About The Original KJAZZ RADIO UK
Established in 2011, KJAZZ Radio UK was founded by Paul Rumsey a retired professional radio announcer and Los Angeles club DJ to promote indie. Smooth Jazz musicians. KJAZZ Radio UK still finds its roots in the Smooth Jazz format however, it has grown to include other easy listening genres e.g. R&B, Blues, New Age, Ambient, and more.
KJAZZ UK quickly became the home for the freshest new Smooth Jazz, R&B, Blues, Latin music, and more from the world’s leading indie and debuting musicians. Included in its roster of exceptional worldwide musicians is Tower Of Power’s keyboardist Roger Smith and European singer, celebrity former host of the Eurovision Song Contest Viktor Lazlo.
KJAZZ Radio UK was and is still about promoting a lifestyle of positivity through its music and endeavors.
The original internet station used to broadcast 24/7 to a global audience. KJAZZ expanded into YouTube videos which later got taken down when Google purchased YouTube. Even though KJAZZ had permission to use the artist's music this made no difference. For many years founder Paul Rumsey wanted to continue but with personal life changes and increasing regulation it became too much of a hassle and there was more and more paperwork sapping the creative process.
KJAZZ officially closed in 2016/17. However, artists still reached out with their music. It took a trip to Paul's first start in radio (Radio Caroline) to rekindle the flame with the persuasion of a friend who had also been a DJ in the UK while Paul was broadcasting on the other side of the pond in California.
Paul started looking at options and 4 months later KJAZZ is back but only as a hobby site and not a business venture.
Paul Rumsey hosted most of the shows on the original KJAZZ Radio UK however KJAZZ also broadcast the show 'Cafe Jazz' hosted by Ted Hasiuk an arrangement that worked for many great years Ted's shows complimented what KJAZZ Radio UK was about and between Ted & Paul they built a global listener base. You can find more about Ted at Jazzlynxy.net Canada's Smooth Jazz Connection. Ted decided to permanently hang up his headphones around the same time KJAZZ started slowing down. Without Ted it is fair to say KJAZZ would not have grown to what it became. Thanks, Ted we miss your voice.
Ted is still around on facebook