Chicago’s premier smooth jazz programmer Rick O’Dell has teamed up with Bonneville’s Hot AC WTMX-FM to bring the format to its HD-2 signal, according to Chicago media blogger Robert Feder.
Rick O’Dell’s SmoothJazzChicago.net will be simulcast on that multicast channel.
O’Dell spent 25 years at previous Smooth Jazz WNUA-FM.
“We are thrilled to partner with Rick and his very high quality programming of ‘Smooth Jazz Chicago’ and look forward to bringing this product to many starved Chicago smooth jazz fans at 101.9 FM HD2,” Greg Solk, senior vice president of programming for Hubbard Radio, said in a statement. “Rick has proven through the years to be a masterful programmer of jazz music and he’s beloved by Chicagoans. Welcome aboard!”
To make room, Hubbard will move “Totally ’80s” from WTMX HD2 to WILV HD2, replacing “The Voice of Russia.” Hubbard’s third station, WDRV FM, will continue to air “Deep Tracks” on HD2.