Smooth Jazz 104.7, 94.3 The Bone debut in Detroit


Smooth Jazz has another outlet in Motown with “Smooth Jazz 104.7 The Oasis.” While CBS Radio still carries the previous main signal format of V98.7 on its WDZH-HD2, now the market also has a translator on 104.7 mHz from the city of Detroit: W284BQ. It has some decent coverage with 250 watts at the impressive height of 927 feet, but also has heritage 50-kW WIOT-FM (also on 104.7) from the south in Toledo, OH to contend with in some areas of the market.

Tim Martz, Drew Scott and the team at Martz Communications Group own the new station, which also simulcasts on International Free and Accepted Modern Masons’ WGPR-HD-2 in that market. Says Martz: “Over 700,000 listeners have been searching for Smooth Jazz on Detroit radio since V98.7 changed format over a year ago. We’re pleased to partner with independent and locally-owned WGPR to bring Smooth Jazz back to southeast Michigan, and to join the Smooth Jazz Network family.”

Broadcast Architecture’s Smooth Jazz Network produces the station’s format.

Martz also launched Alternative “94.3 The Bone” on another local translator (W232CA) and paired it with WGPR-HD3. The station, powering up with 99 watts at 911 feet, is taking aim at other Detroit rockers and CIMX-FM across the river in Windsor, ON: “Detroit’s new rock station. No yapping in the morning. No moldy oldies by some 70 year old geezer your parents listened to. No lame Canadian rock. Just the best of today’s new rock. American rock.”