George Walker Centennial Broadcast

Join us this coming Monday, June 27, for a very special broadcast celebrating the centennial of legendary Pulitzer-winning composer George Walker. The broadcast will begin at 9:30 AM eastern and run through 10pm that evening.

Plus, tune in at 6pm for a special interview with George Walker from 2017. We will be airing the 2017 interview when George Walker visited the WKCR station.

Mon, 27 Jun 2022, 9:30am to 10:00pm

Jazz Profiles 6/19/22

Join us this Sunday 6/19 at 2pm as we profile America’s best known bluesologist: Gil Scott-Heron. Fusing jazz and poetry, Scott-Heron is often considered one of the most important progenitors of rap music. His blend of spoken word, blues, soul, jazz, and socio-political commentary left a unique imprint on the jazz cannon. Tune in for a 5-hour chronological tour of his work from 1970-1977: 89.9FM and streaming live on

Sun, 19 Jun 2022, 2:00pm to 7:00pm

Jazz Profiles 5/29/2022

Hassan Ibn Ali was a virtuosic pianist whose mysterious style evokes images of gnashing gears and surreal bell choirs. The Philadelphia legend influenced Coltrane, Jimmy Heath, and Odean Pope, but was seldom recorded, releasing only one album in his lifetime. Join host Stephen Park from 2-5 PM on Sunday, 5/29 as he plays the music of Ibn Ali and discusses the life and style of this elusive master. 89.9FM or

Sun, 29 May 2022, 2:00pm to 5:00pm

Charles Mingus Centennial Broadcast

The WKCR Jazz Department is proud to present 72 uninterrupted hours of Charles Mingus from Thursday 4/21 to Saturday 4/23!

Charles Mingus's career spanned decades, and included multiple different styles of jazz, hear them all during our 3 day celebration of his life and work.

Listen on 89.9 FM or right here on our website,

You can find the program schedules for each segment below (as of 4/21/22):


12:00AM - 3:00AM - Josh Kazali

3:00AM - 6:00AM - Phil Schaap archival from 4/22/2010

Thu, 21 Apr 2022, 12:00am to Sat, 23 Apr 2022, 11:59pm

Fundraising 2022!

Please consider donating to WKCR!

WKCR has always been and will continue to be a student-run, non-commercial station thanks the to the generosity of listeners like you, so please consider donating on our website or by sending in a check in the mail.

All donations to go to WKCR with the intention of maintaining existing as well as purchasing new equipment, paying employees, and putting on events for the station.

Tue, 12 Apr 2022, 12:00am to Mon, 18 Apr 2022, 11:59pm

Billie Holiday Birthday Broadcast!!

The WKCR Jazz department is proud to present our annual Billie Holiday Birthday Broadcast!

24 hours of nonstop Lady Day encompassing the entirety of her birthday: April the 7th.

This is the first of four Jazz Birthday Broadcasts during the month of April.

Keep your radio tuned to 89.9 FM to catch all our Jazz birthday programming!

We are also streaming right here, on

Below is the planned program schedule for the broadcast (as of 4/3/22):

12:00AM - 3:00AM - Zachary Vanderslice

Thu, 7 Apr 2022, 12:00am to 11:59pm

Jazz Alternatives Mon 3/28: Mitch Goldman's Deep Focus on Sonny Rollins with guest Andy Caploe

There is no living artist in the Jazz firmament more revered than Sonny Rollins. He is admired for, among other things, eluding his audience's expectations of him. Never was this more true than on July 19, 1985 when he performed a set entirely unaccompanied in the Sculpture Garden at the Museum of Modern Art. Listening to this set, the listener gets to hear Sonny working the puzzles, rebuses, puns and equations that inform his best improvisations. It is as revealing as the glass and steel structure of the modern buildings that surrounded MoMA.
Mon, 28 Mar 2022, 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Jazz Profiles 3/13/22

Join us from 2-7 PM this Sunday as Stephen Park hosts a special five-hour Jazz Profiles show on the incredible saxophonist Clifford Jordan. Selections will be played from across Jordan's recording career as well as an excerpt from a rare 1986 interview hosted by Leigh Kamman, courtesy of The Leigh Kamman Legacy Project.

Sun, 13 Mar 2022, 2:00pm to 7:00pm

Ornette Coleman/Bix Beiderbecke/Bobby McFerrin Birthday Broadcasts

The WKCR Jazz department proudly present 72 non-stop hours of birthday broadcast programming as part of WKCR's birthday week 2022!

