WKCR-FM

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

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ATTENTION COLUMBIA STUDENTS: APPLY TO JOIN THE WKCR TEAM!!!!WKCR is holding an open application for students who want to...
07/13/2021

ATTENTION COLUMBIA STUDENTS: APPLY TO JOIN THE WKCR TEAM!!!!

WKCR is holding an open application for students who want to get involved in the behind the scenes of the Original FM. We are looking for folks interested in programming, audio engineering and technology, publicity & social media, design, event management, recruitment, and more! Fill out the google form linked below before 8/2 to be considered.

https://forms.gle/wMQ8YNBCqsCusXPq5

Jazz Alt this Monday (7/12) - Mitch Goldman's Deep Focus on Jack Bruce with guest Vernon Reid:When musicians talk about ...
07/12/2021

Jazz Alt this Monday (7/12) - Mitch Goldman's Deep Focus on Jack Bruce with guest Vernon Reid:

When musicians talk about their "influences," it's not always about a harmonic or rhythmic choice that another musician made. Sometimes it's their life choices, the stories they tell and the way they tell them. This is the bond between bassist Jack Bruce and our guest on this Deep Focus from 2014, guitarist Vernon Reid.

Sure, as a member of Cream, Jack Bruce was one of the biggest rock stars of all time. Cream practically invented arena rock and it put Bruce, Ginger Baker and Eric Clapton in the pantheon. But the classically-trained Jack Bruce wasn't content to ride his celebrity to classic rock comfort. He proved to be a seeker who spent the next 50 years smashing musical boundaries. It's thanks to him that many of the doors that the guests of Deep Focus wander through are open.

One of Jack Bruce's last great projects was the band Spectrum Road with Reid, John Medeski and Cindy Blackman Santana. Spectrum Road was a tribute to Tony Williams' LIfetime, a band that, 40 years earlier, with Bruce as a member, created an entire new genre of musical collaboration. Vernon Reid, in his band Living Colour as well as countless other groups, collaborations, film soundtracks and multi-media work, frolics joyously in it.

Jack Bruce died October 25, 2014. Three weeks later, Vernon Reid joined us on Deep Focus to remember his great friend and inspiration. This Monday July 12 on Jazz Alternatives, WKCR will rebroadcast this program from 6pm to 9pm on 89.9FM, WKCR HD-1 and wkcr.org.

#WKCR #JazzAlternatives #DeepFocus #MitchGoldman #JackBruce #VernonReid #Cream #LivingColour #JazzRadio #JazzInterview

Photo credit: Tiziwiki, CC BY 3.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

Jazz Alt this Monday (7/12) - Mitch Goldman's Deep Focus on Jack Bruce with guest Vernon Reid:

When musicians talk about their "influences," it's not always about a harmonic or rhythmic choice that another musician made. Sometimes it's their life choices, the stories they tell and the way they tell them. This is the bond between bassist Jack Bruce and our guest on this Deep Focus from 2014, guitarist Vernon Reid.

Sure, as a member of Cream, Jack Bruce was one of the biggest rock stars of all time. Cream practically invented arena rock and it put Bruce, Ginger Baker and Eric Clapton in the pantheon. But the classically-trained Jack Bruce wasn't content to ride his celebrity to classic rock comfort. He proved to be a seeker who spent the next 50 years smashing musical boundaries. It's thanks to him that many of the doors that the guests of Deep Focus wander through are open.

One of Jack Bruce's last great projects was the band Spectrum Road with Reid, John Medeski and Cindy Blackman Santana. Spectrum Road was a tribute to Tony Williams' LIfetime, a band that, 40 years earlier, with Bruce as a member, created an entire new genre of musical collaboration. Vernon Reid, in his band Living Colour as well as countless other groups, collaborations, film soundtracks and multi-media work, frolics joyously in it.

Jack Bruce died October 25, 2014. Three weeks later, Vernon Reid joined us on Deep Focus to remember his great friend and inspiration. This Monday July 12 on Jazz Alternatives, WKCR will rebroadcast this program from 6pm to 9pm on 89.9FM, WKCR HD-1 and wkcr.org.

