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


We at WKCR would like to acknowledge and apologize for the streaming problems many of our listeners are experiencing. Our technicians are working to diagnose the problem and streaming should be at its full capacities by the end of this week. Thank you for your patience!

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

Max Roach Birthday Broadcast!

This Friday, January 10th, marks what would be jazz drummer, composer, civil rights activist, educator, and overall legend Max Roach's 96th birthday. Celebrate it with us at WKCR as we honor his legacy with a 24 hour broadcast of his catalog! Working alongside Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, and more, Roach made essential contributions to the world of jazz drumming and to bebop as a whole.

Fri, 10 Jan 2020 (All day)

Coleman Hawkins Birthday Broadcast

Tune in this Thursday, November 21, for a 24-hour broadcast of Coleman Hawkins' music in celebration of his 115th birthday anniversary! As one of the first renowned jazz tenor saxophonists, Hawkins helped to establish the instrument as essential to the genre, especially for soloists. Hawkins' warm tone and signature vibrato, along with his melodic and technical virtuosity, made him a pivotal influence on future generations of jazz pioneers.

Thu, 21 Nov 2019 (All day)

Giving Day!

It's Giving Day! We thank you for your support of WKCR operations -- your contributions keep us on the air.

To make a donation, please click here.

Wed, 23 Oct 2019 (All day)

Ragas Live Festival

From October 19th at 7 pm to October 20th at 7pm, WKCR listeners around the world will tune in to hear the year’s latest developments in a growing musical movement The New York Times has called “the Raga Renaissance, flowering in Brooklyn.”

Sat, 19 Oct 2019, 7:00pm to Sun, 20 Oct 2019, 7:00pm

New Program - Welcome to Notes from Underground!

"Notes from Underground" showcases contemporary hip hop with an emphasis on emerging and experimental artists. The program is hosted by a variety of student programmers, each with their own eclectic taste in hip hop, so that its sound evolves alongside the genre. The program also hosts local and visiting artists for interviews, freestyles, and guest-curation. Tune in on Saturday nights from 12:30am-2am.

Sun, 29 Sep 2019, 12:30am to 2:00am

John Coltrane Birthday Broadcast

On Monday, September 23rd, WKCR will conduct its annual all-day tribute to John Coltrane on the 93rd anniversary of his birth. Born on September 23, 1926 in North Carolina, Coltrane is celebrated to this day for his innovative work on alto, tenor, and soprano saxophones, as well as his enormous contributions to the genres of bebop, hard bop, and free and avant-garde jazz. From the late 1940s to the mid-late 1950s, Coltrane collaborated with numerous jazz titans, performing as a sideman with the likes of Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, and Miles Davis, among others.

Mon, 23 Sep 2019 (All day)

Live Constructions Elliott Sharp

Tune in to Live Constructions at 10 pm on Sunday, September 22nd for an exclusive in-studio interview from composer/multi-instrumentalist Elliott Sharp. The hour-long program will cover Sharp's upcoming concert at Zürcher Gallery next Monday, September 30th, and his recently published memoir IrRational Music.

Sun, 22 Sep 2019, 10:00pm to 11:00pm

WKCR Fall Concert

Thank you all for attending our Fall Concert last Thursday! Another special thanks to our performers: Lady Ann, International Women in Reggae, Yasser Tejeda & Palotre, Duendita, and WKCR's own Vaughn and Hermann; and thank you especially to American Head Elisabetta Diorio and Latin Head Julia Rocha for spearheading the organization of this wonderful event!

For photos from the concert, click here.


Thu, 19 Sep 2019, 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Sunil Gulati - Firing Lion

Join us this Wednesday on the Firing Lion from 9 to 10 pm for a discussion on the state of American soccer with Sunil Gulati. A senior lecturer of economics at Columbia University, Gulati has also served as President of the United States Soccer Federation and the FIFA Executive Committee.

Tue, 3 Sep 2019, 9:00pm to 10:00pm

The Musician's Show - Sullivan Fortner

Join us 6-9 pm this Wednesday as we host Sullivan Fortner on the Musician's Show! Lauded as one of the top jazz pianists of his generation, Sullivan Fortner is recognized for his virtuosic technique and captivating performances. The winner of three prestigious awards – a Leonore Annenberg Arts Fellowship, the 2015 Cole Porter Fellowship from the American Pianists Association, and the 2016 Lincoln Center Award for Emerging Artists – Sullivan’s music embodies the essence of the blues and jazz as he connects music of all eras and genres through his improvisation.

Wed, 31 Jul 2019, 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Memorial Broadcast - João Gilberto

Tune 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 with relevant historical background. We will also feature exclusive WKCR interviews with important characters that were involved with João Gilberto such as the producer Creed Taylor, and one of the Tropicália artists Gilberto Gil. Hosted by Augusto Ghiotto and Jassvan DeLima .
Wed, 10 Jul 2019, 6:00pm to Thu, 11 Jul 2019, 1:00am

Tennessee Border Show - Live from Governor's Island

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, where performances take place on the porches of Governors Island’s historic Nolan Park. Over 100 small-scale acoustic concerts, jams, and workshops featuring some of NYC’s best bluegrass, country, blues, roots, and Americana music are showcased during the daylong festivities.

Sun, 23 Jun 2019, 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Raag Aur Taal - Shyam Nepali and Joyous Gurung

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.

Sun, 9 Jun 2019, 7:00pm to 9:00pm


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