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90.9 WRCJ We are 90.9 FM WRCJ. We are Classical and Jazz. WRCJ is Detroit’s ONLY classical and jazz radio station. Listen on the radio, on smart speakers, online at wrcjfm.org or in the 90.9 WRCJ mobile app!

90.9 WRCJ is a listener supported non-profit public radio station licensed to Detroit Classical & Jazz Educational Radio, LLC, and managed by Detroit Public Television. The station is located inside the Detroit School of Arts, a public high school training young people for careers in performing, visual and media arts.

90.9 WRCJ broadcasts classical music from 5 am to 7 pm each day and jazz overn

90.9 WRCJ is a listener supported non-profit public radio station licensed to Detroit Classical & Jazz Educational Radio, LLC, and managed by Detroit Public Television. The station is located inside the Detroit School of Arts, a public high school training young people for careers in performing, visual and media arts.

90.9 WRCJ broadcasts classical music from 5 am to 7 pm each day and jazz overn

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Today is International Jazz Day, and on "Jazzfest Detroit" at 7pm John Penney will celebrate with music from Django Rein...
04/30/2022

Today is International Jazz Day, and on "Jazzfest Detroit" at 7pm John Penney will celebrate with music from Django Reinhardt, Antonio Carlos Jobim, the Australian Jazz Quartet, Hugh Masakela and many more, including the Detroit Jazz Festival’s Artist in Residence, Chucho Valdez. The DJF will announce this year’s lineup at a Preview Event from 6p – 8p and John will feature some of the artists scheduled to perform this year. The Swing Set’s Linda Yohn will be at Event, where she will interview Chucho for DPTV’s One Detroit. Afterwards, Linda will join John in the studio to talk about Chucho and the DJF, and celebrate more international jazz.

04/29/2022

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Happy Birthday to composer and pianist Duke Ellington! Celebrating Jazz Appreciation Month and honoring his legacy tonight...catch the show with Maxine Michaels - "Maxology" at 7pm.
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Programs on 90.9 are brought to you in part by The Kresge Foundation and listeners like you. Thank you! Learn more about...
04/29/2022
Detroit - Kresge Foundation

Programs on 90.9 are brought to you in part by The Kresge Foundation and listeners like you. Thank you! Learn more about the Foundation's work in our area here: https://kresge.org/our-work/detroit/

We collaborate with cross-sectoral partners to promote and expand long-term, equitable opportunity in Kresge’s hometown by centering the priorities of its residents.

04/28/2022

Watch C# talk with Grammy-nominated trumpeter Kris Johnson tonight at 7:30pm on One Detroit!

Listen this Sunday at noon to hear Music Director Candidate Earl Lee lead the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra through Beeth...
04/28/2022

Listen this Sunday at noon to hear Music Director Candidate Earl Lee lead the Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra through Beethoven’s Triple Concerto featuring soloists Gloria Chien on piano, Soovin Kim on violin and Paul Watkins on cello. Also on the program is Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No.4 and the 2020 composition by Carlos Simon "Fate Now Conquers". Hosted by Peter Whorf.

Find out the 2022 Detroit Jazz Festival Lineup this Saturday April 30th (International Jazz Day!) during the live stream...
04/28/2022

Find out the 2022 Detroit Jazz Festival Lineup this Saturday April 30th (International Jazz Day!) during the live stream event 6-8pm on the Detroit Jazz Festival page.

This Sunday at 7pm Linda Yohn extends Jazz Appreciation Month one more day on "The Swing Set" for a conversation with Ja...
04/27/2022

This Sunday at 7pm Linda Yohn extends Jazz Appreciation Month one more day on "The Swing Set" for a conversation with Jainelle Robinson and bassist Marion Hayden about an inclusive Detroit jazz education initiative: JazzEd Detroit. Jainelle and Marion will share how unique jazz education approaches from The Carr Center, The Detroit Jazz Festival, The Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Michigan State University Music Schools in Detroit, and the Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts coalesce in JazzEd Detroit. Join Jainelle, Marion, and Linda for music and conversation starting at 7.

