U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > Missouri > Kansas City
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
 
 
Old 02-07-2013, 11:29 PM
 
196 posts, read 291,606 times
Reputation: 160

Advertisements

Kansas City's music scene was founded on jazz, it's an important part of KC's history and culture. You would think our local radio stations would have more than one jazz station, but no. KC has NONE, zero, zilch.

My family's favorite radio station back in the day was 106.5 The City (smooth jazz radio). I remember when it went off the air ten years ago; the fact that there was no more jazz radio in KC was both ironic and sad.

Not only that, but it seems like radio in general has really fallen by the wayside here in KC, especially since Star 102 and KUDL bit the dust last year. What happened to all the variety of music?
Quick reply to this message

 
Old 02-08-2013, 06:20 AM
 
8,797 posts, read 9,620,365 times
Reputation: 6684
Probably the internet , To my knowledge there are only a few 24 hour Jazz radio stations in the country. Two that I know of are in New Jersey and one in Southern Cali. That's probably why so many working Jazz musicians live near those stations. When I'm in Edison, NJ or Escondido,CA the local Jazz club date calender sounds like a whose who in the industry. KC has to support live Jazz before they can really have Jazz radio.
Quick reply to this message
 
Old 02-08-2013, 08:21 AM
 
1,830 posts, read 3,109,783 times
Reputation: 532
There is still a decent amount of live jazz in KC but not like it used to be. Jazz was below 2% of sales 10-15 years ago, it's probably under 1% now. Radio is premium spectrum going for the common denominator junk and jazz is not common in most cities - most of them are pseudo watered down jazz, like Kenny G crap. If you like smooth "jazz", well hmm call me a snob but that's not really jazz. The local NPR/college and community access stations like KKFI play a lot of blues and jazz but blues has a little more going on.

Also check
Kansas City Jazz Ambassadors Official Web Site
http://www.kcbluessociety.org/main/
Quick reply to this message
 
Old 02-08-2013, 08:22 AM
 
Location: Cleverly concealed
889 posts, read 1,428,099 times
Reputation: 887
Jazz doesn't make money, at least not the kind of money these large radio companies and their investors want.
Quick reply to this message
 
Old 02-08-2013, 08:58 AM
 
1,830 posts, read 3,109,783 times
Reputation: 532
Yeah, it won't be found on commercial radio in very many cities unless the very watered down pseudo 'jazz'. Somehow if music has a sax, many think it's jazz. You can hear Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young, Charlie Parker to Miles Davis to Mary Lou Williams on local college/community access radio. Not many jazz stations in other cities play what purists would call jazz.

KC does have more jazz presence than most comparable sized cities but not close to what it was in past.

KANU, KCUR and KKFI are best for the more pure old school jazz...
Program Schedule | KKFI 90.1 FM
Quick reply to this message
 
Old 02-08-2013, 11:04 AM
 
677 posts, read 1,145,583 times
Reputation: 478
Quote:
Originally Posted by xenokc View Post
Yeah, it won't be found on commercial radio in very many cities unless the very watered down pseudo 'jazz'. Somehow if music has a sax, many think it's jazz. You can hear Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young, Charlie Parker to Miles Davis to Mary Lou Williams on local college/community access radio. Not many jazz stations in other cities play what purists would call jazz.

KC does have more jazz presence than most comparable sized cities but not close to what it was in past.

KANU, KCUR and KKFI are best for the more pure old school jazz...
Program Schedule | KKFI 90.1 FM

Right, I don't think many fans of real jazz are lamenting the loss of a smooth "jazz" muzak station. There are some good jazz shows like Jazz in the Afternoon on 90.1 KKFI
Quick reply to this message
 
Old 02-08-2013, 12:18 PM
 
8,797 posts, read 9,620,365 times
Reputation: 6684
The problem with Jazz Radio "shows" is they tend to cater to a single area of Jazz. You almost have to go 24 hours to get everyone's taste satisfied. I don't have a real problem with Smooth Jazz, It is actually CTI and KUDU type jazz watered down.
You have to be inclusive to a vast array of listeners if you want thousands of fans to tune in.
Quick reply to this message
 
Old 02-08-2013, 12:21 PM
 
348 posts, read 477,295 times
Reputation: 251
If you are looking for a good Jazz station that plays some golden era (30's and 40s) Modern, West Coast and Cool Jazz check out WSIE

WSIE 88.7

You can stream them or listen live in the St. Louis metro 88.7 FM, been on the air for 30 years, original programming and some of the NPR jazz staples (live from Lincoln center and Piano Jazz)
Quick reply to this message
 
Old 02-08-2013, 12:36 PM
 
1,830 posts, read 3,109,783 times
Reputation: 532
KC Jam lists 6 stations in KC area, 2 that have daily programs...
Kansas City Jazz Ambassadors Jazz Radio Shows

KANU also has a great show called Retro Cocktail Hour - space aged bachelor pad music that delves into 50's strange and experimental jazz/big band tangents.

The home of space age pop and incredibly strange music. - Home
Quick reply to this message
 
Old 02-08-2013, 01:08 PM
 
8,797 posts, read 9,620,365 times
Reputation: 6684
There is a Show called "Jazz After Hours"
Welcome to Jazz After Hours
Is been around for awhile and it comes out of Seattle.

Last edited by thriftylefty; 02-08-2013 at 01:22 PM..
Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


 
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:

Options
X
Data:
Loading data...
Based on 2000-2016 data
Loading data...

123
Hide US histogram

Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > Missouri > Kansas City
Follow City-Data.com founder on our Forum or

All times are GMT -6.

2005-2018, Advameg, Inc.

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35 - Top