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

Bachfest 2020 Schedule

As every December since time immemorial, the music of Johann Sebastian Bach will be played from Christmas Eve through New Year's Eve (8 days in total) on WKCR. BachFest is one of the longest-running KCR traditions which invites high listenership each year and though KCR programmers might not have access to the station this year, we wish to keep that tradition going.

Due to the current circumstances, BachFest 2020 will rely on archival programming and prerecorded programs produced from programmers' own materials.

Thu, 24 Dec 2020 (All day) to Thu, 31 Dec 2020 (All day)

Ragas Live Festival Schedule!

Ragas Live 2020 kicks off TONIGHT, and we have the schedule for the festival right here for you! Tune in!!!!!!

*NOTE: All programming has been shifted 12 minutes forward, as there was a technical issue; please adjust schedule accordingly


7PM Raga Maqam: Amir ElSaffar with Brooklyn Raga Massive - Pioneer Works, Brooklyn NYC, USA

Sat, 21 Nov 2020, 7:00pm to Sun, 22 Nov 2020, 7:00pm

Coleman Hawkins Birthday Broadcast

Tune into WKCR FM starting Friday, November 20 at 7AM EST for a very special 36-hour Coleman Hawkins Birthday Broadcast! The broadcast, shifted forward due to the Ragas Live Festival’s commencement at 7PM on Sunday the 21st, will feature an extra 12 hours of programming this year to make up for the scheduling conflict. From 7AM on the November 20th to 7PM on Hawkins’s birthday, November 21st, join WKCR at 89.9 FM NY or on the website for non-stop Hawk!

Fri, 20 Nov 2020, 7:00am to Sat, 21 Nov 2020, 7:00pm

Ragas Live 2020!!!!

Ragas Live Festival 2020 reimagines the world music festival with an epic 24-hour, 24 set broadcast!

Born at WKCR 89.9 FM-NY in 2012, the festival will feature artists in 13 cities will contribute to a celebration of ‘Community, Unity, and Harmony,’ from Mysore to Madagascar.

Terry Riley, Zakir Hussain, Toumani Diabate, Betsayda Machado among the global music icons contributing to “24 hours of global resonance.”

Sat, 21 Nov 2020, 7:00pm to Sun, 22 Nov 2020, 7:00pm

Rag Aur Tal/ Ragas Live Preview Sunday!

Rag Aur Tal is on from 7-9PM on Sunday, November 8th, 2020!

From November 21st @ 7PM - November 22nd @ 7PM, the Ragas Live Festival, the 24 hour musical event will broadcast on WKCR. The event has the participation of artists in 13 cities across Asia, Africa, North and South America. There are 90 musicians participating including some of the greatest instrumentalists of our time including Grammy Award winners Zakir Hussain, Toumani Diabate and Vikku Vanayakram.

Sun, 8 Nov 2020, 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Melting the ICE on WKCR

Airing Tonight:
Melting the ICE / Derritiendo el Hielo, a​ bilingual radio show sharing information, love and support to people currently detained by ICE in New Jersey, NYC and beyond is airing t​onight​ and on the ​Third Thursday of Every Month at 9pm on WKCR 89.9 FM, ​reaching the Hudson, Essex, Elizabeth and Bergen County Jails and ICE detention centers in New Jersey.

Thu, 15 Oct 2020, 9:00pm to 10:00pm


Hey! Due to some difficulties with our FM signal the first time around, we’ll be re-airing our 24-hour John Coltrane Birthday Broadcast! Tune in all day Tuesday (Oct. 5) to re-live the celebration.

Check out the broadcasting schedule below:

12AM-3AM: Charles Iselin plays a Trane potpourri with special tributes to McCoy Tyner and Jimmy Cobb

3AM-5AM: Program Director Mac Waters plays a variety of live and studio sessions, featuring the 1965 Paris recordings

Tue, 6 Oct 2020 (All day)

FM Signal Issues

Dear WKCR 'F'a'M'ily,
The signal suffered power failures in 2 of 3 power supplies yesterday; we've since ordered replacements, and until they're installed we will be running at 1/3rd our output capacity.

However,'s signal is unaffected.

Please stay tuned for updates.

jeremiah aka son of man, station manager

Bachfest2020 Merch!

In honor of Bachfest2020, WKCR is offering MERCHANDISE again!!!

For the duration of Bachfest (until the 31st of December at midnight), t-shirts will be available for purchase, with profits going towards operating costs (as usual).

The Blue option can be seen below, available in Blue and Violet:


As of Monday, September 17th, WKCR's annual FUND DRIVE is underway!!!!!

Things are a little different this year: The traditions of extreme phonebanking and live-on-air appeals are on hold for now, but we've adapted to the times and found new ways to move forward nonetheless!

For those looking for additional assistance on how to donate, you're in the right place!

Mon, 17 Aug 2020 (All day) to Mon, 7 Sep 2020 (All day)

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)


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