CBS RADIO's 94.7 THE WAVE, THE MOST LISTENED TO SMOOTH JAZZ RADIO STATION, PARTNERS WITH GRAMMY AWARD WINNING ARTIST KENNY G FOR NEW ONLINE RADIO STATION
On Saturday, Feb. 14, The Biggest Selling Instrumental Artist Of All-Time Debuts Self Titled Online Radio Station Available Through CBS RADIO's Streaming Platform And Kenny G's Website
CBS RADIO and KTWV-FM, the nation’s most listened to smooth jazz radio station, has formed an innovative partnership with one of world’s most renowned artists to create a one-of-a-kind artist branded online destination for smooth jazz enthusiasts. Hosted and programmed by the multi platinum selling musician, “Kenny G’s Radio Station,” WKGRS, offers listeners a unique blend of their favorite smooth jazz artists and tunes and is available worldwide through CBS RADIO’s streaming platform available on AOL Radio and Yahoo! Music’s LAUNCHcast, as well as Kenny G’s website, www.KennyG.com, and via mobile applications, including the iPhone and select Blackberry devices. The station debuted live on Saturday, Feb. 14.
Kenny G’s Radio Station features a rich combination of music from artists such as Sade, David Sanborn, George Benson, Chris Botti, John Legend, Earth Wind and Fire, hundreds of other smooth-sounding artists and Kenny G himself. As the host, Kenny G will introduce a number of the songs which influence and inspire him and share behind the scenes anecdotes and stories about the songs or artists, many of whom are his personal friends.
“Internet radio has enjoyed explosive growth so to be a part of this exciting medium by having my own online radio station is an incredibly exciting creative challenge,” said Kenny G. “It is an honor to work with a company of CBS RADIO’s stature and I am grateful for the opportunity to expose my fans and fellow smooth jazz listeners to new music and content.”
Paul Goldstein, Vice President of Smooth Jazz Programming for CBS RADIO and KTWV-FM, and creator of Kenny G’s Radio Station says, “Kenny G is one of the most celebrated names in pop culture, so to partner with the entertainer who is the essence of the popular smooth jazz format is a perfect fit for our brand.
“Kenny has insight into the format like no one else I know – plus he has an easy-going on-air style that connects instantly with listeners. There is a longstanding synergy between musicians and radio and by having these two vital elements come together in one online entity audiences with be treated to an incredible listening experience.”
Kenny G, the world’s most renowned saxophonist, has established himself as the biggest-selling instrumental musician of the modern era, with global sales totaling more than 75 million albums, 45 million albums in the U.S. alone. After years of playing professionally with groups like Barry White’s Love Unlimited Orchestra and Jeff Lorber Fusion, Kenny signed with Arista Records in 1982 and was poised to hit the stratosphere. Since then he has released dozens of multi-platinum selling albums and collaborated with the likes of Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Natalie Cole and Frank Sinatra , just to name a few. His most recent and first Latin jazz album, Rhythm & Romance, was released by Starbucks Entertainment and Concord Records in 2008 and nominated for two Latin Grammy awards. For the past twenty years he has been a fixture in arenas, amphitheaters and concert halls and has performed for millions of people all over the world. For more information visit www.KennyG.com