From 12:00 AM 3/9 - 12:00 PM 3/10, 36 hours of Ornette Coleman

From 12:00 PM 3/10 - 12:00 PM 3/11, 24 hours of Bix Beiderbecke

From 12:00 PM 3/11 - 11:59 PM 3/11, 12 hours of Bobby McFerrin

These will be the final three in a series of five birthday broadcasts during the week of 3/7-3/11.

Keep your radio tuned to 89.9 FM to catch all our Jazz birthday programming!

Wed, 9 Mar 2022, 12:00am to Fri, 11 Mar 2022, 11:59pm

Johnny Ventura Birthday Broadcast

On 3/8/22 the WKCR Latin department is proud to present 24 hours of Johnny Ventura!

This will be the second in a series of five birthday broadcasts during the week of 3/7-3/11.

Check the news section for information on the other four.

Keep your radio tuned to 89.9 FM to catch all our Johnny Ventura programming!

Here is the slate of programs (as of 3/5/22):

12:00AM - 3:00AM - Stefan Zuniuk

3:00AM - 6:00AM - Joe Mannozzi III

6:00AM - 9:00AM - German Santana

9:00AM - 12:00PM - TBA

12:00PM - 3:00PM - Sam Seliger

Tue, 8 Mar 2022, 12:00am to 11:59pm

Maurice Ravel Schedule 3/7/22

On 3/7/22 the WKCR Classical department is proud to present 24 hours of Maurice Ravel!

This will be the first in a series of five birthday broadcasts during the week of 3/7-3/11.

Check our main page for information on the other four.

Keep your radio tuned to 89.9 FM to catch all our Ravel programming!

Here is the full slate of programs:

12:00AM - 3:00AM - Oscar Lloyd - String Works

3:00AM - 6:00AM - Stefan Zeniuk - One-act Operas

6:00AM - 9:00AM - Melody Lu - Piano Works

Mon, 7 Mar 2022, 12:00am to 11:59pm

2/27/22 Jazz Profiles

Join us this Sunday from 2-5 pm as Melody Lu makes her Jazz Profiles debut featuring the great female vocalist Dinah Washington. Tune in at 89.9 PM or at to listen to her extensive discography and hear about her impact on jazz.

Sun, 27 Feb 2022, 2:00pm to 5:00pm

New Show - Extended Technique

WKCR is excited to introduce Extended Technique, a joint show in the Classical and New Music Departments for contemporary classical music, which will air on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3-6pm. Tune in for the inaugural show today (2/23/22) with Maria Shaughnessy! Then tune in for our second show Thursday (2/24/22) with Benji Shapere!

Wed, 23 Feb 2022, 3:00pm to Thu, 24 Feb 2022, 6:00pm

Phil Schaap Tribute Broadcast February 1st - February 6th 2022

WKCR presents a 126-hour long Phil Schaap tribute broadcast, beginning 6pm Tuesday February 1st and running continuously for five full days through midnight, Sunday February 6.

Phil passed away on September 7, 2021 at the age of 70. For over 50 years he was the guiding light and spiritual leader of jazz programming at our radio station. His death affected us all dearly, but we have gathered ourselves to honor him the way he taught us to do for all jazz luminaries, with a long running in depth radio broadcast.

Tue, 1 Feb 2022, 6:00pm to Sun, 6 Feb 2022, 11:59pm

Bachfest 2021

WKCR is thrilled to announce this year's Bach Festival, an 8-day long pre-emption where will feature only the music and genius of Johann Sebastian Bach. From Christmas Eve (12/24) through New Year's Eve (12/31), tune in to WKCR-FM NY 89.9 and for 192 hours of Bach as we celebrate another year's end with our annual Bachfest. This year, we celebrate the 44th anniversary of the Bachfest tradition. See our programming schedule below!

Fri, 24 Dec 2021, 12:00am to Fri, 31 Dec 2021, 11:59pm

Columbia Student Workers On Strike Live Coverage December 8th 2021

Today the Student Workers of Columbia have called for a complete shutdown of campus, following an announcement by the university that striking workers may be fired and replaced in the coming semester. In lieu of our typical programming schedule, WKCR FM-NY will be broadcasting live strike coverage throughout the day (8am-6pm), interwoven with archival coverage of the 1968 campus strike. Tune in online at or on the dial at 89.9FM-NY.

Wed, 8 Dec 2021, 8:00am to 6:00pm


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