On Thursday, January 12, 2017, the FCC granted SEMM Foundation a license to broadcast as Jazz
98.5 FM, WSAX-LP. In October 2014, SEMM Foundation was granted a construction permit by the
FCC to build a new 24
hour FM radio station at the 98.5 FM frequency to serve Columbus and
surrounding areas. When complete, our new station will maintain a jazz
music format and include multiple online streams as well.
station will be known as Jazz 98.5 FM, WSAX-LP. Jazz 98.5 FM started
its test broadcast in March 2016 and currently is broadcasting
terrestrially (over-the-air) on the radio. If you tune your radio in now, there is a good chance that in some areas across Columbus, you may hear another broadcast interfering with our broadcast. What you'll hear is the broadcast of a station north of the Columbus area in Delaware. It is not our station you hear and we hope they will abide by the FCC rules and adjust their power
The information below is based on when Jazz 98.5 FM actually begins its over-the-air broadcast.
and testing is currently under way. This information is being provided
as part of the preview of our future station and Pre-Launch of our
future website currently being developed.
To resolve the interference our station is receiving from a station in Delaware, the FCC granted an extension of our Construction Permit. We are making changes to our tower and antenna configuration and anticipate completing the construction changes in the next few months.
Thank you for your support and if you wish to make a donation towards
our effort, please feel free to do so.
1. I'd like to make a donation/contribution to help Jazz 98 acquire its equipment or help the station
with its start-up expenses. How do I make a donation or contribution?
Send your monetary donation/contribution payable to:
22 Westerville Square #208
Westerville, Ohio 43081
All donations/contributions are greatly appreciated. Thank you.
2. What kind of jazz does Jazz 98 play?
Jazz 98.5 FM, WSAX-LP offers
programming at various times of the day and week that includes music from most
entire jazz and jazz sub-genre spectrum including, smooth jazz and it's
similar forms such as, but not limited to;
Contemporary Jazz, Soul Jazz, Jazz Funk, Urban Contemporary Jazz, Acid Jazz, Nu Jazz; from Classic Jazz and its
similar forms such
as Bebop, Big Band, Straight-ahead, Ragtime and Trad; from ethnic forms such as Asian Jazz, Latin
Jazz and Gospel jazz; and from
other sub-genres. We also include in our playlist music we like to refer to as Jazz
Influenced Music (including but not limited to Blues, etc.) and Jazz Flavored Classic R&B. For a list of styles please visit
If you have a preference of one style of jazz over another, Jazz 98.5 offers listeners a choice dedicated or close to the style
they might prefer. We offer several dedicated music streams classified by general jazz styles that include Classic Jazz
styles, Smooth/Urban Contemporary Jazz styles, Blues and Classic R&B. Visit our Listen page to select the music style
you wish to hear. All streams run 24 hours a day.
In addition, you'll find a 24 hour stream of our live hosted over-the-air broadcast which is often referred to as our terrestrial broadcast. This stream is the live hosted broadcast people hear when they tune to our future 98.5 FM broadcast on their
car or home radio.
3. Does Jazz 98 play other types of music?
Jazz 98 maintains primarily a
jazz music format however, Jazz 98 plays the music of Homegrown
musicians, whose music may venture into other styles. We do so because we also support the
music offerings of our local musicians. In doing so, you'll find other styles that include R&B, Blues,
Gospel and even some Rock or Jazz Rock. After all jazz does have both a Gospel Jazz and Jazz Rock sub-genre. You'll also find Blues and Gospel
music being played as
they closely resemble or are related
to jazz. Again, we also include in our playlist music we like to refer to as Jazz Influenced Music and
Jazz Flavored Classic R&B.
If you have a preference of one style of jazz over another, Jazz 98.5 offers listeners a choice
dedicated or close to the style they might prefer. We offer several dedicated music streams
classified by general jazz styles that include Classic Jazz styles, Smooth/Urban Contemporary
Jazz styles, a stream dedicated to the music of our Homegrown musicians, Blues, Straight Ahead,
Gospel Jazz and Classic R&B. Visit our Listen page to select the music style you wish
to hear. All streams run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
4. What's the difference between a commercial radio station
and a community radio station?
Commercial Radio sells
advertising using a sales force, charges promotional fees, and involves itself
in many ways
associated with a profit making business. Non-commercial FM stations (non-profit) are
very similar in practice except that
all of their income is turned back into
the corporation for station growth, upgrades, repairs, salaries, etc. so that
will never realize a profit. All income is re-invested into the
Commercial stations provide advertising while Non-commercial stations provide underwriting. Underwriting is very similar but
has a few restrictions on how it phrases the information yet, its still very effective and much more cost effective.
5. How much of Columbus does the Jazz 98 signal cover?
You'll be able to hear the Jazz 98 signal throughout most of Franklin county and outside of the I-270 corridor.
6. Can I advertise on Jazz 98?
You can underwrite on Jazz 98. Advertising is a term used by
commercial radio stations. Jazz 98 is a non-profit,
commercial educational radio station and uses the term underwriting to describe the service
we provide for getting your
information or message out to our listening audience. Please visit our Underwriting page.
7. What's the difference between underwriting and advertising?
By definition, program
underwriting is a financial contribution made in support of specific
programming. When providing
funding acknowledgments, FCC regulations require that stations like WSAX-LP
limit such announcements to
identification and information purposes only. There are specific rules that limit things
that can be said in underwriting
Underwriting cannot be “promotional,” but they are still very effective. Please see our Underwriting Facts.
When treated as either a
charitable contribution or as a business expense, underwriting is tax
deductible, so you get
more than a good feeling. You make the most cost-effective use of your
discretionary advertising dollar. Please visit
our Underwriting Facts page.
Commercial advertising is
promotional in nature and has few to no limits in how a message is crafted and
8. How does the Jazz 98 underwriting rates compare to commercial
Jazz 98 underwriting rates are
very competitive, typically less expensive and cost effective. Please refer to our Rates.
9. Does Jazz 98 provide remote broadcasting for events?
Yes, usually for non-profit
events and community festivals. Because
of FCC rules, we rarely provide remote broadcasts
for commercial "for-profit"
organizations. Please visit our Remote Broadcast page.