WRCJ 90.9FM

WRCJ 90.9FM Online at wrcjfm.org, WRCJ 90.9 FM is a listener supported classical & jazz music public radio station managed by Detroit Public Television.
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WRCJ 90.9 FM 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 FM broadcasts classical music from 5 am to 7 pm each day and jazz overnight. The primary source of our annual operating budget is voluntary contributions from listeners like you. Thank you!

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This month we honor Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with a special piece in the 4pm hour each weekday.  Listen for...
05/05/2021

This month we honor Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with a special piece in the 4pm hour each weekday. Listen for artists such as Yuki and Tomoko Mack, Lang Lang, Yuja Wang, Yo-Yo Ma, Midori and many other composers and ensembles.

This month we honor Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with a special piece in the 4pm hour each weekday. Listen for artists such as Yuki and Tomoko Mack, Lang Lang, Yuja Wang, Yo-Yo Ma, Midori and many other composers and ensembles.

This week from the Chamber Music Society of Detroit, violinist Ilmar Gavilán and pianist Aldo López-Gavilán perform at t...
05/04/2021

This week from the Chamber Music Society of Detroit, violinist Ilmar Gavilán and pianist Aldo López-Gavilán perform at the Flagstar Strand Theatre in Pontiac, May 8th at 8pm in a performance of Aldo's genre-defying music rooted in classical, Latin jazz and Afro-Cuban traditions. Listeners can attend in person as part of CMSD’s socially distanced, limited-capacity audience; or watch online from the comfort of your own home.
Before the concert, meet Aldo and Ilmar by watching the online Metro Detroit Premiere screening of "Los Hermanos - The Brothers" on May 6, including a live post-film conversation featuring the Gavilán Brothers and the filmmakers hosted by longtime area arts and music critic Mark Stryker. The film will also be available on-demand through May 9. Both in-person and virtual concert tickets give you access to the online film screening. WRCJ’s Peter Whorf speaks with Ilmar, Aldo and CMSD President Steve Wogaman: https://soundcloud.com/wrcj909fmhd1/gavilan-brothers-steve-wogaman-may-4-2021

This week from the Chamber Music Society of Detroit, violinist Ilmar Gavilán and pianist Aldo López-Gavilán perform at the Flagstar Strand Theatre in Pontiac, May 8th at 8pm in a performance of Aldo's genre-defying music rooted in classical, Latin jazz and Afro-Cuban traditions. Listeners can attend in person as part of CMSD’s socially distanced, limited-capacity audience; or watch online from the comfort of your own home.
Before the concert, meet Aldo and Ilmar by watching the online Metro Detroit Premiere screening of "Los Hermanos - The Brothers" on May 6, including a live post-film conversation featuring the Gavilán Brothers and the filmmakers hosted by longtime area arts and music critic Mark Stryker. The film will also be available on-demand through May 9. Both in-person and virtual concert tickets give you access to the online film screening. WRCJ’s Peter Whorf speaks with Ilmar, Aldo and CMSD President Steve Wogaman: https://soundcloud.com/wrcj909fmhd1/gavilan-brothers-steve-wogaman-may-4-2021

Do you know an aspiring teen opera star? Michigan Opera Theatre - Detroit Opera House has classes to help them realize t...
05/04/2021

Do you know an aspiring teen opera star? Michigan Opera Theatre - Detroit Opera House has classes to help them realize their dream!

MOT’s long-standing summer program for teens, Operetta Remix 2021, returns! Join us for this two-week experience conducted both virtually and through small-group, socially distanced in-person sessions (adhering to state and federal guidelines). https://michiganopera.org/learn/music-and-theater/

Have a good one...
05/04/2021

Have a good one...

Have a good one...

FILM CLASSICS at 6pm"Edward Scissorhands"Music from one of Danny Elfman’s best-loved motion picture scores—composed in 1...
05/02/2021

FILM CLASSICS at 6pm
"Edward Scissorhands"
Music from one of Danny Elfman’s best-loved motion picture scores—composed in 1990 for director Tim Burton’s film that starred Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder. We’ll be listening to the original soundtrack recording with the orchestra and chorus conducted by Shirley Walker.