#WKCR #JazzAlternatives #DeepFocus #MitchGoldman #JackBruce #VernonReid #Cream #LivingColour #JazzRadio #JazzInterview

Photo credit: Tiziwiki, CC BY 3.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

Join us all day Sunday, July 4th, for the first of our two annual Louis Armstrong Birthday Broadcasts! Tune in 89.9 on t...
07/02/2021

Join us all day Sunday, July 4th, for the first of our two annual Louis Armstrong Birthday Broadcasts! Tune in 89.9 on the FM dial or wkcr.org for 24 hours of music celebrating one of Jazz's greats.

More on our website: https://www.cc-seas.columbia.edu/wkcr/story/2021-louis-armstrong-birthday-broadcast

Join us all day Sunday, July 4th, for the first of our two annual Louis Armstrong Birthday Broadcasts! Tune in 89.9 on the FM dial or wkcr.org for 24 hours of music celebrating one of Jazz's greats.

More on our website: https://www.cc-seas.columbia.edu/wkcr/story/2021-louis-armstrong-birthday-broadcast

Jazz Alternatives this Monday (6/28) - Mitch Goldman's Deep Focus on Roswell Rudd with guest Steven Bernstein:What do yo...
06/27/2021

Jazz Alternatives this Monday (6/28) - Mitch Goldman's Deep Focus on Roswell Rudd with guest Steven Bernstein:

What do you need to make great music? Chops? Theory? Encyclopedic knowledge of the music? Yeah, that too, but if you don’t have curiosity, a willingness to engage with people, a giving heart, who is going to want to hear what you have to say? Through sixty years of fusing traditions with experimentation, that was always the message from Roswell Rudd and his trombone. Roswell passed away in December 2017 at the age of 82. Trumpeter Steven Bernstein, who was one of Roswell’s musical partners, takes this message to heart.

This Monday from 6pm to 9pm NYC time, Bernstein and I will put Roswell Rudd in Deep Focus on WKCR 89.9FM, WKCR-HD1 and wkcr.org. We’ve got music like you’ve never heard (because I promise you’ve never heard this!).

#WKCR #DeepFocus #MitchGoldman #RoswellRudd #StevenBernstein #SexMob #MTO #JazzRadio #JazzInterview #JazzPodcast

Photo credit: Christian Sahm Aschaffenburg, Deutschland, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

Jazz Alternatives this Monday (6/28) - Mitch Goldman's Deep Focus on Roswell Rudd with guest Steven Bernstein:

What do you need to make great music? Chops? Theory? Encyclopedic knowledge of the music? Yeah, that too, but if you don’t have curiosity, a willingness to engage with people, a giving heart, who is going to want to hear what you have to say? Through sixty years of fusing traditions with experimentation, that was always the message from Roswell Rudd and his trombone. Roswell passed away in December 2017 at the age of 82. Trumpeter Steven Bernstein, who was one of Roswell’s musical partners, takes this message to heart.

This Monday from 6pm to 9pm NYC time, Bernstein and I will put Roswell Rudd in Deep Focus on WKCR 89.9FM, WKCR-HD1 and wkcr.org. We’ve got music like you’ve never heard (because I promise you’ve never heard this!).

#WKCR #DeepFocus #MitchGoldman #RoswellRudd #StevenBernstein #SexMob #MTO #JazzRadio #JazzInterview #JazzPodcast

Photo credit: Christian Sahm Aschaffenburg, Deutschland, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

Today at 3PM: Join Annie Nikunen for Week 7 of "Airwave Premieres: WKCR x Columbia Composers." This week, Annie talks wi...
06/25/2021

Today at 3PM: Join Annie Nikunen for Week 7 of "Airwave Premieres: WKCR x Columbia Composers." This week, Annie talks with Uri Kochavi and Emily Praetorius about their new works, “Relics of Movement” and “Nothing Never Always Sometimes Changes” both performed by Wet Ink Ensemble. Tune in 89.9 FM or wkcr.org!

