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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 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/WKCRHipHop https://twitter.com/WKCRsports https://twitter.com/WKCRjazz https://twitter.com/WKCRClassical

Tune in ! wkcr.org or on the FM
06/05/2020

Tune in !

wkcr.org
or on the FM

Join us today for a 24-hour Memorial Broadcast for jazz drummer Jimmy Cobb who passed away last week in Manhattan. Tune ...
06/02/2020
Jimmy Cobb Memorial Broadcast! | WKCR 89.9FM NY

Join us today for a 24-hour Memorial Broadcast for jazz drummer Jimmy Cobb who passed away last week in Manhattan. Tune in for special jazz programming all day honoring Cobb's legendary contributions to the jazz world.

https://www.cc-seas.columbia.edu/wkcr/story/jimmy-cobb-memorial-broadcast

(an earlier version of this release mistakenly labeled the broadcast as a birthday celebration -- we regret the error sincerely!)

Tuesday, June 2, 2020 (All day)Join us today, June 2nd, for a 24 hour Memorial Broadcast for legendary American jazz drummer Jimmy Cobb who passed away last week in Manhattan. We'll be honoring his life and musicianship all day on air with special programming, interviews, and commentary. Tune in at....

NArts hour interview tomorrow! Check it outttt :)
05/06/2020
A Conversation with Jamael Dean | WKCR 89.9FM NY

NArts hour interview tomorrow!
Check it outttt :)

Thursday, May 7, 2020 - 9:00pm to 10:00pmHi all!!! This Thursday from 9-10 PM EST, tune in to WKCR News and Arts for an interview with Jamael Dean, 21-year-old jazz pianist, composer, producer, and rapper. Acclaimed as a ‘jazz prodigy,’ Dean is the bandleader of “Jamael Dean and the Afronauts,...

Our Duke Ellington Birthday Broadcast, in honor of the legendary Duke Ellington, started a few minutes ago and will be g...
04/29/2020

Our Duke Ellington Birthday Broadcast, in honor of the legendary Duke Ellington, started a few minutes ago and will be going on 'til Midnight EST!

Tune in and have fun if you would like :)

89.9 on the FM and wkcr.org !!!

peace and love

Hello all, TOMORROW!!!, an abridged BEETHOVENFEST will be happening from 9:30AM-9:30PM EST, on the 250th anni of Beethov...
03/26/2020
BEETHOVENFEST 2020- 1808 CONCERT THURSDAY MARCH 26TH 930AM TO 930PM | WKCR 89.9FM NY

Hello all,
TOMORROW!!!, an abridged BEETHOVENFEST will be happening from 9:30AM-9:30PM EST, on the 250th anni of Beethoven’s birth.

Thanks to Teri Noel Towe and Generalis Procurator, WKCR will be airing Beethoven’s 1808 concert in its entirety!!!

Hope everyone is taking care and doing well ❣️🙂

More on the website ⬇️

Thursday, March 26, 2020 - 9:30am to 9:30pmBeloved Listeners, Thanks to efforts by Teri Noel Towe, a 12-hour show commemorating Beethoven's 1808 Concert will be programmed tomorrow THURSDAY MARCH 26TH from 930am to 930pm- date which is the 193rd anniversary of Beethoven's death, this year marking th...

Join us on WKCR this Sunday as Sid Gribetz explores the works of Donald Byrd and Pepper Adams!Tune in :) 2-5 PM, AND Che...
03/15/2020
Exploring Donald Byrd + Pepper Adams on Jazz Profiles w/ Sid Gribetz! | WKCR 89.9FM NY

Join us on WKCR this Sunday as Sid Gribetz explores the works of Donald Byrd and Pepper Adams!

Tune in :) 2-5 PM, AND Check out the link below (Lots of cool bio info!)

(And make sure you're taking care in these crazy times!

Sunday, March 15, 2020 - 2:00pm to 5:00pmOn Jazz Profiles this week, Sid Gribetz presents a program exploring the collaborations of Donald Byrd and Pepper Adams. That's this Sunday, March 15, 2020 from 2-5 PM on WKCR radio!Donald Byrd was one of the all-time greats of modern jazz trumpet, possessed....

Check this out 😎 and tune in today 🤝
03/11/2020
An Afternoon of Jazz Interviews! | WKCR 89.9FM NY

Check this out 😎 and tune in today 🤝

Wednesday, March 11, 2020 - 12:00pm to 9:00pmWe'll be airing two great interviews from the Jazz Dept. this afternoon! New-York city based jazz guitarist and composer Shubh Saran was kind enough to stop by WKCR yesterday to talk about his recent EP, his recent tour to India, his compositional process...

