WKCR Reggae Festival 2024

WKCR announces a much-awaited celebration of reggae music: a 48-hour broadcast on FM and HD radio and online, from 12:00am on Saturday, January 3rd, to 12:00am on Monday, January 5th, of 2024. In honor of Dennis Brown and Bob Marley, the broadcast will occur between their birthdays on February 1st and 6th, respectively. It will run from the conclusion of the Phil Schaap Memorial Broadcast on Friday until The Celtic Show at 12:00am on Monday.

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Sat, 3 Feb 2024, 12:00am to Sun, 4 Feb 2024, 11:59pm

Phil Schaap Memorial Broadcast

Celebrating the date of his first broadcast on 89.9 FM, WKCR hosts the third annual Memorial Broadcast in honor of the late Phil Schaap. A true jazz legend, Phil Schaap regularly hosted Birdflight, Traditions in Swing, and countless other programs throughout his 51-year tenure at WKCR and won international acclaim with his encyclopedic knowledge of the jazz canon, specifically the music of Charlie Parker, his work in sound restoration, and his superb interviewing skills. Join us for 24 hours of archival Phil Schaap broadcasts from the last half-century.

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Fri, 2 Feb 2024, 12:00am to 11:59pm

Don Byas Sunday Profiles

Sid Gribetz presents a five hour radio program celebrating the career of tenor saxophonist Don Byas this Sunday, January 14, 2024, from 2-7 PM on WKCR FM Profiles.

A prolific and influential figure on the national jazz scene during the World War Two years, Byas moved to Europe in 1946 and remained an expatriate for the rest of his life. While he achieved some celebrity on the continent, sadly his absence from the US has left him a somewhat forgotten figure in our music here.

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Sun, 14 Jan 2024, 2:00pm to 7:00pm

Ryuichi Sakamoto Birthday Broadcast

WKCR announces our second birthday celebration for Japanese artist Ryuichi Sakamoto, broadcast on FM and HD radio and online 24 hours on Wednesday, January 17th, 2023. The special broadcast will run from the conclusion of Honky Tonkin’ until Som do Brasil at 12:00am on Thursday. The broadcast will preempt all regularly-scheduled Wednesday shows.

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Wed, 17 Jan 2024, 12:00am to 11:59pm

Max Roach Centennial Birthday Broadcast

WKCR announces a special broadcast for the centennial birthday of American drummer and composer Max Roach, broadcast on FM and HD radio and online for 30 hours from 6 pm on Tuesday, January 9 until midnight on Wednesday, January 10, 2024. The broadcast will run from the beginning of Jazz Alternatives on Tuesday until Som De Brasil at 12:00 am on Thursday.

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Tue, 9 Jan 2024, 6:00pm to Wed, 10 Jan 2024, 11:59pm

Bob Dorough Sunday Profiles

Sid Gribetz presents a tribute to pianist, vocalist and songwriter Bob Dorough for five hours this Sunday December 17, 2023 on “Jazz Profiles” from 2-7 PM on WKCR radio. Dorough encompasses a wide arc of American music. He is rooted in the Americana of a Hoagy Carmichael or Johnny Mercer, energized under the counter-cultural fervor and swell of the bebop jazz revolution, a witty and literate songwriter of sophisticated pieces, a cultural icon of children’s songs, and a vivid interpreter of the American popular songbook with a unique personal vision.

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Sun, 17 Dec 2023, 2:00pm to 7:00pm

Barry Harris Birthday Broadcast

Barry Harris’s passing left a deep hole in the jazz community. One New York Times article famously reads “He played with Charlie Parker. For 15$ he’ll play with you.” This article of course describes the Barry Harris Tuesday workshops that he held for about 50 years in NYC which has been revered by jazz musicians and listeners as THE class for learning how to play the music.

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Fri, 15 Dec 2023, 12:00am to Sat, 16 Dec 2023, 12:00am

Bossa Nova Sunday Profile

On Sunday, December 10, tune in from 2-7 PM for an extensive profile on Bossa nova. Jazz host Rachel Smith tracks this genre––from its inception to its adoption into the American jazz scene to its surprising crossovers––in this 5-hour special program.Program schedule to be released soon! Image credits to respective owners.

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Sun, 10 Dec 2023, 2:00pm to 7:00pm

Donald Byrd Birthday Broadcast

WKCR is excited to announce a special birthday broadcast in honor of the legendary jazz trumpeter, Donald Byrd. As an influential figure in the world of jazz, Donald Byrd's contributions to the genre have left an indelible mark, inspiring countless musicians and enthusiasts around the globe. The broadcast will preempt all regularly-scheduled Saturday shows.

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Sat, 9 Dec 2023, 12:00am to 11:59pm

Sean Mason Live on WKCR

We are very excited to announce that one of the defining voices of the newer generation of talent carrying forward the jazz legacy, Sean Mason will be joining WKCR in Studio for a live performance along his contemporary, Chris Lewis, playing music from Sean’s latest release: “The Southern Suite”. This Monday, November, 20th at 7:30pm on Jazz Alternatives, Sean and Chris will play a duo set, followed by an in-studio interview with Sean Mason to talk about his album and performance.

