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WLFM-FM: Chicago's new smooth jazz radio outlet has arrived

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Clear Channel Radio's smooth jazz WNUA-FM (95.5) is dead. Better forget about it, folks. You can be sure heartless Clear Channel Radio has, even though they continue to stream the format online. Still for those longing for another smooth jazz outlet, it is already here. It actually launched the same day WNUA died last Friday. The new station, WLFM-FM (87.7), which broadcasts from atop the Hancock Center, acquired the smooth jazz format broadcast rights from the Smooth Jazz Network (a division of Clear Channel).

As senior vice president and market manager, Patrick Kelley will oversee operations at WLFM, which he said in a statement will "deliver Chicago a hipper, cooler smooth jazz station." Kelley said he hopes to create a station with a very strong Chicago identity. WLFM will blend the most popular playlists from WNUA with new programming. including shows on which smooth jazz artists play the music and serve as hosts. WLFM's morning show from 6 to 10 a.m., for instance, will be hosted by Chicago native and jazz artist Brian Culbertson. WLFM will go by the nickame "The L."

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Thank you so much for the wonderful programming - I was devastated when we lost WNUA and then thrilled to learn you've come to the rescue - 87.7 is now my most favorite favorite radio station - I'm keeping you - thank you for smooth jazz - love/hugs - Mary LeVan

COULD YOU PLEASE HAVE YOUR D.J.'S NAME THE SONG AND ARTISTS ON SONGS THAT MOST HAVE NOT HEARD? I STILL LIKE TO PURCHASE CD'S AND YOUR HOSTS FAIL TO NAME THE ARISTS/SONG MOST OF THE TIME. WNUA SED TO HAVE A PLAYLIST AND THE TIME, SONG AND RELATED ARTISTS LISTED ON LINE. PLEASE ADVISE.
THANKS

I am from san francisco here for work, we just lost your jazz sation KKSF,same as WUNA. Chicago is lucky to have WLFM!

I absolutely agree with Diane's comment. I love this station but, there are many times, I would like to know the name of the artist I'm listening to. I hope the station is getting our request; and listening to us too! We'd be so grateful, really.

What about Ramsey Lewis?

I lived in Chicagoland for many years and WNUA was my hands-down favorite station. I've recently made several road trips through the Chicagoland area but was saddened to find no Smooth Jazz at 95.5 on the FM dial. Luckily, I was channel hopping and found 87.7 WLFM. Thank you for continuing Chicago's wonderful Smooth Jazz tradition. What was Clear Channel thinking? I just wish we had a Smooth Jazz station in Omaha!

As a huge Jazz fan I was shocked with the closing down of WNUA. Thanks for bringing smooth Jazz listening back to our area.

I too was devasted when I learned that WNUA was gone forever and actually felt like I had lost a good friend. Thank God we now have WLFM. I love the programming.

I was looking forward to the Sunday Jazz brunch and the weekly summer concerts. Will your new station offer this in the near future? I'm sure hoping you will.

Please stay on the air...I listen all day at work and while I'm driving. The music is so relaxing and just gives me a good feeling.

Thank you very much!

I too was devasted when I learned that WNUA was gone forever and actually felt like I had lost a good friend. Thank God we now have WLFM. I love the programming.

I was looking forward to the Sunday Jazz brunch and the weekly summer concerts. Will your new station offer this in the near future? I'm sure hoping you will.

Please stay on the air...I listen all day at work and while I'm driving. The music is so relaxing and just gives me a good feeling.

Thank you very much!

Good to hear smooth jazz again. Where is your website? it doesn't come up. Wanted to find out the book Norman Brown had read from the man that has had 5 successful careers but cannot remember title & cannot find your website

I previously lived in the Chicago area and loved wnua. I now live 3 hours away and sometimes I can get WLFM to come in on my car radio and sometimes it comes in with a lot of static. There was no station like WNUA. I really wish that there was something similar in the area where I currently live - Peoria, Illinois. It is a shame that my ears are being so deprived of the sophicated musical (smooth jazz)radio geniusus, like WNUA and now WLFM

I was devasted when WNUA went off the air. I played it all day long at work, in the car an d at home. Thank you for WLFM. I have one request. Please have the DJ name the song and artist, or provide a playlist via the Internet.

I was stunned when Clear Channel decided to dump Smooth Jazz on WNUA. I just recently learned that WLFM 87.7 picked up Smooth Jazz and is providing us once again with hosts like Dave Koz a very favorite of mine. I am very pleased that we once again have a Smooth Jazz station. What can we as listeners do to keep you on the air successfully.

