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The Official Website of Jazz 98.5 FM, WSAX
Ohio's Only 24 Hour Jazz station Owned and Operated Locally by SEMM Foundation, a non-profit organization

March is

Love The Locals Celebration

April is Jazz Appreciation Month

International Jazz Day Ohio

Tickets Go On Sale February 25th

Today's Jazz Life Moment
Live Jazz Happenings Around Town Today

Have A Jazz Life Moment
Attend A Live Jazz Event

Mon. Feb 24th

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Listen To Other Live Jazz Events Happening This Week


Don't Let The Art of Jazz Become Extinct

Your Day Starts With The Morning Brew
Then Onto Our Daily Jazz Varieties
The Art Of Jazz Is Our Legacy Keep The Art Of Jazz Alive

Tune In Mid Morning & Early Afternoon For A Doubleheader Of Great Jazz Shows
Monday @ 10am
Get Your Sax Fix @ 12pm
Catch Sax On Star 94.7 FM - Youngstown
Sunday Jazz 4pm - 7pm, Each Sunday

Tune In Afternoon & Evenings Here On WSAX For A Variety Of Great Jazz Shows
Drive With A Smile @ 3pm
Jazz & Dinner @ 6pm
The Art Of Jazz Is Our Legacy Keep The Art Of Jazz Alive

Tune In Late Evenings Here On WSAX For A Variety Of Great Jazz Shows
Different Style Each Day - 8pm to 10pmReal Blues @ 8pm
The Art Of Jazz Is Our Legacy Keep The Art Of Jazz Alive

Tune In Each Day Here On WSAX For Jazz Brewed Just The Way You Like It
Watch With Your Ears
Great Jazz From Your Jazz Station
The Art Of Jazz Is Our Legacy Keep The Art Of Jazz Alive

Happy Birthday David

Other Jazz Musicians born on
February 24th

Richard Boone, Michel Legrand

Notable February Jazz Musician Birthdays

David "Fathead" Newman (February 24, 1933 – January 20, 2009) was an American jazz and rhythm-and-blues saxophonist who made numerous recordings as a session musician and leader, but is best known for his work as a sideman on seminal 1950s and early 1960s recordings by singer-pianist Ray Charles.

The AllMusic Guide to Jazz wrote that "there have not been many saxophonists and flutists more naturally soulful than David "Fathead" Newman," and that "one of jazz's and popular music's great pleasures is to hear, during a vocalist's break, the gorgeous, huge Newman tones filling the space…" Newman is sometimes cited as a leading exponent of the so-called "Texas Tenor" saxophone style, which refers to the many big-toned, bluesy jazz tenor players from that state.

Today's Jazz Happenings
Jazz Radio Takes Another Hit

Jazz Radio In Northern Ohio Ends
Cleveland's Smooth Jazz Station
Changes Format To Mod AC

“We love smooth jazz, but unfortunately the music has become a Pandora/Spotify format,” Rubber City Radio
owner Thom Mandel said in a release. “We found that
we were pushing a boulder uphill, and serving fewer and
fewer listeners. The station sounded fabulous, but
without enough listeners, we could no longer support it.”

Central Ohio's Jazz 98.5 FM
The ONLY 24 Hour Jazz Station In Ohio

We'd Rather Fight Than Switch!
Smooth, Straight Ahead and More!
Support Your Jazz Station, WSAX for
Jazz Brewed Just The Way You Like It.

  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!!!! "

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


Coming Up In 2020


Black History Month Musical Celebration
Sunday, Feb 23rd


Love The Locals Celebration


Jazz Day Celebration

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

Commemorative Broadcast Special

Special Homegrown Music Broadcast
All Day
Thursday, March 5, 2020

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