Thursday, March 20, 2008

Donna McKenzie formerly of Smooth Jazz 95.7 KHJZ

David Barron catches up with Donna McKenzie who up until last week was a DJ at Smooth Jazz 95.7 KHJZ:

She also worked a smooth-jazz format at another local station, spent some time at KLOL (101.1 FM) and KKRW (93.7 FM) and hosted a syndicated show called New Texas Radio before her stint at the Wave.

"Most of the people I've worked with have moved and moved and moved," she said. "It's very hard to stay in one market for a long time. I've jokingly said that I'm on my seventh of nine cat lives (in Houston)."

To stick it out over a couple of decades in the same market, she said, "you have to be willing to sustain some down time. You have to be more committed to lifestyle than income stream. And if you can maintain good relationships in the small community of advertising and broadcasting, you'll have opportunities down the road."

McKenzie said she has received several job offers since the Wave's demise but plans for the moment to take time off from the daily grind of radio to focus on freelance projects, spend time with her daughter and answer hundreds of messages she has received from listeners.


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I put this story up because lots of folks have been coming to mikemcguff.com looking for answers on why smooth jazz is out and Top 40 is in on 95.7 KHJZ.
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