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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

Five days left! WKCR’s summer merch sale ends July 15th. Pick up a T-shirt or tote bag from your favorite station today!
07/10/2019
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Five days left! WKCR’s summer merch sale ends July 15th. Pick up a T-shirt or tote bag from your favorite station 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 — live on air 24/7. Granted its FCC license in 1941, WKCR is both steeped in tradition and c...

Join us this evening (6 pm-1 am) as we celebrate the life and music of João Gilberto.
07/10/2019
Memorial Braoadcast - João Gilberto | WKCR 89.9FM NY

Join us this evening (6 pm-1 am) as we celebrate the life and music of João Gilberto.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019 - 6:00pm to Thursday, July 11, 2019 - 1:00amTune in this Wednesday from 6pm to 1am to listen a Memorial Broadcast dedicated to João Gilberto. The show will encompass from his early and rare recordings before Bossa Nova to his most recent solo album released in 2004 along wi...

On jazz profiles today, WKCR will be commemorating the music and life of the Brazilian guitarist, songwriter, and singer...
07/07/2019

On jazz profiles today, WKCR will be commemorating the music and life of the Brazilian guitarist, songwriter, and singer João Gilberto who was an early innovator in the bossa nova style. Gilberto passed away yesterday at the age of 88.

All Day July 4 - Louis Armstrong Birthday Broadcast!Born in New Orleans in 1901, Louis Armstrong otherwise known as "Pop...
07/03/2019

All Day July 4 - Louis Armstrong Birthday Broadcast!

Born in New Orleans in 1901, Louis Armstrong otherwise known as "Pops" or "Satchmo" was a trumpeter and vocalist who revolutionized the idea of the jazz solo. His career was kickstarted by an opportunity that arose around 1922 to play with one of his musical heroes in Chicago, Joe "King" Oliver and his Creole Jazz Band. It was not long after this that Armstrong set out to New York in order to join the eminent Fletcher Henderson Band. Armstrong captured audiences and listeners with his powerful trumpet tone and vibrato along with his ability to improvise gorgeous melodies, at times displaying his impeccable technique and at other times practicing incredible restraint. Armstrong was also a formative figure in the development on the scat singing style, which is characterized by improvised vocal melodies delivered in wordless and made-up syllables rather than in discernible lyrics. Although Satchmo's birth certificate indicates that he was born on August 4th, he stated multiple times throughout his life that he was in fact born on July 4th, so here at WKCR we celebrate both days because you can never have too much Pops!

Join us on Art Waves this Friday 9-10 pm for an interview and set with QuinnChristopherson, winner of NPR’s 2019 Tiny De...
07/03/2019

Join us on Art Waves this Friday 9-10 pm for an interview and set with Quinn
Christopherson, winner of NPR’s 2019 Tiny Desk Contest, and guitarist Nick Carpenter.
From the artist’s website: “Quinn is an Athabaskan and Inupiaq songwriter who was
born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska. Quinn addresses his childhood and his role as a
transgender individual navigating Alaska’s social landscape through his music.”

This Sunday, June 23rd from 12 pm to 2 pm, WKCR will broadcast the Tennessee Border Show live from Governor Island's ann...
06/21/2019
Tennessee Border Show - Live from Governor's Island | WKCR 89.9FM NY

This Sunday, June 23rd from 12 pm to 2 pm, WKCR will broadcast the Tennessee Border Show live from Governor Island's annual Porch Stomp, a free, community-led participatory folk festival!

Sunday, June 23, 2019 - 12:00pm to 2:00pmThis Sunday, June 23rd from 12 pm to 2 pm, WKCR will be broadcasting the Tennessee Border Show live from Governor Island's annual Porch Stomp, a free, community-led participatory folk festival, where performances take place on the porches of Governors Island....

Join us on Jazz Alternatives this Friday 6-9 pm for an interview with Christian McBride!Six-time GRAMMY®-winning jazz ba...
06/13/2019
Jazz Alternatives - Christian McBride | WKCR 89.9FM NY

Join us on Jazz Alternatives this Friday 6-9 pm for an interview with Christian McBride!

