Internet Radio Pioneers + The Smooth Crew

Sandy Shore
Founder / President / CEO
Monterey Bay, CA USA

She thought she could and so, she did... The California radio personality, concert event producer and global music innovator has been on the radio since she was 15 years old, starting her career on John Steinbeck's Cannery Row in Monterey, California in 1979 and has worked her way up and down the Coast to broadcast on many respected FM frequencies including KTWV The Wave in Los Angeles and KKSF in San Francisco. 

Known in the music industry as a visionary in regards to Internet Broadcasting and music programming, Shore has dedicated her efforts to introducing the lifestyle vibe of contemporary jazz to millions around the world by keeping the sound fresh and warm. Her trajectory for today's Smooth Jazz is to encompass a wide demographic of music enthusiasts around the world... She believes that the genre is evolving and appealing to a new breed of listener who enjoys a diverse music mix including contemporary beats, sexy grooves and soulful vocals. She describes it as a modern and robust blend that includes both the "relevance of pop and the depth of jazz."

Music is her life, hence the hands-on approach she brings to Smoothjazz.com Global keeps the youthful music aficionado busy as she programs the music for both SmoothJazz.com Radio and SmoothLounge.com Chill Out Radio. Shore works personally with today's hottest jazz artists and recording labels, building successful branding by integrating marketing and social media. She also works closely with music producers, consulting on radio singles and developing new artists, all the while spearheading SmoothJazz.com's event partnerships with jazz festivals all over the world.

Sandy Shore - Founder + President
Donna Phillips
Founder / VP Design + Sys Ops
Monterey Bay, CA USA

The spirited Miami transplant has made California her country for more than 30 years, with the last two decades dedicated to pioneering Smooth Jazz Global's on-line multimedia platform infusing technology, art and design.

Armed with an Associate of Science Degree in Art from the renowned Art Institute of Ft. Lauderdale, Phillips' reputation as a maverick in the music industry proceeds her; known for developing and executing innovative protocols and procedures in on-line, global music delivery and distribution.

The dynamic, engaging environments of the SmoothJazz.com, SmoothLounge.com and SmoothTravel.net communities are the brainchildren of this multi-faceted artist who has managed to marry the mystique of radio with the visceral impact of interactive visuals.

Donna K. Phillips drives the SmoothJazz.com Global IT division, approaching technology with craftsmanship as she develops the brand's functionality as if she's designing a comfortable living space so that the global audience can easily integrate the listening with the viewing with the socializing... not a simple task, to create for both purpose and pleasure, but one derived from passion by this creative force.

The former bandleader, songwriter and singer of the Santa Cruz Alt Rock group, Riverpoets is an avid traveler having sailed all over the world, starting her adventures as an infant sailing on board many a ship during her father's illustrious Cruise Industry career.

A craft brew aficionado, Donna enjoys sampling beers on her travels as well as spending time enjoying some of the fine handcrafts in her home state of California, particularly the Central and North coasts, while mastering the lost art of conversation discussing her favorite topics including geography, history and politics.

Donna Phillips - Design + Video
Tod Ratfield
SmoothJazz.com Legal Services
Walnut Creek, CA USA

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 M. Ratefield, Esq is a member of the State Bar of California, and also a member of the Sports and Entertainment Section of the American Bar Association.

As an officer and partner at SmoothJazz.com Global, Mr. Ratfield oversees the company's legal department and also practices private law in Contra Costa County specializing in Business and Entertainment Law.

The perfect compliment to Smooth Jazz is world-class wine... and Tod and his wife Kristine have recently launched an artisan winery located on the hillsides above St. Helena in Napa Valley called KrisTodd Vineyards. The vineyards are producing premium-handcrafted wines that have been met with critical success including their Cabernet Sauvignon that is aged for 22-24 months in new French oak barrels.

Tod Ratfield
Sue Parker
Dir. Marketing & Artist Branding
Monterey Bay, CA USA

Hands on, front and center and connected... that's our Director of Marketing & Artist Branding. Sue Parker's enthusiasm is contagious as she adeptly manages to find a marketing strategy that is integral to each and every client. Sue is extraordinary at finding branding solutions to fit every budget. 

SmoothJazz.com's by-invitation-only Artist marketing, has set an extremely high standard with our artist roster, and the caliber of our clients deserve full attention and support. Sue Parker has set an industry standard with customer support as she heads our team of Artist Relations to meet the needs of our diverse and worldwide client base.

Ms. Parker's successful 35-year career has included upper level positions over-seeing sales and marketing for an select group of upscale brands including personal aircraft, high end real estate and her own west coast commercial fishing company.

Interests include traveling, walking, hiking, yoga and spending time with family and friends.

Sue Parker
Esther Byrne
Event Marketing + SmoothTravel
Dublin, IRELAND

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!"

Esther Byrne
Jammin' Jamie Trent
Artist Marketing Strategist
San Diego, CA USA

Jammin' Jamie is the heartbeat of SmoothJazz.com Global... the fun-loving, 1970's Homecoming Queen and cheerleader has a genuine passion for the genre and a knack for understanding the marketing and branding needs of our Artist clients. 

A natural with enthusiasm, this people person is a longtime expert with global music promotion, having worked with the company since 2003! 

Jamie knows how to fast track artist success! SmoothJazz.com Music Marketing blends the relevance of PR, with the importance of social media to create a multimedia promotional strategy that reaches consumers around the world as well as music industry professionals (radio and talent buyers). 

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

Jamie Trent
Scott O'Brien
Radio Programming + Chart Advisor
Marysville, WA

The man with the golden ears, an intense love for jazz and a depth of knowledge for the genre that rivals Wikipedia, our Scott O'Brien was instrumental in launching SmoothJazz.com back in 2000 and helping pioneer Internet radio by bringing his incredible terrestrial radio experience to the new world.

