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XM Beyond Jazz To End

For over six years, I’ve been an XM radio subscriber and fan of XM72 – the Beyond Jazz channel. The primary reason I became a subscriber is the ability to hear music on the radio that I can’t hear in my local market, most notably contemporary jazz and electronica. XM72 music director, Russ Davis, has been consistently kept the station a must-listen for any modern jazz (or MoJa) fan. The balance of classic fusion, acid jazz, new fusion, jazztronica, and other plugged-in jazz is like nothing you can hear in your automobile. I used to post about the thrill I got hearing Liquid Soul, the Solsonics, Marcus Miller, Jamiroquai, and other favorites of mine air on a nationwide channel.

Now, those days are over. XM laid off 80 employees yesterday. Some were on-air personalities, including 50s fan-fave Matt “The Cat” Baldassarri and Soul Street’s Bobby Bennett and Leigh Hamilton. While writing this, I just got an email message from Jammin’ Jazz (a popular show on Beyond Jazz) host Michelle Sammartino. It’s true – Beyond Jazz will be ending in early November. This fits in with the rumor that a XM-Sirius merged single set of channels will be coming in November.

Here’s the message I received from Michelle:

Hiya John,

Unfortunately i was already laid off, and Russ will be gone in early November with the channel. They cut so many people this week in programming alone… it is sad. I am sorry to see the channel going, as you know it was our passion. We are however planning to continue to work together with this music. Whether that is an online radio channel or podcasts or something. Keep checking back here and once we have it done I will post all the info here.

Sad… but one door closes… well you know the rest…

M

I know I’ll be writing more about this. Right now, though, I’m kind of numb.

Comments
  1. Charlotte

    6 years ago

    I am so heartbroken that Beyond Jazz is gone. What a LOSS for us listeners, the artists and the Jazz world!! I stumbled upon Beyond Jazz a few years ago and became completely hooked. With Russ and Michelle’s extensive playlists, I got turned on to so many amazing artists that I would never of heard of. Now at least I know the artists that i love and can buy their CDs – I support all the amazing artists of Beyond Jazz and of course, Russ and Michelle (you’re amazing!). I don’t think I ever heard a song played twice on Beyond Jazz (unlike some of the new XM stations, AC/DC and Bruce Springsteen 24/7 – well thats innovative!). I, like everyone else here, will be canceling my xm subscription and I will send an e-mail to the XM execs to let them know why. I guess I will be listening to my new CDs and also Moja Radio when it gets online.
    Long live MoJa and it’s next incarnation!!

  2. DC Proud

    6 years ago

    Here is an excerpt of an email I wrote to XM Sirius: I want to register my profound disappointment with the programming decisions that were made as a result of the XM/Sirius merger. I understand the need to cut costs in a tight economy, but I don’t understand why a company that is already losing millions of dollars would make programming decisions that
    would make its service FAR less worth the money.

    … With today’s lineup changes, *Beyond Jazz* — which rightly boasted that it was a one-of-a-kind sweet spot for jazz fusion that was too impure for XM 70 and too aurally challenging for Watercolors — was unceremoniously dumped … What I have is about a dozen sound-alike rock channels and a bunch of other
    channels with playlists indistinguishable from their FM counterparts. It appears that the new Sirius XM is destined to kill itself in the same way that FM radio is killing itself — by opting for mediocrity rather than appealing to musicphiles who are passionate about music.

    What makes this inexcusable is that WE’RE PAYING YOU AS MUCH AS $13 A MONTH to give us programming that appeals to our tastes. And yet, as this lineup was being contemplated, I see no evidence that listeners were even
    consulted. I know I wasn’t.

    *You could earn my continued loyalty* by at least restoring the programming of *Beyond Jazz* and *The Move* …

    Their response suggested that I send song requests to my “favorite DJs.” Except, of course, that won’t work because the combined XM Sirius has fired all my favorite DJs.

    Right now I’m playing a custom radio station on Pandora, and I’ve looked up Russ Davis’ website http://www.russdavismoja.com/. Right now I don’t have much reason to keep paying XM Sirius money, and if the enterprise finally crashes I won’t be shedding any tears.

