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WKCR-FM

WKCR-FM "The Original FM," WKCR is the student-run radio station of Columbia University. 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

This Saturday, October 15, we’re excited to present 24 Hours of Fela Kuti; a birthday broadcast in celebration of the Af...
10/14/2022

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

All day long on Saturday, tune in to WKCR to hear the sounds of Fela!!

The Ragas Live Festival, a celebration of transcendent, spiritual music, will stage a triumphant return as a 24-hour liv...
10/13/2022

The Ragas Live Festival, a celebration of transcendent, spiritual music, will stage a triumphant return as a 24-hour live event at Brooklyn’s Pioneer Works from 8PM-8PM, October 22-23. The event will be broadcast on WKCR 89.9 FM-NY and www.wkcr.org
LIVE FROM BROOKLYN!

(Full event & broadcast info is available on our website)l

WKCR presents our annual Thelonious Monk Birthday Broadcast. For 24 hours tomorrow (10/10) we will honor the legacy of t...
10/09/2022

WKCR presents our annual Thelonious Monk Birthday Broadcast. For 24 hours tomorrow (10/10) we will honor the legacy of the American Jazz pianist and composer with nonstop programming. Check out the broadcast schedule in the second slide.

Tune in online at wkcr.org

Today WKCR honors the life and legacy of Loretta Lynn with a special memorial broadcast from 12-10PM.  The country singe...
10/07/2022

Today WKCR honors the life and legacy of Loretta Lynn with a special memorial broadcast from 12-10PM. The country singer-songwriter passed away on Tuesday. Tune in at wkcr.org

Tune in to extended technique this Thursday at 3pm for a special interview with conductor Marin Alsop of the Baltimore S...
10/05/2022

Tune in to extended technique this Thursday at 3pm for a special interview with conductor Marin Alsop of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and RFO Vienna Symphony Orchestra ahead of her Amazon Concert with the Sao Paolo State Symphony Orchestra this month.

Listen at 89.9 FM or wkcr.org

WKCR's FM transmitter will be undergoing maintenance from 10/3-7 and 10/10-11 from 7AM-5PM. During these days and times ...
10/03/2022

WKCR's FM transmitter will be undergoing maintenance from 10/3-7 and 10/10-11 from 7AM-5PM. During these days and times FM signal will be unavailable. However, our web stream will remain online.

Maintenance on our Times Square transmitter is entirely out of our control and affects a number of other New York stations such as WNYC. Unfortunately, due to our non-commercial status, we do not have the financial means to support an alternate transmitter during outages. Thank you for your understanding during this time.

**Times and dates subject to change due to weather

Missed today’s episode of Monday Morningside? All past and future episodes of Monday Morningside will be uploaded to spo...
10/03/2022
Monday Morningside

Missed today’s episode of Monday Morningside? All past and future episodes of Monday Morningside will be uploaded to spotify as a podcast for on-demand listening. Follow the link below to hear past Morningside Heights and NYC news coverage!

Listen to Monday Morningside on Spotify.

WKCR’s annual Thelonious Monk Birthday Broadcast returns next Monday (10/10). For 24 hours straight we will broadcast a ...
10/02/2022

WKCR’s annual Thelonious Monk Birthday Broadcast returns next Monday (10/10). For 24 hours straight we will broadcast a mix of live & archival programming featuring music and commentary on Monk’s life & jazz legacy. Stay tuned for a full schedule announcement!

Photo Credit: © Michael Ochs Archives

 A triple feature! Tune in Monday Morning (10/3) to hear our slate of UNCUT Phil Schaap Archival Broadcasts! 89.9FM wkcr...
10/02/2022

A triple feature! Tune in Monday Morning (10/3) to hear our slate of UNCUT Phil Schaap Archival Broadcasts! 89.9FM wkcr.org. Monday Morningside to follow at 8:30AM!

We invite you to sign up for our new e-mailing list: an initiative that we hope can boost transparency at the station as...
10/01/2022

We invite you to sign up for our new e-mailing list: an initiative that we hope can boost transparency at the station as we continue our efforts to provide you with engaging programming. Digital communication has become increasingly vital as the pandemic has reshaped our modes of distribution and consumption. In the past, WKCR sent on-air guides as physical mailers to all of our community members. We hope to replace these pamphlets with a new monthly newsletter rolling out within the next month.

If you would like to sign up for a mailing list to receive newsletters, fill out the google form (link in bio and below) and provide us with your email address.

The names and emails collected in this form are solely for the purpose of informing our listeners of upcoming events and fundraising initiatives.

WKCR is so appreciative of all the support we receive from our listeners and generous donors. Thank you for tuning in!