https://www.cc-seas.columbia.edu/wkcr/story/airwave-premieres-wkcr-x-columbia-composers

Today at 3PM: Join Annie Nikunen for Week 7 of "Airwave Premieres: WKCR x Columbia Composers." This week, Annie talks with Uri Kochavi and Emily Praetorius about their new works, “Relics of Movement” and “Nothing Never Always Sometimes Changes” both performed by Wet Ink Ensemble. Tune in 89.9 FM or wkcr.org!

https://www.cc-seas.columbia.edu/wkcr/story/airwave-premieres-wkcr-x-columbia-composers

The 2021 WKCR Fund Drive ENDS TODAY!!! Donate here: https://www.givenow.columbia.edu/?_sa=07483&_sd=411...#We are a stud...
06/17/2021
FUND DRIVE 2021 | WKCR 89.9FM NY

The 2021 WKCR Fund Drive ENDS TODAY!!! Donate here:
https://www.givenow.columbia.edu/?_sa=07483&_sd=411...#

We are a student-led, educational and noncommercial radio station, and you can make a difference in helping us achieve our mission and serve our local and global community of listeners. Your contribution will directly support the station's ongoing expenses and updates, needed now more than ever as we plan to resume 24-hour live programming in the fall. Remember: nowhere in NYC does it like WKCR!

Information for mailing checks can be found on the WKCR website:

https://www.cc-seas.columbia.edu/wkcr/story/fund-drive-2021

Thursday, June 10, 2021 (All day) to Thursday, June 17, 2021 (All day)As of Thursday, June 10th, WKCR's annual FUND DRIVE is underway!!!!! Like last year's drive, things are a little different this year: the traditions of extreme phonebanking and live-on-air appeals are on hold for now, but we've ad...

The 2021 WKCR Fund Drive is THIS WEEK!! Donate here: https://www.givenow.columbia.edu/?_sa=07483&_sd=411&ac=CRGB&utm_sou...
06/14/2021
FUND DRIVE 2021 | WKCR 89.9FM NY

The 2021 WKCR Fund Drive is THIS WEEK!! Donate here:

https://www.givenow.columbia.edu/?_sa=07483&_sd=411&ac=CRGB&utm_source=43885119_470498960&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=1998699501_#

As we look forward to brighter times this summer and fall, we are preparing to reopen our studios in time to mark our 80th anniversary this October! Stay tuned to WKCR for updates about the special programs and events that are in the works. In the meantime, please consider making a gift today to help us continue our vibrant array of programming. Your contribution today will help to expedite the return of live programming, as well as foster legacy events like our beloved Louis Armstrong celebration on July 4, our annual winter Bach Festival and so much more.

We are a student-led, educational and noncommercial radio station, and you can make a difference in helping us achieve our mission and serve our local and global community of listeners.

Information for mailing checks can be found on the WKCR website:

https://www.cc-seas.columbia.edu/wkcr/story/fund-drive-2021

Thursday, June 10, 2021 (All day) to Thursday, June 17, 2021 (All day)As of Thursday, June 10th, WKCR's annual FUND DRIVE is underway!!!!! Like last year's drive, things are a little different this year: the traditions of extreme phonebanking and live-on-air appeals are on hold for now, but we've ad...

Catch this week's episode of Airwave Premieres: WKCR x Columbia Composers featuring WKCR programmer Annie Nikunen at 3pm...
06/11/2021

Catch this week's episode of Airwave Premieres: WKCR x Columbia Composers featuring WKCR programmer Annie Nikunen at 3pm today! This week features Bill Dougherty’s “When Sound Becomes Like a Spaceship” and Bethany Younge’s “with flesh, no bones” all performed by Sun Ra Arkestra. (Unfortunately Bethany couldn’t join us for an interview, but we hope to catch her later in the series!)

https://www.cc-seas.columbia.edu/wkcr/story/airwave-premieres-wkcr-x-columbia-composers

This week's show is a Deep Focus unlike any other.  It's actually more like one of those sports movies in which The Kid ...
06/06/2021

This week's show is a Deep Focus unlike any other. It's actually more like one of those sports movies in which The Kid gets to go into the championship game with his big league hero. The hero, in this case, is none other than Jaki Byard (the subject of Deep Focus episodes with both Graham Haynes and with Jason Moran and Alicia Hall Moran) and the part of The Kid is played by drummer Roy Weinberger.

