Smooth jazz WLFM-FM (87.7) is bringing back the Smooth Jazz Sunday Brunch program that was a popular staple on former smooth jazz outlet WNUA-FM (95.5). The new iteration of the show will launch Apr. 25, and will broadcast live each Sunday from 10 am to 2 pm from Rosebud Prime at 1 S. Dearborn St. in the loop.
WLFM program director, mid-day host and former WNUA veteran Rick O'Dell will host this latest incarnation of the Smooth Jazz Sunday Brunch every other Sunday, with other WLFM talent fronting the show on alternate Sundays. "The quality and tradition of the Rosebud restaurants combined with the music of our show -- it'll be a unique Sunday morning experience," promised O'Dell.
The first version of the Smooth Jazz Sunday Brunch started at the Hotel Nikko (now the Westin River North) in 1993, and segued several years later to the Chicago Hilton & Towers, before it was taken off the air at WNUA in 2007. In May of 2009, Clear Channel Radio Chicago pulled the plug on the smooth jazz format on WNUA and replaced it with a hot Spanish hits format.
Celebrity guests and fine dining were a staple of the first edition of the jazz brunch, and according to WLFM executives, those traditions will continue in this second go-round for the program.