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdvIoJodsMnYAEetP_eKaUpjzl8OP5eYqqvXWkMNVcp0ud_4w/viewform

Join us at 12:30AM on Notes from Underground as we dedicate our entire to show to Coolio, who passed away this week at t...
10/01/2022

Join us at 12:30AM on Notes from Underground as we dedicate our entire to show to Coolio, who passed away this week at the age of 59. 10/2, 89.9FM and wkcr.org

No one will ever embody the concept of music as spiritual sustenance the way that Pharoah Sanders did.  William Hooker h...
09/26/2022

No one will ever embody the concept of music as spiritual sustenance the way that Pharoah Sanders did. William Hooker heard the call through the music and it changed his life. William joins Mitch Goldman to remember this enduring moment of inspiration and to explore the WKCR archives. Jewels abound.

The Pharoah Sanders Memorial Broadcast is all day Monday 9/26. This segment is 6pm to 9pm on WKCR 89.9FM, WKCR HD-1 and wkcr.org. Next week it goes up on the Deep Focus podcast on your favorite podcasting app or at https://mitchgoldman.podbean.com/



Photo credit: Pharoah Sanders by Manfred Werner (Tsui), CC BY-SA 3.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

WKCR presents the Pharoah Sanders memorial broadcast. For 24 hours straight tomorrow (9/26), we will honor the late saxo...
09/25/2022

WKCR presents the Pharoah Sanders memorial broadcast. For 24 hours straight tomorrow (9/26), we will honor the late saxophonist legend with nonstop programming. A member of John Coltrane's groups of the mid-1960s, Sanders was known for his overblowing, harmonic, and multiphonic techniques on the saxophone. A full broadcast schedule will be posted on our website shortly.

📻 Tune in on 89.9 FM or online at wkcr.org

🗓️ Full broadcast schedule is available on our website: https://www.cc-seas.columbia.edu/wkcr/story/pharaoh-sanders-memorial-broadcast-92622

Tune into Jazz Profiles this Sunday 9/25 from 2PM-7PM as we celebrate in advance of what would be the 124th birthday of ...
09/24/2022

Tune into Jazz Profiles this Sunday 9/25 from 2PM-7PM as we celebrate in advance of what would be the 124th birthday of composer George Gershwin. Gershwin is one of America’s most celebrated composers whose unique blend of Classical and Jazz still resonates today. The program will feature a wide ranging tour of his various compositions, including major Classical Works and Jazz Standards.

***Gershwin’s Birthday is Monday 9/26

Tune in on 89.9 FM or online at wkcr.org

Our Annual John Coltrane Birthday Broadcast is back! This Friday (9/23) all day we will have a mix of archival Phil Scha...
09/22/2022

Our Annual John Coltrane Birthday Broadcast is back! This Friday (9/23) all day we will have a mix of archival Phil Schaap content and new live programming! Tune in 89.9 FM or online at wkcr.org

Mitch Goldman is back this Monday at 6PM-9PM for a new Jazz Alternatives “Deep Focus” with artist Gary Lucas providing c...
09/19/2022

Mitch Goldman is back this Monday at 6PM-9PM for a new Jazz Alternatives “Deep Focus” with artist Gary Lucas providing commentary on Abdullah Ibrahim. Hear about it from Mitch:

Every once in a while, an artist comes along who gets so caught up in the sweep of history that the world seems to create itself for the artist's work, rather than the other way around. Dollar Brand came of age as a pianist in South Africa in the late Fifties, just in time for the multiethnic explosion of Johannesburg's Sophiatown. In the wake of the repression that followed the Sharpeville Massacre of 1960, he became a European exile. Within months, his music came to the attention of Duke Ellington who was so moved that he brought about the LP session Duke Ellington presents The Dollar Brand Trio on Frank Sinatra's Reprise label.

Brand came to New York, subbed for Duke leading the Ellington Orchestra and attended Juilliard. But experiences with John Coltrane, Don Cherry and the progressive cadre of the Jazz world gave him a new appreciation of his African roots and he incorporated them into his music. He returned to South Africa, converted to Islam and became Abdullah Ibrahim. With these changes came a new style of music that embraced the multi-kulti, freedom-loving culture of his native Cape Town. His song "Mannenberg" became a theme for the anti-apartheid movement.

After South African police fired on children during the Soweto Uprising of 1976, Ibrahim publicly came out in support of the African National Congress and subsequently returned to New York. Here he found a community of open-minded musicians and an audience that was supportive of his distinctively contemplative and deeply grooving music.

After the Apartheid regime fell and Nelson Mandela became president, Ibrahim returned to Cape Town; In 2022, he is still recording and performing throughout the world.