FILM CLASSICS at 6pm
"Edward Scissorhands"
Music from one of Danny Elfman’s best-loved motion picture scores—composed in 1990 for director Tim Burton’s film that starred Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder. We’ll be listening to the original soundtrack recording with the orchestra and chorus conducted by Shirley Walker.

Today is the one year anniversary of our 1pm salute to Michigan’s classical musicians!  This week on Michigan-Made Music...
04/29/2021

Today is the one year anniversary of our 1pm salute to Michigan’s classical musicians! This week on Michigan-Made Music listen for pianist Ruth Laredo; composer Michael Daugherty’s work as performed by the DSO; the River Raisin Ragtime Revue; Detroit Lutheran Singers, and others. Count on WRCJ 90.9 to support Michigan’s musicians.

Today is the one year anniversary of our 1pm salute to Michigan’s classical musicians! This week on Michigan-Made Music listen for pianist Ruth Laredo; composer Michael Daugherty’s work as performed by the DSO; the River Raisin Ragtime Revue; Detroit Lutheran Singers, and others. Count on WRCJ 90.9 to support Michigan’s musicians.

We are nearing the end of Jazz Appreciation Month but don't forget about these jazz artists living and working in greate...
04/27/2021

We are nearing the end of Jazz Appreciation Month but don't forget about these jazz artists living and working in greater Detroit and Michigan: https://www.wrcjfm.org/detroitjazz/

We are nearing the end of Jazz Appreciation Month but don't forget about these jazz artists living and working in greater Detroit and Michigan: https://www.wrcjfm.org/detroitjazz/

Ron Nolan is your host for the Drive Time Elixir this week, 3pm to 7pm!
04/26/2021

Ron Nolan is your host for the Drive Time Elixir this week, 3pm to 7pm!

Ron Nolan is your host for the Drive Time Elixir this week, 3pm to 7pm!

This week we have your old friend Carl Grapentine doing the Morning Show 6am - 10am.  Enjoy!
04/26/2021

This week we have your old friend Carl Grapentine doing the Morning Show 6am - 10am. Enjoy!

This week we have your old friend Carl Grapentine doing the Morning Show 6am - 10am. Enjoy!

FILM CLASSICS at 6pmMurder Most FoulMusic from movies about murders and the sleuths who try to solve the crimes.  We’ll ...
04/25/2021

FILM CLASSICS at 6pm
Murder Most Foul
Music from movies about murders and the sleuths who try to solve the crimes. We’ll hear selections from scores by composers like Dimitri Tiomkin, Max Steiner, Ron Goodwin, Richard Rodney Bennett and Christopher Gunning.

FILM CLASSICS at 6pm
Murder Most Foul
Music from movies about murders and the sleuths who try to solve the crimes. We’ll hear selections from scores by composers like Dimitri Tiomkin, Max Steiner, Ron Goodwin, Richard Rodney Bennett and Christopher Gunning.

John Penney’s conversation with Peter Whorf completes a three month series of insights on great music with WRCJ’s local ...
04/24/2021

John Penney’s conversation with Peter Whorf completes a three month series of insights on great music with WRCJ’s local jazz hosts. In this interview, John shares some of his early memories of classic jazz recordings, starting with his father’s collection of swing era giant. Listen here: https://soundcloud.com/wrcj909fmhd1/john-penney-april-24-2021

John Penney’s conversation with Peter Whorf completes a three month series of insights on great music with WRCJ’s local jazz hosts. In this interview, John shares some of his early memories of classic jazz recordings, starting with his father’s collection of swing era giant. Listen here: https://soundcloud.com/wrcj909fmhd1/john-penney-april-24-2021

Caption contest. Happy Friday!
04/23/2021

Caption contest. Happy Friday!

Caption contest. Happy Friday!

