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 Thursday, June 10th, WKCR's annual FUND DRIVE is underway!!!!!

Like last year's drive, 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!

Thu, 10 Jun 2021, 12:00am to Thu, 17 Jun 2021, 11:59pm

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, 12:00am to 11:59pm


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, 12:00am to Sun, 5 Jul 2020, 11:59pm

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, 12:00am to 11:59pm

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

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, 12:00am to 11:59pm

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, 12:00am to 11:59pm

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, 12:00am to 11:59pm

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, 12:00am to 11:59pm

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

The Musician's Show - Sullivan Fortner

Join us 6-9 pm this Wednesday as we host Sullivan Fortner on the Musician's Show! Lauded as one of the top jazz pianists of his generation, Sullivan Fortner is recognized for his virtuosic technique and captivating performances. The winner of three prestigious awards – a Leonore Annenberg Arts Fellowship, the 2015 Cole Porter Fellowship from the American Pianists Association, and the 2016 Lincoln Center Award for Emerging Artists – Sullivan’s music embodies the essence of the blues and jazz as he connects music of all eras and genres through his improvisation.

Wed, 31 Jul 2019, 6:00pm to 9:00pm


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