Jazz Radio (formerly Fréquence Jazz) is a French radio station dedicated to jazz and soul that started in 1996.

Jazz Radio
Broadcast areaFrance (National Network)
Frequency97.3 MHz (Lyon)
92.8 MHz (Marseille)
95.7 MHz (Monaco)
OwnerEspace Group
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First air date
10 January 1996 (1996-01-10)
Former call signs
Fréquence Jazz
Technical information
Transmitter coordinates
45°46′N 4°50′E / 45.76°N 4.84°E / 45.76; 4.84

Jazz Radio is based in Lyon, France, and broadcasts with around 45 frequencies throughout France and Monaco.[1]



In January 1996 Fréquence Jazz was created by Christophe Mahé (should not be confused with the French singer Christophe Maé) in Lyon on 97.3 MHz and became the first French jazz station broadcasting around the clock.[2]

In August 1996, a Parisian version of Fréquence Jazz was created named Paris Jazz but with different programming. The CSA allowed broadcasting in Paris by sharing broadcast time with Générations on 88.2 MHz, also owned by Espace Group. Paris Jazz broadcast between 14:00 – 19:00 and 23:00 – 07:00. Like Fréquence Jazz in Lyon, its sister station was dedicated entirely to jazz music. In 2002, after six years of activity Paris Jazz stopped broadcasting for unspecified reasons to let Générations 88.2 broadcast all day, seven days a week.[3]

In 2006, Fréquence Jazz started broadcasting in 20 cities under the name Jazz Radio 2.

In 2008, the name Fréquence Jazz and Jazz Radio 2 were changed to become Jazz Radio.[4] Then in June and July 2008, Jazz Radio started broadcasting on 4 new frequencies in the regions Centre and Midi-Pyrénées. In the end of 2008, Jazz Radio continues its extension of frequencies throughout France with 9 new frequencies in the North and East of France.[5][6]

Since May 2012, Jazz Radio has also been available in Monaco on the 95.7 MHz frequency.[7] In December 2012, the CSA allowed Jazz Radio to start broadcasting on their 45th frequency in Dijon on 106.3 MHz.[8] In January 2013, the CSA allowed the Jazz Radio station to start broadcasting in Paris digitally on RNT (Radio Numérique Terrestre) (DAB+).

Jazz Radio plays mainly jazz and soul but also plays funk, blues, lounge, Latin jazz, bossa nova, groove, swing, and gospel. Jazz Radio is also available over the internet and via satellite.

Broadcasting area


Jazz Radio broadcasts throughout France in frequency modulation (FM) on the following frequencies (in MHz):[9]




  1. ^ "Fréquences". Jazz Radio (in French).
  2. ^ SchooP.fr | History of Jazz Radio
  3. ^ SchooP.fr | Paris Jazz
  4. ^ Décision du CSA n° 2008-452 du 3 juin 2008 (Français) Archived 2 February 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ RadioActu.fr | Jazz Radio, 6 nouvelles fréquences dans l'ouest Archived 6 January 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ RadioActu.fr | Jazz Radio – Ouverture de 3 nouvelles fréquences Archived 5 August 2009 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ Leroi, Thibault (15 May 2012). "Jazz Radio – Ouverture d'une nouvelle fréquence à Monaco". RadioActu (in French). Archived from the original on 18 March 2013. Retrieved 8 March 2013.
  8. ^ RadioActu.fr | Jazz Radio – Le CSA attribue une 45ème fréquence à Dijon Archived 23 January 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ "Jazz Radio".