Radio Free Newport The True Story of WNOP

Imagine an AM Radio Station with a dawn to dusk license that played nothing but jazz and comedy records. Did I mention it FLOATED in the Ohio River and changed the culture of a Community?

The history of Cincinnati Jazz is long, wide, diverse and in the case of WNOP sometimes beyond belief. Saxophonist turned filmmaker Christopher Braig's second Film will focus on the people, music, and cities that kept "The Jazz Ark" sailing for 42 years from 1968 to 2000.

Braig’s first film "Jimmy McGary The Best Jazz Never Heard" won the Posthumous Documentary Award at the 2019 New York Jazz Film Festival.

  • Christopher Braig
    Jimmy McGary The Best Jazz You Never Heard
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Director Biography - Christopher Braig

Christopher Braig is an eclectic saxophonist, flutist, and composer. He has released two CD's of original music. Blue Morpho in 2016 and Free Jazz Dance Party in 2018.

Christopher performs with drummer Christian Finger and Peter Knoll in the New York City based experimental music trio "Breathe-Live" and frequently tours as a soloist and guest artist.


ShapeShifter Lab with Breathe-Live
Brooklyn, New York

Forces In Motion Jazz Series with Lauren Lee at Silvana
New York, New York

Everything 7.0 Parkside Lounge
New York, New York

Winona Lake Jazz Festival with 4=ONE
Warsaw, Indiana

Lilly Pad - Third Life Studio - Outpost 186 with Marilena Paradisi
Boston, Massachusetts

Monticello Street Block Party
Chicago, Illinois

Harth Jazz Lounge - Schwartz's Point Jazz Club with Laura Campisi
Cincinnati, Ohio

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