The Weather Channel Launches A Second Smooth Jazz Compilation On June 10

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The Weather Channel Strikes the Right Chord by Offering Musical Encore

The Weather Channel Presents Smooth Jazz

The Weather Channel is releasing a second compilation of smooth jazz pieces, "Smooth Jazz II," today. The strong enthusiasm expressed by consumers about music they hear during "Local on the 8s" on The Weather Channel is the impetus behind the network's venture into the music business. Midas Records is the licensing partner with The Weather Channel for the smooth jazz series. The first compilation of music taken from the network's local forecasts, "The Weather Channel Presents Smooth Jazz," climbed to the top of the Billboard Contemporary Jazz chart after its release last fall.

The Weather Channel has also recently released the second DVD compilation of network programming. Epic Conditions, a high-energy series of sports performed during peak weather conditions, is available in standard and Blue Ray formats at Best Buy. The licensing partner, Madacy Entertainment, reported that the DVD version was its #1 title during the first week after its release on May 26.

Many of the titles of the new "Smooth Jazz II" music compilation have a strong reference to weather in their titles and in their moods. These include: "Rainbow Seeker" by Joe Sample and "Cast Your Fate to the Wind" by David Benoit. Another selection on the CD is the Jeff Lorber hit, "Pacific Coast Highway," which evokes a feeling a riding to the beach surrounded by sunshine and blue skies. Lorber, who says that The Weather Channel is one of his favorite networks, comments, "I love the music that's played on The Weather Channel and I'm honored to be part of their compilation."

Among the people who best understand how both music and weather add color to people's lives are The Weather Channel's own meteorologists. In fact, Carl Parker, an on-camera meteorologist seen daily on The Weather Channel, has said that he would have become a musician if he had not chosen meteorology. "There are few things in life that make us feel as wonderful as a stunning day, when the sun streams down from a deep blue sky; the feel of the air sparks an array of memories, which can reach back. Music is similarly evocative for many of us, having remarkable capacity to shape and enhance our experiences," Parker explained.

Other songs in the "Smooth Jazz II" compilation that The Weather Channel are: "Restless Heart" by Chris Geith, "Big Country;" by Eric Marienthal, "Brave New World" by Russ Freeman and the Rippingtons, "Friday's Child" by Bradley Joseph, "Breakfast At Igor's" by Spyro Gyra, "La Salsa En Mi" by Bernie Williams, , "Wade in the Water" by the Ramsey Lewis Trio, "Now's The Time" by the Charlie Parker Quartet, and "Lydian" by Norman Brown. The CD is available at all major music store outlets.

About The Weather Channel
The Weather Channel, a 24-hour weather network, is seen in more than 96 million U.S. households. The Weather Channel reaches more than 38 million unique users online each month and is the most popular source of online weather, news and information according to Nielsen//Net Ratings. The Weather Channel also operates Weatherscan, a 24-hour, all-local weather network available in 22 million households, The Weather Channel Radio Network, The Weather Channel Newspaper Services, and is the leading weather information provider for emerging technologies. This includes broadband and interactive television applications and wireless weather products including the most popular content site on the mobile Web. The Weather Channel is owned by Landmark Communications, Inc., a Norfolk, VA-based, privately held media company.

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