WRCJ PARTNER SPOTLIGHT We salute The Community House in Birmingham which is presenting its “Our Town” virtual art show A...
04/21/2021

WRCJ PARTNER SPOTLIGHT
We salute The Community House in Birmingham which is presenting its
“Our Town” virtual art show April 22 through May 6, to showcase visual artists in greater Detroit. https://www.communityhouse.com/event/our-town-art-show-sale/

WRCJ PARTNER SPOTLIGHT
We salute The Community House in Birmingham which is presenting its
“Our Town” virtual art show April 22 through May 6, to showcase visual artists in greater Detroit. https://www.communityhouse.com/event/our-town-art-show-sale/

FILM CLASSICS at 6pmGodzilla and FriendsWatch out!  Music from movies about giant creatures from outer space, beneath th...
04/18/2021

FILM CLASSICS at 6pm
Godzilla and Friends
Watch out! Music from movies about giant creatures from outer space, beneath the sea and under the earth! We are not safe!

FILM CLASSICS at 6pm
Godzilla and Friends
Watch out! Music from movies about giant creatures from outer space, beneath the sea and under the earth! We are not safe!

C# LiveThis Sunday 4/18 from noon - 2pm, Cecelia Sharpe will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Detroit Symphony Orch...
04/15/2021

C# Live
This Sunday 4/18 from noon - 2pm, Cecelia Sharpe will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Civic Youth Ensembles. The show will include music from the premier ensembles as well compositions and performances from the Wu Family Academy alumni. Also, enjoy a conversation with trumpeter, composer, educator, and Civic alumnus Kris Johnson.

C# Live
This Sunday 4/18 from noon - 2pm, Cecelia Sharpe will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s Civic Youth Ensembles. The show will include music from the premier ensembles as well compositions and performances from the Wu Family Academy alumni. Also, enjoy a conversation with trumpeter, composer, educator, and Civic alumnus Kris Johnson.

Peter Whorf's "Midday Music" At noon each weekday, relax with “Bach’s Lunch” a work by J.S. Bach.  At 1pm discover “Mich...
04/14/2021

Peter Whorf's "Midday Music"
At noon each weekday, relax with “Bach’s Lunch” a work by J.S. Bach. At 1pm discover “Michigan-Made Music”. Then just before 3pm the “Midday Finale” will launch you into an afternoon of inspiring sounds. “Midday Music” is heard 10am to 3pm weekdays only on WRCJ 90.9 FM.

Peter Whorf's "Midday Music"
At noon each weekday, relax with “Bach’s Lunch” a work by J.S. Bach. At 1pm discover “Michigan-Made Music”. Then just before 3pm the “Midday Finale” will launch you into an afternoon of inspiring sounds. “Midday Music” is heard 10am to 3pm weekdays only on WRCJ 90.9 FM.

Congratulations to our friends Nadine Deleury and Velda Kelly on their Detroit Music Award!
04/13/2021

Congratulations to our friends Nadine Deleury and Velda Kelly on their Detroit Music Award!

FILM CLASSICS at 6pm"King Kong"Max Steiner’s legendary 1933 music for the original—one of the most important scores in m...
04/11/2021

FILM CLASSICS at 6pm
"King Kong"
Max Steiner’s legendary 1933 music for the original—one of the most important scores in motion picture history. We’ll be listening to a recording featuring the National Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Fred (no relation) Steiner that came out in 1984.

FILM CLASSICS at 6pm
"King Kong"
Max Steiner’s legendary 1933 music for the original—one of the most important scores in motion picture history. We’ll be listening to a recording featuring the National Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Fred (no relation) Steiner that came out in 1984.

Michigan Phil In ConcertJoin host Ron Nolan Sunday 4/11 at noon as Music Director Nan Washburn leads the Michigan Philha...
04/08/2021

Michigan Phil In Concert
Join host Ron Nolan Sunday 4/11 at noon as Music Director Nan Washburn leads the Michigan Philharmonic Chamber Ensemble in “Miniature Masterpieces: Curated Comfort” featuring the music of Beethoven, Dvorak, and others. Recorded at First United Methodist Church in Plymouth, Concertmaster: Daniel Winnick.