Tonight at 7pm on "Jazz City" with John Penney, it's episode four - Riffing on Jazz City. Great performances by Detroit ...
04/26/2022

Tonight at 7pm on "Jazz City" with John Penney, it's episode four - Riffing on Jazz City. Great performances by Detroit Jazz Masters, Regina Carter, Kenny Garrett, Donald Byrd, Yusef Lateef, Joe Henderson, Dave Bennett and Hank Jones.

04/25/2022

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Today we are remembering Ella Fitzgerald, born this day in 1917. She was known as the "First Lady of Song" and the "Queen of Jazz". She sold 40 million copies and won 14 Grammy Awards!
April Is Jazz Appreciation Month!
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FILM CLASSICS  Sunday at 6pmHost Jack Goggin will present music from "The 13th Warrior" composed by Jerry Goldsmith in 1...
04/24/2022

FILM CLASSICS Sunday at 6pm
Host Jack Goggin will present music from "The 13th Warrior" composed by Jerry Goldsmith in 1999. The film was about a medieval Arabian diplomat (played by Antonio Banderas) who joins up with a group of Vikings on a dangerous and terrifying quest. A troubled production, it went way over budget, the director quit and Goldsmith only became the composer when the original score was rejected!

Tune in this Sunday the 24th to Detroit Public Television  at 4:30 p.m. for "Detroit Jazz City". A spotlight on Detroit’...
04/22/2022
Detroit Jazz City - Detroit Public TV

Tune in this Sunday the 24th to Detroit Public Television at 4:30 p.m. for "Detroit Jazz City". A spotlight on Detroit’s role in helping introduce Jazz music to the world in the new half-hour documentary. The film focuses on the history of Jazz in Detroit, while also sharing the stories of those Detroiters who have made monumental contributions to this original art form. https://www.dptv.org/programs/detroit-jazz-city/

A multi-part video series exploring the history of Jazz in Detroit.

Fabien Gabel leads the Detroit Symphony Orchestra this weekend in a program inspired by the Paul Paray legacy. Maestro P...
04/22/2022

Fabien Gabel leads the Detroit Symphony Orchestra this weekend in a program inspired by the Paul Paray legacy. Maestro Paray was Music Director of the DSO from 1952 to 1963, guiding the ensemble through one of its golden eras. WRCJ’s Peter Whorf speaks with Maestro Gabel about the many talents and accomplishments of his fellow French musician. Listen here:
https://www.wrcjfm.org/2022/04/peter-whorf-interviews-fabien-gabel/

04/22/2022

Pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason and her brother, cellist Sheku are in town April 26th to perform for UMS at Hill Auditorium. Here they speak with Dave Wagner about their upcoming performance and their newest album "Muse". Also, you can see Isata this June when she performs with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.

April 22 is the centennial of Charles Mingus, one of the most important figures in 20th century American music. Saturday...
04/21/2022

April 22 is the centennial of Charles Mingus, one of the most important figures in 20th century American music. Saturday night, 7-10pm on Jazzfest Detroit, John Penney will celebrate his music and legacy .

The Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra has a concert this Saturday at Hill Auditorium and their 2022/2023 Season Lineup will b...
04/21/2022

The Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra has a concert this Saturday at Hill Auditorium and their 2022/2023 Season Lineup will be announced today!

We've got a busy and exciting week ahead, with two major events to add to your calendars!

📆 Thursday, April 21 will see us announce our 2022/23 season plans, with full concert lineups, soloist highlights, reimagined pops series and much more to be unveiled! We're tremendously excited to share our season vision and embark on a new chapter in the symphony's storied history — stay tuned!

📆 Tchaikovsky's supercharged Symphony No. 4 comes to Hill Auditorium this Saturday, April 23 at 8pm. Earl Lee Conductor directs the orchestra, with soloists Soovin Kim, violinist, Gloria Chien and Paul Watkins joining for Beethoven's synergic Triple Concerto. For tickets, visit https://a2so.com/event-directory/tchaikovsky-4/

This Sunday at 7pm the “Swing Set” with Linda Yohn offers a “jazz appreciators” conversation for Jazz Appreciation Month...
04/20/2022

This Sunday at 7pm the “Swing Set” with Linda Yohn offers a “jazz appreciators” conversation for Jazz Appreciation Month. Michelle Jahara McKinney of the Detroit Sound Conservancy joins us for an update on the Sound Conservancy’s Bluebird Inn Preservation Project. At 52-20 Tireman, The Bluebird Inn hosted jazz icons Charlie Parker and Miles Davis in the late 1940s and early 1950s while growing the productive era for legendary Detroit jazz musicians Kenny Burrell, Milt Jackson, Charles McPherson, Barry Harris, and Tommy Flanagan. Find out how you could help. Music and conversation start at 7pm.

