In our Middletown area you’re going to find this new station right down at the beginning of the FM radio dial at 88.1. It has great call letters for its jazz music format, WJZZ.
In other areas of the Hudson Valley from Ulster, Dutchess, Southern Orange and Pike County you’ll find the station on at 106.5, 106.3 and 106.1.
It’s part of Hudson Valley Public Radio, a non-profit corporation set up to bring the unique format of Jazz to the Hudson Valley.
The founders of the station, Bud and Juli Williamson, who are pictured above in the studio are already getting hundreds of emails and messages of support.
Before becoming on-the-air broadcasters their company built a nationally known reputation for designing stations and studios and still continues offering those services.
Three years ago they purchased WDLC in Port Jervis which has grown to a group of 5 stations in the tri-states area operating under the banner of the Neversink Media Group. They have won awards including one from the New York State Broadcasters Association for their community service programs.
Bud actually got his start in broadcasting at WDLC back in the 1970’s. He and Juli are glad to be active in keeping local radio alive and thriving in the Hudson Valley. They hope you’ll have a chance to tune into the new station.
I’ve been listening for several weeks now. I find the station very listenable. It’s got a good mix of music. I had it on while cooking–the chicken parmigiano came out great–it must of been the music that inspired the cook. It was good at the holidays when wrapping presents. Try it while driving. It comes in great on Route 84. It makes for a smmmoooth drive. I was even listening while I wrote this post. Give it a try.
Please feel free to leave a comment below on how you like the new station, WJZZ.
By Art Livesey