Michigan Phil In Concert
Join host Ron Nolan Sunday 4/11 at noon as Music Director Nan Washburn leads the Michigan Philharmonic Chamber Ensemble in “Miniature Masterpieces: Curated Comfort” featuring the music of Beethoven, Dvorak, and others. Recorded at First United Methodist Church in Plymouth, Concertmaster: Daniel Winnick.

Tonight at 6:30pm watch the 2021 Detroit Jazz Festival Virtual Preview. Find out the festival’s 2021 line-up and see liv...
04/07/2021

Tonight at 6:30pm watch the 2021 Detroit Jazz Festival Virtual Preview. Find out the festival’s 2021 line-up and see live performances from Cuban pianist Omar Sosa and 2021 Artist-in-Residence Dee Dee Bridgewater. Watch on the WRCJ 90.9FM and Detroit Public Television pages, at dptv.org/jazzfest or at wrcjfm.org/detroit-jazz-fest-announcement/.

Tonight at 6:30pm watch the 2021 Detroit Jazz Festival Virtual Preview. Find out the festival’s 2021 line-up and see live performances from Cuban pianist Omar Sosa and 2021 Artist-in-Residence Dee Dee Bridgewater. Watch on the WRCJ 90.9FM and Detroit Public Television pages, at dptv.org/jazzfest or at wrcjfm.org/detroit-jazz-fest-announcement/.

Thank you to The Kresge Foundation which makes so many things possible at WRCJ!  Learn more at https://kresge.org/
04/06/2021

Thank you to The Kresge Foundation which makes so many things possible at WRCJ! Learn more at https://kresge.org/

Thank you to The Kresge Foundation which makes so many things possible at WRCJ! Learn more at https://kresge.org/

Check out a virtual preview of the 2021 Detroit Jazz Festival livestreaming on April 7 from 6:30pm - 9:30pm ET. In addit...
04/05/2021

Check out a virtual preview of the 2021 Detroit Jazz Festival livestreaming on April 7 from 6:30pm - 9:30pm ET. In addition to announcing the festival’s 2021 line-up, this preview event will feature live performances from Cuban pianist Omar Sosa and 2021 Artist-in-Residence Dee Dee Bridgewater. Watch on the WRCJ 90.9FM and Detroit Public Television pages, at dptv.org/jazzfest or at wrcjfm.org/detroit-jazz-fest-announcement/.

Check out a virtual preview of the 2021 Detroit Jazz Festival livestreaming on April 7 from 6:30pm - 9:30pm ET. In addition to announcing the festival’s 2021 line-up, this preview event will feature live performances from Cuban pianist Omar Sosa and 2021 Artist-in-Residence Dee Dee Bridgewater. Watch on the WRCJ 90.9FM and Detroit Public Television pages, at dptv.org/jazzfest or at wrcjfm.org/detroit-jazz-fest-announcement/.

FILM CLASSICS at 6pm"A Tale of the Christ"Music by Miklos Rozsa from the 1959 motion picture adaptation of a famous 19th...
04/04/2021

FILM CLASSICS at 6pm
"A Tale of the Christ"
Music by Miklos Rozsa from the 1959 motion picture adaptation of a famous 19th century novel that was subtitled “A Tale of the Christ”. It was the winner of no fewer than 11 Academy Awards—including an Oscar for Dr. Rozsa. Directed by William Wyler and starring Charlton Heston, we’re talking of course about Ben Hur—one of the most famous fims of all time—and one of the longest film scores ever composed!

FILM CLASSICS at 6pm
"A Tale of the Christ"
Music by Miklos Rozsa from the 1959 motion picture adaptation of a famous 19th century novel that was subtitled “A Tale of the Christ”. It was the winner of no fewer than 11 Academy Awards—including an Oscar for Dr. Rozsa. Directed by William Wyler and starring Charlton Heston, we’re talking of course about Ben Hur—one of the most famous fims of all time—and one of the longest film scores ever composed!