A new "Live With C#" coming this Sunday noon-2pm!
04/20/2022

A new "Live With C#" coming this Sunday noon-2pm!

Tonight at 7pm on Jazz City with John Penney - Detroit Educators and mentors, music in schools with a focus on Cass Tech...
04/19/2022

Tonight at 7pm on Jazz City with John Penney - Detroit Educators and mentors, music in schools with a focus on Cass Tech, Barry Harris, Marcus Belgrave and of course great jazz.

Good news listeners! More "Downton Abbey: A New Era" Movie Premiere tickets are available thanks to our friends at Emagi...
04/19/2022

Good news listeners! More "Downton Abbey: A New Era" Movie Premiere tickets are available thanks to our friends at Emagine Theatres. Make a contribution of $60 to 90.9 and you can choose a pair of tickets as your thank you gift. Happening Thursday, May 19th at 7pm at the Emagine Theatre in Downtown Royal Oak. We encourage you to dress up in your finest Downton Abbey outfit!

04/18/2022

Stop, collaborate and listen. (Thanks William).

Thanks to everyone for supporting music on 90.9 - and for your gifts during our spring fund raising campaign. 90.9 liste...
04/17/2022

Thanks to everyone for supporting music on 90.9 - and for your gifts during our spring fund raising campaign. 90.9 listeners are the best!

FILM CLASSICSSunday 4/17 at 6pmHost Jack Goggin will mark Passover and Easter with music from two epic motion picture sc...
04/17/2022

FILM CLASSICS
Sunday 4/17 at 6pm
Host Jack Goggin will mark Passover and Easter with music from two epic motion picture scores having to do with those most holy of days: Cecil B. DeMille’s "The Ten Commandments", from 1956, composed by Elmer Bernstein and Nicholas Ray’s "King of Kings", from 1961, written by Miklos Rozsa.

What do you think? Is this a piece you'd like us to play?
04/14/2022

What do you think? Is this a piece you'd like us to play?

I’ve performed this piece at least 300 times in the past two years…

Congratulations to Linda Yohn who was named "Detroit Jazz Hero" for 2022 by the Jazz Journalist's Association. She was p...
04/13/2022

Congratulations to Linda Yohn who was named "Detroit Jazz Hero" for 2022 by the Jazz Journalist's Association. She was presented the award by Oliver Ragsdale of the Carr Center at their April 8th Detroit Women In Jazz Concert. Tune in to 90.9 this Sunday 7pm-9pm and hear Linda in action on The Swing Set. (photo by Christa Grix)

Detroit Public Television will be broadcasting Interlochen Arts Academy’s Romeo & Juliet ballet to commemorate William S...
04/13/2022
Interlochen Academy's 'Romeo & Juliet | A Detroit Performs Special Event -

Detroit Public Television will be broadcasting Interlochen Arts Academy’s Romeo & Juliet ballet to commemorate William Shakespeare’s birthday weekend. Tune in to DPTV Sunday, April 24th at 5pm ET to see it.

DPTV will broadcast Interlochen Academy's 'Romeo and Juliet' ballet to commemorate William Shakespeare’s birthday. Tune in Sunday, April 24.

04/12/2022

Happy Birthday to "Watermelon Man" Herbie Hancock! The jazz pianist, keyboardist, composer and band leader turns 82 today.

Tune in tonight at 7pm for the second episode of "Jazz City" with John Penney. This limited series airs Tuesday nights a...
04/12/2022

Tune in tonight at 7pm for the second episode of "Jazz City" with John Penney. This limited series airs Tuesday nights and explores Detroit's contributions to the world of jazz.

