Jazz 98.5   FM WSAX-LP
Frequently Asked Questions



The FAQS

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 adopt a jazz music format and include blues music as well.

Our 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
accordingly.

The information below is based on when Jazz 98.5 FM actually begins its over-the-air broadcast. 


Construction 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 website.

Update:  Under the terms of the Construction Permit, we have now completed the construction and are testing our broadcast.  We anticipate receiving final permission to continue our broadcast with the next few weeks or April 2016.


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:

SEMM Foundation
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 of the
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
our Jazz Styles page.

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 as well and
in doing so, you'll find other styles that include R&B and Blues.  You'll also find Blues and Gospel music being played as
they closely resemble or are related to jazz.  Again, w
e also include in our playlist music we like to refer to as Jazz
Influenced Music and Jazz Flavored Classic R&B.

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 the station
will never realize a profit.  All income is re-invested into the corporation.

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, non-
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
on-air 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
messages.  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 delivered.

8.  How does the Jazz 98 underwriting rates compare to commercial advertising rates?

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.

       10.  Can I hear the music of Local Musicians on Jazz 98?

Jazz 98 regularly plays the music of our homegrown and local musicians.  At least 25% of our daily playlist consists of
the music of our homegrown and local musicians.  Please visit our Local Scene page.

      11.  I'm a local musician.  How do I get my music played on Jazz 98?

Send your audio CD to:

Music Director
Jazz 98.5 FM, WSAX-LP
22 Westerville Square #208
Westerville, Ohio 43081

      12.  How do I volunteer for Jazz 98?

Complete and submit a Volunteer Application.  Please visit our Volunteer Application page.

      13.  What volunteer opportunities are currently available on Jazz 98?

Jazz 98 is always looking for people interested in volunteering and sharing their expertise.  We often have positions open. 
Please see our Volunteer Opportunities.

      14.  Can I pick up Jazz 98 in my house.  Can you increase the power or raise the antenna height?

Often a common question and concern of listeners to our previous jazz programming pilot on the 102.1 FM frequency whose engineers and others responsible for the station's infrastructure, did not employ the appropriate technologies and engineering expertise available, we anticipate incorporating the best technology available to achieve the best and maximum reach available, along with the broadcast quality and integrity possible.  We anticipate you'll receive good reception.

As a general rule, Low Power
stations are authorized for non-commercial educational broadcasting only (no commercial
operation) and operate with an effective radiated power (ERP) of 100 watts (0.1 kilowatts) or less, with maximum facilities of
100 watts ERP at 30 meters (100 feet) antenna height above average terrain (HAAT).

      15.  How can I listen to Jazz 98 if I can't get it over the radio?

Feel free to listen online on your computer or portable device via our webstream.  You can listen from anywhere in the
world that has an internet connection.  Click the tab or link titled: Listen.  Once there, you can choose to listen using
your favorite media player or by using the Jazz 98 custom media player.  Click anywhere on the radio player icon and you
will be listening live.  Optionally, on the bottom of every web page is a "Listen Live" button that when clicked, will
automatically start the custom radio player stream.

      16.  How can I sponsor a show on Jazz 98?

If you would like to sponsor broadcast time or a specific show on Jazz 98, please feel free to contact us at
sponsor@myjazz98.com


At Jazz 98.5 FM, we understand and respect that people are often more inclined to donate to causes such as helping to cure
diseases, famine or other maladies or calamities.

At Jazz 98.5 FM, we realize that we're not curing some life threatening or debilitating disease but, we are helping to cure a form of
ignorance as it relates to the arts and specifically, the art of jazz music.  We help introduce the music and provide education and
awareness to develop our student's musical ability and appreciation.  We're doing our part in keeping the pipeline full of future jazz
musicians and above all, keeping jazz alive and on the radio in Central Ohio.

Please give so we can continue to provide more music education opportunities to children as well as help people to discover and
appreciate the art of America's contribution to the arts, Jazz!








         Music Education Facts

EDUCATION FACT #1 - CONCENTRATION

As parents and loved ones, we should strive to give our children the tools to build a successful life, and one of the best choices
you can make for your children is giving them the gift of music.  We should encourage our children as early as possible to listen
to and make music.

Did you know that in addition to improving creativity, learning music cultivates many skills that will continue to be useful to your
children throughout their lives.  Studies have shown that skills associated with listening to music and taking music lessons help
develop a child’s Concentration.

That’s right, … Learning to play a musical instrument will help your child develop concentration, as they must focus on a particular activity over extended periods of time. 

Developing concentration in this way also will help them when they must focus their attention on other subjects at school. 

Consider taking private music lessons.  They’re effective and often very affordable.

EDUCATION FACT #2 - COORDINATION

As parents and loved ones, we should strive to give our children the tools to build a successful life, and one of the best choices
you can make for your children is giving them the gift of music.  We should encourage our children as early as possible to listen
to and make music.

Did you know that in addition to improving creativity, learning music cultivates many skills that will continue to be useful to your
children throughout their lives.  Studies have shown that skills associated with listening to music and taking music lessons help
develop a child’s Coordination.

That’s right, … Practicing musical instruments improves hand-eye coordination.  Children develop important motor skills when
playing music just as they do when playing different sports.

Consider taking private music lessons.  They’re effective and often very affordable.

EDUCATION FACT #3 - RELAXATION

As parents and loved ones, we should strive to give our children the tools to build a successful life, and one of the best choices
you can make for your children is giving them the gift of music.  We should encourage our children as early as possible to listen
to and make music.

Did you know that in addition to improving creativity, learning music cultivates many skills that will continue to be useful to your
children throughout their lives.  Studies have shown that skills associated with listening to music and taking music lessons help
with Relaxation.

That’s right, … More and more, music therapy is being used to complement more traditional forms of medicine. Researchers acknowledge that certain types of music can aid relaxation by lowering heart rates and blood pressure.

Consider taking private music lessons.  They’re effective and often very affordable.

EDUCATION FACT #4 - PATIENCE & PERSEVERANCE

As parents and loved ones, we should strive to give our children the tools to build a successful life, and one of the best choices
you can make for your children is giving them the gift of music.  We should encourage our children as early as possible to listen
to and make music.

Did you know that in addition to improving creativity, learning music cultivates many skills that will continue to be useful to your
children throughout their lives.  Studies have shown that skills associated with listening to music and taking music lessons help
develop a child’s Patience and Perseverance.

That’s right, … In order to learn a musical instrument, children must develop patience and perseverance, which will help them
later in life when they must tackle other more difficult challenges.

Consider taking private music lessons.  They’re effective and often very affordable.

EDUCATION FACT #5 - SELF CONFIDENCE

As parents and loved ones, we should strive to give our children the tools to build a successful life, and one of the best choices
you can make for your children is giving them the gift of music.  We should encourage our children as early as possible to listen
to and make music.

Did you know that in addition to improving creativity, learning music cultivates many skills that will continue to be useful to your
children throughout their lives.  Studies have shown that skills associated with listening to music and taking music lessons help
develop a child’s Self-Confidence.

That’s right, … The act of learning and playing a musical instrument, the encouragement of a teacher and the enthusiasm of a
proud parent, will build in a child a sense of pride and confidence.  Moreover, children who practice self-expression and creativity
often become better communicators later in life.

Consider taking private music lessons.  They’re effective and often very affordable.