Jaki Byard booked a date at SUNY-Binghamton in 1981 and asked the students to provide half of a band for him to play with. The students didn't have to think too hard about whom to call; Roy and his brother, alto saxophonist Bob Weinberger, were pretty much the heaviest cats in town. Was being big fish in that little pond enough to get them through the raging river of a performance with Jaki Byard? Tune in to find out. We have documentary evidence! This one is truly fascinating.

This Monday (June 7) from 6pm to 9pm NYC time on WKCR 89.9FM, WKCR- HD1 or wkcr.org.

Tuesday morning it goes up on the Deep Focus podcast: https://mitchgoldman.podbean.com/

#WKCR #DeepFocus #MitchGoldman #JakiByard #RoyWeinberger #JazzRadio #JazzInterview

(Photo credit: Jaki Byard By Source, Fair use en.wikipedia.org-w-index.php-curid=50315026)

This week's show is a Deep Focus unlike any other. It's actually more like one of those sports movies in which The Kid gets to go into the championship game with his big league hero. The hero, in this case, is none other than Jaki Byard (the subject of Deep Focus episodes with both Graham Haynes and with Jason Moran and Alicia Hall Moran) and the part of The Kid is played by drummer Roy Weinberger.

Jaki Byard booked a date at SUNY-Binghamton in 1981 and asked the students to provide half of a band for him to play with. The students didn't have to think too hard about whom to call; Roy and his brother, alto saxophonist Bob Weinberger, were pretty much the heaviest cats in town. Was being big fish in that little pond enough to get them through the raging river of a performance with Jaki Byard? Tune in to find out. We have documentary evidence! This one is truly fascinating.

This Monday (June 7) from 6pm to 9pm NYC time on WKCR 89.9FM, WKCR- HD1 or wkcr.org.

Tuesday morning it goes up on the Deep Focus podcast: https://mitchgoldman.podbean.com/

#WKCR #DeepFocus #MitchGoldman #JakiByard #RoyWeinberger #JazzRadio #JazzInterview

(Photo credit: Jaki Byard By Source, Fair use en.wikipedia.org-w-index.php-curid=50315026)

TODAY! At 3pm: Tune in to catch the fourth installment of Airwave Premieres: WKCR x Columbia Composers, in which Classic...
06/04/2021

TODAY! At 3pm: Tune in to catch the fourth installment of Airwave Premieres: WKCR x Columbia Composers, in which Classical programmer Annie Nikunen interviews Columbia DMA Composers Anna-Louise Walton, Josh Mastel, and Katie Balch on their new works performed by Ekmeles Vocal Ensemble. Hear the exclusive interviews with Mastel and Walton, as well as the premieres of new works “the deep glens where they lived” (Walton), “animal” (Mastel) and “forgetting” (Balch). 89.9 FM and wkcr.org !

https://www.cc-seas.columbia.edu/wkcr/story/airwave-premieres-wkcr-x-columbia-composers

How many drummers can you name who changed the whole conversation, just with their playing?  Like, to the point that the...
05/30/2021

How many drummers can you name who changed the whole conversation, just with their playing? Like, to the point that they became the North Star for the next generation or two? How many of those were also great bandleaders, and maybe even solid composers? It’s a short list by anybody’s count but one name you are probably already thinking of is Jack DeJohnette.

This Monday, Pheeroan akLaff joins Mitch Goldman in putting DeJohnette in Deep Focus. Mitch, of course, has some dazzling live music from the archives that you’ve probably never heard. DeJohnette's band Special Edition is ripe for rediscovery.