Michael Leoanrd

Like many, I was stunned when Clear Channel dumped Smooth Jazz on WNUA. I was even more stunned to learn there is a new smooth jazz station which I can Not get. The frequency in my car stops at 87.9. I can't get it on the clock radio or the house stereo. Can you move to 87.9 ? smile!

I was delighted to hear about Smooth Jazz back on the air. I discovered it by accident, why did'nt I read about it in the newspaper? Count me in as a much happier listener.
Thanks again

Hello-
have just found your new station, which has
replaced WNUA. I was really upset when WNUA
changed formats. What a great loss, but now
you are here and I'm happy again. Keep up the
good programming.

Larry

I was devistated when WNUA went off the air - but I am delighted to have found WLFM & now have a radio station I can listen to again and not have to surf the radio from song to song - Thank you

Keep up the great music

I too was excited to find the Smooth Jazz replacement for our WNUA, but I also cannot receive it on my home radio. I hope in the future as things begin to iron out this will become a stronger signal for us to receive.

My favorite time was evening in the car when I heard "Lights out Chicago." What happened to Danae Alexander? WLFM is super, but get a lot of bleed in of rap stations and I'm in South Holland!! Will the signal get stronger? Thanks for the wonderful, relaxing music.

k

WHERE CAN I PURCHASE HATS OR SWEATSHIRTS TO LET PEOPLE KNOW THAT GOOD MUSIC IS NOW ON THE AIR

The return of Smooth Jazz to Chicagoland is outstanding! Yesterday I could receive WLFM very clearly all the way to Benton Harbor in Michigan. Thanks!!!

I just found out last week that WNUA is off the air (I haven't lived in Chicago for over 12 years, but come home once or twice a year) and I am RELIEVED that there is smooth jazz still in Chicago!

You played a song on 10-15-09 at 8:22am right before Gato Barbarie. I have been trying to learn the name of that song and the artist. I am a loyal lister please e-mail me the artist and name of the song.

I'm not one for billboards, but last night I saw the one at Cass Avenue on Interstate 55 advertising the new smooth jazz station. Thank God! I was so disheartened to learn that my absolutely favorite station was going off the air last May. I've been a driver without a music soul. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

Hi Guys!
I must be a bit slow, but I "just" saw the billboard for 87.7 last Saturday on the 294N, just happened to go from Mokena to Glenview on business. There are "NO" signs out this way, don't you know you have JAZZ fans out this a way???? lol
so, i now mix it up, between 87.7,97.1 and of course my old fav,720 AM(pardon the nasty word), but i "love" John,Bob and Garry !!!but, the times I travel they aren't on, so it's you guys now....
but, can't find the website to stream it to the computer, any input from anyone, where do i find it..87.7 takes me someplace unchicagoan like..
thanks for reading.... and any answers would be great !!!

I live in the Kalamazoo/Battle Creek, MI area, and would stream WNUA to my office, and home. I'm in Chicago often, and love bringing Chicago jazz back to Michigan!

I would also like to know their website, and am so glad to hear there are a few choices.

Thanks!

I also live in the Kalamazoo,MI area and would stream WNUA (as well as WVMV out of Detroit)at work. Unfortunately they are both off the air! I could also pick up WNUA about halfway into my drive to work and actually hear music during that 7am to 8am time period (it seems like all the other stations run radio ads the whole hour!). Sorry to see these stations go, hope I will be able to pick up WLFM online.

I am so thrilled about this new station! I need some smooth jazz to calm my nerves down from a busy day. You are so relevant!

Can't get any channel lower than 88.0 on any of my radios/stereos!!!! Not cool!!!

I cried when I turned to WNUA one day and heard Spanish music. No offense to the Spanish community I love you all. I just wanted to hear Jazz. I literally grew up listening this station. I am 28, and I remember hearing music from 20 years ago on this station; Kenny G, Nat King Cole, Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Ramsey Lewis, Spyro Gyra(I think that's the right spelling lol), Gorver Washington Jr., George Benson, Al Jarreau, Anita Baker, Yellow Jackets, Bobby McFerrin, David Benoit, ect. Yes I was, and some would say still am, a kid then. However, I have always had an ear for music. Its my first love. Jazz is a very important part of that love, and I am just glad that you are still on the air. Thanks for 87.7!
Peace...

