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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 st 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 overnight - at 90.9 on your FM radio dial and streaming LIVE online at wrcjfm.org. The primary source of our annual operating budget is voluntary contributions from listeners like you. Thank you!

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FILM CLASSICS  Sunday at 6pmJack will present movie music from the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra with conductor Erich Kunzel...
11/27/2022

FILM CLASSICS Sunday at 6pm
Jack will present movie music from the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra with conductor Erich Kunzel. We have 8 different CDs in our collection with a wide variety of selections—so be sure to tune in and see what comes up.

There are almost as many songs about food as there are about love, and on Jazzfest Detroit Saturday night at 7pm Thanksg...
11/26/2022

There are almost as many songs about food as there are about love, and on Jazzfest Detroit Saturday night at 7pm Thanksgiving weekend, we’ll partake of all the food groups, from soup to nuts, pork, beans and cornbread, of course some turkey with stuffing. Gumbo. And Pie. Lots of pie.

Happy Thanksgiving! Everyone here at 90.9 is thankful for you, our dear listeners and your support. We wish you and your...
11/24/2022

Happy Thanksgiving! Everyone here at 90.9 is thankful for you, our dear listeners and your support. We wish you and your loved ones a joyous and tasty holiday together.

This Sunday at noon hear our broadcast of The Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra's "Enigma Variations" concert. Conductor and ...
11/23/2022
Enigma Variations

This Sunday at noon hear our broadcast of The Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra's "Enigma Variations" concert. Conductor and Music Director Earl Lee led the Orchestra in works by John Adams, Caroline Shaw and Edward Elgar. The concert also featured pianist Phillip Bush. Recorded November 11th at Hill Auditorium. Hosted by Ron Nolan.

The quintessential work by a quintessentially British composer, Edward Elgar’s Variations on an Original Theme, Op. 36 (popularly known as the Enigma Variations) comprise a collection of musical sketches depicting some of the composer’s closest friends and family...

Bask in the beautiful sounds of the season and enjoy this rare opportunity to see internationally renowned artists up cl...
11/22/2022
Holiday Concert Series - The Community House

Bask in the beautiful sounds of the season and enjoy this rare opportunity to see internationally renowned artists up close and personal in an intimate setting.
December 8th - Christa Grix Jazz Harp Trio
December 14th - The Baldwin Ensemble
December 21st - The Joshua Chorale
Enjoy a dessert reception and cash bar. All concerts begin at 7pm at the Community House in Birmingham. Sponsored by 90.9. More info:

BASK in the beautiful sounds of the season and enjoy this rare opportunity to see internationally renowned artists up close...Learn More

Giving Tuesday is November 29th! Be a part of the  movement and share in the act of community giving. We'll have a speci...
11/21/2022

Giving Tuesday is November 29th! Be a part of the movement and share in the act of community giving. We'll have a special schedule that day. Dave Wagner begins at 6am and then is joined by Peter Whorf at 8am until 2pm. Then it's Carl Grapentine and John Zadikian from 2-7 and starting the jazz at 7pm it's Linda Yohn. They'll be asking for your support for 90.9 at (866) 909-9725 or https://donate.wrcjfm.org/wrcj/donate

Here is today's interview from "Live With C#". Cecelia talks men's health with Dr. Roy Elrod, Physician and Chief of Sta...
11/20/2022
Dr. Elrod - November 20, 2022

Here is today's interview from "Live With C#". Cecelia talks men's health with Dr. Roy Elrod, Physician and Chief of Staff at Detroit Medical Center and Detroit Receiving Hospital.

In this excerpt from "Live With C#" Cecelia talks men's health with Dr. Roy Elrod, Physician and Chief of Staff at Detroit Medical Center and Detroit Receiving Hospital.

FILM CLASSICS  Sunday at 6pmJack Goggin will present Part II of his program devoted to Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s magnifi...
11/20/2022

FILM CLASSICS Sunday at 6pm
Jack Goggin will present Part II of his program devoted to Erich Wolfgang Korngold’s magnificent score from "Kings Row". Once again we’ll be listening to the original 1941 soundtrack recording with the Warner Brothers Orchestra conducted by the composer.