Hey all, We'll be doing a special memorial broadcast from 2-9PM today in honor of the legendary McCoy Tyner. The pianist...
03/08/2020

Hey all,
We'll be doing a special memorial broadcast from 2-9PM today in honor of the legendary McCoy Tyner.
The pianist's death at 81 years of age this past week shook the Jazz world, and we're hoping to share just a piece of his massive legacy with you all this afternoon!

GET READY EVERYONEFORBEETHOVENFESTMARCH 24-2672 HOUR OF BEETHOVENON WKCR FM
03/03/2020
BEETHOVENFEST 2020! | WKCR 89.9FM NY

GET READY EVERYONE
FOR
BEETHOVENFEST
MARCH 24-26
72 HOUR OF BEETHOVEN
ON WKCR FM

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 (All day) to Thursday, March 26, 2020 (All day)WKCR FM New York is ECSTATIC to be announcing our FIRST ANNUAL BEETHOVENFEST! On the 250th anniversary of Ludwig van Beethoven's birth, WKCR will be programming a 3-day festival of the legendary musician's major works from March....

Correction: Tomorrow (Friday) Night, Not tonight!
02/20/2020
WKCR-FM

Correction: Tomorrow (Friday) Night, Not tonight!

Hey everyone!
Friday night's News&Arts hour is gonna be great:

In the wake of the recent earthquakes in Puerto Rico, the small nonprofit farm and educational group of Tabonuco is working to bring solar energy as a form of political freedom to its communities--not only from power outages in the future, but also from a government that has yet to be held accountable for its actions.

Join WKCR 9-10pm this Friday, February 21st for an exclusive conversation between Columbia student Viviana Prado-Núñez and Tabonuco members Rosaura Rodríguez Muñoz, Gina Malley Campos and Colibrí Sanfiorenzo Barnhard.

Hey everyone! Friday night's News&Arts hour is gonna be great: In the wake of the recent earthquakes in Puerto Rico, the...
02/20/2020
NARTS Special: Tabonuco & Solar Energy in Puerto Rico! | WKCR 89.9FM NY

Hey everyone!
Friday night's News&Arts hour is gonna be great:

In the wake of the recent earthquakes in Puerto Rico, the small nonprofit farm and educational group of Tabonuco is working to bring solar energy as a form of political freedom to its communities--not only from power outages in the future, but also from a government that has yet to be held accountable for its actions.

Join WKCR 9-10pm this Friday, February 21st for an exclusive conversation between Columbia student Viviana Prado-Núñez and Tabonuco members Rosaura Rodríguez Muñoz, Gina Malley Campos and Colibrí Sanfiorenzo Barnhard.

Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 9:00pm to 10:00pmHi Everyone! Super interesting interview during the News & Arts hour tonight: In the wake of the recent earthquakes in Puerto Rico, the small nonprofit farm and educational group of Tabonuco is working to bring solar energy as a form of political freedo...

Our FM broadcast has fallen to the winds. But worry not! The online stream stands strong!
02/08/2020
FM DOWN | WKCR 89.9FM NY

Our FM broadcast has fallen to the winds.
But worry not! The online stream stands strong!

Friday, February 7, 2020 - 11:30pm to Saturday, February 8, 2020 - 7:00amHello! Our FM Broadcast is down as a result of the wild wild winds that descended upon New York City today. In a worst case scenario, the signal will be back up and running by 7AM. In the meantime, tune in through the stream he...

Hello all!Teri Noel Towe will be hosting a special edition of Early Music this Friday in honor of pianist Peter Serkin's...
02/06/2020
Special Peter Serkin Edition of Early Music | WKCR 89.9FM NY

Hello all!

Teri Noel Towe will be hosting a special edition of Early Music this Friday in honor of pianist Peter Serkin's passing.

More info on the site!

Friday, February 7, 2020 - 9:30am to 12:00pmHello all! This Friday's Early Music will honor iconic classical pianist Peter Serkin, who passed away on the first of the month. Renowned programmer Teri Towe will be playing Bach and Mozart compositions as performed by Serkin in memory of Serkin. Tune in...

Hope everyone's had a chance to enjoy today's Roy Eldridge broadcast!We'll be covering CUMBB's Ivy League matchup with Y...
01/30/2020
Upcoming Sports Preemption | WKCR 89.9FM NY

Hope everyone's had a chance to enjoy today's Roy Eldridge broadcast!

We'll be covering CUMBB's Ivy League matchup with Yale tomorrow evening.

More on the website.

