WJCT Launches Pop-Up Jazz Radio Station to Celebrate Jacksonville Jazz Festival


The sweet sounds of jazz fill the airwaves of HD Radio in Jacksonville with the launch of a new “pop-up” radio station on 89.9 FM HD4.

“We thought we were doing our part to get people in the mood for this year’s Jacksonville Jazz Festival by creating a pop-up jazz station. Over 1000 songs are in rotation celebrating America’s original art form, jazz, ”said WJCT station manager David Luckin.


HD radio is an improved, higher quality version of traditional AM and FM radio that is included with many newer car and home receivers. By 2014, HD Radio had reached nearly 25 million units in use, according to iBiquity Digital Corporation.

While many may think of HD Radio for its improved sound quality, it also means more variety with 25 HD Radio channels in Jacksonville, according to hdradio.com.

That number now rises – temporarily – to 26 with the launch of WJCT’s “pop-up” jazz station.

“The deployment of numerous HD Radio compatible cars throughout 2016 and 2017 marks the continued growth in consumer demand for digital radio services in North America,” said Jeff Jury, Managing Director of HD Radio and Automotive , DTS, Inc. in a statement last year.

WJCT still occasionally receives calls from listeners who lack classical music, not realizing that WJCT HD2 at 89.9-2 FM on the HD Radio dial is broadcasting classical music 24 hours a day.

On WJCT HD3 at 89.9-3, FM listeners equipped with HD Radio receivers will find the Relax station featuring easy-to-listen musical hits from a wide variety of musicians including Frank Sinatra, Aretha Franklin and Elvis Presley.

Luckin encourages listeners who enjoy WJCT’s temporary “pop-up” jazz station to let him know by emailing him at [email protected]

The Jacksonville Jazz Festival takes place over Memorial Day weekend, May 24-27 on stages and venues in downtown Jacksonville.

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Bill Bortzfield can be reached at [email protected], 904-358-6349 or on Twitter at @BortzInJax.


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