11/18/2022

Join the Detroit Lutheran Singers for their Christmas Concert Series - Christmas with Brass, Rejoice! Featuring brass accompaniment for the Pinkham Christmas Cantata and the Pachelbel Magnificat, this program of sacred choral music is sure to please! 4 Concerts in December!

Tune in to 90.9 this Sunday, November 20th from noon to 2pm for the next episode of "Live With C#". On this show she wil...
11/16/2022

Tune in to 90.9 this Sunday, November 20th from noon to 2pm for the next episode of "Live With C#". On this show she will be playing listener requests! If you have a suggestion, leave it in the comments below. Cecelia will also feature an interview and helpful info regarding Men's Health.

Filling in for Dr. Dave until Wednesday this week are Carl Grapentine, Cecelia Sharpe and Davis Gloff!  Dave will return...
11/15/2022

Filling in for Dr. Dave until Wednesday this week are Carl Grapentine, Cecelia Sharpe and Davis Gloff! Dave will return Thursday.

FILM CLASSICS  Sunday at 6pmJack Goggin will present the original 1941 soundtrack recording from "Kings Row" by Erich Wo...
11/13/2022

FILM CLASSICS Sunday at 6pm
Jack Goggin will present the original 1941 soundtrack recording from "Kings Row" by Erich Wolfgang Korngold. The music is performed by the Warner Brothers Orchestra conducted by the composer himself. We’ll be airing it in two parts so be sure to tune in for Part I this week!

Dave Wagner brings you Detroit Opera’s Faust - now - on 90.9FM and wrcjfm.org.
11/13/2022

Dave Wagner brings you Detroit Opera’s Faust - now - on 90.9FM and wrcjfm.org.

Hear the opening night of Detroit Opera's "Faust" tonight on 90.9! Our preshow begins at 7pm. Hosted by Dave Wagner.Detr...
11/12/2022
Faust - Detroit Opera

Hear the opening night of Detroit Opera's "Faust" tonight on 90.9!
Our preshow begins at 7pm. Hosted by Dave Wagner.
Detroit Opera - Detroit Opera House

Overview The classic deal with the devil, updated for modern times – together with restored music unheard for nearly 150 years. Faust strikes a deal – a second chance for youth, vitality, and love – with disastrous consequences for him and those around him. A timeless story, this acclaimed pro...

Photos from Michigan Philharmonic's post
11/11/2022

Photos from Michigan Philharmonic's post

On next Sunday's "Swing Set" with Linda Yohn, we’ll hear swing and jazz favorites from Lou Rawls, Duke Ellington, The An...
11/10/2022

On next Sunday's "Swing Set" with Linda Yohn, we’ll hear swing and jazz favorites from Lou Rawls, Duke Ellington, The Andrews Sisters, Ella Fitzgerald, and Wes Montgomery that comforted soldiers while serving our country. We’ll also hear music from distinguished veterans such as Dave Brubeck, Percy Heath, Joe Henderson, Bucky Pizzarelli, Alexis Cole, Artie Shaw, and Major Glenn Miller. We swing at 7pm on 90.9.

11/09/2022

We're back in rehearsals this week ahead of Friday's concert at Hill Auditorium. From the kaleidoscopic gyrations of John Adams' hell-inspired piano concerto to the sweeping passages of Elgar's Enigma Variations, there's lots to keep us busy!

Experience the finished product on stage, Friday November 11 at 8pm. For tickets and info, visit https://a2so.com/event-directory/enigma-variations/

Photo: Earl Lee acknowledges the audience at Hill Auditorium after leading the orchestra in performance on October 1, 2022. Credit Kelvin J. Baker Videography & Photography.

Listen LIVE, this Saturday starting at 7pm on 90.9! Hosted by Dave Wagner.
11/07/2022
Faust - Detroit Opera

Listen LIVE, this Saturday starting at 7pm on 90.9! Hosted by Dave Wagner.