The longtime radio programmer and personality has logged thousands of hours in the On Air chair for some of the most successful radio stations in California, from KWAV in Monterey to KRLA in Los Angeles. Prior to fulfilling his passion for broadcasting, the clever business major worked as Project Control Administrator for the successful aerospace company, Hughes Aircraft, and as Chief Accountant for wholesale grocery chain, Smart & Final. 

Residing in in the greater Seattle area in Washington, Scott suffered from a brain bleed in 2015 and spent 8 weeks in an unconscious state after surviving two near death brain surgeries. He has fought his way back from extreme atrophy and great adversity and has now rejoined SmoothJazz.com as a much valued resource advisor. We're grateful for his recovery and lucky to have him on our team!

Scott O'Brien
Rowan Meert
Director of Programming Operations & Chart Administration
Monterey Bay, CA USA

The young Belgian grew up in California and Europe, majoring in recording arts and sciences. An engineer by degree, Rowan keeps SmoothJazz.com and SmoothLounge.com's music flowing daily through advanced technology that enhances our artistic vision. Working closely with president/founder, Sandy Shore, the two create a current and relevant music mix that broadcasts globally and stands apart from other jazz radio stations.

Rowan is also responsible for overseeing SmoothJazz.com's weekly airplay charts, working alongside renowned radio industry veteran, Scott O'Brien.

We keep a solid system for our Artist clients, ensuring that their music is properly meta data'd and processed according to the highest broadcasting industry standards. Rowan heads up these meticulous SmoothJazz.com protocols.

The Millennial is also another kind of mixologist, one involving adult beverages and the art of conversation... and our own resident expert of Belgian beers!

Rowan Meert
Dayle Murphy
Social Media Dir + Artist Relations
Monterey Bay, CA USA

This girl grew up in the music business, surrounded by musicians from birth as her father, acclaimed, California Bassist and founder of The Dennis Murphy School Of Music, raised Dayle around recording studios and live music gigs. 

It just made sense that Ms. Murphy's first job was with Monterey Bay's Premier Concert Production Company, Sandy Shore Productions when she was just 17 years old and even at that young age, she had a relaxed charm about her with artists and event goers.

Dayle's business skills have been sharpened with a very successful decade-long position with one of America's finest financial institutions, Wells Fargo. Combining her business acumen with a passion for music, brings the buoyant young woman to the forefront of the global music scene as our Social Media Director and Artist Relations Manager.

The travel bug has taken the adventurer all over the world... from Africa to India and all over Europe! She has a philanthropist heart and loves to volunteer her time in the community and enjoys being a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) advocating on behalf of children in the foster care system.

Dayle Murphy
Laura Rieder
Radio PR + Promotion
Seattle, WA USA

Laura has an extensive background in marketing and public relations including media buying, strategizing and optimizing marketing opportunities, creating impactful social media campaigns across all platforms and managing local and national public relations campaigns. 

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 (mysteries) and football. Lots and lots of football.

Laura Rieder - Radio Promo & PR
Dave DeAndrea
Voice Artist + Producer
Southern Oregon, USA

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

Dave DeAndrea
Nathan East
Voice Artist
Los Angeles, CA USA

Nathan was just 16 years old when hit the road with Barry White's band. Not long after that, Quincy Jones reached out and soon the world's most affable bassist become one of the most in demand musicians of modern times, lending his craft to hit songs from icons Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Michael Jackson, Phil Collins, Whitney Houston, Beyonce, Barbra Streisand and Stevie Wonder!

Today, the boundless bass man and Yamaha Entertainment recording artist, is also known for having what we call incredible "pipes" in the radio industry, and he was invited to join the SmoothJazz.com Voice Team in 2016. His warm, rich tone has become an integral part of the smooth sound track heard all over the world!

Nathan East
Kerri Tombazian Babbes
Voice Artist
Los Angles, CA USA

From a whisper to a scream, from radio to television, from the big screen to the computer screen, Keri Tombazian's voice is heard around the world. Following a successful 25-plus year run on Los Angeles Radio, today, Keri is in demand as a voice over artist and actor. She counts her passion for language and communication second only to her devotion to family, love of humanity, and faithful journey of discovery and truth. She brings that love to every script.

Keri's credits include, The View, CBS This Morning, Blue Cross, Hyundai, and SmoothJazz.com. She was one of the first women to break the ceiling of network promos and trailers. Heading back to the stage in 2016, The Los Angeles Times called Keri's performance in Tennessee Williams' Summer and Smoke, "priceless."

Keri hosts concerts and live events, is a keynote speaker, and more intimately hosts dinners and salons for her personal circle of family and lifelong friends.

Keri Tombazian
Jonathan Widran
Music Journalist + PR Writer
Los Angeles, CA USA

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.

Jonathan Widran
Peter Ferencz
Video Production
Budapest, HUNGARY

The driving force behind and in front of one of the hottest rising bands in the Nu Jazz format, PEET PROJECT. Peter “Peet” Ferencz is the classically trained violinist/composer/producer who shapes the band’s sound by using the violin as a lead instrument in an equivalent role to saxophones or keyboards.

Upon receiving their first CD and accompanying Video, we were highly impressed with his Video Production skills so we asked him to join our Video Production Team. Now in addition to creating compelling full videos for Peet Project's new releases, he works with us to develop impactful videos for our Artist and Event clients as well as our own Smooth*Global*Living Promotional Video.

Check out our Video Portfolio here.

Peter Ferencz
Martina Filipova
SmoothTravel Photographer
Miami Beach, FL USA

Miss M stops magical moments in time with her camera... this one is always on the move, so good luck... you'll need roller blades to catch her!

Martina Filipova