Smooth Jazz Network Poised For Action

The Smooth Jazz Network will have a 24/7 presence in many major radio markets in the U.S. DJs include Ramsey Lewis, Dave Koz, Kenny G, Norman Brown and Paul Hardcastle.

The consulting company Broadcast Architecture, which for years has conducted audience research that suggest what music its partner smooth jazz radio stations play, will in January unveil its own programming: Smooth Jazz Networks. The network is now in pre-launch mode, with full-time talent on the air beginning Dec. 4 in 10 markets across the U.S. Weekend shows begin in January, when the full launch is scheduled.

SJN, which has selected Renee DePuy as program director, will have some of smooth jazz�s top artists as radio hosts, including Ramsey Lewis, Dave Koz, Kenny G, Norman Brown and Paul Hardcastle.

The pre-launch of the network is already underway with Ramsey Lewis' morning show on the air at WNUA Chicago, WLVE Miami, WDSJ Dayton, KIJZ Portland, KMYT Temecula and KABQ in Albuquerque. Smooth Jazz format veteran, evening host Annie Ashe, is also on the air at WNUA Chicago, WZJZ Ft. Myers, WDSJ Dayton, KMYT Temecula, KIJZ Portland and KABQ in Albuquerque.

Clear Channel�s Broadcast Architecture is led by company president Allen Kepler, who Billboard once described as an �evangelist� for the smooth jazz format.

Kenny G, for one, is pumped. �I am really excited to be a part of this new network,� he says. �I think it is a great way for me to personally be in touch with the people around the country that have supported my music for many years. Allen Kepler�s enthusiasm is addictive and I look forward to working with him to create something new and exciting on a national level. This is going to be a wonderful collaboration, but the most important thing is that we are all going to be sharing a lot of good music with the entire country.�

Here�s the lineup for the Smooth Jazz Network:

Monday through Friday
6 a.m.-10 a.m. Ramsey Lewis
10 a.m.-3 p.m. Miranda Wilson
3 p.m.-7 p.m. Dave Koz
7 p.m.-midnight. Annie Ashe
Midnight-6 a.m. Billy Raven

Weekends
6 a.m.-10 a.m. Brian Culbertson
10 a.m.-2 p.m. Kenny G
2 p.m.-7p.m. Norman Brown
7 p.m.-midnight. Paul Hardcastle
Midnight-6 a.m. Billy Raven