A harp arrangement of Debussy's "The Girl with the Flaxen Hair” by twin sisters Camille & Kennerly.
04/03/2021

A harp arrangement of Debussy's "The Girl with the Flaxen Hair” by twin sisters Camille & Kennerly.

We always feel most at home playing our harps in nature. We found a magical setting for our new music video for “The Girl with the Flaxen Hair” (Debussy)! 🌼🌼 We hope our arrangement will whisk you away to a place of complete peace – daydreaming in a field of wildflowers under an azure sky. ☀️☀️ https://youtu.be/KdUdDLATYQ0

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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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Nice selection of music this morning, thank you!
Keeping Johann Sebastian Bach alive is a such delightful thing in Detroit and so as someone like me who is very very basic classical music listener who is still in learning stage of Bach's Passion.
Thank you for playing an amazing Concerto for Contrabass & String Orchestra by Missy Mazzoli on Symphony Cast this afternoon! A breathtaking work by a composer who's totally new to me, and likely to many listers of WRCJ as well. Oftentimes, there's a preoccupation with the "classics", and not enough modern voices in the mix. A few pieces by Arvo Pärt, or Philip Glass, just isn't enough. In fact, I'm happily falling headlong into her work as I write this, and hopefully other listeners will too. Kudos!
It is like about time to people who has a jobs and retired pretty decent to donate to this station. I do not have job nor retired with money but I can plead to all who had been listening then did not donate and contributed to this radio station. And I do not work for this station at all. Just a listener and I am not so well to do that by tuning on radio station itself and radio on means to me is donation. Giving listener's ear each every day. That's what I do with all NPR stations and one other FM radio just I like to listen to new music that is created Now as I am living being as now. I tuning on that and Canada one because they are so out there that sounds sometimes like Native Indian guys and girls trying something unique of their own. Their music any types at all end up that sounds somewhat allow my head to turn then after few minutes I had to tune off my ear but let it play for their own thing. I can listen to only one type for so long. So I mix my things up. In between I listen to own CDs. Sometimes just like last year leading up to now this had been saga of mine. Stuck at home and making this radio station as my pet project. All of them actually. All radio people their minds sets represents how much they give and hardly receive emotional supports at all from listeners like myself. I can not give you money but I feel all your dutiful meaningful words spoken then giving anyway. It is response you would get like asking more of questions regarding music itself and their stories just like mine. Then you all would able to say "You know I prepare this for work also my own enjoyment then asking questions by not listening close enough to know what I said then why do you listen." You can not ever say that. Nor listeners asking for individual attentions like you guys are in public that they own you types like. You guys none of you guys aren't owned by any one single listeners but you own your work of art. No one should expressed frustrations nor unwilling bad comments nor asking for individual attentions. What they need to do is listen to the music that is prepared for listeners and it is actually educational one that teach you to how to appreciate music. And if anyone likes to listen music by one stanza at a time tune in Weekends early morning additions and easy afternoon additions. Very thoughtful station that I really appreciate all the good works you guys do and all sound engineers Thumbs Up! And cleaning crews around and tech guys and gals. With this stations we get to have some sort of cultural music lessons that is taught in college levels. So if anyone can donate please donate. Thank you! Cherry on the top!
A blast ftom the past! Dave Wagner, taken many moons ago at WQRS station by Ken Hall.
Interesting! @WRCJFM909
CELEBRATING March Is Women's History Month...Abbey Lincoln.
well Mr. Hill...Tues. eve.... so far, so gooooood!!
March Is Women's History Month...WRCJ CELEBRATING Women Of Character, Courage & Commitment.
Can you squeeze in a little "Grand Canyon Suite" today to commemorate the creation of the park in 1919?
Thank you so much for playing Liebestraum by Franz Liszt. I played this for my Grandfather many times on the organ growing up in Detroit. He loved this...
Oh, Satin Doll by Duke Ellington! Beautiful! Thank you...