We got to give Louie Marxx his props, if only for being the first-ever SoundBits subject to “DJ” one of his responses. But the Smooth Jazz Hotspots host, who lives in Long Beach, Calif., and cites Paul Hardcastle as his favorite smooth-jazz artist, also gets points for having a terrific sense of humor – and of adventure. On that note, let’s get right to this Left Coast cat.
Give us a 15-second pitch for your show – why should listeners tune in?
Good evening, jazz lovers. I’m your host, Louie Marxx, coming to you live from our studio overlooking the spectacular Pacific Ocean. It’s a beautiful smooth-jazz Saturday evening here in Long Beach, and we’ve got great smooth-jazz artists coming your way. So stick around for some of the hottest smooth sounds on the planet, right here at Smooth Jazz Hotspots.
Tell us two things listeners would be surprised to learn about you?
My high-definition aerial foot- age was featured on the opening of the TV show Charmed for four seasons. And during the summer, I broadcast Smooth Jazz Hotspots off my 31-foot Shock Santana sailboat in Shoreline Village, Calif.
Who’s your broadcasting hero?
Miranda Wilson from KKSF in San Francisco and Cameron Smith from My Jazz Network in Dallas. Both hosts gave me such hope and inspiration to continue my smooth-jazz dream.
If you could book any person on earth as a guest on your show, who would it be and why?
Hotel mogul Steve Wynn. He’d be an excellent guest because of his outstanding business skills, his success and his love of the arts. During my aerial-photography days, I had Las Vegas scheduled right before the opening of the Wynn Hotel, and got the chance to film the property at night. I tried so hard to get a hold of Steve to let him know, but I came one assistant short of actually meeting him. Timing is everything!
As we speak, what are you wearing?
Just a pair of Kenneth Cole jeans. Less is more!
What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever done while in the middle of hosting your show?
While in San Diego hosting my show, I got a tattoo on my leg of an old-fashion broadcasting mic. Oh, the pain!
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