Friday, January 31, 2020 - 7:00pm to 9:00pmHey everyone! Jazz Alternatives will be partially preempted tommorow by our Sports Department's coverage of Columbia Men's Basketball's Ivy League clash with Yale in New Haven tomorrow. The show will air from 6-7pm EST before the sports team takes over unti...

We're two days away from our Roy Eldridge birthday broadcast!!!!! Join us this thursday for 24 hours of BIG trumpet cour...
01/28/2020
Roy Eldridge Birthday Broadcast! | WKCR 89.9FM NY

We're two days away from our Roy Eldridge birthday broadcast!!!!! Join us this thursday for 24 hours of BIG trumpet courtesy of "Little Jazz" :)

Thursday, January 30, 2020 (All day)Join WKCR on Thursday, January 30th as we celebrate the life and music of this jazz trumpeter who, according to the legendary Ella Fitzgerald, put "more soul in one note that a lot of people could get into the whole song." Roy Eldridge, aka "Little Jazz," was born...

Hey! Our online stream's gonna be down for a bit starting at 3 today as we work on some quick updates. Thanks for bearin...
01/27/2020
Temporary Stream Takedown | WKCR 89.9FM NY

Hey! Our online stream's gonna be down for a bit starting at 3 today as we work on some quick updates.
Thanks for bearing with us :)

Monday, January 27, 2020 - 3:00pm to 6:00pmHi all! Prepare for a temporary return to a world without the internet :) We're taking the online stream down for a short period today at 3:00 PM EST in order to move the source to a dedicated box (this basically will help ensure that it does not go down in...

Hello! This Saturday is our annual  Antônio Carlos Jobim festival in honor of the legendary Brazilian musician's birthda...
01/23/2020
21st Annual Antônio Carlos Jobim Festival! | WKCR 89.9FM NY

Hello! This Saturday is our annual Antônio Carlos Jobim festival in honor of the legendary Brazilian musician's birthday and legacy. Programming will commence at 2am (immediately after a fantastic edition of Mambo Machine) and continue for 22 hours until midnight.
More at wkcr.org:

Saturday, January 25, 2020 - 2:00am to 11:59pmOn Saturday, January 25th, from 2:00 am to 11:59 pm, WKCR celebrates the music and life of Antônio Carlos Brasileiro de Almeida Jobim, or "Tom," on what would be his 93rd birthday. Composer, pianist, songwriter, arranger and singer, Jobim's contribution...

Hello All, Monday's jazz shows will honor legendary saxophonist and composer Jimmy Heath, who passed away peacefully at ...
01/20/2020
Jazz Saxophone Legend Jimmy Heath Has Died

Hello All,
Monday's jazz shows will honor legendary saxophonist and composer Jimmy Heath, who passed away peacefully at the age of 93 yesterday.

The saxophonist and composer — an artist who wrote for Miles Davis and Charlie Parker, and who nurtured John Coltrane — died Sunday at age 93.

Hey everybody! We're a bit late on the announcement, but our 24 Hour Max Roach Birthday Broadcast is this Friday, Januar...
01/09/2020
Max Roach Birthday Broadcast! | WKCR 89.9FM NY

Hey everybody!
We're a bit late on the announcement, but our 24 Hour Max Roach Birthday Broadcast is this Friday, January 10th! Make sure to tune in and enjoy the works of the legendary jazz drummer and musician with WKCR!
Find more info on our website:

Friday, January 10, 2020 (All day)This Friday, January 10th, marks what would be jazz drummer, composer, civil rights activist, educator, and overall legend Max Roach's 96th birthday. Celebrate it with us at WKCR as we honor his legacy with a 24 hour broadcast of his catalog! Working alongside Dizzy...

Our Bach Fest schedule is now available! Check it out below and at wkcr.org
12/24/2019

Our Bach Fest schedule is now available!
Check it out below and at wkcr.org

ANDDDDD WE HAVE MERCH! The return of Bachfest on WKCR means newly designed t-shirts and tote bags for our lovely listene...
12/20/2019
WKCR-FM Bachfest

ANDDDDD WE HAVE MERCH! The return of Bachfest on WKCR means newly designed t-shirts and tote bags for our lovely listeners 💖💖💖. Support the station (and your wardrobe) and get your merch today!

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 innovatio...

BachFest returns to WKCR! Read more about it on our website.
12/12/2019
Bach Festival 2019 | WKCR 89.9FM NY

BachFest returns to WKCR! Read more about it on our website.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019 (All day) to Tuesday, December 31, 2019 (All day)WKCR announces the annual Bach Festival 2019, which this year is the 41st anniversary of the BachFest tradition. For the eight-day period from 12:00 AM on December 24th through 12:00 AM on New Year’s Day, WKCR (89.9 FM and...