I GET WLFM ON A TV TUNED TO THE OLD CHANNEL 6. ITS NEAT. I HOPE ITS PERMANENT

Smooth Jazz and Coffeehouse Jazz, (Straight Ahead) as I call it, simply are not mass market genres of popular music anymore. People are now more into either "making it funky" , or screaming out mindless forms of what I call "Kitsch". As a fan of Smooth Jazz, that I find very disturbing. So any effort to keep either Smooth, or Coffeehouse Jazz alive, for those that appreciate it, is welcome news.

PLEASE, give artist of the, "Carol of The Bells", instrumental played on your station. I think it's awesome but can't find it anywhere. It reminds me of "The Colors of Christmas" Star Plaza. Help!!

The loss of WNUA is akin to tearing down a landmark building, or changing the name of the world famous Sears tower...these things happen, but that doesn't make the outcome good. I live in Michigan, and the first thing that I used to do on my trips around the southern tip of the "big lake" was to tune in to WNUA. Listening to smooth jazz was during weekend trips to Chicago was a must...even had 95.5 programed into the radio. Things do change I know, but change for the better would preferred. To the best of my ability I avoid any broadcasts from Clear channel...they all sound the same!

What song was played on February 6, 2010 at 10:15pm or 10:20pm?

I live in northwest Indiana and CAN'T GET WLFM clearly on my house radios! I purchased new radios and still can't get WLFM clearly. To much statasic!!

What can I do or buy to bring this station in clearly?

I use to sleep to wnua and miss it greatly.

I get WLFM ON MY CAR RADIO AND LIKE IT VERY MUCH, SO I FEEL I COULD FALL IN LOVE WITH WLFM IF I COULD HEAR IT AT HOME!!!, TOO.

CAN THE STATION SIGNAL BE MADE STRONGER? PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE.

Great post as for me. I'd like to read something more about this matter. Thanks for giving this info.

I am living in Chicago for the last 2 1/2 decades and the only channel i use to listen was WNUA 95.5 my favourite lovely channel. Since I came to know that channel no longer exits I was in shock and surprise to know what happened its was one of the chicago's best music channel, It felt like as if we lost chicago;s ideantity.

I was so relieved to find 87.7!!! Thank you for brining it back, but 2 things: Please stop cutting off the songs before they are truly over and please let us know who the artist and name of song is. Thank you!!!

You in Chicago are very lucky that another station stepped in to fill the void when you lost WNUA. In the Detroit area, no such luck since we lost WVMV-FM (V98.7) last Labor Day weekend - sure they continue to stream SJ online and via their HD2 station but I can't listen when I'm away from my tiny handheld HD radio or my computer. My sister lives in Schaumburg and I visit her occasionally, and enjoy listening to WLFM during my travels (and I am very happy to hear that they've started adding more local programming). You're also lucky to have WNTD AM 950, which switches to a neat mixture of smooth jazz, "real" jazz and standards at night, called "The Avenue."

I have been a Smooth Jazz fan since I worked in Memphis, TN listening to Dave Koz weekend show. Dave has got some great music and always played a lot of good music.

About a year after they took off the Smooth Jazz format in Memphis, I moved to Chicago only to find out that Dave Koz was doing the DJing at WNUA. Recently, WNUA decided to change the format, and now we have 87.7 The L to take its place.

Keep up the good work at 87.7 The L.

Thank God for this station. I happened to run across it while in the car about a month ago. I listen to straight and smooth jazz on my digital tv stations (because I can get the name of the music, musicians' names, & album name), but the car is WLFM all the way. I too would like to be able to check the playlist in order to purchase some of the music. PLEASE add a playlist or make it available and tell us where it is. My ears and soul thank you again and again. From an old Sid McCoy fan & listener.

YOU GUYS ARE REALLY MESSING THIS STATION UP.LAST WEEK 1-HOUR DEAD AIR,TONITE 1:30AM IS THE DJ EVEN IN THE STUDIO TWO SONGS HAVE BEEN PLAYING @ THE SAME TIME FOR WELL OVER AN HOUR.VERY UNHAPPY WITH THIS STATION,BRING BACK WNUA!!!!!!!!!!!

Hello Friends,
Could you suggest a phone number of the station that I can call to find out what specifica music this station played, suppose yesterday, this Fri 07/23 between from 2:50 to 3:00 pm?

Thanks!
Alex

You just HAVE to start posting a play list on your site that will give the song title, artist and time played. It's very hard to support these artists by buying their music when we can't identify who they are and the names of the songs. You'll be doing everyone a favor if you can do this LITTLE thing!

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