  3. Tommy

    6 years ago

    Boxing is like jazz, the better it is, the less people appreciate it.
    ~ George Foreman

    Jazz is freedom. You think about that.
    ~ Thelonius Monk

  4. Ron

    6 years ago

    R.I.P. Beyond Jazz!Now I know what it feels like to be voted out of office!
    The only source of contemporary, mostly electric jazz and jazz fusion is now Pandora which, sadly, isn’t available in my vehicle.
    Maybe a suitable replacement can eventually find its way into the new
    Sirius/XM electorate of stations

  5. Mbuddha

    6 years ago

    Here’s an email exchange I had with Jon Zelner, the Senior Vice President of Music Programming:

    > —– Original Message —–
    > From: John C
    > To: Zellner, Jon
    > Sent: Wed Nov 12 20:48:26 2008
    > Subject: Bring back Beyond Jazz 72 or I’m canceling
    >
    > I have NO reason to keep my sat subscription without Beyond Jazz.
    > Entire channels devoted to ONE artist, what a programming mess and
    > a waste. Do you know how many excellent artists received much
    > deserved exposure on Beyond Jazz yet it’s ok to devote entire channels
    > to defunct bands?
    >
    > Not to mention the quality of the hosts who believed in the music.
    > There’s VALUE in that.
    >
    > I’m outraged and will be canceling, plain and simple.
    >
    > —
    > John Corda
    > http://myspace.com/chaoticsoulband
    > http://www.mashedbuddha.com/
    > http://myspace.com/therealorganism

    Zellner, Jon wrote:
    >
    > Thanks for the e-mail, John. Sorry to hear it but I understand. I was a fan of Beyond Jazz too. The problem is that the channel had a very small audience and we have a limited amount of room for channels. I hope you’ll take a look at the new channel guide before you cancel. You might find something you like…there are many new choices. If not, I thank you for your business in the past.
    >
    > Best,
    >
    > Jon
    >
    >
    > Jon Zellner
    > Senior Vice President
    > Music Programming
    > Sirius XM Radio
    > 1500 Eckington Place NE
    > Washington, DC 20002
    > (202) 380-4040 (o)
    > (202) 380-4444 (f)
    >

    Thanks for the reply. Seriously there can’t be that large of an audience to
    the Led Zeppelin channel or the E Street channel, or AC/DC because it is only ONE artist.
    That to me is the waste of bandwidth. I suggest you look at all the comments here

    http://www.contemporaryjazz.com/xm-beyond-jazz-to-end/

    and here

    http://www.xmfan.com/viewtopic.php?t=95668&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=15

    As a fan of BJ you must know that there are NO alternatives on XM Sirius. It’s insulting
    to my intelligence to see Watercolors listed as a suggested replacement.

    There ARE alternatives to Sat radio however, and many of us will be
    using mp3 players, podcasts, CDs, and eventually internet radio in the car. Ironically, the same
    argument that allowed the merger to go through.

  6. Jeffz

    6 years ago

    I have nothing new to add, my feelings are the same as what has already been stated here. But I felt that I should voice my support for Russ and Michelle and the voice they gave the music we love. As with most of you XM72 was the only reason that I paid to listen to the radio!….well I wont`t be paying anymore or at least not to Sirius XM.

  7. Liddell Kirk, Jr

    6 years ago

    Perhaps it has been said but a letter writing campaign should be started by those who listen to xm demanding that Beyond Jazz be reinstated in it’s line up. I was sad when I turned on my radio in my to see beyond jazz was gone. Now I can only hear this type of music on the internet. I want to hear it while driving. We as subscribers can make this happen if send enough letter requesting Beyond Jazz back on air.

  8. Tommy

    6 years ago

    This was a 13 billion dollar merger between 2 money-losing entities. Maybe I am being cynical, but I really don’t think they care about us modern jazz lovers- they are just trying to sell the musical equivalent of fast food burgers to the masses.

    My unsolicited advice is to move on, find other sources of modern jazz, go hear more live music, get some streaming audio, and blow these guys off.

    Reminds me of that old joke, “Jazz is a Swahili word for No Money”.

  9. Melinda watson

    6 years ago

    I am disgusted with the XM Sirius merger and the hollow corporate decision to eliminate Beyond Jazz.I will not renew my subscription. Thank you Russ and Michele for your dedication. Keep us posted. I want my MoJa back!

