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

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

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


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