Jazz 98.5   FM WSAX-LP
About Us

The Official Website of Jazz 98.5 FM Radio

SEMM Foundation, operating as Jazz 98.5 FM, WSAX-LP & WSAX-DB, is Columbus'
24 hour jazz radio station and number #1 low-power FM (LPFM) community radio station in Ohio, serving over 1.1 million residents in Central Ohio.  This website is the official website for Jazz 98.5 FM.

In November 2013, SEMM Foundation applied to the FCC for an LPFM license to create
a 24 hour jazz format station to provide educational content and broadcast services to the community in the absence of having no jazz radio station in Central Ohio, as well as to
replace the previous time shared, twelve hour pilot jazz programming SEMM Foundation
created on a separate station.

SEMM Foundation was granted a Construction Permit to build the station on October 10, 2014.  On, January 12, 2017, the FCC granted SEMM Foundation a license to broadcast as Jazz 98.5 FM, WSAX-LP.  Jazz 98.5 FM, WSAX-LP, is a listener supported, non-commercial radio station, owned by SEMM Foundation, a non-profit organization.  We serve and support the educational and music needs of the Columbus area and communities in which our signal is received.  We rely on donations and underwriting announcements from our listeners and community to meet our operational costs.

We offer a variety of great jazz music programming 24 hours each day, including the music of our own Homegrown local musicians that you will not find anywhere else with the same regularity.  Our younger listeners have discovered that jazz music
is not just the mus
ic of their mothers, fathers and grandparents. We invite you to discover the music and discover the new Jazz 98.5 FM, WSAX-LP.

Our thanks to you for supporting us, telling others about us, and more importantly, for allowing us to come into your home, office,  your vehicle and life.

Our Mission

The mission of SEMM Foundation and Jazz 98.5 FM is to keep the art of jazz music alive through education, promotion and support of our students, community, musicians, venues, listeners and supporters.

More Jazz 98.5 FM Facts

Jazz 98.5 FM, WSAX-LP
is committed to supporting community
events, music education, musicians and the music that has been overlooked or under represented by other radio media.  We
rely on
the work of volunteers for our operations and administration. 
Individuals interested in volunteering, please click here.

Financial donations and gifts of property or broadcast equipment are welcome.  Underwriting opportunities are available to individuals, businesses and other organizations.  For more information regarding donations and underwriting only, please contact us here
or click here.

If you want an event publicized on the radio, send your information by email to us here.  You can also send your information to have posted
on our events page.



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