Overview The classic deal with the devil, updated for modern times – together with restored music unheard for nearly 150 years. Faust strikes a deal – a second chance for youth, vitality, and love – with disastrous consequences for him and those around him. A timeless story, this acclaimed pro...

FILM CLASSICS  Sunday at 6pmJack Goggin will present motion picture music by Randy Newman, a classically trained compose...
11/06/2022

FILM CLASSICS Sunday at 6pm
Jack Goggin will present motion picture music by Randy Newman, a classically trained composer who’s probably best known as a song writer and performer, but who, as a member of Hollywood’s most distinguished musical family, has written some wonderful film scores.

Tune in to 90.9 today at 10:40am for our LIVE broadcast of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s concert straight from Orches...
11/04/2022

Tune in to 90.9 today at 10:40am for our LIVE broadcast of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s concert straight from Orchestra Hall. The opening piece will be the Festive Overture by William Grant Still, followed by Florence Price’s Symphony No.1 and finally, superstar pianist Daniil Trifonov will join the DSO in Brahms’ Piano Concerto No.2. Hosted by Dave Wagner and Cecelia Sharpe.

This Sunday at 7pm on the “Swing Set” Linda Yohn will remember two Detroit jazz legends: pianist Kenn Cox and drummer Ge...
11/03/2022

This Sunday at 7pm on the “Swing Set” Linda Yohn will remember two Detroit jazz legends: pianist Kenn Cox and drummer George Davidson. Join her to celebrate the birthdays of Arturo Sandoval, Alvin Batiste, Russell Malone, and Chris Connor. You’ll also hear some of the finest new swinging jazz offerings from Samara Joy, Cyrus Chestnut, Monty Alexander, and more. We start swinging Sunday at 7!

It doesn't look like we'll be getting a new album by Miss Piggy any time soon.
11/03/2022

It doesn't look like we'll be getting a new album by Miss Piggy any time soon.

A new month is a great time to learn new skills! For moi, that could mean learning to play the violin... or learning to pose with a violin. With a pose this good, everyone will believe I can play anyway!

This Friday at 10:40am on 90.9! Hosted by Dave Wagner and Cecelia Sharpe.
11/02/2022
Trifonov Performs Brahms' Second Piano Concerto

This Friday at 10:40am on 90.9! Hosted by Dave Wagner and Cecelia Sharpe.

Join donors from across the Detroit community and around the world to bring outstanding music, life-changing educational programs and far-reaching engagement activities to over 500,000 people each year!

11/01/2022
Linda Yohn Interviews Leonard King

Linda Yohn spoke with drummer, singer, and band leader Leonard King about his 62-year legacy as a professional musician in Detroit, "rutude" music, and his concert on Friday Symphony in the Cube.

Detroit Symphony Orchestra Music Director Jader Bignamini leads the orchestra and soloist Daniil Trifanov this weekend i...
10/31/2022

Detroit Symphony Orchestra Music Director Jader Bignamini leads the orchestra and soloist Daniil Trifanov this weekend in music of William Grant Still, Florence Price and Johannes Brahms. The concert is also a live broadcast on 90.9 FM and the Michigan Classical Network on Friday at 10:40am with hosts Dave Wagner and Cecelia Sharpe. 90.9’s Peter Whorf speaks with Bignamini as they begin their conversation with stories of William Grant Still…
https://soundcloud.com/wrcj909fmhd1/jader-bignamini-october-31-2022

Happy Halloween! Listen tonight from 6pm to 7pm for some scaaarrrry selections. It will be a great soundtrack for your p...
10/31/2022

Happy Halloween! Listen tonight from 6pm to 7pm for some scaaarrrry selections. It will be a great soundtrack for your porch as you hand out candy. (Or just eat candy) Hosted by Jack Goggin.

Thanks to everyone who donated to our Fall Fundraiser, we really appreciate it!  Now Lil' Bach needs a break. He's exhau...
10/30/2022

Thanks to everyone who donated to our Fall Fundraiser, we really appreciate it! Now Lil' Bach needs a break. He's exhausted!