11/19/2019

Sorry for the interruption. WKCR is currently undergoing maintenance on its FM signal and we are temporarily off air. In the meantime, you can stream your favorite radio station at WKCR.org.

Tune in this Thursday, November 21, for a 24-hour broadcast of Coleman Hawkins' music in celebration of his 115th birthd...
11/19/2019
Coleman Hawkins Birthday Broadcast | WKCR 89.9FM NY

Tune in this Thursday, November 21, for a 24-hour broadcast of Coleman Hawkins' music in celebration of his 115th birthday anniversary!

Thursday, November 21, 2019 (All day)Tune in starting this Thursday, November 21, for a 24-hour broadcast of Coleman Hawkins' music in celebration of his 115th birthday anniversary! As one of the first renowned jazz tenor saxophonists, Hawkins helped to establish the instrument as essential to the g...

Tune in to Radio Rompiendo tonight from 10pm-11pm for a conversation Renata Flores, Peruvian singer and producer fusing ...
10/30/2019

Tune in to Radio Rompiendo tonight from 10pm-11pm for a conversation Renata Flores, Peruvian singer and producer fusing trap, pop, and Andean music with her powerful lyrics in Quechua. Listen live at 89.9 FM in the NYC area or stream worldwide at wkcr.org

Tune in to Deep Focus this Monday from 6pm to 9pm! A note from Mitch:This I love — when a guest on Deep Focus chooses a ...
10/28/2019
WKCR 89.9FM NY

Tune in to Deep Focus this Monday from 6pm to 9pm!

A note from Mitch:

This I love — when a guest on Deep Focus chooses a previous guest as the subject. It's only happened once before but it's happening again on Monday: guitarist/sonic architect Ben Tyree has selected fellow plectrist Vernon Reid.

Even though Vernon Reid has reached the heights of recognition as an instrumentalist (for instance, Rolling Stone calling him of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time), Ben and I still think he is wildly underrated and we are going to prove it to you.

WKCR depends on your contributions. With your tax-deductible donation, we can continue to bring you innovative live-hosted radio.

Tune in this Wednesday for our 24-hour Clifford Brown Birthday Broadcast!
10/28/2019
Clifford Brown Birthday Broadcast | WKCR 89.9FM NY

Tune in this Wednesday for our 24-hour Clifford Brown Birthday Broadcast!

Wednesday, October 30, 2019 (All day)Join WKCR on air this Wednesday, October 30th as we dedicate 24 hours of programming to legendary trumpeter Clifford “Brownie” Brown! Born in Wilmington, Delaware in 1930, Brown drew much of his influence from the innovative Fats Navarro, who mentored Brown i...

WKCR is home to a great mix of programming. From WKCR classics like Phil Schaap’s Birdflight and the Musician’s Show, Ce...
10/23/2019
WKCR Studio Consoles - Columbia Giving Day 2019

WKCR is home to a great mix of programming. From WKCR classics like Phil Schaap’s Birdflight and the Musician’s Show, Cereal Music, Afternoon New Music, Raag Aur Taal, Sounds of China, Offbeat, and our latest show, Notes From Underground, there’s no better place to listen to all your favorite music than WKCR! Comment your favorite WKCR show and support your favorite noncommercial radio station by donating online at https://givingday.columbia.edu/campaigns/wkcr-studio-consoles-1

WKCR uses three broadcast studios which were installed during the summer of 1999-- just over 20 years ago. The expected lifespan of the then-new equipment was 10-15 years. Today, five years later than expected, one studio console has ceased functioning, and replacement parts for these 20 year-old de...

It’s Columbia Giving Day! Support your favorite noncommercial radio station by donating online at https://givingday.colu...
10/23/2019
WKCR Studio Consoles - Columbia Giving Day 2019

It’s Columbia Giving Day! Support your favorite noncommercial radio station by donating online at https://givingday.columbia.edu/campaigns/wkcr-studio-consoles-1
#ColumbiaGivingDay #StandColumbia

WKCR uses three broadcast studios which were installed during the summer of 1999-- just over 20 years ago. The expected lifespan of the then-new equipment was 10-15 years. Today, five years later than expected, one studio console has ceased functioning, and replacement parts for these 20 year-old de...

Tomorrow is Giving Day! We thank you for your support of WKCR operations -- your contributions keep us on the air. To ma...
10/22/2019
WKCR Studio Consoles - Columbia Crowdfunding

Tomorrow is Giving Day! We thank you for your support of WKCR operations -- your contributions keep us on the air.

