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WKCR-FM "The Original FM" WKCR-FM, Columbia University’s non-commercial student-run radio station, is dedicated to presenting a spectrum of alternative programming—traditional and art music, spoken arts, and original journalism.

Granted its FCC license in 1941, WKCR is both steeped in tradition and committed to innovation. The station can be heard throughout New York at 89.9 FM and worldwide, live-streaming at wkcr.org

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Granted its FCC license in 1941, WKCR is both steeped in tradition and committed to innovation. The station can be heard throughout New York at 89.9 FM and worldwide, live-streaming at wkcr.org

Other WKCR presence on facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/WKCR-Classical/309445089188685?fref=ts

Follow us on twitter:
https://twitter.com/WKCRFM
https://twitter.com/WKCRNews
https://twitter.com/WKC

Operating as usual

Today is #ColumbiaGivingDay! Join the Columbia community in showing support for the schools and students that bring them...
10/20/2021

Today is #ColumbiaGivingDay! Join the Columbia community in showing support for the schools and students that bring them life.

https://www.givenow.columbia.edu/?_sa=07483&_sd=411 or via mail by sending a check or money order to WKCR, 2920 Broadway, New York NY 10027

Today is #ColumbiaGivingDay! Join the Columbia community in showing support for the schools and students that bring them life.

https://www.givenow.columbia.edu/?_sa=07483&_sd=411 or via mail by sending a check or money order to WKCR, 2920 Broadway, New York NY 10027

Jazz Alt this Monday - Mitch Goldman's Deep Focus on Don Pullen with guest William Ho**er:What will be revealed on Monda...
10/18/2021

Jazz Alt this Monday - Mitch Goldman's Deep Focus on Don Pullen with guest William Ho**er:

What will be revealed on Monday night? In every episode of Deep Focus, we discover new facets of (at least) 2 artists: our guest lends insight about the subject but the guest also inevitably reveals new sides of him or herself. So what do we get when we listen to Don Pullen's music with a fellow conceptualist like William Ho**er? Host Mitch Goldman says, "I could tell you but wouldn't you rather hear it for yourself?"

Tune in to Jazz Alternatives on Monday (10/18) and find out. It's from 6pm to 9pm on WKCR 89.9FM, WKCR HD-1 in NYC and wkcr.org on the web.

Tuesday morning it goes up on the Deep Focus podcast on your favorite podcasting app or at https://mitchgoldman.podbean.com/

#WKCR #JazzAlternatives #DonPullen #WilliamHo**er #DeepFocus #MitchGoldman

(Photo credit: fair use)

Jazz Alt this Monday - Mitch Goldman's Deep Focus on Don Pullen with guest William Ho**er:

What will be revealed on Monday night? In every episode of Deep Focus, we discover new facets of (at least) 2 artists: our guest lends insight about the subject but the guest also inevitably reveals new sides of him or herself. So what do we get when we listen to Don Pullen's music with a fellow conceptualist like William Ho**er? Host Mitch Goldman says, "I could tell you but wouldn't you rather hear it for yourself?"

Tune in to Jazz Alternatives on Monday (10/18) and find out. It's from 6pm to 9pm on WKCR 89.9FM, WKCR HD-1 in NYC and wkcr.org on the web.

Tuesday morning it goes up on the Deep Focus podcast on your favorite podcasting app or at https://mitchgoldman.podbean.com/

#WKCR #JazzAlternatives #DonPullen #WilliamHo**er #DeepFocus #MitchGoldman

(Photo credit: fair use)

This Friday, October 15, we’re so excited to present 24 Hours of Fela Kuti; a birthday broadcast in celebration of the A...
10/14/2021

This Friday, October 15, we’re so excited to present 24 Hours of Fela Kuti; a birthday broadcast in celebration of the Afrobeat legend!

All day long on Friday, tune in to WKCR to hear the sounds of Fela!! 89.9FM-NY and wkcr.org

This Friday, October 15, we’re so excited to present 24 Hours of Fela Kuti; a birthday broadcast in celebration of the Afrobeat legend!

All day long on Friday, tune in to WKCR to hear the sounds of Fela!! 89.9FM-NY and wkcr.org

Tomorrow from 7-9pm: Celebrate Indigenous People’s Day with a profile of Jimi Hendrix, hosted by Charlie Smith. We begin...
10/11/2021

Tomorrow from 7-9pm: Celebrate Indigenous People’s Day with a profile of Jimi Hendrix, hosted by Charlie Smith. We begin with his earliest soul work for the Isley Brothers, and listen as his guitar blooms into the earth acid that shook the world.

