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, 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 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

Jazz Profiles 12/4: Oscar Pettiford

Sid Gribetz presents a five hour radio program featuring the career of Oscar Pettiford this Sunday December 4, 2022 from 2-7 PM on WKCR.

Oscar Pettiford was one of the leading innovative jazz bass players who came of age during the bebop era. He unleashed a sense of dynamic swing that set the standard influencing bass styles to this very day, and his lyrical, free flowing solos on bass, and later in his career on pizzicato cello, have lasting beauty that transcends the conventions of these instruments.

Sun, 4 Dec 2022, 2:00pm to 7:00pm

Jazz Profiles 11/6/2022

Sid Gribetz presents Illinois Jacquet on Jazz Profiles for a five hour retrospective radio program this Sunday, November 6, 2022 from 2-7 PM (EST) on WKCR.

Jacquet is one of the tenor saxophone legends of jazz. Nicknamed “The Beast”, his ferocious, meaty and swinging style set an exemplar for the “tough tenors” to come, while he also had a sensitive side and meaningfully deep and hearty approach on ballads and standards.

Sun, 6 Nov 2022, 2:00pm to 7:00pm

November On-Air Guide

Our historic “On-air Guide” is back in production, now published virtually! The November issue of the guide features upcoming special broadcasts, album reviews, a recap of the ragas festival, a local events listing, a full list of WKCR’s programming offerings, and more info! Our team has been working around the clock to produce the guide from scratch.

Homecoming Football 10/22

WKCR welcomes the return of live sports broadcasts after more than two and a half years as the Columbia Lions take on the Dartmouth Big Green this Saturday! Coverage begins live at Baker Field at 1:15pm with kickoff at 1:30 (all regularly scheduled shows will be pre-empted).

Sat, 22 Oct 2022, 1:15pm to 5:00pm

FM Signal Outage UPDATE

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. Please check back here on our website or our social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram) for continuing updates regarding the planned outage. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Mon, 3 Oct 2022, 7:00am to Tue, 11 Oct 2022, 5:00pm

Pharoah Sanders Memorial Broadcast 9/26/22

WKCR presents the Pharoah Sanders memorial broadcast. For 24 hours straight tomorrow (9/26, Midnight - Midnight), 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.


Full Schedule:

12:00AM-3:00AM: Raz Matei

3:00AM-6:00AM: Sam Seliger

6:00AM-7:20AM: Mitch Goldman Deep Focus Archive Broadcast from 2012 with Paul Shapiro

Mon, 26 Sep 2022, 12:00am to 11:59pm

Jazz Profiles 9/25/22 George Gershwin

Tune into Jazz Profiles this Sunday 9/25 from 2PM-7PM as we celebrate in advance of what would be 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. 89.9FM

*Gershwin’s Birthday is Monday 9/26

Sun, 25 Sep 2022, 2:00pm to 7:00pm

John Coltrane Birthday Broadcast 9/23/22

Join us for our annual 24 hour John Coltrane Birthday Broadcast, Midnight-Midnight 9/23. 89.9FM


12AM-3AM: Phil Schaap Archival Broadcast, originally broadcast 4/10/2010. Phil hosts an Out To Lunch focussed on John Coltrane’s first dates as a leader.

3AM-6AM: Phil Schaap Archival Broadcast, originally broadcast on 9/23/2011, Phil hosts a shift of the annual John Coltrane Birthday Broadcast.

6AM-9AM: Sam Seliger - Live

9AM-12PM: Maria Shaughnessy - Live

12PM-3PM: Stephen Park - Live

3PM-6PM: Benjamin Magid - Live

Fri, 23 Sep 2022, 12:00am to 11:59pm


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