    BTW they cut the classical options,too. The villains!

  10. Jonathan fish

    6 years ago

    I found Beyond Jazz two days before they cut it from the lineup. Between that and losing Fungus 53 I think I may just dump satellite radio and go back to my mp3 player full time.

    On a good note I did find out that the programming director of Beyond Jazz is setting up the following site.
    http://www.russdavismoja.com/

  11. Bruce Cota

    6 years ago

    There’s no use whining about the evil corporation, they exist to make a profit.

    But man it sucks. Goodbye XM. Goodbye Innovative Satellite Radio. Time to get some good speakers for
    my PC.

  12. Bruce Cota

    6 years ago

    I’m going through withdrawal. My house is so quiet. Everything else is so disappointing. World music and Reggae can only fill the void for a few hours.

  13. jt

    6 years ago

    This was a very unique channel that brought me to XM Radio in the first place.

    Russ Davis did an amazing job and was instrumental in the progression this genre of jazz music keeping it on the cutting edge.

    Now that it is gone so am I.

  14. DeAngelo

    6 years ago

    I also advocate a letter writing campaign to bring back Beyond Jazz. The only reason I listen to XM was because of Beyond Jazz and the electronica stations. I’m really pissed that Beyond Jazz has been removed.

  15. Jan Goldberg

    6 years ago

    Hello Its a sad time in music history. I was shocked when I tuned in and found out that you all were no longer on the air. I immediately went online and saw the influx of emails and devoted listeners who had part of their heart and soul ripped out. I was devastated. I thank you for all that you have done and am anxiously anticipating a replacement for the only reason I remained with direct tv, Beyond jazz. I just got off the phone with direct tv and all they could tell me was a bunch of canned lines. Management should be ashamed. Good luck, thank you and keep me posted on any new developments. Any suggestions on where I could find a similar selection of music would be greatly appreciated Sincerely Jan Goldberg

  16. eric

    6 years ago

    yea what a shame. I only listened to Beyond Jazz and agulia(the mexican polka station..) Both now are gone, and I have no reason to renew

    F*** You Very Much Sirius!

  17. David Vastano

    6 years ago

    Here is the e-mail that I sent to Scott Greenstein, Chief Content Officer of Sirius. I hope everyone who shares my feelings will also contact him. His e-mail address is sgreenstein@siriusradio.com.

    Dear Mr. Greenstein,

    I wanted to convey my feelings regarding the new channel lineup directly to you.

    I have subscriptions to both Sirius and XM. Of the two, my favorite channel has been Beyond Jazz. It looks like this channel has gone away. So, out of 130 stations, it appears that I have nowhere to listen to jazz fusion, some of the most unique and creative music anywhere. When I tried to look up that station on your website, I was re-directed to Spa. Do you really expect me to replace Jean-Luc Ponty and Tony Williams with Enya and Yanni? If I listen to that in the car, I’ll fall asleep at the wheel.

    I can see that there is quite a bit of overlap on your other music channels. For example, I’m sure that there are at least three or four channels that will regularly play The Beatles, Eric Clapton, Led Zeppelin, The Grateful Dead, U2, etc., but none that will play Return to Forever or Mahavishnu Orchestra. At this point, it seems to me that any music played on Sirius/XM, can also be heard on free terrestrial radio. I’m sure that I’m not the only person who subscribed to satellite radio in order to have a better choice of music to which to listen. But that is no longer the case. I am very disappointed and am seriously thinking about dropping both subscriptions if Sirius/XM does not bring back Beyond Jazz.

  18. David Vastano

    6 years ago

    Here is the lame response that I got from my e-mail to Scott Greenstein. The response was from Darrin Smith, Senior Director, Music Operations. His e-mail address is dsmith@siriusradio.com.

    Dear David, Thanks for the e-mail.

    We appreciate hearing your thoughts on BEYOND JAZZ. Because we have limited space on the network, we had to make some difficult decisions with the merging of the content from SIRIUS and XM. BEYOND JAZZ had a loyal but consistently a very small audience. We do,however, plan to carry a modern jazz show on REAL JAZZ and you can find out more about it by hitting our website.

