By Pat Sherman
San Diego jazz radio station KSDS Jazz 88.3 FM-which also broadcasts blues, country roots and big band music-was named Station of the Year (for larger markets) by JazzWeek, an online industry publication focused on jazz radio programming.
Most remaining jazz stations across the country are publically funded and independently owned. According to Jazz 88.3 station manager Mark DeBoskey, they’re a dying breed.
“There are only a handful of stations doing what we do now,” DeBoskey says.
The station was founded in 1951 on the campus of San Diego City College, and began playing jazz in 1973. Its studio is still
pumping out everything from Duke Ellington and B.B. King to local favorite Sue Palmer and her Motel Swing Orchestra.
Check out the station’s sixth annual Ocean Beach Music and Art Festival September 10, featuring Grammy Award-winning headliner Dr. John (In the Right Place) and the Lower 911. Tickets are $30.