This Monday from 6pm to 9pm NYC time, only on WKCR 89.9FM, WKCR-HD1 and wkcr.org.

#WKCR #DeepFocus #MitchGoldman #PheeroanakLaff #JackDeJohnette #JazzRadio #JazzInterview #JazzPodcast

Photo credit: Roberto Masotti

How many drummers can you name who changed the whole conversation, just with their playing? Like, to the point that they became the North Star for the next generation or two? How many of those were also great bandleaders, and maybe even solid composers? It’s a short list by anybody’s count but one name you are probably already thinking of is Jack DeJohnette.

This Monday, Pheeroan akLaff joins Mitch Goldman in putting DeJohnette in Deep Focus. Mitch, of course, has some dazzling live music from the archives that you’ve probably never heard. DeJohnette's band Special Edition is ripe for rediscovery.

This Monday from 6pm to 9pm NYC time, only on WKCR 89.9FM, WKCR-HD1 and wkcr.org.

#WKCR #DeepFocus #MitchGoldman #PheeroanakLaff #JackDeJohnette #JazzRadio #JazzInterview #JazzPodcast

Photo credit: Roberto Masotti

Anna Bonitatibus Interview on Saturday Night at the Opera 5/29 9pm:Italian mezzo-soprano Anna Bonitatibus has establishe...
05/28/2021

Anna Bonitatibus Interview on Saturday Night at the Opera 5/29 9pm:

Italian mezzo-soprano Anna Bonitatibus has established herself as one of opera's greatest interpreters of the Italian repertoire, from Monteverdi's earliest works to the operas of Rossini and Donizetti. In recent years, Bonitatibus has emerged not simply as a singer but a vital musicologist, who has helped rediscover previously forgotten composers and their music, both through her championing them as a performer and through her music publishing company, Consonarte In a wide-ranging interview with Stepan Atamian, Bonitatibus discusses her latest album of Beethoven's rarely heard Italian songs, along with her professional singing career and her commitment to reexamining Italian vocal music.

The third installment of Airwave Premieres: WKCR x Columbia Composers will air tomorrow, Friday 5/28, at 3pm! Join Annie...
05/27/2021

The third installment of Airwave Premieres: WKCR x Columbia Composers will air tomorrow, Friday 5/28, at 3pm! Join Annie Nikunen in conversation with Columbia Composers Nina Fukuoka and Artun Çekem to discuss composing during the pandemic and to hear the premieres of their new electroacoustic vocal works, "fever dream made manifest" and "Silicone Skin and Fleshy Masses," performed by Ekmeles vocal ensemble. 89.9 FM NY on-air and wkcr.org for online streaming!

https://www.cc-seas.columbia.edu/wkcr/story/airwave-premieres-wkcr-x-columbia-composers

Tune in to Middle Eastern Influences late tonight (Friday 5/28 at midnight) to catch a new interview with Moroccan singe...
05/27/2021

Tune in to Middle Eastern Influences late tonight (Friday 5/28 at midnight) to catch a new interview with Moroccan singer-songwriter Meryem Aboulouafa about her new album 'Meryem,' released this past year on Animal 63. Join WKCR programmer Nicholas Clarke for an exclusive one-on-one with the up-and-coming artist who blends elements of French pop with Middle Eastern folk music and a rock-inspired atmospheric sensibility. Tune in 89.9 FM or wkcr.org!

Photos by Paul Rousteau

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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?
Across 110th Street host Ayanna Heaven profiled by 35s and 45s
Is the streaming service down?
I think your audio stream is not flowing at the moment.
Happy 80th birthday, WKCR!
Will the station be doing a Chick Corea tribute/memorial broadcast?
Any updates for online archive recordings of pre-recorded shows? I neeeed all the Transfigured Night, Afternoon new music and Caribe Latino!!
What the HELL is going on w your supposed Bach Festival??? Feliz Navidad??? WTF???