    Merging the two sets of music channels was a very difficult task, since so many people were passionate about each service and what they have been listening to for years. We did our best, based on customer surveys from both companies, to keep the channels that reached the most listeners and performed the best in overall satisfaction. And, in some cases, we actually blended the two channels combining the best personalities from SIRIUS and XM to create a new combined channel.

    Of course, we did have to say goodbye to a few channels to make room for new ones. The best way to see what your choices are now is to go to http://www.SIRIUS.com or http://www.xmradio.com and download the new channel line-up. There are many new choices that you now have access to for no additional subscription fees. Please take the time to scroll through the dial and see what’s on. You find something you missed or something brand new that may become a favorite.

    Thanks again for writing. I know change is tough and hopefully, you’ll still see the value in our service to continue as a subscriber.

  19. David Vastano

    6 years ago

    Finally, here is my response to Darrin Smith.

    Dear Darrin,

    I appreciate your reply although I admit that I’m not very happy with it. It still seems odd to me that you would have to eliminate a unique channel and keep several others that have a great deal of overlap. Especially since, with the merger, the total number of music channels has been cut down from about 140 to about 70. I’m sure that, as a result, the staff has also been reduced significantly. Is it possible you could let me know how much it would have cost to keep Beyond Jazz? Because I have to say, you haven’t swayed me so far.

    As for the “best way to see my choices”, I think it’s obvious that I already know what my choices are or aren’t. Don’t address me like I’m just another idiot. If that was the case, Im sure I’d be thrilled with the opportunity to be able to listen to the same old music that’s available elsewhere. (By the way, there is nothing on the website about a modern jazz program on Real Jazz.)

    It really frustrates me that I can’t listen to jazz fusion on any radio anywhere, even if I’m willing to pay for it. (I realize that music is a matter of taste, but do people really listen to Spa? Ugh!!!)

    I can’t say for sure whether or not I’ll drop one or both of my subscriptions, but I am definitely considering it. If it wasn’t for The Mike Church Show, I’d probably already be a former customer. I certainly wish that the the decision to drop Beyond Jazz would be reconsidered.

  20. HiyaMike

    6 years ago

    My pithy, but futile email to Greenstein and Zellner.

    Sirs,

    Along with so many others,

    http://www.contemporaryjazz.com/xm-beyond-jazz-to-end/

    I am writing to express my extreme disappointment regarding your decision to drop Beyond Jazz from the Sirius XM lineup.

    Honestly, I have nothing new to add to what others have certainly told you. Beyond Jazz was the reason why I found XM Radio such a rewarding experience and I think you made a poor business decision when you elected to take it off the air. I understand the need to turn a profit, but if the only difference you offer from traditional radio is more channels, you are going to fail.

    You absolutely must have some signature stations that offer something that simply cannot be found anywhere else. For those who like Zeppelin (I am one of them) I can’t listen too long because their catalogue is simply not large enough and I already own everything they’ve recorded. Actually, more than you play.

    An advertising campaign that highlights the real differences from traditional radio is the key, but you have to have some real differences. That is now missing so I don’t know what you build around.

    “More of the same, but now available across the universe” might be a good motto.

    So as of this morning I dropped Best of Sirius. I purchased that so I could follow the Chicago Bears out in Virginia Beach, but that is not the reason I have XM. Beyond Jazz is.

    I did however accept an offer to extend my subscription, free of charge, until 14 Feb. If by that date you have not brought back Beyond Jazz, I will end my subscription. Since you broke my heart when you dropped Beyond Jazz, it seems appropriate I return the favor (as futile as it may be) on Valentine’s Day.

    Thank you for turning me on to MoJa. I will be leaving in pursuit of it.

    MSB

  21. Bob Smith

    6 years ago

    u r shittin me…no beyond jazz….Bulshit…am done with XM

  22. kari

    6 years ago

    we will be cancelling our subscription based on losing Beyond Jazz…we only agreed to pay for it based on Beyond Jazz…

  23. Brett G.

    6 years ago

    What a shame. My two favorite stations, Beyond Jazz and Fine Tuning, both gone. I pay for satellite radio to hear music that I cannot hear elsewhere. For some of us that’s the point. I can hear the same old tired songs and “flavor of the day” on FM. Goodbye Sirius/XM.

