Daily Archives: May 28th, 2009

Hanson Fills Local Void With Smoothjazz Online

Kurt Hanson, Publisher of RAIN: The Radio and Internet Newsletter, and Founder of AccuRadio, a successful multichannel online station, has launched a new Smoothjazz station for Chicago and beyond. Recently, stations in New York City, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Chicago have abandoned jazz lovers and switched formats to attract more listeners. That, according to Hanson, leaves hundreds of thousands of listeners who love Smoothjazz without a favorite station.

ChitownSmoothjazz.com offers nine channels of Smoothjazz, focused on different styles, instruments and moods, with fewerchitown commercials than any broadcast station. Plus, ChitownSmoothjazz.com has interactive features that allow you to customize your stream and view info about the songs you’re listening to. Smoothpiano, Groovejazz, New Releases, SmoothSax…if Smoothjazz is your thing, this station is sure to suit you fine. It is, as the website describes, a perfect soundtrack for a romantic candlelit dinner.

Internet radio has grown increasing mobile over the past year, with apps on various smartphones and other wifi enabled devices,  making it even more plausible that an online brand can fill a format void created by local broadcast stations’ format changes. Chicago and Jazz are two things that go together, seizing this opportunity makes a lot of sense for Kurt – especially in his hometown.

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