets there are no commercial stations where jazz dominates their

I was responding to Ed Bride's assertion that addressed Blaise's entry
initially which was..........

"Indeed, Jazz seems to be in a more perilous state on public radio
stations than on the commercial ones. That is, it's more common to see a
decrease in Jazz  programming on public stations these days. Why is
this? Because there has already been the shakeout among commercial
stations, and so few are left? Or is  there a genuine difference between
the demographics of audiences? 
I should think that programmers would love to have some insight on this.
On the other hand, my observation could be wrong."


My point was there are no "commercial" jazz stations left.  

For all intent and purposes "jazz" is mostly on NPR.  Yes, we're in a
perilous state but there are success stories out there as I look at
stations such as KPLU, KUVO, WDUQ, WHRV that continue to build audience
despite the penchant for talk these days.  (I neglect to mention WBGO
not because they're not successful but because they exist in the Mecca
of jazz performance in the world.)  What are these stations doing that
may be common to each other that other stations are not doing is the 64
dollar question?  I appreciate reading the posts from Jae and Arturo and
what they're doing.  I appreciate the national research that comes out
of DUQ through Shaunna.  It is helpful information.

How can we use this information to mimic in our own markets what they're
doing in their markets?  Will that spell a way out of the tailspin?  

Bobby Jackson  

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> To my fellow JPLers....I'd like to know just how many commercial
> stations actually have a "jazz" format.  Does anyone have an answer?
> Bobby

WNCS-The Point(www.pointfm.com) has Jazz Spectrum, hosted by Lou
D'Antonio, Sundays 9-mid. I do The Global Jam (world music) from 7-9pm
right before it &
folks say it's a nice mix. The jazz show has been on this commercial
station since it's inception over 30 years ago.


Jazz In The Evening with George Thomas
Vermont Public Radio
365 Troy Ave
Colchester, VT 05446

jazz at vpr.net
Tu-Th 8-10pm, Fr 8pm-mid

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