About Jazz 98.5 FM

The Columbus Jazz Alliance (formerly SEMM Foundation) was granted a Construction Permit to build the station on October 10, 2014 and granted a broadcast license on January 12, 2017.

Jazz 98.5 FM, WSAX-LP is a listener supported community radio station. The station is currently run by an all volunteer staff. 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'll not find anywhere else with the same regularity. Our younger listeners have discovered that jazz music is not just the music of their mothers, fathers and grandparents. We invite you to discover the music and discover the new Jazz 98.5 FM, WSAX.

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

Our Mission

The mission of The Columbus Jazz Alliance 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 at events@myjazz98.com.

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 or promoted on our Jazz Life Moments.

Thank you

Jazz 98.5 FM, WSAX-LP & WSAX-DB, is Columbus' 24 hour FM Jazz radio station, owned and operated by The Columbus Jazz Alliance, a non-profit organization licensed to serve Columbus, Ohio. We Brew Jazz Just The Way You Like It and we're Keeping Jazz Alive in Central Ohio.

In November 2013, The Columbus Jazz Alliance (formerly 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.