Back in my days of being in radio, the dream was always to own a station and “do it the right way.” (Of course most employees no matter what the industry is feel that they could do it better than the boss.) But in the case of radio, you might be a million (or a few million or more) shy of being an owner. But those days are long gone thanks to the internet and the concept of a streaming radio station. Anyone, anywhere, can now have their own radio station for an incredibly low start-up costs and do radio “their way.”
Case in point, Woody, owner of 96.9 The Oasis, who after 40+ years in the radio industry with stops in Orange County, the Inland Empire, Los Angeles, and Palm Springs, CA, decided to set out on a new adventure and create 96.9 The Oasis, a 24/7 smooth jazz streaming ad-free radio station. He also runs a sister station call KNX FM 93, which celebrates the original terrestrial station KNX-FM in Los Angeles of the 70s and early 80s.
Since 2009, 96.9 The Oasis has been playing hand picked Smooth Jazz covering over 40+ years! Listen for legendary artists like Duke Ellington, Herbie Hancock, Pete Fountain, Joe Sample, Grover Washington Jr, Brian Culbertson, Paul Brown, Chris Standring, Euge Groove, Walter Beasley, Jeff Lorber, Peter White, Kenny G, Acoustic Alchemy, Richard Elliot, David Benoit, Chuck Loeb, and the list goes on and on! Plus cool vocals from Steely Dan, Anita Baker, Sade, Sting, Billy Ocean, Stevie Wonder, Natalie Cole, Kenny Loggins, Michael McDonald, and more! They also play New Age from groups like Himekami, Cusco, plus indie groups.
As mentioned on their website: “We are an Internet Only Radio Station. We chose this platform because of the freedom it provides. We play what we want! We have no Corporate Backup. We depend solely on our listeners who see the benefit of our station and choose to support it. We are a member of Radio Coalition. Radio Coalition is a non profit organization. Since we are a member our station is non profit. Over the air Smooth Jazz Stations are disappearing or they’re being sent over to the stations HD2 Channel! This is being done in San Diego and San Francisco! So we decided to preserve this music online. Since you already have a PC you don’t have to go out and buy a special HD receiver to hear Smooth Jazz. “96.9 The Oasis” is free form Smooth Jazz Radio! We play the perfect blend of Smooth Jazz and some Adult Contemporary Music with NO COMMERCIALS! We hope you spread the word around that there is a station that still plays this great music and also is an outlet for Indie Artists! What separates us from the other over the air stations is our variety. “
Click here to listen live.
So, thank you Woody for choosing me to voice your station promos and continued success with living the radio station ownership dream!
An avid record collector, lover of all desserts and sometimes seen wearing multiple Swatch watches, Dave has been lending his voice for over 20 years heard on such prominent brands as Intel, RCA, Eddie Bauer, Kellogg‘s, Pizza Hut, Lexus, and infomercial giants Guthy-Renker and Beachbody. His narration projects include Japan’s preeminent automobile series Best Motoring International and Hot Version, along with GTChannel, QVC, Universal Music Enterprises, and ViSalus Sciences.