In a letter to fans of the WLFM, former SVP Pat Kelley blames the Obama administration for the decline of the format?
Dear Smooth 87.7FM/WLFM Fans,
As you may have heard, WLFM Smooth 87.7 is sadly changing from Smooth Jazz to Alternative Rock next Monday. The decision to make this change is due primarily because the current FCC has refused to provide assurance that WLFM can continue to broadcast on 87.7 FM in September 2015. In a strange twist, the FCC of the current Administration has killed Smooth Jazz in Chicago by failing to act on our requests to secure the audio future of 87.7 FM.
You may recall we went on the air a few years ago when industry titan iHeartmedia (formerly Clear Channel) Communications converted WNUA from Smooth Jazz to Spanish language. Within 90 minutes, we were telecasting Smooth Jazz serving Chicago’s diverse audiences. We didn’t know if listeners would find 87.7 FM, which is the audio frequency of our analog low power television Channel 6 transmitting from the John Hancock Center. We didn’t know if community groups would embrace our programming, which they did with groups like The Chicago Urban League, 100 Black Men, McCormick Chamber of Commerce and many more. We didn’t know if advertisers would support our community and buy time on our station. The good news is listeners came to the tune of more than half a million each and every week. Community groups adopted our sound as we built Smooth 87.7 into a great station in Chicago, and advertisers saw results from you patronizing their businesses. What we didn’t count on is that the FCC would abandon us, that “Yes We Can” turned into “No We Can’t.”% | % | % | %