Tune in to 90.9 on Sunday 10/30 from noon to 2pm for a spooktacular "Live With C#". Host Cecelia Sharpe has scary and fu...
10/29/2022

Tune in to 90.9 on Sunday 10/30 from noon to 2pm for a spooktacular "Live With C#". Host Cecelia Sharpe has scary and fun music just for you. Whether you're a ghost, a vampire, a zombie or just a plain old human, you'll be sure to enjoy it.

Lil' Bach has a 90.9 donation slip all ready for you!If you prefer to call in a donation, our number is (866) 909-9725Yo...
10/29/2022

Lil' Bach has a 90.9 donation slip all ready for you!
If you prefer to call in a donation, our number is (866) 909-9725
You can also donate online at https://donate.wrcjfm.org/wrcj/donate
And you can find your own little Bach at that page by clicking "View Thank You Gifts".

Maxine is ready for Halloween!  Tonight she channels her inner Cat Woman & Uhura. BONUS It's A Free Ticket Give-Away Wee...
10/28/2022

Maxine is ready for Halloween! Tonight she channels her inner Cat Woman & Uhura. BONUS It's A Free Ticket Give-Away Weekend. Love From Detroit - Fall Fundraising Drive! Pledge to support 90.9 / MAXOLOGY! Pledge Central - (866) 909-9725 or online https://donate.wrcjfm.org/wrcj/donate

Oh no, Bach has gotten into Dr. Dave's Elixir again! While we deal with this, you can still make your donation to 90.9 a...
10/28/2022

Oh no, Bach has gotten into Dr. Dave's Elixir again!
While we deal with this, you can still make your donation to 90.9 at (866) 909-9725 or https://donate.wrcjfm.org/wrcj/donate

Work got you down? The music of 90.9 can lift you up.If you feel our station has helped you deal with life's stress, why...
10/28/2022

Work got you down? The music of 90.9 can lift you up.
If you feel our station has helped you deal with life's stress, why not show your support with a donation to 90.9 at (866) 909-9725 or https://donate.wrcjfm.org/wrcj/donate

Seminole Street, Detroit.
10/28/2022

Seminole Street, Detroit.

How fitting - an MSU grad makes his Met debut performing Joe Green’s music. Congratulations, Brian - and Go Green!
10/28/2022

How fitting - an MSU grad makes his Met debut performing Joe Green’s music. Congratulations, Brian - and Go Green!

Has Lil' Bach created a new masterpiece? Let's see, it's a note that says...Please donate to 90.9 at (866) 909-9725 or h...
10/27/2022

Has Lil' Bach created a new masterpiece? Let's see, it's a note that says...
Please donate to 90.9 at (866) 909-9725 or https://donate.wrcjfm.org/wrcj/donate

Brilliant! Another stroke of genius.

What time is it? Time to donate to 90.9!Call (866) 909-9725 or visit https://donate.wrcjfm.org/wrcj/donateYou can pick u...
10/27/2022

What time is it? Time to donate to 90.9!
Call (866) 909-9725 or visit https://donate.wrcjfm.org/wrcj/donate
You can pick up a Bach figurine and our set of Composer Buttons for a donation of $90.

Lil' Bach is hanging out at the watercooler again. While he takes 15 and catches up on gossip, you can make a donation t...
10/27/2022

Lil' Bach is hanging out at the watercooler again. While he takes 15 and catches up on gossip, you can make a donation to 90.9 at (866) 909-9725 or https://donate.wrcjfm.org/wrcj/donate
Lil' Bach will be glad to see your name on the donors page when he returns!

Just like little Bach you too can visit our donation page: https://donate.wrcjfm.org/wrcj/donateand support 90.9. While ...
10/27/2022

Just like little Bach you too can visit our donation page: https://donate.wrcjfm.org/wrcj/donate
and support 90.9. While you're there choose the Bach figurine/Composer buttons combo and get both for a donation of $90 or $7.50 per month as a sustaining donation.

