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 (All day) to Thu, 3 Sep 2020 (All day)

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

Special Edition of Cereal Music this Monday!

On a special edition of Cereal Music, WKCR host Simon Cohen will be joined by Tim Page in conversation about a newly unearthed tape of an interview with pianist Glenn Gould, produced by CBC Radio. The audio of this interview, as far as we know, has not circulated since its initial broadcast in 1973. Simon Cohen’s in-depth conversation with Tim Page will air on WKCR on Monday, July 27th 2020, from 9:30am to noon.

Mon, 27 Jul 2020, 9:30am to 12:00pm

Louis Armstrong Birthday Broadcast (1/2) !!!!

In his autobiography, Swing That Music, Louis Armstrong titled the first chapter “Jazz and I Get Born Together.” Dating his birthday July 4, 1900, Armstrong created a mythology that linked his own birth to the birth of Jazz and the birth of America. For some odd reason, historians believe his true date of birth to be August 4th, but Armstrong was definitely not wrong to connect his life with the beginnings of this American art form.

Sat, 4 Jul 2020 (All day)


WKCR presents... BLACKOUT: VISIONS OF LIBERATION. This weekend, we’ll be airing 72-hours straight of all Black programming, curated by Black WKCR programmers. ••• The Blackout will begin at 12AM on Friday, July 3 and continue until 11:59 PM on Sunday, July 5 — with our annual Louis Armstrong Birthday broadcast airing all day July 4. Strap in for 72 hours of Black music, programs, and content!

Fri, 3 Jul 2020 (All day) to Sun, 5 Jul 2020 (All day)

Jimmy Cobb Memorial Broadcast!

Join us today, June 2nd, for a 24 hour Memorial Broadcast for legendary American jazz drummer Jimmy Cobb who passed away last week in Manhattan. We'll be honoring his life and musicianship all day on air with special programming, interviews, and commentary.

Tune in at 89.9 FM or here at!

Tue, 2 Jun 2020 (All day)

A Conversation with Jamael Dean

Hi all!!!

This Thursday from 9-10 PM EST, tune in to WKCR News and Arts for an interview with Jamael Dean, 21-year-old jazz pianist, composer, producer, and rapper. Acclaimed as a ‘jazz prodigy,’ Dean is the bandleader of “Jamael Dean and the Afronauts,” plays with the Pan-Afrikan People’s Arkestra in LA, and has toured, performed, and recorded alongside the likes of Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, Thundercat, and Kamasi Washington.

Thu, 7 May 2020, 9:00pm to 10:00pm



As we are managing the station remotely for the remainder of the semester, we are gathering content for broadcast through the coming weeks, and we are encouraging current CU students to submit audio programs for airplay.

WKCR members: please send any recordings of your previously aired WKCR programs for rebroadcast.

WKCR during COVID-19

Dear Listeners,

The WKCR staff structure in its entirety, from the Executive Board to its programmers and interns, has been majorly displaced due to COVID-19 and the measures Columbia University has put in place to limit contagion.

WKCR during COVID-19

Dear Listeners,

The WKCR staff structure in its entirety, from the Executive Board to its programmers and interns, has been majorly displaced due to COVID-19 and the measures Columbia University has put in place to limit contagion.

Streaming on Chrome

Hi all, an update on streaming using Chrome,

Due to a recent Google Chrome update, streaming from the Chrome browser has been inconsistent. However, the problem is now rectified, and streaming from Chrome should no longer be an issue. Other browsers should continue to function normally.

Thanks for bearing with us!

-WKCR Board

Sat, 11 Apr 2020, 3:00pm

Upcoming Sports Preemption

Hey everyone!

Jazz Alternatives will be partially preempted tommorow by our Sports Department's coverage of Columbia Men's Basketball's Ivy League clash with Yale in New Haven tomorrow. The show will air from 6-7pm EST before the sports team takes over until 9.

Thanks, and Enjoy!

Fri, 31 Jan 2020, 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Temporary Stream Takedown

Hi all!

Prepare for a temporary return to a world without the internet :)

We're taking the online stream down for a short period today at 3:00 PM EST in order to move the source to a dedicated box (this basically will help ensure that it does not go down in the future).

Thanks for bearing with us!

Mon, 27 Jan 2020, 3:00pm to 6:00pm

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


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