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Sandy Shore - Founder + President

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Sandy Shore : Founder + President & CEO

Sandy’s is the silky voice you hear on Smoothjazz.com Global Radio. The Internet media outlet is her vision and was created out of frustration while going in and out of employment with ‘terrestrial’ radio. The popular radio celebrity has been heard up and down the California Coast during the 80’s and through the 90’s working for nearly a dozen radio stations including the prestigious Smooth Jazz outlets, KTWV The Wave in Los Angeles and KKSF in San Francisco.

Sandy takes a hands-on approach with Smoothjazz.com, answering hundreds of fan email personally from listeners all over the world. In addition to working intimately with the music and programming of Smoothjazz.com Radio, Sandy also works closely with artists and labels to promote new and undiscovered music.

Sandy loves living on the Monterey Peninsula in Northern California and steals days whenever possible to enjoy the natural beauty of the area; from sun drenched Santa Cruz to tranquil Big Sur. According to Sandy, “To live in the Monterey Bay area is to live life fully. ” Sandy is currently in production creating the first Girl's Music Internet Station: GoGirl.net to debut in 2007 and just finished launching a sister station to SmoothJazz.com called SmoothLounge.com :
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Donna Phillips, VP Design + Imaging

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Donna K. Phillips
Co-Founder + VP Operations + Imaging & Design

Donna’s the girl with the big box of Crayolas… And she knows how to use them. Armed with a degree from the Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale, the one time leader of a Santa Cruz all girl alt-rock group, has shaped and molded Smoothjazz.com into one of the most visually pleasing on-line radio stations on the Net.

In addition to producing just about every bit of art and design that you see on Smoothjazz.com, Donna’s daily duties include managing the Company, strategizing new development for site + station functionality and working closely with a team of technical consultants... making order of chaos, that's always her goal.

Being an explorer at her core with the philosophy "no horizon too distant" tattooed into a nautical map on her left arm, she began her "at sea" adventure at 11 months old from the Port of Miami aboard the S/S Bahama Star with her parents after her father was sought out from his North Florida small town to come help pioneer the Food & Beverage Operations for the Cruise Industry in the 1960's.

Her draw to crossing large bodies of water, evolved into long distance Outrigger Canoe racing. She's paddled with her women's crew in long distance races 22 miles across the Monterey Bay, 27 miles across the Catalina Channel, 18 miles along the Kona Coast and 45 miles from Molokai to Oahu.

She is most alive when exploring back country roads, new countries by train or cruising the open sea to exotic locations and discovering new beers over a spirited chat with friends!

Tod Ratfield, esq.

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Tod M. Ratfield, esq.
Co-Founder + VP Legal Services

A graduate of U.C. Berkeley, with a B.A. in Political Science, and a graduate from John F. Kennedy University School of Law, Tod represents Smoothjazz.com in all ways legal. In addition to being admitted to the California Bar, he is also a member of the Sports and Entertainment Section of the American Bar Association.

Whether Tod is reviewing a scooter rental agreement in the Bahamas for the Smoothjazz.com Team or signing a big deal with a music industry partner, he executes each dealing with careful consideration.

In addition to keeping Smoothjazz.com on track as an officer in the Company, Tod Ratfield practices law in Northern California, in the Walnut Creek area and specializes in Business and Entertainment Law working with recording artists, labels and media distributors.

 

Mark Edwards

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Mark Edwards Michaud
Global Radio Program Director

Originally from Maine, Mark Edwards has been in radio for over 30 years and been involved with Smooth Jazz since the early '90s, when he was Program Director at the ground-breaking WJZF, "Jazz Flavors" in Atlanta, GA. He's worked at Smooth Jazz stations in New Orleans and Kansas City, and still serves as music director for The Seabreeze, WSBZ in Destin, Florida and also is currently the Classical Music Director and Morning Host for Kansas Public Radio.

Mark spends his work week scouting out and listening to new music for Airplay consideration for SmoothJazz.com and SmoothLounge.com Global Radio... he says, "One of the things I love the most about my work with SmoothJazz.com is that I get to listen to new music from incredibly talented musicians all over the world!"

When he's not working, Mark enjoys a mid-west lifestyle with friends and family in Kansas City and sings in area choirs!

Scott O'Brien - Director of Webcasting Services

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Scott O'Brien
Top 50 Charts Director & Administrator

The man with the golden ears and patience of Job… Scott meticulously arranges the music daily for Smoothjazz.com Radio. In addition, he coordinates the Chart + music industry pages on a weekly basis and occasionally he responds to a wayward listener who needs help identifying a saxophone piece he heard on the station.

In his former life, Scott worked in executive positions for a major airline company as well as a large food service supply outlet until he came to his senses and jumped on board the radio train in the 1970’s and programmed for top stations in Los Angeles and Monterey, California.

