On June 11th, 2004, Jazz Boulevard Radio Show broadcast episode #001 on CINQ 102.3 FM – Radio Centre-Ville, in Montreal. And for the next 12 years, the program grew its audience in Montreal, and along the way started podcasting episodes on the web as that technology became available.
And as the web grew, so did the global audience for the program’s podcasts as well.
In Fall 2016, facing significant financial challenges, CINQ-FM management began making radical cuts and changes to its programming in an effort to survive. Some of these threatened cutting the program’s Friday-midnight time slot.
Faced with an uncertain future and an unstable station, a decision was made to grow the program in a brand new direction – through syndication to community radio stations across Canada, via the National Campus & Community Radio Association of Canada (NCRA).
COAST TO COAST
While the final episode of Jazz Boulevard was broadcast on CINQ-FM October 28th (#644) the program was already on-air in other Canadian markets.
While it has only been a few weeks since the program began syndication (as of the date of this post) Jazz Boulevard is already heard on stations in Newfoundland, Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia.
Of course, episodes of the program continue to be podcast through popular podcast portals (iTunes Store, PlayerFM, etc) allowing listeners to replay shows anytime.
STILL ON-AIR IN MONTREAL – NOW SATURDAY NIGHTS AT MIDNIGHT
Locally Montrealers can still tune into the show every Saturday night at midnight thanks to the folks at Concordia University’s 1690AM – CJLO. Being a university station and on the AM band means the program will be able to introduce an entirely different audience to its content.
CORNER BROOK, NEWFOUNDLAND – BOIR RADIO was one of the first stations to start carrying the program – now airing the show Sundays at 9pm.
ERIN, ONTARIO – CHES-FM Folks in Erin, Ontario can tune into Jazz Boulevard on Sunday nights at 9PM
PRINCE GEORGE, BRITISH COLUMBIA –– CFIS-FM is the most recent addition to the show’s growing network of syndicated stations, slotting the program into their program grid on Monday nights at 10pm.