Six-time GRAMMY®-winning jazz bassist Christian McBride can be likened to a force of nature, fusing the fire and fury of a virtuoso with the depth and grounding of a seasoned journeyman.

Friday, June 14, 2019 - 6:00pm to 9:00pmJoin us on Jazz Alternatives this Friday 6-9 pm for an interview with Christian McBride! Six-time GRAMMY®-winning jazz bassist Christian McBride can be likened to a force of nature, fusing the fire and fury of a virtuoso with the depth and grounding of a seas...

Please join us this Sunday on Raag Aur Taal (7-9 pm) for an interview with musicians Shyam Nepali and Joyous Gurung! Lis...
06/09/2019
Raag Aur Taal - Shyam Nepali and Joyous Gurung | WKCR 89.9FM NY

Please join us this Sunday on Raag Aur Taal (7-9 pm) for an interview with musicians Shyam Nepali and Joyous Gurung! Listen to Shyam Nepali and Joyous Gurung perform traditional Nepali music and discuss topics such as the importance of preserving musical traditions, the challenges of cultural preservation in the Internet age, and the interesting connections between traditional Nepali music and bluegrass.

Sunday, June 9, 2019 - 7:00pm to 9:00pmPlease join us this Sunday on Raag Aur Taal (7-9 pm) for an interview with musicians Shyam Nepali and Joyous Gurung! Listen to Shyam Nepali and Joyous Gurung perform traditional Nepali music and discuss topics such as the importance of preserving musical tradit...

Join us this Friday on Out to Lunch (12-3 pm) for an interview with Melissa Aldana!On her first jazz quartet "Visions", ...
06/07/2019
Melissa Aldana - Out to Lunch | WKCR 89.9FM NY

Join us this Friday on Out to Lunch (12-3 pm) for an interview with Melissa Aldana!
On her first jazz quartet "Visions", award-winning saxophonist Melissa Aldana connects her work to the legacy of Latina artists who have come before her, creating a pathway for her own expression.

Friday, June 7, 2019 - 12:00pm to 3:00pmJoin us this Friday on Out to Lunch for an interview with Melissa Aldana! On her first jazz quartet "Visions", award-winning saxophonist Melissa Aldana connects her work to the legacy of Latina artists who have come before her, creating a pathway for her own e...

Please join us on Afternoon Classical on Thursday, May 30th for a special feature on the work of Meredith Monk!
05/29/2019
Meredith Monk - Afternoon Classical | WKCR 89.9FM NY

Please join us on Afternoon Classical on Thursday, May 30th for a special feature on the work of Meredith Monk!

Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 4:00pm to 6:00pmPlease join us on Afternoon Classical on Thursday, May 30th for a special feature on the work of Meredith Monk. From 4-6pm, Isaac Jean-Francois will select parts of Monk's oeuvre to share along with some commentary on how we might engage with Monk's sound per...

Join Simon Cohen and Teri Towe at 11 am on Monday, May 13th for a conversation with conductor Thomas Crawford about his ...
05/12/2019

Join Simon Cohen and Teri Towe at 11 am on Monday, May 13th for a conversation with conductor Thomas Crawford about his upcoming performance of Beethoven's towering "Eroica" symphony on Friday, May 17th with the American Classical Orchestra on period instruments. More information at https://aconyc.org/concert-event/eroica/

Join us for the Musician’s Show on May 1 as we host acclaimed New York trumpet player Terell Stafford!
05/01/2019
The Musician's Show - Terell Stafford | WKCR 89.9FM NY

Join us for the Musician’s Show on May 1 as we host acclaimed New York trumpet player Terell Stafford!

Wednesday, May 1, 2019 - 6:00pm to 9:00pmTerell Stafford, acclaimed trumpet player based in New York, has been hailed as “one of the great players of our time, a fabulous trumpet player” by piano legend McCoy Tyner. Stafford is recognized as an incredibly gifted and versatile player, he combines...

On Monday, we'll celebrate the life and music of beloved composer and musician Duke Ellington!
04/26/2019
Duke Ellington Birthday Broadcast | WKCR 89.9FM NY

On Monday, we'll celebrate the life and music of beloved composer and musician Duke Ellington!

