The smooth jazz station Love 94 (WLVE 93.9 FM) went off the air at 10 this morning, replaced by a rhythmic pop station called 93.9 FM-MIA whose tagline is "Move to the music," Clear Channel Radio Miami/Fort Lauderdale announced today.Now THERE'S a big step forward for South Florida radio!
"The station will feature popular up-tempo music from the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and today," said an e-mailed Christmas Day press release. "To celebrate the launch, 93.9-FM MIA is airing commercial-free music from artists including the Bee Gees, Madonna, Prince, Justin Timberlake and Jennifer Lopez."
I tuned in this afternoon, 3:45 - 4:15 p.m., and the station played The Spinners' Working My Way Back to You/Forgive Me, Girl, Ace of Bass' Beautiful Life, TKA's One Way Love, a song I couldn't identify, Gnarls Barkley's Crazy, Human League's Don't You Want Me, Shaggy's Angel, CeCe Peniston's Finally and Michael Jackson's Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground).Ohhhhhh! Ace of Base! Turn it up!
Okay, so where is the info on Love 94?
The release quotes Brian Olson, President/Market Manager for Clear Channel Radio Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, saying that Love 94's smooth jazz format will be revived on Clear Channel's high-def digital radio network, at 93.9 HD2. A letter posted at the new station's Web site doesn't specify a date for Love 94's return in HD but says listeners should check back after the holidays for more information."Digital radio HD2 network?" Is that like satellite radio or what? I don't get it. Literally and figuratively.
Here's Love 94's press release that doesn't do a whole lot to clarify things.
Look, I know a lot of you weren't fans of Love 94 and during the last couple years even I couldn't take their sickly sweet smooth jazz format that seemed to play the same songs again and again. But Love 94 is the first place I learned of groups like Everything But The Girl, The Rippingtons, and Hiroshima. And, yeah, it was the only place in South Florida that you stood half a chance of hearing Pat Metheny, God's gift to contemporary jazz, or some of the more obscure and better stuff by Van Morrison or Sade. But over the years, they had lost a number of their DJs including Gina Martell, who did a great job with her spotlight on Brazilian jazz, and their playlist had turned terribly stale. But they still offered listeners an alternative to the pop junk that seems to thrive in South Florida and for that reason, and Stu Grant's wonderful Sunday Jazz Brunch, they deserved a spot on the dial, in my opinion. If you check out the comments in the Sun-Sentinel post, you'll see that a lot of people feel the same way.
Personally, I'm going to miss them. But more than that I'm going to hate having another station that plays nothing but mindless, fatuous, meaningless music. Something that we already have too much of in broadcast radio.
Thanks Clear Channel.
The highbrow intelligentsia at babalu who can't seem to construct a sentence without a four-letter word...
...take issue with this post [although they exert their dominance and thump their chests by not linking here]....
Jazz on Miami radio died when WBUS ("The Magic Bus") went off the air many, many moons ago. These days it's resurrected somewhat by the only local radio refuge for real jazz: WDNA. They play a great variety of jazz, including lots of Afro-Cuban jazz. They play real jazz, not pussified "love jazz," or the modern crap that some call "jazz" that so many are all atwitter about. Coltrane, Bird, Sonny Rollins, Brubeck, Weather Report, Getz, Bill Evans, Sarah Vaughan, Basie, Miles, Diz, Paquito d'Rivera, Arturo Sandoval, Chico O'Farrill, Tito Puente, the late Cachao. Real music. Real jazz. Real improvisational genius.
I know the liberal progressive metrosexual pussymen are all up in (bangled) arms about Love 94 going belly up, about not hearing that favorite Kenny G masterpiece while sipping on their non-fat lattes and reading The New York Times; but all I have to say is: buh-bye.
George needs to put down that Little Debbie cake and listen up although I have to admit that he knows jazz well enough to refer to Dizzy Gillespie as "Diz." And he doesn't even use Miles Davis' last name! F*ckin' A!
But the fact is that Love 94 played every single artist that he mentions. Not all the time, mind you, but during special segments or programs that were regularly featured. Not that it matters much because once George gets a whiff that anything isn't oozing testosterone, the conservative in him takes over and the 'phobe comes out in full glory. Music is a measure of your manliness you see.
All cavemen agree.
P.S. Thanks for reading, George. You guys just can't stay away can you? No matter how hard you try, you just gotta see what I'm writing. Pitiful.
P.P.S. WTF is a national blog about Cuba doing discussing Love 94 anyway?
WDNA Operations Manager educates Moneo in babalu's comments section.
The enjoyment of jazz is independent of one's political framework. Though I would like to point out that:But, of course, trying to share facts with Moneo is like trying to serve broccoli to a two year old.
1. Jazz tends to be progressive in spirit and attitude; and,
2. The bunk Love94 played was very popular with men 45+ who considered themselves "conservative."
But let's not cloud the main point: WDNA appreciates your support and patronage, regardless of who you voted for, as nothing is more American than the music this great nation birthed.
Joe, to echo Henry, I cannot think of one of my conservative friends who listened to that crap station. Zero, zilch. Methinks your Obama filter needs changin'...Caveman says "Ugh."
Also, from the Sun-Sentinel comments...
Let Clear Channel know you are pissed off.
John Hogan - CEO or Tom Owens / SVP of Programming
Clear Channel Communications , Inc. 200 East Basse Road San Antonio, TX 78209
I understand their email is first name + last name @clearchannel.com