CD 101.9 in New York is NO More
February 7, 2008 - As of Wednesday, February 6, 2008, CD 101.9FM went off the air and New York has lost it's smooth jazz station. In a letter to fans on its website Emmis Communications released the following statement:

"The staff of CD101.9 would like to thank you for your support over these past 20 years of Smooth Jazz CD101.9. Due to a declining audience for Smooth Jazz over the past few years, we are sad to announce that Smooth Jazz will no longer be available on the 101.9 signal. On February 5th we launched an innovative new adult rock format on the 101.9 frequency called 101.9 RXP The New York Rock Experience. 101.9 RXP is a respectful and intelligent mix of new music, classic rock and alternative - we invite you to try it."

For those individuals who have HD radios, CD 101.9 will still broadcast on their HD 2 channel. Fans will also be able to continue logging on to for the latest in smooth jazz news and events. - by Joy Hall


CD 101 in New York presents Summer Cruises on the Hudson River
July 19, 2005 - "CD 101.9 New York Chill" (WQCD/New York) is featuring its annual Summer Cruises on the Hudson River, every Wednesday until August 31st. Artists performing on the cruises include Brian Culbertson, Down To The Bone, Spyro Gyra, Peter White, Jeff Golub, Warren Hill, The Rippingtons, Pieces Of A Dream, Richard Elliot, and Angela Bofill. For more details and information on how to purchase tickets, visit - by Nick Langan

U.S. Smooth Jazz Radio Arbitron Ratings Results:
May 19, 2005 - Arbitron's Winter 2005 radio ratings have been released, and it features several Smooth Jazz stations with happy returns. Stations on the up: Detroit's "V 98.7" (WVMV) moved up to 5th place ages 12 and older. San Diego's KIFM 98.1 vaulted to 3rd. Both Denver's "Smooth Jazz 104.3" (KJCD) and Miami's "Love 94" (WLVE) climbed over 1 full share and placed 8th and 7th respectively, while Tampa's WSJT 94.1 and Minneapolis' KJZI 100.3 increased exactly 1 full share to 6th and 11th respectively. Sacramento's KSSJ 94.7 did even better, raising nearly 1 and a half shares all the way to 2nd overall. Seattle's KWJZ 98.9 also had a stellar season, jumping to 3rd. Springfield, MA's locally-owned "106.3 Smooth FM" (WEIB) had an impressive showing itself, jumping over a full share to notch 16th. Not quite enjoying the same success was New York's "CD 101.9 New York Chill" (WQCD), which struggled in its first full ratings period since implementing Chill music into its playlist, dropping to a tie for 16th. Phoenix's KYOT 95.5 dipped to 12th, its lowest 12 and older ratings showing in quite some time. - by Nick Langan
U.S. Winter Smooth Jazz Ratings
March 10, 2005 - Winter 2005 Part 1 Arbitron Ratings Trends: Los Angeles' "94.7 The Wave" (KTWV) continues to be on the upswing, jumping up to fourth overall in the age 12 and older ratings. Chicago's WNUA 95.5 holds steady to place in a tie for seventh, while New York's "CD 101.9 New York Chill" continues to do well with its new format, holding in a tie for ninth place. San Diego's KIFM 98.1 moves up to fifth, while Detroit's "V 98.7" (WVMV) slips to eighth. - by Nick Langan
Changes at CD 101 New York
February 2, 2005 - New York's "CD 101.9 New York Chill" (WQCD) has shifted around their airstaff lineup. Morning host Paul Cavalconte is now doing afternoons from 3-8 PM, while afternoon host Dennis Quinn, who has been broadcasting on 101.9 FM in New York City for over 30 years, can now be heard on the CD 101.9 Morning Show from 5:30-10 AM. - by Nick Langan

CD -101 Goes Chill
January 26, 2005 - - New York City's CD 101.9 (WQCD), which has been playing Contemporary Jazz since 1988, raised many eyebrows on November 22 when they made the decision to incorporate "Chill" music into their heritage Smooth Jazz format. While you can still hear the majority of your favorite Smooth Jazz artists on WQCD, they dropped the Smooth Jazz positioner that day and are now going by the moniker "New York Chill". Chill music is a mix of electronica, world, and dance music, with core artists including Zero 7, Tosca, Massive Attack, Moby, and Chris Coco. The decision was made by new Program Director Blake Lawrence. At first listen, the mix of chill music combined with Smooth Jazz seems a little bit out of sort. But looking deeper, chill music does have similarities to Smooth Jazz. It includes a mix of instrumentals and vocals, just like Smooth Jazz. Artists like Praful and Down To the Bone easily crossover into both categories. Some analysts feel chill music eventually will be imported commonplace into Smooth Jazz radio, such as new age and adult contemporary have in the past. Chill music appeals to a younger demographic, something Smooth Jazz programmers have been craving, as ratings show the listening audience of Smooth Jazz radio stations continues to age. And the early returns are positive on "New York Chill". In the Autumn New York City Arbitron ratings book, WQCD raised six-tenths of a share to a tie for ninth place in the 12 years and older ratings. - Nick Langan