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WWOZ's live location broadcasts will take Jazz Fest 2015 far and wide /

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Though WWOZ's eclectic Jazz Fest broadcast lineup isn't a perfect format fit, WDCB FM-90.9 -- "Chicago's Home for Jazz" -- carried a portion of the broadcast for the first time last year and got positive listener feedback.

"We picked up almost everything they aired on the three days of the festival that we ran," said Dan Bindert, station manager. "One of the things I love about the festival is that it's not just strictly jazz. "It sounds like a party."

WWOZ has presented live broadcasts of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival presented by Shell since 1993, first via the station's over-the-air signal at FM-90.7, and lately also by Internet stream at A network of stations like WDCB join the party by taking all or part of WWOZ's live feed for their own broadcast listeners.

This year's list of simulcast carriers includes outlets in Oregon, Colorado, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico and California, as well as stations within easy driving distance of the Fair Grounds.

"We're an hour and a half away," said Justin Martin, general manager of WUSM FM-88.5 in Hattiesburg, Miss. "A lot of our listeners end up going to the festival, but there are some that don't get to go at all. I feel like having that content available to them is super-important."   READ THE FULL ARTICLE