  24. richard kitagawa

    6 years ago

    my heart sank when i got in my car, turned on the radio {xm} and spa came up. i thought i was lste on my sccount, not the case. i called to rectify the problem and found out beyond jazz was dropped. in the words of the customer support person she was sure, positive that i would enjoy other stations even better.
    i asked her how she would know that especially since she did not even know me or the kind of music i liked. she also did not know what kind of music beyond jazz was as she said spa was
    as good a station. well now i am not going to renew my subscription to xm and i have four radios, and as a christmas gift last year i bought and paid for my 3 children and two friends to have xm, and i am not going to continue those subscriptions either. i did enjoy blue grass junction and blues ville, but i listened to beyond jazz 90% of the time.
    if beyond jazz came on any other pay to listen
    venue i would by it!!!!!! than you to the cast and crew of beyond jazz for bringing me so many hours of the best music station there has ever been. the music was great. please let me know if you ever come back in any venue.
    thank so much
    richard kitagawa
    a loyal listner

  25. Rich Snyder

    6 years ago

    I cancelled and pulled my radio out of the car over losing Beyond Jazz. The only enjoyment I get is watching their stock play the limbo game. How low will it go??

  26. Mbuddha

    6 years ago

    BTW I’m sure Spa exists to feed the market of massage therapists and dentists that have sat radio and want ultra soothing “music.” Beyond Jazz just didn’t make enough marketing sense to the powers that be, claiming a small audience of listeners. I can’t say for sure but it seems to be not that small after all.

    I don’t recall ever receiving a survey on what stations I prefer to keep.

    And XM Sirius Chill is sourced from Sirius, no where near as cortex soothing as the original XM Chill.

    That and Beyond Jazz was all I listened to. Bye XM/Sirius satellite radio.

  27. Randy Sherrill

    6 years ago

    Nothing can be said that already hasn’t. Beyond Jazz, Luna, Music Lab…I can go on. Being a progressive listener as well as eclectic one, is a gift that many that left their comments here share. The corporate world is not interested in art. It has alway been that way and I have been fighting it since the 1960’s, since the mecca of electric music. Where will we hear McLaughlin, Davis, DiMeola, RTF, and many many more of the artists and pioneers that started the movement we used to hear on BJ? It is truly disheartening. I am due to renew my quarterly payment to XM service on January 13th. I promise you that it will not renew if these people do not come to their senses. There is SPA, what can I say? There are 6 hip-hop channels and 26 talk radio channels. Remove one and replace BJ.
    I love you all for loving good music. It will be back because the people want it. Make alot of noise. These words from Eufaula, AL where the power of modern jazz still lives!

  28. Les

    6 years ago

    I can’t imagine why “XM/Sirius” Radio would drop Beyond Jazz. I listened to channel 72 about 75% of the time when I had my radio on. I also listened to channel 74 which had a respectable mix of tradional blues and modern, more aggressive electric blues. That programming seems to have been replaced by all traditional blues. Just who are you trying to appeal to?
    I can get this safe, middle of the road programming that you are now pushing on “FM” radio. I’m not inclined to pay for that type of programming. I’m going to have to cut some “discretionary” spending and satellite radio is on the “discretionary” list.

  29. Jack

    6 years ago

    Beyond Jazz kept this music alive. There are so many tunes I have downloaded from I Tunes because of this station. Steve Jobs should be mad. This was an outlet for real art,and American and World Culture. Russ Davis is the greatest for his passion and commitment to this music. Without this station, I never would have heard of The James Taylor Quartet,Fahir Atakoglu, and other great contemporary artists who make music, not that pablum L.A. Fuzak crap. WAKE UP XM!!!!!!

  30. ReeseM

    6 years ago

    All,

    Like all of you, I am surprised by the cancellation of XM72. I tried to find an acceptable alternative there, but there is none. I plan to stop my subscription now. From the number of responses here I don’t accept the audience for MOJA was too small and unviable. If its true the audience was too small, I feel better (unique) in that most people don’t understand Dimeola, Ponty, RTF, Duke, Clarke, Metheny and many more.

    Too bad for XM, this is Russ’s and Michelle’s gain. They were excellent hosts. Now we just have to wait and see how much better they can make the new MOJA site!!