His Smoothjazz.com colleagues consider him a cross between David Letterman and Frazier… Presently Mr. O’Brien resides just north of Seattle, Washington in a town called Marysville with his gal pal Wendy.

Sue Parker

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Sue "Roxy" Parker
Director of Artist Services + Global Promotion

Sue's connected high-end people with high-end real estate property. She’s sold super cool aircraft to pilots from all over the world and even co-owned her own West coast commercial fishing company!

But it wasn’t until she began connecting musicians and recording artists with our SmoothJazz.com Global community of fans and music industry professionals that she really felt at home with her people skills and marketing and strategy talents!

30 years of creating clever marketing solutions with integrity and commitment attracted us to Ms. Parker.

Her position with SmoothJazz.com places her in the heart and soul of assisting recording artists and music labels, as well as venues, events and festivals, in addition to lifestyle products and services, to stretch their marketing budgets as far as possible with as much on-line exposure as possible by reaching a worldwide audience of consumers including music enthusiasts, audiophiles, and entertainment industry professionals, by plugging into the high visibility of SmoothJazz.com’s multi-media platform.

When Sue is not on her lap top, desk top, Skype, iPad, or iPhone(s), she enjoys many personal hobbies including music, traveling, aviation, walking, hiking, kayaking, yoga and spending time with family and friends.

The Monterey Bay area resident says, “I must live near the ocean – it calms my soul and brings everything into perspective.”

 

Esther Byrne - Event Marketing + SmoothTravel Coordinator


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Esther Byrne
Event Marketing + SmoothTravel Coordinator

Esther joins us from Dublin, Ireland... she brings more than luck to the Smooth Travel team with her fun, sense of adventure and strong Irish work ethic, Esther organizes our high profile event marketing and works closely with event promoters, talent buyers and festival planners all over the world on behalf of SmoothJazz.com.

While music is her passion, her most favorite place in the world, is the airport! Esther always felt that she missed her calling of being a flight attendant, however, her background in retail sales combined with her love of music places our Ms. Byrne right where she loves to be... on the move, combining two of her favorite things, travel and tunes!

Esther says, "This is an amazing job... traveling to see and hear music! Plus organizing the SmoothJazz.com crew for our events is really easy for me, since I'm quite bossy by nature!"


Jamie Trent - Artist Development

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Jammin' Jamie Trent
Global Music Marketing Strategist

"Jammin' Jamie" as she's called by those who work closely with her, is the Smooth Jazz Maven of new music. Jamie works up close and personal with recording artists to help them with affordable marketing and promotional strategies to get their music off the ground and out to a global audience as well as into the hands of radio professionals.

Jamie quickly assesses artists needs and helps them gain visibility almost immediately through one of the many dynamic and comprehensive promotional opportunities available on SmoothJazz.com. She takes a genuine interest in new music and offers contagious enthusiasm to all of her clients and associates.

A longtime resident of San Diego, California, this colorfully clad sun goddess spends as much time outdoors as possible with her family and friends. While you would never imagine by looking at her, Jamie is the grandmother of five!

Dave Deandrea

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Dave Deandrea
Audio Production + Voice Artist for SmoothJazz.com Global Radio

Dave is the man behind the cool and tasty voice on the SmoothJazz.com promos. He’s a 25+ year radio veteran and Voicey Award Winning voice actor and producer who’s been heard on commercials, video games, presentations and promos around the world.

Ever since the days of his youth, with long road trips listening to the jazz and R & B that emanated from the 8-Track player in his dad’s Buick, Dave’s been a big fan of smooth music. He brings a fresh and fun vibe to the station, and is excited to be a part of the Smooth Crew.

He resides on the beautiful Southern Oregon Coast with his wife and 4 kids. You can find out more about Dave at his web site, davedeandrea.com

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Keri Tombazian Babbes

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Keri Tombazian Babbes
Voice Artist for SmoothJazz.com Global Radio

As a branding voice Keri Tombazian has launched a new line of cars for Buick, launched Whoopi Goldberg on The View, and is the go-to girl for warmth, sensuality, and authenticity. From Boston, to Minneapolis, to Toronto Canada, television viewers know Keri as the local voice of their station.

One of the first women to crack promos and trailers, Keri blows up the notion that women "can't cut through" - having voiced promos for NBC, ABC, Fox, CBS, as well as Animal Planet, and the Fine Living Channel. Feature film spots include Sideways and Atonement.

A natural story teller, Keri has brought to life the A&E Biography Lana Turner, Animal Planet's Meercat Manor, and the E! True Hollywood Stories of Martha Stewart, Goldie Hawn/Kate Hudson, and Marilyn Monroe to name a few.

Laura Rieder

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Laura Rieder
Radio Public Relations + Promotions

Laura has an extensive background, spanning more than 20 years, in marketing and public relations including media buying, strategizing and optimizing marketing opportunities, and managing public relations and promotional efforts.

Throughout her career, she has served in both the radio and television industries as well as sitting as Executive Director for a Seattle nonprofit organization.