Tomorrow from 7-9pm: Celebrate Indigenous People’s Day with a profile of Jimi Hendrix, hosted by Charlie Smith. We begin with his earliest soul work for the Isley Brothers, and listen as his guitar blooms into the earth acid that shook the world.

Tune in tomorrow, 9:30am-9pm, for the second Indigenous People's Day Broadcast on WKCR! Find us on the dial at 89.9FM-NY...
10/11/2021

Tune in tomorrow, 9:30am-9pm, for the second Indigenous People's Day Broadcast on WKCR! Find us on the dial at 89.9FM-NY or online at wkcr.org

Tune in tomorrow, 9:30am-9pm, for the second Indigenous People's Day Broadcast on WKCR! Find us on the dial at 89.9FM-NY or online at wkcr.org

Today, WKCR marks our 80th anniversary on the air with our annual 24-hour Thelonious Monk Birthday Broadcast!!! But ther...
10/11/2021

Today, WKCR marks our 80th anniversary on the air with our annual 24-hour Thelonious Monk Birthday Broadcast!!! But there is even more to celebrate... For the first time since January of 2020, a newly licensed programmer hosted their first live show today – a monumental occasion for all of us here at WKCR who have been operating the station remotely for nearly two years. We thank you, our listeners, for your patience over the COVID-19 pandemic and for your unwavering support over the last eight decades, and we invite you to celebrate with us as we grow in numbers yet again, bringing a new generation of DJs and educators to the airwaves.

Over the next three months, WKCR will be celebrating our anniversary in a number of ways. Keep your eye out for limited-edition merchandise posted on our website, and stay tuned to hear familiar voices of the past 80 years make their way back on air. Are you a WKCR alum or long-time fan who would like to participate? Reach out to [email protected]. We would love to have you.

If you would like to support the station with a birthday donation, visit wkcr.org and click the "donate" button. Though there is much to celebrate this year at WKCR, we remain in need of basic equipment to keep our operations running. If you are considering making a large donation and would like to speak to a station representative, reach out to [email protected].

Finally, as we will do many times over the next few months, we invite you to share your favorite memories of WKCR in the comment thread below! Is there a DJ that brightens your day every week? A particular show that is stuck in your mind? We want to hear about it! Our favorite comments will be featured as part of the WKCR 80th Anniversary Project at the end of the year.

Keep the dial turned to 89.9, and stay tuned.

Today, WKCR marks our 80th anniversary on the air with our annual 24-hour Thelonious Monk Birthday Broadcast!!! But there is even more to celebrate... For the first time since January of 2020, a newly licensed programmer hosted their first live show today – a monumental occasion for all of us here at WKCR who have been operating the station remotely for nearly two years. We thank you, our listeners, for your patience over the COVID-19 pandemic and for your unwavering support over the last eight decades, and we invite you to celebrate with us as we grow in numbers yet again, bringing a new generation of DJs and educators to the airwaves.

Over the next three months, WKCR will be celebrating our anniversary in a number of ways. Keep your eye out for limited-edition merchandise posted on our website, and stay tuned to hear familiar voices of the past 80 years make their way back on air. Are you a WKCR alum or long-time fan who would like to participate? Reach out to [email protected]. We would love to have you.

If you would like to support the station with a birthday donation, visit wkcr.org and click the "donate" button. Though there is much to celebrate this year at WKCR, we remain in need of basic equipment to keep our operations running. If you are considering making a large donation and would like to speak to a station representative, reach out to [email protected].

Finally, as we will do many times over the next few months, we invite you to share your favorite memories of WKCR in the comment thread below! Is there a DJ that brightens your day every week? A particular show that is stuck in your mind? We want to hear about it! Our favorite comments will be featured as part of the WKCR 80th Anniversary Project at the end of the year.

Keep the dial turned to 89.9, and stay tuned.

Join WKCR tomorrow, October 10th, to celebrate the life and legacy of Thelonious Monk on his 104th birthday! Tune in to ...
10/10/2021

Join WKCR tomorrow, October 10th, to celebrate the life and legacy of Thelonious Monk on his 104th birthday! Tune in to 89.9FM-NY or listen online at wkcr.org.

Join WKCR tomorrow, October 10th, to celebrate the life and legacy of Thelonious Monk on his 104th birthday! Tune in to 89.9FM-NY or listen online at wkcr.org.

