Frank Cody, the man the New York Times declared "the father of Smooth Jazz," began his career in radio in New Mexico, where he landed his first gig at KLOS-Albuquerque at the age of 16. Soon he was hosting his own show, "Music for Lovers," at KOB, also in Albuquerque. One fine day he found himself dangling from a swing hanging from the letter "o" on the marquee of the KIMO theater as centerpiece of a station promotion.
He began his film making career even earlier, in junior high, where for class credits he shot his first film. You won’t find it on NETFLIX. Later, he appeared as an extra in Gene Kelly’s “Cheyenne Social Club” with Henry Fonda and Jimmy Stewart. Cody’s speaking role opposite Bette Davis is also nothing he will admit to. Film making has been a integral component of his career since he was fifteen.
Cody's impressive track record in the entertainment industry spans decades. He has produced, directed and created numerous film and video projects. He served as an executive at both NBC and ABC, as well as several major rock stations, produced countless entertainment specials, numerous recordings and in a very real sense, helped to shape the sound of modern American entertainment.
Frank is a tremendously creative talent who brings warm, people-oriented energy and spirit to all his endeavors. In 1986, Cody guided the development of The WAVE format at KTWV, Los Angeles which became known worldwide as Smooth Jazz.
In 1988, Cody co-founded Broadcast Architecture, the Princeton-based research and consulting firm serving the entertainment industries and a wide range of clients in North America, South America, Japan, and Europe including CBS, ABC, Viacom/MTV Networks, NRJ, RTL and FM Japan. His exhaustive research, analysis and interpretation of what resonates with the public has helped create media success stories around the globe.
In 2002 Cody joined music industry veteran Hyman Katz, and multiple Grammy nominee and recording artist, Dave Koz to found Rendezvous Entertainment. The media magazine Radio and Records declared “Record Label of the Year nominee, Rendezvous Entertainment has the highest hits-to-releases ratio of any company around.”
Frank Cody and Terry Rich now collaborate as PAZONA Productions, creating projects, shooting and editing video on location and at their home in Galisteo, New Mexico.