The Quiet Storm is a smooth jazz and R&B program. Here, Skeeter discusses how it came to be.
Q: How did your show start?
A: I started the program over 20 years ago over at WGDR, the Goddard College station in Plainfield. For most of its history, it was a locally produced program geared to a local audience in central Vermont. Then, by 2009, I noticed that smooth jazz as a music format was disappearing from commercial radio airwaves. I also knew there was a very fierce, loyal fanbase for that type of music. For 3 years, in addition to my gig at WGDR, I was also an overnight DJ on the weekend at The Point FM. The program director at The Point back in 1998, happened to be listening to The Quiet Storm on WDGR and within a week I got an email inviting me to audition. That experience in commercial radio taught me a lot and gave me insight to develop my show into what it is now.
Q: What was the inspiration for The Quiet Storm?
A: I had lived in the San Francisco area for 12 years before I moved to Vermont. During the time that I lived there I found myself, as a listener, switching back and forth between two stations. One was an all smooth jazz station and a 24-hour quiet storm R&B format. So when I created The Quiet Storm in 1998, I did it more or less to pay homage to those two stations. It’s a 50/50 mix of smooth jazz and R&B. I present it in a style of triple A; album, adult, alternative.
Listen to The Quiet Storm Tuesdays from 8:00-10:00 P.M. on 99.3 WBTV-LP, or online at 993wbtv.org.
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