Laura's interests include music (too many genres to mention), books (thrillers and murder mysteries) and football. Lots and lots of football.

 

Rowan Meert

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Rowan Meert
Music Assistant + Social Networking

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Jim Clark

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Graphic Designer

Sharing our philosphy of "living the life you love" and "loving the life you live"... is the motivating force behind expanding our design team to include Jim Clark.

Embracing a diverse skillset from photography, to illustration, to print layout, to web design... Jim brings a consummate professionalism and diversity to his work. His dedicated focus on his client's success amplifies our super-service mentality, allowing us to expand our design services from Ad Banners to now include CD Packaging, Tour Posters & Web Site design.

Honored with many awards including the 1995 AAF Silver Medal Award Winner for Outstanding Advertising Achievement and over 100 Addys, Jim currently serves for the American Advertising Federation 4th District in Destin, FLA.

 

Jonathan Widran

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Entertainment Journalist + PR Writer

Jonathan Widran is a veteran music, entertainment and business news journalist who has been a regular contributor, feature writer and columnist for more than 15 years to numerous publications and websites, including Music Connection, Jazziz, All Music Guide, Wine and Jazz, Downbeat, amazon.com, and the Los Angeles Times, in addition to Celebrity Branding You.

He is also a well-respected PR writer whose clients have included numerous record companies and media organizations. Jonathan is also currently a voting member of The Recording Academy.

 

Stewart Coxhead - Content Contributor

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European Content Contributor

Stewart is no stranger to Smooth Jazz or the music industry for that matter... his illustrious career includes managing Grammy-nominees Acoustic Alchemy for more than 20 years (and currently doing so), also serving as an executive for major European recording labels, writing for music publications worldwide, and as well as education, teaching music industry courses at University level.

The clever Englishman is fond of all music genres, but has a particular infinity for Smooth Jazz... please read his reviews in our Listening Loft.

Brian Soergel

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Brian Soergel
Writer + Content Contributor

You’ve seen Brian Soergel’s name around the Smooth Jazz community for years… the 20 year, music industry veteran has written stories, album reviews and interviewed top Smooth Jazz stars and up-and-comers for Jazz Times and Jazziz Magazines and several other prominent industry publications.

He’s also a writer for The Seattle Times and Press-Enterprise of Riverside, CA.

We’re excited to have Mr. Soergel on board as he’s incredibly knowledgeable on the subject of Contemporary Jazz. The avid writer is currently working a book about the history of Smooth Jazz.

Brian lives just north of Seattle in a cool town called Edmonds and enjoys playing, or attempting to play, the guitar and ukulele.

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The world’s #1 on-line jazz destination broadcasts on the Internet & Mobile Apps (iTunes & GooglePlay) from the Northern California. SmoothJazz.com operates virtually from anywhere in the world our jazz travels take us and our team spans the world from California to Washington to Missouri to Florida to England to Ireland.

The inspiration from the sounds of SmoothJazz.com, the Monterey Peninsula, is well known for many things including world-class golf (Pebble Beach), robust, boutique wineries (Carmel Valley), the Monterey Bay Aquarium (Cannery Row) and most certainly Monterey has earned a solid reputation as a jazz town with the world’s oldest and possibly most well known jazz festival; the 50-year-old Monterey Jazz Festival.

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Radio personality and concert promoter, Sandy Shore, founded Smoothjazz.com in 1995. Originally, the on-line destination was used as a ticket outlet for Sandy Shore Productions’ locally produced concert events. However, by the late 1990’s the Website had been transformed into a global presence by Co-Founder Donna K. Phillips for Smooth Jazz offering exciting information for both artists and fans alike and
making SmoothJazz.com the FIRST Woman owned + operated Internet Radio Station in the World.

By the turn of the century, SmoothJazz.com Global Radio began broadcasting in digital stereo through the services of Shoutcast.com. Sister station SmoothLounge.com Global Radio was brought online to bring the Chillout Ambient vibe growing in Europe to the global audience.

Around the same time, the Smoothjazz.com Top 50 Chart publication debuted, designed for music industry professionals and participated in by nearly 70 reporting radio stations. The Chart is published weekly some fifty times a year displaying the current most played Smooth Jazz albums in the U.S. and abroad. We also publish the SmoothIndieStar.com Top 50 Chart as well as the SmoothJazz.com Radar Chart to help new projects get an indication of how their album is doing right out of the gate.

Defining Smooth Jazz for a world of listeners through the art of seamlessly fusing elements of jazz, r&b, pop, and world rhythms, Smoothjazz.com Radio streams a deep mix of music for a global audience.

The global radio station currently broadcasts an average of 49 million listener hours per month, while the site enjoys nearly 300,000 unique visitors/month. Our Social Media Platforms have grown quickly to over 48,000 FaceBook LIKES, over 870,000 YouTube Channel views, and over 4,500 Twitter followers.

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