Carol Archer Leaves R&R Magazine March 11, 2009 – The biggest cheerleader for Smooth Jazz is leaving her post at R&R magazine. Carol Archer, who has been writing amazing articles on the genre for the past 15 years has officially, left the magazine. Cyndee Maxwell, R&R Editorial Director/Associate Publisher sent us the official press release below. So for the folks who still say the format is healthy, you might want to “check-in” a little bit. We will miss you Carol!
Dear Smooth Jazz friends,
As you know, we at R&R had to make some very, very difficult decisions recently; ones that no one who loves radio and music should ever have to make. When we hired Carol Archer 15 years ago, Smooth Jazz was growing. And it kept growing as Carol so passionately documented through the years. But the past year brought dramatic changes tothe SJ landscape. Those changes, combined with the current economic recession, have forced us to scale back our Smooth Jazz coverage, and as you read from Carol earlier this week, this included her departure from R&R. I wish to thank Carol for all her years of dedication and hard work. I know she was special to all of you. She served your needs and interests with passion and devotion, and she will be missed by us all.
Please know that we have never taken any of you for granted. We're crossing our fingers and hope that in time the format will make gains, that more stations will flip to SJ and that each one of you will experience great success. We hope that we can return to covering this format full-time in R&R in the future when "things turn around" -- the great catch-phrase of 2009.
Until then, the monitored SJ chart with its 17 reporters will now reside on the Urban AC chart page, and both it and the Indicator chart with its 15 reporters will remain on the R&R Web site. The online charts are updated every Wednesday at 9 a.m. PT, and we invite you to go to www.radioandrecords.com to check them out every week. We will continue to process your airplay and adds with the same deadlines as before.
Gordon Murray will remain the Smooth Jazz chart manager; if you have any chart or reporting questions, please feel free to contact him at email@example.com.
You may also contact me at any time if you have any questions.
Carol Archer Interview Carol
Archer developed her reputation for having "good ears" when she began
her career as a singles
buyer for a San Francisco record distributor in the mid-'60s. That distinction
along with divine intervention (according to Carol) earned her the
position of Music Director of CHR KFRC/San Francisco. She held that post for five
years before trekking to Los Angeles to assume Music Director duties at KIIS-AM.
She rose in the ranks to Program Director before exiting to start an independent
Adult Contemporary promotion and marketing firm.
After running that successful
endeavor, Carol took a leave of absence from the radio and music industries to
tackle an entirely different challenge: Assisting in the AIDS communities of Los
Angeles and Capetown, South Africa. Upon her return to the U.S., she joined Sin-Drome
Records, a seminal, independent NAC label, and worked on international business,
licensing, and promotion. In June of 1994, Carol became Radio & Records
NAC/Smooth Jazz Editor, a position she describes as, "like dying and going
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