    Reese

  31. Tom S

    6 years ago

    I too have been a loyal XM radio listener, and specifically Beyond Jazz. Sad is probably the term for me to find that Beyond Jazz disappeared. I have a few other fave channels on XM, but given a choice to subscribe to “Beyond Jazz Radio” vs. “XM Radio”, I’d pick Beyond Jazz in a heartbeat.

    As a station went, I felt it easily eclipsed any of the other stations. Obviously I’m a jazz fan, so given that bias I would still say that what made the station was the musical choices and the folks behind the music. Absolutely top shelf.

    I’d happily pay for a “Beyond Jazz Podcast” and just start carting my iPod around in my car filled with those.

    If the folks at XM Radio are reading through these comments, let me add my wish to see Beyond Jazz make a comeback.

    Thanks to the good folks behind the show…it was my top radio program of all time.

    Tom

  32. Nick Lopez

    6 years ago

    Love and miss ya M

  33. John

    6 years ago

    What can I say, but this was horrible. They think that watercolors is the same as Beyond Jazz. Obviously they never listed to the show. Everyone is getting their own channel, Led Zepplin, Jimmy Buffet, The Catholic channel???? but not Beyond Jazz. This is crazy!!!!. At lest give us some air time on a different channel.

  34. ken

    6 years ago

    It’s SAD, I was truely dissapointed when Sirius cancelled Planet Jazz, kept my subscription hoping that after the merger with XM, Beyond Jazz would be there. Dissapointed again.

  35. Mike Cmor

    6 years ago

    Just found out today, I’ve been out of town for a while.

    I will end my subscription with XM when my contract expires. Once I found out Serius would be charging an extra 5 bucks a month for NFL football games, I knew the result of the merger would not benefit the consumer in any way. Serius has the monopoly they wanted with no competition anymore.

    It’s a sad time…

  36. Kiki Larson

    6 years ago

    I am in total disbelief that this merger has resulted in the demise of one of the highest quality listening venues anywhere on earth: Beyond Jazz. I started listening to that channel almost exclusively about 4 years ago (occasionally switching to the VERY DIFFERENT “Real Jazz” which is much more old school and not as interesting and Fine Tuning for good old favorites). Beyond Jazz has been my lif sound track…fo making out to to entertaining politicians! And I now see on the blogs that Beyond Jazz is done, dead, expired. “Fine Tuning” another channel aimed perfectly at my sizable consumer demographic has also gone away. What are you guys thinking….commercial free, creative music was such a brilliant idea that you have now squandered….I no longer have a radio home that I can live in comfortably. I shall also cancel.

    This goes to the very heart of why Anti Trust laws exist and why it took the XM – Sirius merger so much time to get approval. Anti-Trust doctrine and the laws that support it is all about protectig consumer choice and engendering creativity.

    Even the holiday music is dumbed down. I will not be renewing my contract unless Beyond Jazz is brought back, and I will be an active member of any consumer movement to undermine this new Super Corporation. it has gone to the dark side and it now officially sucks…too bad.

    I THINK W SHOULD DO WHAT CONSUMERS CAN DO BEST IN THIS INTERNET WORLD…I THINK WE NEED TO RANT IN A LOUD WAY THAT THE MERGER HAS REALLY SCREWED ALOT OF PEOPLE JUST AS SEC PREDICTED…AND WE AS CONTRACT HOLDERS SHOULD SEE THE EXACT TERMS OF THE AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE PARTIES AND THE REGULATORS. ITS DISCOVERABLE IF NOT OUTRIGHT PUBLIC INFO

    K. Larson

  37. Lambert

    6 years ago

    I am pissed that beyond jazz is gone.. I am ready to dump XM as well. I love c-jazz but beyond was something special and it really balanced out my jazz listening experience. Ovall XM really screwed up alot of other previous offerings as well…. I will let them know that after 3 years I am done!!

  38. J.D.Brown

    6 years ago

    I too am missing Beyond Jazz, but found Jam On yesterday. It is about 1/4 of B.J., but at least I can listen at work, and not keep changing the channel every ten minutes looking for the Stuff.J.D.

  39. raj201

    6 years ago

    I was a regular listener of both Fred and Beyond Jazz. The channels that have been offered as their replacements aren’t even in the same league. Fred was replaced with First Wave, a weak substitute at best. Beyond jazz wasn’t even given a replacement. Sirius does not offer any kind of Fusion/Modern/Acid jazz station. The quality has dropped to the point that I am seriously considering just going back to the regular programming available on the FM stations in my area.