This Monday from 6pm to 9pm it's a special Thelonious Monk birthday week Deep Focus from 2016 with host Mitch Goldman an...
10/04/2021
Deep Focus

This Monday from 6pm to 9pm it's a special Thelonious Monk birthday week Deep Focus from 2016 with host Mitch Goldman and his guest, pianist Vijay Iyer. Of Monk, Vijay Iyer has said, "I think about Thelonious Monk every day. He's my biggest influence by far.” Insights and exquisitely rare recordings will abound.

Tuesday morning the show goes up on the Deep Focus podcast on your favorite podcasting app or at https://mitchgoldman.podbean.com/

This Sunday October 10, in addition to being Monk's 104th birthday anniversary, is also the 80th anniversary of WKCR being granted its FM broadcast license by the FCC. Come on now, people: stand up and cheer!

#WKCR #DeepFocus #TheloniousMonk #VijayIyer #MitchGoldman #JazzRadio #JazzInterview #JazzPodcast

Host Mitch Goldman and his musician-guest explore rare archival recordings of one of the guest’s favorite artists....

Jazz Alternative Mon. Sept. 27 - Mitch Goldman's Deep Focus on Woody Shaw with guest Roy CampbellFrom the host:Wanna tal...
09/27/2021

Jazz Alternative Mon. Sept. 27 - Mitch Goldman's Deep Focus on Woody Shaw with guest Roy Campbell

From the host:
Wanna talk trumpet? Roy Campbell spills the beans in this one. The inside stories on Woody Shaw I expected, but Lee Morgan?! Miles Davis?! Ornette Coleman?! Roy Campbell walked the walk and on this show he talks the talk.

I am so glad I got him in the chair and that I can share this with you. Not 2 months after this recording, we got the terrible news that he had died of heart disease at age 61. Roy, you left us way too soon.

Tune in Monday (9/27) 6pm to 9pm on WKCR 89.9FM, WKCR HD-1 or wkcr.org. If you miss it, you can catch it and hundreds of other episodes with Deep Focus on your favorite podcasting app or at https://mitchgoldman.podbean.com/

#WKCR #DeepFocus #MitchGoldman #RoyCambell #WoodyShaw #JazzTrumpet #JazzInterview #JazzRadio #JazzPodcast

(Photo credit: Woody_Shaw by Tom Marcello - permission by Creative Commons)

Jazz Alternative Mon. Sept. 27 - Mitch Goldman's Deep Focus on Woody Shaw with guest Roy Campbell

From the host:
Wanna talk trumpet? Roy Campbell spills the beans in this one. The inside stories on Woody Shaw I expected, but Lee Morgan?! Miles Davis?! Ornette Coleman?! Roy Campbell walked the walk and on this show he talks the talk.

I am so glad I got him in the chair and that I can share this with you. Not 2 months after this recording, we got the terrible news that he had died of heart disease at age 61. Roy, you left us way too soon.

Tune in Monday (9/27) 6pm to 9pm on WKCR 89.9FM, WKCR HD-1 or wkcr.org. If you miss it, you can catch it and hundreds of other episodes with Deep Focus on your favorite podcasting app or at https://mitchgoldman.podbean.com/

#WKCR #DeepFocus #MitchGoldman #RoyCambell #WoodyShaw #JazzTrumpet #JazzInterview #JazzRadio #JazzPodcast

(Photo credit: Woody_Shaw by Tom Marcello - permission by Creative Commons)

Tonight at 10pm on WKCR 89.9 FM-NY and WKCR.org: 1 hour of power. A rough guide to hardcore, from 1979-1999. Featuring B...
09/26/2021

Tonight at 10pm on WKCR 89.9 FM-NY and WKCR.org: 1 hour of power. A rough guide to hardcore, from 1979-1999. Featuring Bad Brains, Black Flag, Bikini Kill, Madonna. Tune in!

Tonight at 10pm on WKCR 89.9 FM-NY and WKCR.org: 1 hour of power. A rough guide to hardcore, from 1979-1999. Featuring Bad Brains, Black Flag, Bikini Kill, Madonna. Tune in!

