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    KTWV remembered

    Since its inception in the late 1980s, KTW "The Wave" Los Angeles has changed a lot.
    Smooth jazz has now disappeared from the format.
    Here you have an aircheck of the original days :
    https://soundcloud.com/twintom-1/01-...-august-1987-a

    Now I have my own streaming radio that reflects the style of The Wave of the beginning years,
    originating from Belgium.
    You can reach it via https://tdc.fm

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    Nice but you need to program more George Benson and Earle Klugh.

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    Dang KTWV has been around longer than the Old KMET that took the 94.7fm spot. Amazing to think that KTWV has been through three owners over the 31 years its been on the air from Metropolitan broadcasting, Westinghouse, CBS/infinity and now Entercom.

    Yet this station manage to transition from Smooth Jazz to AC music over the three decades of its existence.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RadioPatrol View Post
    Dang KTWV has been around longer than the Old KMET that took the 94.7fm spot. Amazing to think that KTWV has been through three owners over the 31 years its been on the air from Metropolitan broadcasting, Westinghouse, CBS/infinity and now Entercom.

    Yet this station manage to transition from Smooth Jazz to AC music over the three decades of its existence.
    IIRC, the first company you allude to was "Metromedia," which also owned KLAC and KTTV 11, KNEW in San Francisco, WNEW AM & FM, and TV in NYC.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UhW6o5t8wdU

    In the KMET era, they did a satirical copy of this jingle that went, "Metro...media...radio...point seven, point seven, point seven..."

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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Chz4V6OOZ90

    Here is the very first day of 94.7 The wave and Sting was the very first talent to appear on the Wave playlist. "Free Free Set them Free"

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    I remember the original "New Age" version of The Wave. I really liked it. It was revolutionary for there to be no DJs. (Years before Jack.) But sometimes the artists announce their new songs. ("Hi, this is Larry Carlton, and here's my latest song, "Smiles and Smiles to Go.")

    At the top of each hour, a comedy group did a brief skit about some topic, working the time into the bit. ("I really need to clean up this house. But it's 10 o'clock (beep) and I'm just so tired. Hey, when I turn out the lights, ouila, the mess is gone!")

    The station had neat jingles, with a signature tune that is still used today. Each set was usually two instrumentals, one new age, one soft jazz, plus a mellow rock song, from Sting, Fleetwood Mac, Phil Collins, etc.

    This format only lasted a year or two before it moved to the Smooth Jazz sound that it ran for a couple of decades, with more jazz, less new age, with R&B or jazzy AC vocals replacing the soft rock, from people like Sade, Anita Baker or Basia.
    Last edited by Gregg.; 02-16-2018 at 11:16 PM.

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    You can hear smooth jazz on 94.7 hd2

    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Decouttere View Post
    Since its inception in the late 1980s, KTW "The Wave" Los Angeles has changed a lot.
    Smooth jazz has now disappeared from the format.
    Here you have an aircheck of the original days :
    https://soundcloud.com/twintom-1/01-...-august-1987-a

    Now I have my own streaming radio that reflects the style of The Wave of the beginning years,
    originating from Belgium.
    You can reach it via https://tdc.fm
    I hear ya, I lament the loss of the originality of format on KTWV 94.7. I'm glad you are keeping the spirit of the original format alive. Still, here in L.A. the Jazz is still on the air, as WAVE CLASSICS ON KTWV 94.7 HD2. I don't think they stream the station online or TuneIn, but I have perfect reception in my car as I listen to the jazz often (when I can't get 88.5) and at home on my Sangean HDR18 Table HD Radio. Joe G

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    The record industry was having a fit that these New Age records weren't being backsold "if you play it, say it". Eventually DJs were added to KTWV and the satellite "Wave" format.

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