Weather Channel Releasing Smooth Jazz CD

For years, viewers of The Weather Channel have been exposed to smooth jazz music through the cable channel�s Local on the 8s segment. Artists have included Dave Koz, Steve Oliver, Brian Hughes, Norman Brown and many others. Now, the first in a planned series of CDs featuring Weather Channel music has been commissioned by Nashville-based Midas Records.

Although the 25-year-old network has previously licensed items ranging from apparel to weather radios to umbrellas, this marks the first time it has entered the licensed-entertainment category. The first in the series, titled The Weather Channel Presents: Best of Smooth Jazz, will be released online and at traditional retailers on Oct. 9.

The CD features several songs that may be familiar to smooth jazz fans: �Shakin� the Shack� by Koz; �The Gift� by 3rd Force; �Sidewayz� by Najee; �Ocean View� by Pieces of a Dream; �Viaduct� by Four80East; �Santa Monica Triangle� by Jeff Lorber; and �Mildred�s Attraction� by Joyce Cooling.

Although he didn�t make it onto The Weather Channel�s first Smooth Jazz compilation, guitarist Steve Oliver's songs are frequently played on the channel. Who knows - he could make it on the next one. Oliver says he�s always pleasantly surprised to hear his music when tuning in.

"I always watch The Weather Channel beause I like to see what the weather's like in California, or wherever we�re going to the next. So I�m always watching it. Every time I hear it, it's like Oh my God, wait a minute, I know this song. Wait. Oh my gosh, they�re playing this track. And it fits the vibe, you know, while they�re doing the local forecast."