Infobox Radio station
name = theJazz "(defunct)"
December 25, 2006
share = 0.2%
share as of = March 2008
share source = [http://www.rajar.co.uk/listening/quarterly_listening.php]
frequency = Sky Digital: 0113
Virgin Media: 961
website = [http://www.thejazz.com/ www.thejazz.com]
slogan = Come into the cool and feel good
theJazz was a British commercial
jazzdigital radio station. The station was run by GCap Mediaand launched on Christmas Day 2006at 09:00 UTC [http://www.radiotoday.co.uk/news.php?extend.1359 Xmas Day launch for GCap Jazz] . Published by Radio Today on November 28, 2006. Accessed November 28, 2006.] [http://www.londonstockexchange.com/LSECWS/IFSPages/MarketNewsPopup.aspx?id=1348267&source=RNS GCap Media inc Regulatory Announcement] . Published by the London Stock Exchangeon November 28, 2006. Accessed November 28, 2006] originally as a non-stop jazz station on the Digital One DAB ensemble, Sky Digital, Virgin Media[http://www.gcapmedia.com/index.php?id=133 GCap Media Press Release for theJazz] . Released November 28, 2006. Accessed November 28, 2006.] and the InternetWelsh, James. [http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/article/ds40115.html GCap's jazz station gets Christmas launch] , published by Digital Spyon November 28, 2006. Accessed November 29, 2006.]
The station covered a range of jazz music, including
bebop, blues, traditional and modern jazz. GCap stated in its press release that the station "will do for jazz what Classic FM has done for classical music, in making the genre accessible to a UK-wide audience". The station stopped broadcasting on March 31, 2008on DAB.theJazz to Close [http://www.the-jazz.co.uk/Article.asp?id=580713&spid=] ] theJazz is still currently broadcasting as a generic automated music service on Sky, Virgin Media and online without DJ's.cite web|url=http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/tv_and_radio/article3857347.ece|title=Jazz station wins record audience after scrapping DJs|last=Sherwin|first=Adam|date=2008-05-02|accessdate=2008-05-10|publisher=The Times]
After the closure of
PrimeTime Radio, Ofcomallowed a variation of the Digital One licence to replace the requirement of a easy listeningstation to a classic and contemporary jazz requirement. [cite web|url=http://www.ofcom.org.uk/static/radiolicensing/digital/formats/DN001.doc|title=ANNEX - PART I - Conditions relating to simulcast services and digital sound programme services|accessdate=2007-08-04|publisher=Ofcom|format=doc] On September 19, 2006GCap formally released a press statement announcing the launch of a new national radio station before 2007. [cite web|url=http://corporate.gcapmedia.com/index.php?id=15&entryId=21|title=GCap Media to Launch First National Jazz Station|date=2006-09-19|accessdate=2007-08-04|publisher=GCap Media]
theJazz started test transmissions on all the platforms it would broadcast on in December 2006. The test transmissions compromised of
Lindos Electronicstest tones and an announcement of the forthcoming launch. [cite web|url=http://www.radiotoday.co.uk/news.php?extend.1427|title=theJazz starts testing|date=2006-12-17|accessdate=2007-08-04|publisher=Radio Today] From the commencement of broadcast to December 2007 it broadcast on DAB at a bit rate of 96 kbit/s in mono. From December 2007 this was increased to 128 kbit/s in joint stereo.
On April 6, 2007 the station started presenter-led programming.cite web|url=http://www.radiotoday.co.uk/news.php?extend.1760|title=GCap axes all Core presenters|accessdate=2007-03-15|date=2007-03-15|publisher=Radio Today] At 09:00,
Darren Henley, managing director of Classic FM, formally opened theJazz. Helen Mayhewwas the first voice heard on theJazz, introducing theJazz 500, a chart of jazz tracks voted for by the listeners to the station.cite web|url=http://www.helenmayhew.co.uk/|title=Helen Mayhew - Latest News|accessdate=2007-03-15] Other presenters on theJazz include Margherita Taylor, Jamie Cullum, David Jensen, Mike Chadwick, Anthony Davis, Digby Fairweather, Jacqui Dankworthand Courtney Pine.cite web|url=http://www.radiotoday.co.uk/news.php?extend.1790|title=theJazz comes alive|accessdate=2007-03-26|date=2007-03-24|publisher=Radio Today]
The first fan mail to ever come to theJazz was from Alexander Townsend, an American Harmonica player known as Blue J.Fact|date=February 2007
11 February 2008 GCap Mediaannounced that unless a buyer is found, theJazz (along with sister station Planet Rock) will close at the end of March 2008. To compensate for the closure, Classic FMbroadcast a nightly jazz programme between midnight and 2am cite web|url=http://www.the-jazz.co.uk/Article.asp?id=580713&spid=|title=theJazz to close|accessdate=2008-03-10] , but this ceased in late September 2008 without warning. It is assumed by some observers of the industry that this is because of the impending re-launch of Jazz FMas a DAB/satellite service (though not by Classic FM's current owners), on October 6th 2008. GCap is also planning to sell its share in the DAB Digital One multiplex to Arqiva.cite web|url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/7238444.stm|title=Two GCap digital stations closed|accessdate=2008-02-11|date=2008-02-11|publisher= BBC News Online] .
theJazz stopped broadcasting at midnight,
March 31, 2008on DAB. The last song to be broadcast in its entirety was ' Don't Worry, Be Happy' by Bobby McFerrin(though this was followed by the beginning of 'Tally Ho' by Don Byron).
At the moment, theJazz is being broadcast as a generic jukebox service, although it was announced on
May 9, 2008that GCap would sell off the Sky slot feed to the highest bidder. [cite web|url=http://www.radiotoday.co.uk/news.php?extend.3377.2|title=GCap to sell Sky channels|date=2008-05-09|accessdate=2008-05-10|publisher=Radio Today]
GCap Media has also stated that the station will also expand beyond radio in the services it offers, including
podcasts, live concertsand downloads. GCap have also setup a MySpaceprofile for theJazz to promote the station in the same way that it has done for sister stations such as Chill and Core. On August 1, 2007the website was relaunched as part of this expansion.cite web|url=http://www.radiotoday.co.uk/news.php?extend.2233|title=New website for theJazz|date=2007-07-26|accessdate=2007-08-04|publisher=Radio Today]
In April 2007, GCap announced that it had made a deal with Universal Classic and Jazz which will allow theJazz to launch its own record label. The label will publish various jazz albums under theJazz name. [cite web|url=http://www.mad.co.uk/Main/News/Articlex/3c58422d212e4d4884b87b4f3ee73132/Record-label-extension-for-theJazz.html|title=Record label extension for theJazz|accessdate=2007-05-05|last=Milman|first=Oliver|date=2007-04-30|publisher=mad.co.uk]
* Come into the cool and feel good with The Jazz.
102.2 Jazz FMAn earlier UK jazz only radio station which broadcast from 2002 until 2005 before being rebranded as 102.2 Smooth FM. It was owned by GMG Radioand had no connection with theJazz, however many of the DJs and shows from Jazzfm can now be heard on theJazz.
* [http://www.thejazz.com/ theJazz website]
* [http://www.myspace.com/talkaboutjazz theJazz on MySpace]
* [http://www2.capitalfm.com/staticweb/onair_players/onair_thejazz/player/player.htm Direct link to theJazz online radio player]
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