"Boston's Real Jazz" WZBR 1410 on air
Mon Dec 23 13:06:56 EST 2013
On Sat, 21 Dec 2013, A Joseph Ross wrote:
> I wonder where he gets a revenue stream for this. There have been a number
> of efforts to have a jazz station on FM, and it's never taken off. Who would
> advertise on a jazz station on AM?
The "Real Jazz" format came about when WZBR was operating from its
temporary site in Brockton, which was in a residential neighborhood. The
landlord agreed to host a transmitter in his basement and a longwire
antenna across his back yard on condition tht the format be in English
with a clearly identifiable way to contact the station in case any of his
neighbors had RFI complaints.
So, I was asked to come up with a solution. I had an old computer in my
closet loaded with Rivendell, so I dragged it out, copied about 5,000 jazz
cuts into it, and created "Real Jazz 1410" on a Sunday afternoon. I then
drove the computer down to the landlord's house in Brockton and installed
it next to the transmitter in his basement. When the transmitter moved to
Hyde Park in October, my computer moved with it. It's now running in one
of the former WKOX/WVBF studios in Framingham. When WZBR's permanent
format debuts, the computer will go back in my closet.
A real "Real Jazz" format would be done more elegantly, taking into
account that some styles of jazz are more popular than others, with "hit"
songs in tighter rotation, and incorporating news, weather reports, and
other features. The present format only crudely distinguishes different
styles, and plays everything in the library more or less at random.
There is, after all, only so much one can accomplish in one afternoon.
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