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Happy Birthday Hawk

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Coleman Randolph Hawkins (November 21, 1904 – May 19, 1969), nicknamed "Hawk" and sometimes "Bean", was an American jazz tenor saxophonist. One of the first prominent jazz musicians on his instrument, as Joachim E. Berendt explained: "there were some tenor players before him, but the instrument was not an acknowledged jazz horn". Hawkins biographer John Chilton described the prevalent styles of tenor saxophone solos prior to Hawkins as "mooing" and "rubbery belches." Hawkins cited as influences Happy Caldwell, Stump Evans, and Prince Robinson, although he was the first to tailor his method of improvisation to the saxophone rather than imitate the techniques of the clarinet. Hawkins' virtuosic, arpeggiated approach to improvisation, with his characteristic rich, emotional, loud, and vibrato-laden tonal style, was the main influence on a generation of tenor players that included Chu Berry, Charlie Barnet, Tex Beneke, Ben Webster, Vido Musso, Herschel Evans, Buddy Tate, and Don Byas, and through them the later tenormen, Arnett Cobb, Illinois Jacquet, Flip Phillips, Ike Quebec, Al Sears, Paul Gonsalves, and Lucky Thompson. While Hawkins became well known with swing music during the big band era, he had a role in the development of bebop in the 1940s.

  Jazz 98.5 FM wants to be your 
  regular go-to source for listening
  and enjoying jazz music, whether
  on the radio or online.  We play a
  wide selection of jazz styles from
  A to Z and everything in between.
  We brew jazz just the way you like
  it.  Watch with your ears.

One of Our Favorite Comments

" First there was WOSU with Jazz programs here and there that I’d listen to.  Then there was a rock
that featured Mike Island and Jazz fusion for 2 hours on Sunday morning.  Along came the
King, WBBY
104 fm. Jazz that went to all of the corners of Jazz music.  It was fabulous, while it lasted.
Then we had the Smooth-Jazz twins.  Nice, but a little too much Smooth and not enough other Jazz. 
It disappeared.  Now a breath of fresh air has entered our fair city …. WSAX-LP, I am grateful to be
able to
breathe fresh air once again. It is very difficult to believe that a metro city the size of Columbus, cannot hang onto a Jazz station.  One with varying types of Jazz from all corners of the musical
spectrum of Jazz. 

God Bless you folks at WSAX-LP, for you help me keep the groove in my groovin’ day!!!! "

Global Reach
Global Impact!

Jazz Is Loved & Appreciated The World Over

Listen Regularly 24 Hours Each Day & Experience Jazz, After All ...

Jazz Is America's Musical Gift To The World

A Crisis In Our Community
There's An Opioid Problem
In Our Communities

The Epidemic is Really Real

Ohioans continue to die from drug overdoses at a record-setting pace. Death from drug overdoses is now the leading cause of death in people ages 22-50. Ohio continues to be one of the nation's leaders in the death-toll rate.

Locally, Franklin County has realized a 343% increase in deaths between 2003-2016.

Whitehall, per capita, has been one of the hardest hit cities in the county with overdose rates five times higher than the Franklin County average.

   Information above was taken from the City of Whitehall website at


Sax Says ...

"Join us in helping to make our community
a better place to live, work and raise happy, responsible and safe children." Educate yourself about this problem.

Columbus Loses It's Voice

For many babyboomers that grew up in Columbus listening to WVKO radio, you probably remember the impact it had on its listeners, not only in the Black community, but for everyone that enjoyed great R&B and Soul music from Motown, Philly, Stax (Memphis) and others.  Make no mistake, it was truly the voice of the city for the African American community.

You remember all the great DJs, Eddie Saunders, Bill Moss, Les Brown, Mike Reeves, Kirk Bishop, K.C. Jones, Mel Griffin and many others that brought the soul to the city.  In the African American community they defended the rights of that community and they
gave the
community something to be proud of, although during that period the station was never owned outright by African Americans or any people of color.

In 1951, WVKO first signed on. It was owned by Skyway Broadcasting. From 1963 until 1997, WVKO was an R&B/Soul music station, its tagline being "The Rhythm of The City." Up until the early 1980s, FM sister station 94.7 WVKO-FM, later WSPO, simulcast WVKO programming.

As we've come to know it, WVKO has gone off the air and will be no more.  As a community, is there anything the community can do to save WVKO?  If not, then the end has finally come!  We salute and say thank you to the WVKO we once knew.  For now we also say goodbye.

WVKO-AM is temporarily playing Classic R&B while the current owners decide its fate.  For more information, read the history of WVKO (AM) on Wikipedia at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WVKO_(AM).

The Voice Of Our Community
Has Been Silenced

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