Monday, April 29, 2019 (All day)Arguably the greatest composer that America has ever seen, Duke Ellington was born in 1899 in Washington D.C. In the early 1920's, Ellington ventured to New York where he would establish a long career as a bandleader, pianist, and prolific arranger and composer. Some....

Join us on air tomorrow as we celebrate the legacy of Ella Fitzgerald on her birthday!
04/24/2019
Ella Fitzgerald Birthday Broadcast | WKCR 89.9FM NY

Join us on air tomorrow as we celebrate the legacy of Ella Fitzgerald on her birthday!

Thursday, April 25, 2019 (All day)Born in 1917 and raised primarily in Yonkers, New York and Harlem, Ella Fitzgerald rose to prominence as a jazz vocalist in Chick Webb's big band in the late 30's and early 40's. After Webb passed away in 1939, Fitzgerald assumed leadership of the band and toured an...

Join us for the Musician’s Show this evening as we host Adam Neely, a bassist and YouTuber with an engaged subscriber ba...
04/10/2019
The Musician's Show - Adam Neely | WKCR 89.9FM NY

Join us for the Musician’s Show this evening as we host Adam Neely, a bassist and YouTuber with an engaged subscriber base of 650,000 people. His educational content explores what music means, and what it means to be a musician.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - 6:00pm to 9:00pmAdam Neely is a bassist and YouTuber with an engaged subscriber base of 650,000 people. His educational content explores what music means, and what it means to be a musician. He has appeared on TEDx, Vox, Ableton Loop, MAGfest, Bass Player Magazine, Electr...

Join us this Sunday, April 7th as we host a full day birthday broadcast in celebration of the life and music of Bille Ho...
04/06/2019

Join us this Sunday, April 7th as we host a full day birthday broadcast in celebration of the life and music of Bille Holiday!

Join us this Sunday at 7 pm as we air an exclusive interview with the greatest living master of the bansuri, Hariprasad ...
03/15/2019
Hariprasad Charausia Interview | WKCR 89.9FM NY

Join us this Sunday at 7 pm as we air an exclusive interview with the greatest living master of the bansuri, Hariprasad Chaurasia!

Sunday, March 17, 2019 - 7:00pm to 9:00pmOn Sunday March 17th, we'll air an exclusive interview with the greatest living master of the bansuri, Hariprasad Chaurasia recorded by WKCR's David Ellenbogen at the Vrindaban Gurukul, in Mumbai. Chaurasia's disciple Jay Gandhi joined the discussion, and he'...

Join the Classical Music Department this Friday to celebrate composer Ludwig van Beethoven in anticipation of his 250th ...
03/14/2019
A Celebration of Beethoven | WKCR 89.9FM NY

Join the Classical Music Department this Friday to celebrate composer Ludwig van Beethoven in anticipation of his 250th birthday next year!

Friday, March 15, 2019 - 9:00am to 6:00pmOn Friday, March 15, Teri Towe and Simon Cohen will present a day-long celebration of the music of Beethoven on WKCR in anticipation of his 250th birthday year in 2020. From 9am to 6pm, the broadcast will feature a wide-ranging survey of genres and performanc...

Tune in this evening at 6 pm to hear Phil Schaap host Traditions in Swing! We’re in the midst of our annual fundraiser, ...
03/02/2019
WKCR 89.9FM NY

Tune in this evening at 6 pm to hear Phil Schaap host Traditions in Swing! We’re in the midst of our annual fundraiser, and we thank you for your support that makes our programming possible. To donate, call (212)851-2699 or visit WKCR.org

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

Today is the third day of our annual fundraiser! We thank you for your support of our programming. The shows we broadcas...
02/27/2019
WKCR Fundraiser! | WKCR 89.9FM NY

Today is the third day of our annual fundraiser! We thank you for your support of our programming. The shows we broadcast are made possible by contributions from listeners like you. To donate, call (212)851-2699 or visit wkcr.org. Thank you!

Monday, February 25, 2019 - 9:15amStarting today at 9:15 am ET, WKCR will be asking its dedicated listeners to support us in our fundraising efforts! Starting with the the first official broadcast in 1941, WKCR boasts 78 years of commitment to non-commercial programming, bringing our listeners a spe...

