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Best of Rochester 2004: Best Jazz Radio Station

10 November 2004
City Newspaper

by Ron Netsky


For years WGMC 90.1 FM slowly drifted toward its seemingly impossible dream of a signal powerful enough to be heard all over Monroe County. But when Jason Crane took the reigns a few years ago, the fundraising swung into high gear. The result is almost too good to be true in the age of homogenized, corporate radio: a 24-hour jazz station that plays real jazz. The sound is 15,000-watts strong and as clear as a bell way out past Canandaigua. During the Rochester International Jazz Festival, WGMC’s programs and interviews help make Rochester feel like the national epicenter of jazz.

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