Join WKCR all day tomorrow, September 23rd, for our annual John Coltrane Birthday Broadcast!! For the first time since M...
09/22/2021

Join WKCR all day tomorrow, September 23rd, for our annual John Coltrane Birthday Broadcast!! For the first time since March 2020, all student programs will be coming to you live from the WKCR studios. Tune in and give us a call :)

Join WKCR all day tomorrow, September 23rd, for our annual John Coltrane Birthday Broadcast!! For the first time since March 2020, all student programs will be coming to you live from the WKCR studios. Tune in and give us a call :)

Jazz Alternatives Monday (9/13) - Mitch Goldman's Deep Focus on Ed Blackwell with Andy Caploe:From the host: Phil Schaap...
09/13/2021

Jazz Alternatives Monday (9/13) - Mitch Goldman's Deep Focus on Ed Blackwell with Andy Caploe:

From the host:

Phil Schaap's greatest achievement was not his astonishing command of the history of the Jazz idiom or his unrivalled radio programming or his grammy-winning record producing and studio work, all of which have been deservingly vaunted in his obituaries. His greatest achievement was manifesting a radio station that could be a place for the kind of programming that he saw a need for.

From the time I was a little kid I loved listening to the radio. When I became a teen, I started really paying attention to WKCR. By the time I started programming here in 1985, I had been a dedicated fan of the station for the better part of a decade. I kinda figured there was probably a station like WKCR in every major city, right? Wrong. Forty years later, having traveled all over the surface of the earth, often in relation to my work in media, I can tell you that there is nothing remotely like WKCR anywhere. There are other wonderful radio stations but none do what WKCR does. I have never heard this kind of immersion in the community of musicians and fans, this level of scholarship, this unwavering commitment to reaching far beyond the level of middle-brow entertainment to unapologetically reach for what the artistry of the music demands. Those 40-minute mic breaks? That's what I'm talking about. Well, that and the birthday broadcasts, and the memorial broadcasts, and the festivals and, and, and, ...That's Phil.

The WKCR that we know is a figment of Phil Schaap's imagination. Many have contributed-- and I am proud to count myself among them-- but I don't believe that any of us would have started down this particular path without Phil.
And let me tell you: that kind of thing doesn't just happen by itself. The degree and variety of resources that it takes to keep a radio station and a format going for 50 years are astounding. The tide of opposition (or just apathy) can be truly paralyzing. Somehow, this notion emerged from Phil's brain and has captivated enough of us long enough to keep this juggernaut barreling on all this time. Did I know I would still be doing my college radio show a third of a century later? Of course not but I am so very grateful that Phil and all the other programmers who came before me did what they did to allow it to happen. I cannot tell you how much richer my life is because of it.

One of the principal among those predecessors was certainly Andy Caploe. When I was in high school, Andy hosted the slot that I do now. His show was more of a model for the way I started out doing the show than anything was. Okay, the truth is that I tried to copy Andy. Tried and failed. Many times. But eventually I came up with my own concept and by then Andy and I were great friends, as we are to this day.

What a pleasure it was to welcome Andy to the studio to do Deep Focus with me in 2018. And our topic? Ed Blackwell. It couldn't have been anything other than a lovefest and the WKCR archives yielded magic. Best of all, who was in the station that night but Phil Schaap. Phil and Andy hadn't seen one another in quite a few years and it was indeed a memorable reunion. I'm just glad I got to be there for it.

Tune in Monday from 6pm to 9pm to hear for yourself. If you miss it, catich it on the Deep Focus podcast on your favorite podcasting app or at https://mitchgoldman.podbean.com/

What's that you say? You want a story about Phil's ridiculously terrifying memory? Okay. On March 16, 1987 I'm sitting in Tom's on 112th St. with my friend and radio comrade from another station, Jonathan Fiur. Phil walks in and I point him out to Jon. Jon has always wanted to meet Phil so of course I introduce them. As it happens, it's Jon's birthday and Phil is happy to wish Jon a happy one. On March 16, 1989-- a full TWO YEARS LATER!-- I see Phil at the station:

Phil: "...and don't forget to wish Jon a happy birthday for me."

Me: "Jon who?"

Phil: "I don't know. You didn't tell me his last name."

It took me a week to remember what he was talking about. Funny enough, I have never forgotten Jonathan Fiur's birthday since.

Phil, rather than just saying "Thank you," I'll say that the path you have charted for us is clear. I don't imagine I will get as far down that road as you have but it means the world to me to have had you to lead the way.

