"The hippest show
on all of radio!"
Always an avid fan of music, Ted Hasiuk
first became exposed to the smooth jazz movement while vacationing
in the USA back in the late 80s. It was love at first listen and
awakened a desire that could only be described as insatiable.
After several years of compiling a smooth jazz library, which
has evolved into the largest in Canada, Ted with his background
as an educator, took to the airwaves in an effort to spread the
It was on a Monday night in September 1997 when Café Jazz
first crackled onto the air, in French mind you, on CKXL in Winnipeg
continuing in that slot for two years. In September of 1998, we
also began broadcasting on CJUM, once again in Winnipeg, on Sunday
mornings at 8AM and continued at that familiar hour for four years.
For one full year, Canada's Smooth Jazz Connection was heard in
Winnipeg in both official languages and as such is perhaps the
only show in Canada, most certainly the only Smooth Jazz show
in Canada, to have had that distinction!
| The spring and summer
of 1998, saw the formation of Jazz Lynx, the company created to
act as an umbrella for all projects that went beyond the radio
show, thus launching Jazz Lynx & Café Jazz. So, it's
Jazz Lynx the company and Café Jazz the radio program.
Broadcasters look to Ted for his expertise. As Jazz Lynx, he was
consulted by the management team of CIWV The Wave, Canada's first
smooth jazz station, prior to the launch of their station in September
2000. In addition, he's worked with several companies and the
CRTC, providing advice and guidance on the format, and as well,
he's also appeared at three separate CRTC hearings in support
of applications for Smooth Jazz licenses in Canada.
In May 2001, Café Jazz was picked up by
CJRT, JAZZ.FM 91 in Toronto - as part of their Sunday morning
schedule Café Jazz enjoyed one year of broadcast in Canada's largest
market, all of southern Ontario as well as portions of upstate
New York. In February of 2002, we launched our own combined Jazz
Lynx & Café Jazz web site while in the spring of that same year
we moved over to CKDX (Foxy 88.5 FM) once again in Toronto. Beginning
in 2005, Café Jazz began being heard on the airwaves outside of
Canada with KHBL located in Mark Twain's home town of Hannibal
Missouri becoming our first US affiliate. With back-to-back shows
airing each Sunday, station prez David P. Norman boasts of a line
up containing "Four hours of the finest smooth jazz on this or
any other planet"!
In early 2007, Ted was nominated as the 2006 CSJA Broadcaster
of the Year. Having no prior broadcasting background, he was honoured
by the accolade. The following year, Café Jazz went international
and achieved a global presence. As of June 2010, the program is
carried on 30 stations around the world. With affiliates
in Canada, the USA, the UK, Chile, and beyond, Canada's smooth
jazz connection is now also enjoyed in such exotic locales as
Taiwan, New Zealand, & Tenerife in The Canary Islands!! Two additional
CSJA nominations followed in 2008 & 2009; and with a recent ASJA
nomination in the Internet Broadcaster category, Ted is helping
make smooth jazz history!
|Ted's passion for music
comes through in the selections he chooses as well as in the knowledge
he brings to the program through thorough research and interviews.
Artists look to Ted for his advice, his genuine interest in their
music and his integrity - he's always considered it a personal privilege
to expose and support new artists. Fans can always expect a personal
answer to their e-mail and phone calls. In fact, over the years
many friendships have developed in this very manner. Now several
hundred programs after our premiere edition, the Café Jazz mission
remains "to win listeners over one at a time, to have fun, and to
showcase the very best in smooth jazz from around the world."
Café Jazz, your
smooth jazz connection ... the radio program for people who don't
like to listen to the radio!
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