Biography

Frank Cody, the man the New York Times declared “the father of Smooth Jazz,” possesses an impressive track record in the entertainment industry that spans over forty years. In that time he has served as an executive at both NBC and ABC as well as several major Rock stations, produced countless enter-tainment specials, and in a very real sense has helped to design and shape the sound of modern American radio.  Frank is a tremendously creative talent who brings a warm, people-oriented energy and spirit to all his endeavors. 


His programming successes began in Los Angeles at ABC's KLOS, and later at KBPI-Denver where he took the station from eighth to first place in less than one year. In 1986, Metromedia brought Cody back to L.A. where he guided the development of The WAVE format, now known as Smooth Jazz.


In January of 1988, Cody founded Broadcast Architecture, the Princeton-based research/

consulting firm serving the radio, television and entertainment industries, with a wide range of clients in North America, South America, Japan, and Europe including Clear Channel, CBS Infinity, ABC, Viacom/MTV Networks, RTL and FM Japan. 


His exhaustive research, analysis and interpretation of what resonates with the music-buying public helped make Smooth Jazz the most successful new adult format in the past 20 years.


In 2002 Cody joined music industry veteran Hyman Katz, and multiple Grammy nominee and RIAA Certified Gold recording artist, Dave Koz to co-found Rendezvous Entertainment. The enter-tainment magazine Radio and Records  declares  “Record Label of the Year nominee, Rendezvous Entertainment has the highest hits-to-releases ratio of any company around.” Rendezvous was acquired by Mack Avenue Records, Inc. in 2008.

Highlights

  1. Accomplished and innovative entertainment industry leader

  2. Successful career spanning over 40 years, including management positions at ABC, NBC and Clear Channel

  3. Program Director of NBC’s top-rated radio network “The Source,” spearheading “Dr. Ruth,”  “Live from the Hard Rock Café,” “The Jazz Show with David Sanborn” and producer of more than 50 live-via-satellite concerts

  4. Created syndicated series “The Legends of Jazz with Ramsey Lewis”

  5. Founder of one of the most successful and influential media research and consulting firms, Broadcast Architecture

  6. Pioneered the development of interactive, EKG-style dial research. Extensive experience in content analysis, perceptual studies, focus groups, and one-on-one video interviews

  7. International business experience with a wide-ranging portfolio including FM Japan - Tokyo, Cidade - Sao Paulo, NRJ, RTL - Europe and The Chrysalis Group - UK

  8. Launched the world’s first Smooth Jazz station, The WAVE in Los Angeles

  9. Helped guide the development and launch of J-WAVE in Tokyo. Collaborated in the launch of the world’s first digital satellite radio station, St. Giga, in Japan

  10. Created syndicated radio show “Chill with Chris Botti,” now “Chill with Mindi Abair”

  11. Co-produced numerous video and film projects including “Jonathan Butler Live in South Africa” and the award-winning motion picture “Cages.”