  40. Danny

    6 years ago

    Just gotta say, without Music Lab or Beyond Jazz, I have lost my groove.

  41. James Wykoff

    6 years ago

    When my subscription to XM Radio was due last December, I made the decision to let it drop and called XM to let them know why. Beyond Jazz was my favorite channel because the music was different in a very good way. I felt no point in paying for more of the same diluted version of the original XM programming. Now, I search the Net in places like ShoutCast for something similar and have yet to find the same exciting, progressive kind of jazz. My disappointment has no end here. At best I can console myself by linking up to whatever I can find on shoutcast but it’s still not the same.

    Jim Wykoff

  42. sadaswell

    6 years ago

    agree… i hate to say it but i am giving up my 5 subscriptions when they expire… these guys really mess up a good thing

  43. Phil Msuya

    6 years ago

    Bring back Beyond jazz. That was your best radio station next to the Groove. With decisions like that (to eliminate Beyond Jazz), no wonder XM radio is going bankrupt. Listen to the people, bring back Beyond Jazz and cancel the Spa or whatever you call it.

  44. Micah

    6 years ago

    Yeah, lets cancel all the good stations, and keep the crap talk shows, and others on…..Just a sign of the times. Why am I not surprized anymore?????

  45. Michelle Sammartino

    6 years ago

    We are back!!! The new MOJARadio site is up and running… music coming VERY soon… so hit the site.. register and you will be the first to know when Modern Jazz Radio as WE know it is BACK!

    http://www.mojaradio.com

    ~Michelle

  46. Paul

    5 years ago

    I horrified to see the changes that Serius made to XM. The only thing that was unique about satilite radio, as far as I’m conserned, was Beyond Jazz.

    Not only did I want to listen to it a lot; I wanted to get my music out on it. Back then, I was calling my music, “psychotronic jazz.”

    I didn’t realize that “psychotronic” already had an accepted meaning. For me, it was a contraction (psycho-accoustic+electronic).

    The Beyond Jazz bump was a major blow. I’m glad to have found it again on the web. Now let’s hope that iTumes doesn’t go anywhere.

    Peace!

  47. Paul

    5 years ago

    Make that “I was horrified…” and “iTunes.” (: ))

  48. Gary Tate

    5 years ago

    I drive a tracto-trailer for a living. spending 15 hours behind the wheel per day, it’s easy to understand how important radio is to me. i have both xm an sirius in truck. For quite some time now, I’ve hed onto hope that xm and sirius would go back to the way they used to be. I remember switching back and forth from xm to sirius, and then from channel to channel. I would find something but while listening, would miss something somewhere else. The choicez were abundant. Beyond Jazz was definately one of the big guns of xm. Along with Beyond Jazz, alot of channels from both companies vanished. I was so impresssed with them both that i bought xm for my dad and brother. Neither of them even use them anymore. I’m trying to justify holding onto hope because the money i can save if i cancel the xm subscriptions would make me feel somewhat better. you can’t turn on your am/fm and hear stuff like Beyond Jazz. I thought that was the whole point of satellite radio, to give yo choices you can’t anywhere else. I’ll give it to the end of my contract, after that, I’m out! If they bring back some real entertainment like Beyond Jazz, then I’m back in. xm

  49. Russ Davis

    2 years ago

    I still communicate with people who say how much they miss the XM channel 72-Beyond Jazz.

    Well, this is Russ Davis and I started MOJA Radio almost immediately right after sirius did away with Beyond Jazz and all the same stuff is there with no sirius restrictions on playlist or content. There’s Words & Music, Acid Jazz, Jazzy Jambands, Monday with the Masters, Live @ MOJALand and the weekly new music show ALL NEW MUSIC REVUE.

    Check it out at http://www.mojaradio.com and you can hear a sample plus lots of other stuff for free (it’s a subscriber service) like the MOJA YouTube channel, the Voice of America show that Russ Davis does, a new vocal jazz show called THE NEW JAZZ SINGERS, the MOJA blog site and other stuff.

    Just spreading the word… Russ