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Ideastream Public Media's music streaming service JazzNEO readies for launch

Ideastream Public Media’s new 24/7 jazz streaming service is called JazzNEO.
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Ideastream Public Media’s new music offering will be the region’s only 24/7 jazz streaming service.

There's been a long relationship between jazz and public broadcasting here in Northeast Ohio.

WCPN, the predecessor to WKSU, launched on Sept. 8, 1984 with the broadcast of a concert by jazz singer and composer Mel Torme.

For decades, that station offered hours of jazz programming every day, and showcased local, regional and national talent through in-studio performances.

Beginning Monday, Feb. 26, listeners everywhere will be able to enjoyIdeastream's new music offering, JazzNEO, the region's only 24/7 jazz streaming service.You can access it starting Feb. 26 at JazzNEO.org or the 90.3 HD2 radio channel.

JazzNEO will highlight the depth and breadth of the artform, playing music from all eras, and will also feature musicians from here in Northeast Ohio.

To coincide with the launch of JazzNEO, the "Sound of Ideas Community Tour" lands at The Bop Stop on Monday evening at 6pm. The event is sold out, but we record the music and conversation for a "Sound of Ideas" episode to air on Monday, March 4.

Listen to Jenny Hamel's interview with JazzNEO host Dan Polletta by clicking the listen button.

-Dan Polletta, Host, JazzNEO/Ideastream Public Media

Drew Maziasz is a coordinating producer for the "Sound of Ideas" and also serves as the show’s technical producer.