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Mon, 20 Nov 2023, 7:30pm to 8:30pm

Support WKCR today!

Now is the time to help support your favorite radio station!

If WKCR contributes to your day in any way, we ask that you help support us stay on air. We are rely entirely on support from listeners so now is the time to help us stay on air, stay commercial free, stay 'alternative!'

Donate today through the link on our website (big yellow button!) or by calling (212) 851 - 2699 !

You can also support us via check by sending it to

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New York, New York

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Date: 
Thu, 9 Nov 2023, 12:00am to Mon, 13 Nov 2023, 11:59am

WKCR Fall Fund Drive!

Now is the time to help support your favorite radio station!

If WKCR contributes to your day in any way, we ask that you help support us stay on air. We are rely entirely on support from listeners so now is the time to help us stay on air, stay commercial free, stay 'alternative!'

Donate today through the link on our website (big yellow button!) or by calling (212) 851 - 2699 !

You can also support us via check by sending it to

WKCR FM

2920 Broadway

New York, New York

10027

Date: 
Thu, 9 Nov 2023, 12:01am to Mon, 13 Nov 2023, 11:59am

Fishmans Sunday Profile

On Sunday, October 29th, programmer Ian Pumphrey will guide 89.9 FM through the legendary story of one of Japan’s greatest musical groups—Fishmans. With a dub-oriented, dream-pop sound like no other, this Sunday Profile will feature a captivating mix of a band that has garnered an international cult-following.

Date: 
Sun, 29 Oct 2023, 2:00pm to 7:00pm

Ernie Henry Sunday Profiles

Sid Gribetz presents a special five hour radio show celebrating the career of alto saxophonist Ernie Henry this Sunday October 22, 2023 from 2- 7 PM on "Jazz Profiles."

Not well known even in his brief lifetime, Ernie Henry was an astonishing musician of grace, style and profound emotion. Henry came up in the bebop days and was a key member of Dizzy Gillespie's 1948-9 big band, and he also participated in the more lyrical side of bebop with Tadd Dameron, Fats Navarro, Howard McGhee, and Walter "Gil" Fuller.

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Sun, 22 Oct 2023, 2:00pm to 7:00pm

50 Years of Hip-Hop Festival on WKCR FM

WKCR is proud to announce a 80-hour celebration of the 50th anniversary of Hip-Hop, the genre that revolutionized our societies and minds and remains an unfettered celebration of Black joy, creativity, and liberation. Our broadcast can be found on FM and HD radio and online all day from Wednesday, November 15 to 8am Saturday, November 18, 2023.

Date: 
Wed, 15 Nov 2023, 12:00am to Sat, 18 Nov 2023, 8:00am

Celia Cruz Birthday Broadcast

WKCR announces a 24-hour birthday celebration for Celia Cruz, broadcast on FM and HD radio and online all day on Saturday, October 21. This special broadcast will preempt regularly scheduled programming, running from what would normally be Som do Brazil to Saturday Night at the Opera.

Date: 
Sat, 21 Oct 2023, 12:00am to Sun, 22 Oct 2023, 12:00am

Fela Kuti Birthday Broadcast

WKCR announces a 24-hour birthday celebration for Fela Kuti, broadcast on FM and HD radio and online all day on Monday, October 16th. The special broadcast will run from the beginning of The Celtic Show until the end of Caribe Latino. The broadcast will preempt all regularly-scheduled Monday shows. Owing to the 24-hour Ragas Live broadcast that will interfere with Fela Kuti’s actual birthday, October 15th, this broadcast will air the day after his birthday.

Date: 
Mon, 16 Oct 2023, 12:00am to Tue, 17 Oct 2023, 12:00am

Pharoah Sanders Birthday Broadcast

WKCR announces a special broadcast celebrating the 83rd birthday of American saxophonist Pharoah Sanders, broadcast on FM and HD radio and online for 9.33 hours on Friday, October 13, 2023. The broadcast will take place during our jazz shows on Friday: Daybreak Express from 5-8:20 am, Out to Lunch from 12-3 pm, and Jazz Alternatives from 6-9 pm.

Date: 
Fri, 13 Oct 2023, 12:00am to 11:59pm

Lata Mangeshkar Birthday Broadcast

WKCR announces a 24-hour birthday celebration for Lata Mangeshkar, broadcast on FM and HD radio and online all day on Thursday, September 28th. The special broadcast will run from the middle of Som do Brasil until the end of The African Show. The broadcast will preempt all regularly-scheduled Thursday shows.

Date: 
Thu, 28 Sep 2023, 12:00am to 11:59pm

Fiona Apple + Nas Birthday Broadcast

WKCR announces an overnight birthday broadcast jointly celebrating Fiona Apple and Nas, broadcast on FM and HD radio and online from 10 PM on Wednesday, September 13th to 6 AM on Thursday, September 14th. The special broadcast will run from Nueva Cancion until one hour into Thursday’s Daybreak Express. The broadcast will preempt all regularly scheduled Wednesday night early Thursday morning shows.

Date: 
Wed, 13 Sep 2023, 10:00pm to Thu, 14 Sep 2023, 6:00am

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