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Weather Channel drops the smooth jazz for rock

Are you happy with the new background music on The Weather Channel?

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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.

11 comments Add your comment

Lanne

July 3rd, 2009
1:24 pm

It is ashame all of the great music oldies, smooth jazz never seem to find a market, yet us baby boomers love it. Thank God the oldies are back for now.

bulldog bubba

July 3rd, 2009
2:45 pm

sMOOTH jAZZ IS THE WAY TO GO.wHY DO WE HAVE TO BE “HYPED UP” BY THE MUSIC.THIS IS A WAY TO WIND DOWN WITH PEACEFUL MUSIC.PEOPLE NEED TO LEARN DOWN.AT LEAST WE CAN CHANGE THE CHANNEL IF WE DON’T LIKE IT.ROCK-ON!!

Doofy

July 4th, 2009
9:51 am

I dropped The Weather Channel when they dropped Kristina Abernathy. TWC really lost their credibility when they joined with Al Gore and his global warming hoax, which incidentally has made him very wealthy.

Andy

July 5th, 2009
1:09 pm

I’m not sure that replacing Smooth Jazz with Rock is the answer, but smooth jazz reminds me of having my teeth drilled. If you’re going to play jazz, play real jazz. Coltrane is jazz…Kenny G is not.

quantavious

July 6th, 2009
7:08 am

They need hotter chicks for me to watch!

Karl Childers

July 6th, 2009
1:07 pm

What’s the forecast for french fried potaters?

mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm……..

Seminole Warrior

July 6th, 2009
2:36 pm

What a joke!! Guess I will get my weather on the eights from my weather radio! NBC and corporate greed strike again!!

Teeia

July 7th, 2009
10:51 am

It bothers me that smooth jazz doesn’t seem to be a supportable genre on the radio. I really believe that more people like smooth jazz than they realize…something tells me that the hundreds of people who show up weekly for Wednesday Winddown (sometimes religiously) were not core listeners of WJZZ.

Tiara

July 8th, 2009
6:57 pm

What a complete joke. I’m so sick of hearing rock these days…the jazz on TWC was the best part about the network personally. I’ve complained to TWC several times about this but usually get excuses replied back. Anyways, this rock isn’t going to last long..TWC has done it before and it failed.

Alejandro

August 18th, 2009
4:24 pm

The only reason i Watch TWC is for the smooth Indie jazz, Please bring it back!

Molly

August 18th, 2009
4:31 pm

I too don’t understand as to how rock music would have a permanent home on TWC. It’s too distracting.

Here’s a petition to bring back jazz. Please sign it to show your support of the jazz music that it made synonymouse with TWC: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/petition/900952504