[JPL] Jazz RADIO

Eric Jackson eric-jackson at comcast.net
Wed Mar 7 09:57:41 EST 2007


On Wednesday 07 March 2007 09:31, Jeff Turton wrote:
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> Hey Eric,
>
> Here's a short answer. I approach the 6 hour block for the show as if
> it were one part of a full 18 hour day. You are correct with regards
> to total spins for the month but because we are a destination show
> for the station a portion of the audience tunes in specifically for
> the Jazz Brunch (though more than 50% of the audience are regular FNX
> format listeners) so the exposure for those spins is pretty focused.
> I structure each hour similar to way the station structures each
> hour. I also take the entire block and program the flow from hour to
> hour based on the time of the morning. The audience is in transition
> during 6AM and after 11AM. The audience at 8 AM is different than 10
> but most of those from 8 are still listening past 11AM. I play a
> minimum of 8 tracks/hr (though I prefer 10) and have 6- 8 minutes of
> commercials per hour broken in to two stop sets (generally around :
> 33-:35 & :48 - :50, :16 -:18 is a rolling break, so a stretch of
> 35-40 minutes with no commercials) . I choose a minimum of two tracks
> per CD up to 4 tracks. So you are correct in noticing more than one
> track per disc. There is a minimum of 2 hours between plays. Those
> focus tracks will remain in rotation for at least 4 weeks before I
> start adding different tracks. 5 releases per hour will fall into
> this rotation (depending on releases maybe as many as 7) so that
> means there are at least 15 new releases at a time getting 2 spins/
> show and yes 8/month. Probably 85% of the releases I play are new or
> recurrent. While it might not seem like it, there's a fair amount of
> flexibility in the show to adapt to what's happening musically in
> town and for other things that come up. Mike Adams and Andy Cook
> handle the early part of the show but I am programming 5-7 tracks/
> hour for them, they can do whatever they want with the rest of each
> hour. Both have been in the business for many years and are quite
> knowledgeable with regards to the music. Programming a full day would
> obviously require some tweaking but the structure would be the same.
> Personally I would think 10 spins per day (Mon - Fri) for your Top 5
> or Top 10  releases is not unreasonable for a full time format. So
> those are the basics. I hope this answers your question
>
> If anyone is interested they can check out the current and past
> playlists : http://www.fnxradio.com/1/jocksshows/jock.asp?id=26
>
> Jeff Turton
> WFNX Jazz Brunch

Thanks for the explanation, Jeff. Now I'm curious to know what other folks who 
host a weekly show have to say about repetition. Is it important to your 
show? How do you define repetition in the context of your show?

Eric Jackson
8 pm - mid Mon - Thurs
WGBH Boston
89.7 FM
www.wgbh.org/jazz


>
> > Hi Jeff,
> >
> > Since you do a weekly jazz show, I'm curious about what you mean by
> > repetition. I don't think that means that you repeat the same cut
> > during one
> > show. I think I've heard you play more than one tune from a single
> > CD during
> > one of your shows.  Even if you do that, my guess is that it would
> > be rare
> > for a CD to be played more than 8 times in a month and most would
> > be played 4
> > times in a month. Is that what you mean by repetition?
> >
> > Eric Jackson
> > 8 pm - mid Mon - Thurs
> > WGBH Boston
> > 89.7 FM
> > www.wgbh.org/jazz
>
> On Mar 7, 2007, at 7:24 AM, Eric Jackson wrote:
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> >
> > On Tuesday 06 March 2007 16:43, jturton at comcast.net wrote:
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> >>
> >> Jim makes a number of good points and while I agree with many of
> >> them,
> >> there's one thing missing. People do not use the radio the same
> >> way they
> >> did in the past. Even as late as the 70's I think much of what we
> >> admired
> >> about radio (and why most of us got involved) were still relevant
> >> but if
> >> you are under 50 you grew up listening to radio in a different
> >> way. I've
> >> been involved in radio since 1969 and many of my experiences are
> >> the same
> >> as Jim, Eric and many others on the board. Unfortunately Radio is
> >> not the
> >> same as it was and to continue approaching how you program the
> >> music in the
> >> same way, you are guaranteed to fail. There are many reasons for
> >> Jazz to
> >> lose relevance with radio listeners but I firmly believe one of
> >> them, is
> >> that we have failed to accurately recognize that radio listeners
> >> changed
> >> and they use the radio as just one of many media choices. We've
> >> lamented
> >> this in various discussions over the years but that doesn't change
> >> the fact
> >> that we need to change and figure out ho w to once again be
> >> relevant to
> >> those who still listen to the radio. You may not want to agree
> >> with Ed or
> >> Ricky that spins matter but in the radio world of 2007 they do. While
> >> repetition may not make hits, it will allow listeners to hopefully
> >> hear
> >> those tracks we feel deserve the attention of our audience. I have
> >> been the
> >> only Jazz show on Commercial Rock stations for 26 years now, so since
> >> 1980/81 when WBUR changed it's Weekend Jazz to news (I was one of
> >> the first
> >> casualties of this trend, BUR just started before most)  I have
> >> not had the
> >> luxury of programming to a Jazz oriented audience.
> >>
> >>
> >> Jeff Turton
> >> WFNX Jazz Brunch
>
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