To make a donation, please visit the attached link.

WKCR uses three broadcast studios which were installed 20 years ago upon the opening of Alfred Lerner Hall. The expected lifespan of the then-newly installed equipment was 10-15 years. Today, five years later than expected, one studio console has ceased functioning, and replacement parts for these 20 year-old devices are no longer available. WKCR must replace these consoles with new models which we also expect to use for 10-15 years. The remaining two consoles could expire at any time, leaving WKCR unable to operate.

Please consider making your contribution to keep the Original FM alive and well! Your support allows us to continue bringing you diverse, unique content at all hours of the day. Thank you!

WKCR-FM is the student-led, educational, and noncommercial radio station based at Columbia University, broadcasting an eclectic mix of music and journalism and emphasizing forms otherwise overlooked by commercial media. Since 1941 WKCR has delivered unique high quality educational programming in ser...

10/14/2019

Join us for Ragas Live, a 24-hour tradition beginning at 7 pm on Saturday, October 19! With inclusive, adventurous programming, the event will feature both traditional Indian Classical music and contemporary cross-cultural collaborations.

Join us thus Thursday, October 10 for a 24-hour celebration of Thelonious Monk!
10/07/2019
Thelonius Monk Birthday Broadcast | WKCR 89.9FM NY

Join us thus Thursday, October 10 for a 24-hour celebration of Thelonious Monk!

Thursday, October 10, 2019 (All day)Join us on air October 10 for a 24-hour celebration of the Thelonius Monk! Born in 1917 in North Carolina but raised in Manhattan, Monk first established his musicianship as a mostly self-taught traveling church organist. He marked his grand entrance into the New....

Tonight, WKCR premieres "Notes from Underground," a new program that showcases contemporary hip hop with an emphasis on ...
09/29/2019
New Program - Welcome to Notes from Underground! | WKCR 89.9FM NY

Tonight, WKCR premieres "Notes from Underground," a new program that showcases contemporary hip hop with an emphasis on emerging and experimental artists. This show is hosted by a variety of student programmers, each with their own eclectic taste in hip hop, so that its sound evolves alongside the genre. The program also hosts local and visiting artists for interviews, freestyles, and guest-curation. Tune in on Saturday nights from 12:30am-2am.

Sunday, September 29, 2019 - 12:30am to 2:00am"Notes from Underground" showcases contemporary hip hop with an emphasis on emerging and experimental artists. The program is hosted by a variety of student programmers, each with their own eclectic taste in hip hop, so that its sound evolves alongside t...

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Another day, another intrusion on Birdflight. Who authorizes this abomination? NOTE: Birdflight is NOT Teri Noel Towe's warmup act. This is an insult to Phil Schaap, to the listeners, to Charlie Parker.
Raices Jazz Orchestra!!
And now Jim Irsay, one half of the Twin Towers of Babble is at it again with "Concerto in C MINUS" It wasn't funny the first time he said it, it wasn't funny the ten thousandth time he said it, and it isn't funny now. And if he's going to play a recording of a Spohr clarinet concerto why not a good one? What is happening to this station?
Whose idea was it to cut off a performance of Cherokee by Charlie Parker to play "Spinning Song?" What on earth is the matter with you people? Phil Schaap is not a warmup act. He is the reason anyone listens to "The Home Of Technical Difficulties."
Whose idea was it to interrupt Phil Schaap's fascinating program to play undistinguished music by a minor baroque composer. Couldn't that have waited until the program was finished? Phil Schaap as the warmup act? History will not judge that kindly.
simply love your playlist now and in the last 2 hours. just wonderful !.. thank you
Is the stream down? I can’t hear anything & it has been that way for me since sometime during Phil Schaap’s Ella Birthday re-broadcast. Anyone else having the same issue?
We're so grateful that WKCR-FM (New York) is partnering with Peace of Heart Choir for tonight's city-wide, 100% social distanced singalong of "Theme from New York, New York". Please tune in at 7pm, open your window and sing LOUD!
I've been having trouble with the donate online page. It declines the card yet my bank says the debit is fine. Has anyone else had difficulty? Och well, I'll send in a check.
Enjoyed Teri Noel Towe's, Beethoven day program; and listening to James Irsay's Chopin Mazurkas. Thanks for a classical Sunday.
Will WKCR be doing anything this Tuesday for a Billie Holiday Birthday Broadcast? I'd be happy even if you played an old one.
Thank you for this fantastic interview with William Parker! Is there anywhere I can hear it again?