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WRCJ 90.9 FM is a listener supported non-profit public radio station managed by Detroit Public Television. The radio station, which went on the air in 2005, is located in midtown Detroit, inside the Detroit School of Arts, a public high school training young people for careers in performing, visual and media arts. 90.9 FM broadcasts classical music from 5 am to 7 pm each day and jazz overnight. Dave Wagner is the program director and on-air host during morning and afternoon drive time, while Chris Felcyn hosts middays. Maxine Michaels and John Penney are Detroit-based jazz hosts on Friday and Saturday nights. WRCJ receives no direct funding from the State of Michigan, City of Detroit or Detroit Public Schools. The primary source of our annual operating budget is voluntary contributions from listeners like you. Thank you!

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“Music Honoring Black History Month with the MSU Wind Symphony” took place last Sunday at the DSA Detroit School Of Arts High School. The show featured music honoring #BlackHistoryMonth with guest conductor and Detroit's own Damien Crutcher, an MSU alumnus and arts leader. Crutcher shared the stage with several renowned guest composers. Bringing the event to an even broader audience, following DPTV’s livestream of the concert, 90.9 WRCJ joins the partnership with its own Sunday, February 13, 12pm encore broadcast. 90.9 WRCJ’s Dave Wagner and Cecelia Sharpe will host the show, including the voices of guest conductor Damien Crutcher and Will H. and Jauron P., students from the Detroit School of Arts, will share their reflections on the event. Plus, 90.9 WRCJ partner stations from across Michigan to the West Coast will include the performance in their broadcast plans. From Detroit to Interlochen, Mt Pleasant to Los Angeles – and anywhere on wrcjfm.org - be sure to listen in for this exciting concert!
I loved the music, The Lark in the Clear Air~ I remember when you played it on WQRS way back...I still have the CD, featuring Geraldine O'Grady on violin. Beautiful!
Ahead of tomorrow's Sphinx Organization's 25th annual Competition Concert, 90.9 WRCJ's Cecelia Sharpe speaks with Sphinx Co-Founder Afa Dworkin. Check it out! And join us for the livestream concert this Saturday 7p ET on our page.
David Wagner, last night during your drive-time elixir, I had a really lovely moment with my young son in the car where he told me that listening to Beethoven's Symphony 7 felt like a "dance-party in his body" ! I hope that was what Beethoven had in mind there when composing it....🙂 We ended the car-ride in the darkness of the garage finishing out the piece. It was such a nice centering moment after a long day of school and work.. Curious if you and the team have suggestions for other musical appreciation questions for young kids, or how other listeners share the listening experience with children/grandchildren!
WRCJ being played on my fully restored 1937 Philco using an FM Convertor.
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well, john hill, you are a tease...man, he's gonna play"Black Orpheus", one of my top five..BUT you only played the intro parade down the street...thanks, anyway, always enjoy your cuts....
Thanks Linda Yohn and 90.9 WRCJ for featuring tracks from "Dana Sessions" on a regular basis !
Happy Holidays from Detroit Public TV! ❄️ We remain as committed as ever to serving The Most Important City in America. Let's enjoy a look back at all the new firsts, big accomplishments, and innovative ways we found to serve our community in 2021. We look forward to even more exciting things together this coming year! Thanks for all you do -- and happy holidays from all of us at Detroit Public Television and 90.9 WRCJ!
Hi and Merry Christmas----can you play some beautiful Christmas music? Thank you!
Our sister station 90.9 WRCJ is celebrating #Beethoven and his 251st birthday! Follow their page to see where in Detroit the maestro will end up next! Also you can get one of these fun dashboard bobbleheads by supporting WRCJ: https://www.wrcjfm.org/2021/12/cool-beethoven-gifts
I posted this post last week. I've been busy at work and couldn't respond. I have some recommendations. It's lengthy but worth investigating. Thanks for your time. Frank Zappa albums - Hot Rats, Grand W***o, Sleep Dirt, etc. Trifecta - Fragments Hatfield and the North Later Gong (Espresso by popular posts) Gentle Giant Focus (Moving Waves and Hamburger Concerto) Jeff Beck - Blow by Blow, Wired Area (Italian prog up to 1978) Soft Machine Greenslade Coloseum Brand X (Phil Collins of Genesis fame) Mahavishnu Orchestra Yes - their cover or Everydays by Buffalo Springfield Blood Sweat and Tears 2nd album 2nd Blood Renaissance Jean-Luc Ponty Dixie Dregs Anthony Phillips (Genesis) The Nice Steven Wilson - Luminol National Health Allan Holdsworth. Hopefully this is a good list.