Join us for the Musician's Show this evening 6-9 pm ET, where Frank Kimbrough will share his music and experiences as a ...
02/27/2019
The Musician's Show - Frank Kimbrough | WKCR 89.9FM NY

Join us for the Musician's Show this evening 6-9 pm ET, where Frank Kimbrough will share his music and experiences as a musician.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 - 6:00pm to 9:00pmJoin us for the Musician's Show this evening 6-9 pm ET, where Frank Kimbrough will share his music and experiences as a musician. Jazz pianist, composer and educator Frank Kimbrough has been active on the New York jazz scene for over 35 years. He has re...

Our annual fundraiser begins today! We thank you for your support of our programming. Donate by calling (212)851-2699 du...
02/25/2019
WKCR Fundraiser! | WKCR 89.9FM NY

Our annual fundraiser begins today! We thank you for your support of our programming. Donate by calling (212)851-2699 during our fundraiser or visiting wkcr.org.

Monday, February 25, 2019 - 9:15amStarting today at 9:15 am ET, WKCR will be asking its dedicated listeners to support us in our fundraising efforts! Starting with the the first official broadcast in 1941, WKCR boasts 78 years of commitment to non-commercial programming, bringing our listeners a spe...

Tune in to WKCR today as we celebrate the legacy of Nina Simone! We will broadcast selections of her music today during ...
02/21/2019

Tune in to WKCR today as we celebrate the legacy of Nina Simone! We will broadcast selections of her music today during jazz showtimes.

Tune in to WKCR for the 20th annual Antonio Carlos Jobim Festival this Friday. With this festival, we will continue the ...
01/23/2019
20th Annual Antonio Carlos Jobim Festival | WKCR 89.9FM NY

Tune in to WKCR for the 20th annual Antonio Carlos Jobim Festival this Friday. With this festival, we will continue the tradition of broadcasting the music of Brazil's most famous composer, Antonio Carlos "Tom" Jobim on his birthday.

Friday, January 25, 2019 (All day)Tune in to WKCR for the 19th annual Antonio Carlos Jobim Festival this Friday. With this festival, we will continue the tradition of broadcasting the music of Brazil's most famous composer, Antonio Carlos "Tom" Jobim on his birthday. Born in Rio de Janeiro in 1927,....

Join us at 10 am on Wednesday, January 23rd for an in-depth interview with pianist Beth Levin!
01/22/2019
Beth Levin Interview | WKCR 89.9FM NY

Join us at 10 am on Wednesday, January 23rd for an in-depth interview with pianist Beth Levin!

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 - 10:00am to 12:00pmJoin us at 10am on Wednesday, January 23rd for an in-depth interview with the pianist Beth Levin. The focus of the interview will be Ms. Levin's upcoming performance at the Bruno Walter Auditorium, where she will be playing works by Handel, Wang Jie, D...

Tune in to listen to the music of opera composer Mark Adamo featuring a conversation with the composer at 5 pm.
01/18/2019
Mark Adamo Retrospective | WKCR 89.9FM NY

Tune in to listen to the music of opera composer Mark Adamo featuring a conversation with the composer at 5 pm.

Friday, January 18, 2019 - 3:00pm to 6:00pmTune in to listen to the music of opera composer Mark Adamo featuring a conversation with the composer at 5 pm.

Join us on Thursday, January 10th as as we honor the birthday of a true giant of bebop, Max Roach!
01/10/2019
Max Roach Birthday Broadcast | WKCR 89.9FM NY

Join us on Thursday, January 10th as as we honor the birthday of a true giant of bebop, Max Roach!

Thursday, January 10, 2019 (All day)Tune in on Thursday, January 10th as we honor legendary drummer Max Roach with 24 hours of programming in celebration of what would have been his 94th birthday. Arguably one of the most important bop drummers in history, Max Roach worked with the likes of Dizzy Gi...

