Wes Montgomery Centennial Broadcast

Happening all day Monday, March 6th, WKCR resumes its onslaught of jazz virtuosity with a 24-hour celebration of guitar legend Wes Montgomery on what would have been his 100th birthday. Montgomery was among the most acclaimed and influential jazz guitarist of the 20th century, known for his unique thumb-picking technique and intricate improvisational approach.

Mon, 6 Mar 2023, 12:00am to 11:59pm

Maurice Ravel Birthday Broadcast

Join WKCR in the celebration of Maurice Ravel's 148th birthday! The French composer is known especially for his melodies, masterful orchestration, richly evocative harmonies and inventive instrumental textures and effects. Along with Claude Debussy, he was one of the most prominent figures associated with Impressionistic music. Starting at midnight on Tuesday, March 7th, enjoy 24 hours of the genius of Ravel.

Programming schedule is as follows:

12:00am - 3:00am: Ted Schmiedeler - Potpourri

3:00am - 6:00am: Stefan Zeniuk (remote) - Operettas

Tue, 7 Mar 2023, 12:00am to 11:59pm

Nina Simone Birthday Broadcast

WKCR announces a 24-hour birthday celebration for Nina Simone, broadcast on FM and HD radio and online all day on Tuesday, February 21, 2023. The special broadcast will run from the conclusion of Caribe Latino until Tuesday’s Just as Bad. The broadcast will preempt all regularly-scheduled Tuesday shows.

Tue, 21 Feb 2023, 12:00am to 11:59pm

Frank Zappa Birthday Broadcast

WKCR announces a special birthday broadcast for American guitarist and composer Frank Zappa, broadcast on FM and HD radio and online from 12:00 pm to 9:00 pm on Wednesday, December 21, 2022. The broadcast will run from the conclusion of Cereal Music until Wednesday night News & Arts programming. The broadcast will occupy Out to Lunch, Jazz Alternatives, and preempt Extended Technique.

Wed, 21 Dec 2022, 12:00pm to 9:00pm

Joni Mitchell Birthday Broadcast

WKCR presents our first-ever Joni Mitchell Birthday Broadcast. Tune in on November 7th to hear some of Joni’s most iconic records as well as some deep cuts from the archive!
The special broadcast will run from the conclusion of Monday Morningside until Monday Jazz Alternatives (9:30AM-6PM).

Mon, 7 Nov 2022, 9:30am to 6:00pm

WKCR Mourns Phil Schaap

It is with a heavy heart that WKCR mourns Phil Schaap, who passed away Tuesday September 7 at the age of 70. For over 50 years, Phil has been an irreplaceable presence at the station. The mentorship that he has provided students as an educator has helped shape a new generation of jazz historians and appreciators, and his impact will be felt for decades to come.

WKCR Mailing List (Sign-Up)

Dear active WKCR listeners, supporters, alumni, and students. We invite you to sign up for our new 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 on our mailing list.

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

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.

Sat, 29 May 2021, 9:00pm


Commencing at midnight August 29th and concluding at midnight September 3rd, WKCR-FM (89.9 FM, wkcr.org) will present the Charlie Parker Centennial Festival, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth of a colossal figure in American music with a 120-hour marathon broadcast.

Thu, 27 Aug 2020, 12:00am to Thu, 3 Sep 2020, 11:59pm

Bach Fest 2019!

Hello all! As of midnight, Bach Fest has officially kicked off!

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 wkcr.org) will dedicate all broadcasting to the works of Johann Sebastian Bach.

We are excited to share with you the schedule for the week, which can be seen below.

Tue, 24 Dec 2019, 1:00am to Wed, 1 Jan 2020, 4:00am

Emmet Cohen on Out to Lunch

Join us Tuesday, January 17 during our Out to Lunch programming from 1-2:30 pm EST for an interview with New York-based jazz pianist Emmet Cohen regarding his most recent project "Masters Legacy Series featuring Jimmy Cobb." Cohen began Suzuki method piano instruction at age three, and his playing quickly became a mature melding of musicality, technique, and concept. He placed first in both the American Jazz Pianists competition (2014) and the Phillips Piano Competition at the University of West Florida (2011).

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Studio A

WKCR regrets its actions with regard to a guest who had recently been scheduled to appear on our program Studio A. Specifically, WKCR's editorial policies and University policies regarding speech were misrepresented in our communications to this guest. To be clear, WKCR and Columbia University strongly believe in robust freedom of expression, especially about challenging ideas. Likewise, WKCR’s content is curated by student and alumni programmers and reflects their own individual self-expression.

Fri, 14 Oct 2016, 7:00pm to Sat, 15 Oct 2016, 7:00pm

Baseball Home Opener

WKCR's covering the Columbia Baseball home opener vs. Manhattan!

Tune in tomorrow for all the action! Coverage begins 3:00, first pitch at 3:30. All regular programming will be preempted.

Play by Play: Josh Kapilian
Color: Nathan Kim

Full season schedule will be released soon.

Wed, 22 Mar 2023, 3:00pm

WKCR Goes to Ivy Madness

WKCR is going to Ivy Madness! With a win tonight, we’ll be covering the Women’s Ivy League Championship Final! Coverage starts at 4:45pm, tipoff at 5pm.

Play by Play: Ted Schmiedeler

Color: Stephen Dames

Color: Josh Kapilian

Sat, 11 Mar 2023, 4:45pm to 7:00pm

Jazz Profiles 3/12/2023: Richard “Groove” Holmes

Sid Gribetz presents a five hour radio broadcast celebrating the career of organist Richard “Groove” Holmes this Sunday, March 12, 2023, from 2-7 PM on “Jazz Profiles” on WKCR.

Groove Holmes was a giant among the generation of jazz organists who brought the Hammond B-3 sound to artistic prominence and popular appeal in the late 1950's and 1960's. Within that genre, Groove’s style was informed by an especially loping, easy going rhythm and toe-tapping grace that lent an element of joyful swing to his presentation of standards, funk, and the blues.

Sun, 12 Mar 2023, 2:00pm to 7:00pm

King’s Crown Country Jamboree 2023

WKCR’s Country Music Festival is back! After a hiatus, the newly-rebranded King’s Crown Country Jamboree runs this year during the weekend of February 25th and 26th, pre-empting all regular weekend programming for those 48 hours to explore all the different facets of country music. With themed shows for every 3 hour slot throughout the weekend, listeners will get to explore everything from Old Time and Honky Tonk to Gospel Country and Country en Español. See y’all at the Jamboree!

Sat, 25 Feb 2023, 12:00am to Sun, 26 Feb 2023, 11:59pm


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