The death of Smooth Jazz may have been greatly exaggerated, at least in Detroit where it is alive and very well. The Smooth Jazz format which has been relegated to HD-2 since CBS flipped v98.7 to CHR Amp Radio last year, has another outlet in Motown with debut of the Smooth Jazz Network‘s syndicated radio “Smooth Jazz 104.7 The Oasis.” While CBS Radio still carries the previous main signal format of V98.7 on its WDZH-HD2, the market now has a translator on 104.7 mHz from the city of Detroit: W284BQ. The station is also simulcasting on the International Free and Accepted Modern Masons’ WGPR-HD-2 multicast channel. Smooth jazz vet Sandy Kovach will co-host the morning show along with music icon Kenny G. Saxophonist Dave Koz, who was a long-time afternoon host in Detroit, will air in PM Drive.
Broadcast Architecture Owner/President Allen Kepler commented, “The tide is turning for this truly unique radio format and we’re thrilled to be working with Tim Martz, Drew Scott and the team at Martz Communications Group. The vision of Martz to offer a format to the many passionate fans in Detroit is nothing short of genius.”
Tim Martz added, “Over 700,000 listeners have been searching for Smooth Jazz on Detroit radio since V98.7 changed format over a year ago. We’re pleased to partner with independent and locally-owned WGPR to bring Smooth Jazz back to southeast Michigan and to join the Smooth Jazz Network family.”