Some of Richmond’s best-known radio personalities are returning to the airwaves – but this time, digitally. Veteran radio host Bill Bevins, who has been heard on the Richmond radio dial and on television for five decades combined, including on Lite 98 and WTVR-TV (CBS6) has teamed up with the electronics guru big Self-proclaimed audience and former WTVR-TV reporter Bud Myers is to launch internet radio station The Breeze.
The two longtime friends envision the new station, which will play five decades of soft rock albums from national artists and also spotlight Richmond musicians, as a ‘breath of fresh air’ in the owned radio landscape. to businesses in Richmond and across the country that have seen the consolidation of music playlists and local personalities over the years.
The Breeze, Bevins hopes, will be a throwback to Richmond radio’s glory days, but with a modern twist.
“We remember when disc jockeys had the freedom to select and talk in depth about the different songs they played,” Bevins said. “That’s not the case today. Corporate radio limits music selection, programming, and the role of the show host, which we believe limits listener enjoyment. .
“A lot of great songwriters have created great music over the past 50 years, but aside from their 1970s hits, you never hear them on the radio today,” Myers added. “Streaming The Breeze catches up with you with their music, which has matured and deals with the things that life has brought to all of us. From singer-songwriter album cuts to blues, soft jazz or 60s soul, that’s what The Breeze delivers to our listeners and in full CD quality.
Bevins pointed out that there were also few opportunities to hear Richmond musicians on the radio. “Local artists rarely get airtime, but The Breeze will now bring their music to audiences every day,” he said.
Once the station officially launches on October 1, Bevins will lead the morning slot. Myers will host a midday deep cut show “The Listening Room,” and Adam Stubbs, who has worked with Bevins at B103.7 and Lite 98 over the years, will lead the afternoon crew, which is familiar territory. “It’s a dream to work with people who also care about the community, about good music and who want to give broadcasters ultimate flexibility,” Stubbs said.
Ilyse Jennings, who has been heard on the old station XL102 since the 1980s, will complete the team and will host evenings.
The full lineup is as follows, by station owner:
- The morning show with Bill Bevins from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m.featuring the top 40 songs with RVA’s favorite morning personality;
- The Listening Room with Bud Myers 11am-3pmfeaturing 50 years of soft rock albums by America’s favorite artists and RVA;
- Adam in the afternoon 3pm-7pm, with fan favorite Adam Stubbs returning in the afternoon playing the best of the soft rock album with a touch of his island flair;
- Richmond after dark 7pm-11pm, hosted by Ilyse Jennings featuring the Great American Songbook of beloved standards performed by artists today
- Soul evening 11 p.m.-1 a.m. with Rhonda, playing the best of 80s Quiet Storm soul and smooth jazz from Luther Vandross, Anita Baker, Smokey Robinson and the greatest soul ballads of all time
There will also be a daily “Richmond Minute” featuring tidbits of Richmond’s past from WTVR historian Don Talley. Other special programs are in preparation and will be announced soon.
“We put our hearts into this, and I hope you can hear it through your speakers,” Bevins added. “Each song is handpicked and programmed to give you a boost throughout your day.”
“It’s a different vibe that’s a bit nostalgic, but for the right reasons,” Myers said. “It’s not an oldies station, but hopefully we’ll open your ears a little bit with some great music in all genres. We’re not going to be categorized, which pretty much sums up both Bill and me.
The Breeze officially launches on Saturday, October 1 and can be streamed online at vabreeze.com or on Alexa.
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