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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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What goes perfectly on Detroit's hottest (😉) day? The world's hottest hits, introduced by my hot air 😎. Join Ron Nolan and I until 2 p.m. on 90.9 WRCJ and wrcjfm.org. Become a member of the family with a sustaining membership at 866-909-9725.
It's Bach-tober! And our sister station 90.9 WRCJ is celebrating in a very special way!

Find out here how you can get your own "Lil' Bach"!
You guys are awesome! Are there any other new gifts?
The device notifications are becoming annoying this afternoon.
¡He estado esta mañana en la radio pública de Detroit 90.9 WRCJ, en el programa matinal de Dave Wagner! ¡Muchas gracias por la invitación!
I have been invited to Dave Wagner's Morning Show on the public Detroit Radio Station! Thank you for the invitation!
We’re on the radio today! 📻 Tune in to 90.9 WRCJ at noon to hear last weekend’s performance at Hill Auditorium, as Music Director Earl Lee Conductor led the orchestra in Berlioz’s dynamic Symphonie Fantastique. Plus, saxophonist Timothy McAllister solos in works by William Grant Still and Jorge Muñiz!

👉 https://www.wrcjfm.org

📸: Kelvin J. Baker Videography & Photography
Our PVS Classical Series kicks off tonight at Orchestra Hall as Music Director Jader Bignamini leads the DSO in Debussy’s La mer, a sonorous evocation of a day at sea; plus Ravel's Boléro and works by Chopin (with Emanuel Ax-) and Michael Abels.

Earlier this week, Jader sat down with 90.9 WRCJ's Peter Whorf to talk opening weekend. Listen to the interview below and join us tonight at 8 p.m., Saturday, or Sunday to hear the magic for yourself. Buy tickets at https://bit.ly/3URmowb

"This kind of music is like a spot of melody here and there, with incredible orchestration. You can imagine the light on the sea, darkness under the sea, animals in the sea, or the sensation of looking into the sea." - Jader on La mer
loves celebrating the diverse cultures and communities around .

Today, we're celebrating with our radio partners 90.9 WRCJ and its "The Birthday of The World Part I, Rosh Hashanah" program, narrated by Leonard Nimoy.

"The Birthday of the World" presents some of the most inspiring music in the Jewish liturgical tradition, performed by the acclaimed vocal ensemble The Western Wind.

How are you celebrating ? Come celebrate with us: https://beta.prx.org/stories/20145
loves celebrating the diverse cultures and communities around .

Today, we're celebrating with our radio partners 90.9 WRCJ and its "The Birthday of The World Part I, Rosh Hashanah" program, narrated by Leonard Nimoy.

"The Birthday of the World" presents some of the most inspiring music in the Jewish liturgical tradition, performed by the acclaimed vocal ensemble The Western Wind.

How are you celebrating ? Come celebrate with us: https://beta.prx.org/stories/20145
My most recent eBay prize. Does this look familiar to any of the fine radio personalities at WRCJ? Very proud to have added a piece of Detroit radio history to my rotation!
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we're so happy to once again partner with 90.9 WRCJ this season!
🎙️ Click here to listen to Maestro Robert Franz' interview with Dave Wagner on Detroit's 90.9 WRCJ: www.wrcjfm.org/2022/09/dave-wagner-robert-franz
Dave and the Maestro talk about the history of the orchestra and the upcoming concert season!
Listening to you right now to end my work shift. I love that you're playing a suite from one of my favourite movies ever, "How the West Was Won." One of the first Blu-Ray discs I ever bought!
Thank you, Dave Wagner, for the beautiful words and music dedicated to Queen Elizabeth and her passing. She is irreplaceable...
September is truly a special month — Classical Music Month, National Piano Month, and the month that opens our 2022-23 season!

Check out this fantastic interview, courtesy of our partners at 90.9 WRCJ, and join us on Friday night as we bring the house down at Hill Auditorium! 👉 https://a2so.com/event-directory/beethoven-7/
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