#WKCR #PhilSchaap #AndyCaploe #EdBlackwell #MitchGoldman #DeepFocus #JazzRadio #JazzInterview #JazzPodcast

(Photo credit: Earle Warren and Phil Schaap by Nancy Miller Elliott/New York Public Library)

Jazz Alternatives Monday (9/13) - Mitch Goldman's Deep Focus on Ed Blackwell with Andy Caploe:

From the host:

Phil Schaap's greatest achievement was not his astonishing command of the history of the Jazz idiom or his unrivalled radio programming or his grammy-winning record producing and studio work, all of which have been deservingly vaunted in his obituaries. His greatest achievement was manifesting a radio station that could be a place for the kind of programming that he saw a need for.

From the time I was a little kid I loved listening to the radio. When I became a teen, I started really paying attention to WKCR. By the time I started programming here in 1985, I had been a dedicated fan of the station for the better part of a decade. I kinda figured there was probably a station like WKCR in every major city, right? Wrong. Forty years later, having traveled all over the surface of the earth, often in relation to my work in media, I can tell you that there is nothing remotely like WKCR anywhere. There are other wonderful radio stations but none do what WKCR does. I have never heard this kind of immersion in the community of musicians and fans, this level of scholarship, this unwavering commitment to reaching far beyond the level of middle-brow entertainment to unapologetically reach for what the artistry of the music demands. Those 40-minute mic breaks? That's what I'm talking about. Well, that and the birthday broadcasts, and the memorial broadcasts, and the festivals and, and, and, ...That's Phil.

The WKCR that we know is a figment of Phil Schaap's imagination. Many have contributed-- and I am proud to count myself among them-- but I don't believe that any of us would have started down this particular path without Phil.
And let me tell you: that kind of thing doesn't just happen by itself. The degree and variety of resources that it takes to keep a radio station and a format going for 50 years are astounding. The tide of opposition (or just apathy) can be truly paralyzing. Somehow, this notion emerged from Phil's brain and has captivated enough of us long enough to keep this juggernaut barreling on all this time. Did I know I would still be doing my college radio show a third of a century later? Of course not but I am so very grateful that Phil and all the other programmers who came before me did what they did to allow it to happen. I cannot tell you how much richer my life is because of it.

One of the principal among those predecessors was certainly Andy Caploe. When I was in high school, Andy hosted the slot that I do now. His show was more of a model for the way I started out doing the show than anything was. Okay, the truth is that I tried to copy Andy. Tried and failed. Many times. But eventually I came up with my own concept and by then Andy and I were great friends, as we are to this day.

What a pleasure it was to welcome Andy to the studio to do Deep Focus with me in 2018. And our topic? Ed Blackwell. It couldn't have been anything other than a lovefest and the WKCR archives yielded magic. Best of all, who was in the station that night but Phil Schaap. Phil and Andy hadn't seen one another in quite a few years and it was indeed a memorable reunion. I'm just glad I got to be there for it.

Tune in Monday from 6pm to 9pm to hear for yourself. If you miss it, catich it on the Deep Focus podcast on your favorite podcasting app or at https://mitchgoldman.podbean.com/

What's that you say? You want a story about Phil's ridiculously terrifying memory? Okay. On March 16, 1987 I'm sitting in Tom's on 112th St. with my friend and radio comrade from another station, Jonathan Fiur. Phil walks in and I point him out to Jon. Jon has always wanted to meet Phil so of course I introduce them. As it happens, it's Jon's birthday and Phil is happy to wish Jon a happy one. On March 16, 1989-- a full TWO YEARS LATER!-- I see Phil at the station:

Phil: "...and don't forget to wish Jon a happy birthday for me."

Me: "Jon who?"

Phil: "I don't know. You didn't tell me his last name."

It took me a week to remember what he was talking about. Funny enough, I have never forgotten Jonathan Fiur's birthday since.

Phil, rather than just saying "Thank you," I'll say that the path you have charted for us is clear. I don't imagine I will get as far down that road as you have but it means the world to me to have had you to lead the way.

#WKCR #PhilSchaap #AndyCaploe #EdBlackwell #MitchGoldman #DeepFocus #JazzRadio #JazzInterview #JazzPodcast

(Photo credit: Earle Warren and Phil Schaap by Nancy Miller Elliott/New York Public Library)

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I can no longer get my beloved WKCR on the internet. Anyone know why, or what can be done.
Regarding the music going on right now, 7:16 pm on Sunday: are we hearing actual words or the South Asian equivalent of s**t singing?
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Happy 80th birthday, WKCR!
Will the station be doing a Chick Corea tribute/memorial broadcast?
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