We're in the third day of Bachfest 2018, and WKCR FM-NY is continuing this beloved annual tradition until Monday. Please...
12/26/2018
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We're in the third day of Bachfest 2018, and WKCR FM-NY is continuing this beloved annual tradition until Monday. Please consider supporting our non-commercial radio station!

Buy a shirt and keep WKCR, and Bachfest, alive for years to come!

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12/26/2018
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Thanks for staying tuned in this Bachfest! Consider supporting WKCR FM-NY with this scarf.

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Bachfest 2018 is live on the air right now with the illustrious Teri Noel Towe -- consider supporting our non-profit pro...
12/24/2018
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Bachfest 2018 is live on the air right now with the illustrious Teri Noel Towe -- consider supporting our non-profit programming today with the purchase of a Bachfest 2018 shirt.

Buy a shirt and keep WKCR, and Bachfest, alive for years to come!

Tune in tonight at 6 PM for a special Musician’s Show with the We Have Voice Collective!We Have Voice is a collective of...
12/19/2018
Musician's Show - We Have Voice Collective | WKCR 89.9FM NY

Tune in tonight at 6 PM for a special Musician’s Show with the We Have Voice Collective!

We Have Voice is a collective of 14 musicians, performers, scholars, and thinkers from different generations, races, ethnicities, cultures, abilities, gender identities, economic backgrounds, religious beliefs and affiliations. Together, they are determined to engage in transformative ways of thinking and being in their creative professional world, while being ingrained in an inclusive and intersectional analysis.

Wednesday, December 19, 2018 - 6:00pm to 9:00pmTune in tonight at 6 PM for a special Musician’s Show with the We Have Voice Collective! We Have Voice is a collective of 14 musicians, performers, scholars, and thinkers from different generations, races, ethnicities, cultures, abilities, gender iden...

Renowned singer Nancy Wilson died this past Thursday at the age of 81. Wilson was best known for the 1964 hit, "Guess Wh...
12/16/2018
Nancy Wilson Memorial Broadcast | WKCR 89.9FM NY

Renowned singer Nancy Wilson died this past Thursday at the age of 81. Wilson was best known for the 1964 hit, "Guess Who I Saw Today" She has recorded more than 70 albums and won three Grammy awards, with her first album "Like in Love" coming out in 1959. WKCR will be playing her music on Dec. 17th as we continue to celebrate the life of Nancy Wilson in light of her passing.

Sunday, December 16, 2018 - 4:30pm to Tuesday, December 18, 2018 - 1:00amRenowned singer Nancy Wilson died this past Thursday at the age of 81. Wilson was best known for the 1964 hit, "Guess Who I Saw Today" She has recorded more than 70 albums and won three Grammy awards, with her first album "Like...

12/13/2018

Join News and Arts programmer Isaac Jean-Francois tonight at 9pm EST for a conversation with Maya Emm, Vice President of the Black Student’s Organization at Columbia University about the recent events of white supremacy and white nationalism on Columbia’s campus.

WKCR announces the annual Bach Festival 2018, which this year is the 41st anniversary of the BachFest tradition. For the...
12/09/2018
WKCR-FM Bach Festival 2018 | WKCR 89.9FM NY

WKCR announces the annual Bach Festival 2018, which this year is the 41st anniversary of the BachFest tradition. For the eight-day period from 12:00 AM on December 24th through December 31st, WKCR (89.9 FM and wkcr.org) will dedicate all broadcasting to the works of Johann Sebastian Bach.

BachFest 2018 will include the familiar voices of WKCR programmers, and will also feature special guests who will present Bach’s music in various forms. Teri Noel Towe, called “The American guru of Bach recordings” in Gramophone Magazine, will present extended programs on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day on the concertos and the cantatas. Other programs will be contributed by distinguished presenters such as harpsichordist Rebecca Pechefsky, cellist Louise Dubin, and others. We will feature new interviews by important Bach luminaries including violinist Hilary Hahn, conductor Lionel Meunier, and others to be announced.

Find the schedule on our website and be sure to tune in on 89.9 on the dial or wkcr.org!

Monday, December 24, 2018 (All day) to Tuesday, January 1, 2019 (All day)WKCR announces the annual Bach Festival 2018, which this year is the 40th 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 wk...

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