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JBTV Is Bad, Nationwide

This just in from JBTV HQ, augmented by the Beachwood YouTube Curation Desk:

JBTV, Chicago's longest-running music television show that mixes cutting-edge interviews, music videos and live, in-studio musical performances from emerging and established artists, has inked a deal with NBC Universal that will bring the weekly, one-hour program to 14 major markets across the United States.

Beginning on Saturday, February 18th, 2012, JBTV will air weekly one-hour episodes on Saturday nights at 10 p.m. on NBC's newly-consolidated, national NBC "Nonstop" channel in Chicago, New York City/New Jersey, Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco/San Jose/Bay Area, Miami/South Florida, Philadelphia, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Connecticut, Delaware, Washington D.C., Maryland and Northern Virginia.


The NBC "Nonstop" digital sub-channel is available free over-the-air and via digital television, and through national cable carriers Comcast, Time Warner, WOW!, Cox, Verizon FIOS and RCN.


JBTV was founded in 1984 by namesake Jerry Bryant and has been an iconic showcase for local Chicago and national music talent for over 27 years. While Bryant still hosts many of the hour-long weekly episodes produced from JBTV's Chicago studio, the show underwent a major revamp in early 2010 under the guidance of Chicago music entrepreneur and JBTV General Manager and Executive Producer Christian Picciolini. The show also features former Q101 radio mainstay and current SiriusXM Howard Stern 101 personality Ryan Manno as host, as well as co-hosts Jenna Martinelli, Tobias Jeg and Brendan Kelly, who conduct interviews and other segments.

Since the show's format change in early 2010, JBTV has won a Regional Emmy Award and garnered multiple Emmy nominations (three in 2010 and two in 2011) and has become an industry-leading outlet for introducing cutting-edge musical content from critically acclaimed, emerging artists. JBTV's engaging interviews, lifestyle segments, and live musical performances from their distinctive high-definition (HD) sound stage have earned them a reputation for high production value and a keen discernment for exposing new, undiscovered talent.

JBTV has produced and aired more than 3,800 episodes and featured thousands of burgeoning musical artists. The program has spotlighted many of the biggest names in rock music, most before they achieved international fame. Among them:

Smashing Pumpkins . . .


Radiohead . . .


Green Day . . .


Garbage . . .


Alanis Morrissette . . .


. . . and hundreds more, as well as lesser-known - yet critically acclaimed - up-and-coming acts such as . . .

Grammy-nominated Silversun Pickups . . .


The Gaslight Anthem . . .




and Fitz & the Tantrums.


JBTV currently airs several times each week on broadcast television (NBC Chicago "Nonstop" Ch. 5.2 and WJYS Ch. 62) and on cable/satellite channels. Full episodes and clips are also available on the JBTV YouTube Channel, for free download on Apple iTunes and their website: www.JBTVonline.com.


Comments welcome.


Posted on January 20, 2012

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