What's that you say? "Gary Lucas? That guy's a rocker! Who is he to talk about Abdullah Ibrahim?" A rocker? Guess what: so is Abdullah Ibrahim! Have you heard Gary's version of Ibrahim's "Bra Joe From Kilimanjaro"? You will have a whole different understanding of who both of these guys are. Besides, Gary Lucas is a true musical gourmand of the New York old school and I love to talk about music with him. I can't wait to hear what he has to say about his fellow iconoclast. As always, the WKCR archives have delivered some rare beauties for us to cherish.

This Monday (Sept. 19) on WKCR 89.9FM, WKCR HD-1 and wkcr.org. Next week it goes up on the Deep Focus podcast on your favorite podcasting app or at https://mitchgoldman.podbean.com/

Announcing WKCR’s first live performance since 2020. The monstrous priests of experimental metal: FREDERIK’S DEAD will p...
09/13/2022

Announcing WKCR’s first live performance since 2020. The monstrous priests of experimental metal: FREDERIK’S DEAD will play live this Saturday (9/17) from 10pm-12am. Tune in at 9pm to hear the musical influences which led to their sound. Hosted by returning champion Charlie Smith!

** Please note that Saturday Night At The Opera is preempted this week due to this special broadcast.

Just on the horizon is our annual John Coltrane birthday broadcast. This September 23rd, tune in to wkcr.org for a full ...
09/13/2022

Just on the horizon is our annual John Coltrane birthday broadcast. This September 23rd, tune in to wkcr.org for a full 24-hours of nonstop Coltrane! We’ll see you then for a day of jazz, sax, and celebration.

This Monday (9/5) from 6-9pm, tune into a new Jazz Alternatives with Mitch Goldman featuring trumpeter Bill Dixon. Even ...
09/05/2022

This Monday (9/5) from 6-9pm, tune into a new Jazz Alternatives with Mitch Goldman featuring trumpeter Bill Dixon. Even among his collaborators who were known for going their own way, Bill Dixon was an iconoclast. When the music was dismissed as being chaotic and structureless, Dixon was an aggressive organizer and conceptualist. Graham Haynes worked with Bill Dixon late in Dixon's life and shares insights with host Mitch Goldman about the man and his music. The WKCR archives reveal recordings that even many of his greatest fans have not heard.

Monday night Sept. 5 from 6pm to 9pm NYC time on WKCR 89.9FM, WKCR HD-1 and wkcr.org

09/04/2022

Tune in tonight at 9pm for a special interview with guitarist Wayne Krantz ahead of his two sets at the Bitter End this coming Tuesday, 9/6.

Join us today in celebrating the late Jazz Organist Joey DeFrancesco. Tune in to our memorial broadcast, which concludes...
09/01/2022

Join us today in celebrating the late Jazz Organist Joey DeFrancesco. Tune in to our memorial broadcast, which concludes at 9PM tonight, as we honor his legacy and his music.

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It's ! All day! Yay! Listen Wednesday to the Annual WKCR-FM All Day at https://WKCR.org online or on 89.9 FM New York on your radio dial!
Hey KCR- are you no longer playing Bird Flight? Two straight days without it now. 😫😩
Great show this afternoon Architects of Astral Music. Hope it continues, as WBGO programming is seriously getting on my nerves.
How are , WKCR-FM jazz radio programming, MTV, Nick at Nite, Hanna-Barbera, and Rudy Van Gelder all connected? Find out in our second conversation with Fred Seibert

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Are you still planning on a Max Roach birthday broadcast tomorrow?
THIS IS LOVELY!
Your listeners would love 'My Heart Can't Breathe by John Michael Ferrari 🎤
This Friday, Nov 19th at 12am tune into a historic Ragas Live Festival 24-hour historic broadcast on WKCR-FM featuring premier artists from around the globe! Finish out the broadcast live, in person at Pioneer Works or tune in at www.ragaslive.org!
Thanks for continuing to play "Bird Flight and "Traditions In Swing". Please don't stop
Sharif Abdus- Salaam. You ended your show tonight with Free For All by Ralph Peterson, and said I hope you liked that. Man, did I like that. Free For All might just be my all time favorite composition and I've heard it so many times since the first on WRVR early 70's, I know every note and beat from each and every solo. I been a jazz maniac since the very early 70's, and have listened to all of the jazz music shows on WKCR, yours especially. Years ago it was, you started your evening show with Mingus's moaning. Well sir, you are a staple in NY jazz radio, as was dear Phil. God bless you, and thank you for all the music.💞
Thank you for continuing to play "Traditions In Swing" and "Bird Flight" WKCR. Please don't stop.
Today on WKCR-FM's "Afternoon New Music with Kurt Gottschalk," a George Lewis special. Compositions by Lewis performed by Dana Jessen, Ensemble Dal Niente, and the Spektral Quartet, improvisations by Lewis with Nicolas Collins and with Joelle Leandre and Pauline Oliveros, and a piece written by Tyshawn Sorey dedicated to Lewis performed by Alarm Will Sound.
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