My colleague Jeffry Scott wrote a story about how Atlanta-based the Weather Channel has dropped smooth jazz as the background music during its “On the 8s” local weather report for rock songs by the Rolling Stones and the Allman Brothers.
“I think we’ve been doing an injustice to our viewers playing, for the lack of a better word, elevator music on the segments for all these years,” Geoffrey Darby, the cable network’s new executive vice president of programming, said Thursday.
Smooth jazz has been taking it in the ‘nads lately. All across the country, smooth jazz stations have died. Locally, Smooth Jazz 107.5 disappeared in favor of a straight R&B station, now known as Majic 107.5. The format, which is this generation’s “beautiful music,” has been skewing too old and losing audience and favor.