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Jazz 102.1 FM, WCRX-LP, – 2012 Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival Media Partner

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by Mark Subel on June 14, 2012

Press Release – Jazz 102.1 FM, WCRX-LP announces its appointment as an Official Media Partner of Gahanna’s 2012 Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival.  Jazz 102.1 FM is a low-power FM community radio station licensed to serve Columbus, Ohio, USA.  Jazz 102.1, WCRX-LP is a volunteer, non-commercial radio station owned and operated by the Bexley Public Radio Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit tax exempt organization.  Since March 2007, WCRX-LP has broadcast to the Columbus, Ohio, area.

From the festival’s Jazz stage, Jazz 102.1 will provide a Live Remote Broadcast of the festival entertainment all three days.  The station shares the 102.1 FM frequency with an unaffiliated timeshare partner and broadcasts from 3 a.m. to 3 p.m., seven days a week.  The timeshare partner broadcasts from 3 p.m. to 3 a.m.  Through a special arrangement with the frequency timeshare partner, Jazz 102.1 will cover the festival entertainment past its 3:00 p.m. sign-off and continue its’ broadcast of the festival throughout the evening hours.  Via the station’s current temporary test installation of its’ music internet streaming offering, festival coverage and jazz music programming is also available during the day and continues throughout the evening via the Jazz 102.1 website at http://www.myjazz102.com.

According to Sax Johnson, Station Manager and On Air Personality, providing community based programming in the form of news, information and educational services is paramount and one of our priorities, but we quickly realized that as a community radio station we had a responsibility to provide even more information in the form of Jazz music programming.

We recognized a tremendous need and opportunity to fill a void in the Columbus radio marketplace by providing regular Jazz music programming.  In the absence and lack of representation of any regular and consistent jazz music programming offered in the central Ohio radio marketplace, we made a commitment to keep the jazz music genre and legacy alive by providing a community service that includes a viable music product to the community.  We take pride in featuring the music of our own outstanding local jazz musicians, as well as the music from nationally and internationally known jazz musicians.

The 14th annual Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival brings the best local, regional and national blues and jazz musicians to central Ohio.  The featured headliners for the festival are New York City jazz trumpeter Cindy Bradley, who will perform with Columbus’ Urban Jazz Coalition, at 9 p.m., Saturday on the Jazz Stage, and hailing from Texas, 2012 Blues Music Award nominee Kim Wilson’s Blues All-Stars will headline the Blues Stage, programmed by the Columbus Blues Alliance.  Other notable musicians appearing include Tony Monaco, Sean Carney, Vernon Hairston, Lisa Clark, Mark Flugge, Carl Sally, Erik Augis, the Ken Weaver Quartet, Ray Fuller & the Bluesrockers, Willie Phoenix, the teen sensation, Co-X-isT and many others.

We’re proud to be a part of the Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival and honored to provide complete broadcast coverage, live all day from the festival on all three days.  Our involvement with this fine event mirrors our participation and commitment in supporting and sponsoring live music events, such as the Shadowbox Live and Sax Entertainment Backstage Bistro Jazz Series, a free event that happens each Saturday evening.  The series features the music and live performances of our local musicians, such as the Urban Jazz Coalition, Bobby Floyd, Tony Monaco, Erik Augis and many others, providing various jazz styles such as contemporary/smooth jazz, straight-ahead, classic jazz, traditional and other jazz subgenres.

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