Musician's Show - We Have Voice Collective

Tune in tonight at 6 PM for a special Musician’s Show with the We Have Voice Collective!

We Have Voice is a collective of 14 musicians, performers, scholars, and thinkers from different generations, races, ethnicities, cultures, abilities, gender identities, economic backgrounds, religious beliefs and affiliations. Together, they are determined to engage in transformative ways of thinking and being in their creative professional world, while being ingrained in an inclusive and intersectional analysis.

Wed, 19 Dec 2018, 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Nancy Wilson Memorial Broadcast

Renowned singer Nancy Wilson died this past Thursday at the age of 81. Wilson was best known for the 1964 hit, "Guess Who I Saw Today" She has recorded more than 70 albums and won three Grammy awards, with her first album "Like in Love" coming out in 1959. WKCR will be playing her music on Dec. 17th (2-5 AM, 5-9:30 AM, 12-3 PM, 6-9 PM) as we continue to celebrate the life of Nancy Wilson in light of her passing.

Mon, 17 Dec 2018, 2:00pm to 9:00pm

WKCR-FM Bach Festival 2018

WKCR announces the annual Bach Festival 2018, which this year is the 40th anniversary of the BachFest tradition. 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.

Mon, 24 Dec 2018, 12:00am to Mon, 31 Dec 2018, 11:59pm

Coleman Hawkins Birthday Broadcast

Tune in starting this Wednesday, November 21, for a 24-hour broadcast of Coleman Hawkins' music in celebration of his 114th 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.

Wed, 21 Nov 2018, 12:00am to 11:59pm

HAM Rodeo on The Tennessee Border Show

Join us from 12:00pm-2:00pm EST this Sunday November 18th for an in-studio live set and interview with Brooklyn-based HAM Rodeo. HAM Rodeo was formed in late 2017 by four mainstays of the New York City bluegrass scene. Led by vocalists Christian Apuzzo and Larry Cook, guitarist Justin Camerer, and drummer Ellery Marshall, the band realized there was a hunger among listeners in the traditional acoustic music scene for solid, classic country music for folks to dance to.

Sun, 18 Nov 2018, 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Roy Hargrove Memorial Broadcast

On Monday November 5th, WKCR will celebrate the life and work of the recently departed trumpet master, Roy Hargrove (b. 1969), who died November 2nd at the age of 49. Hargrove began his professional career in 1988 with the saxophonist Bobby Watson and in 1989, co-led the group Superblue which featured jazz greats such as Mulgrew Miller, Frank Lacy and Kenny Washington.

Mon, 5 Nov 2018, 2:00am to 11:59pm

Clifford Brown Birthday Broadcast

Tune in on Tuesday, October 30th as we dedicate 24 hours of programming to legendary trumpeter Clifford “Brownie” Brown in celebration of the 88th anniversary of his birth. In the course of only four years, from 1952 to 1956, Brown led and contributed to some of the greatest ensembles and recordings in jazz history, leaving his imprint on the genres of bebop and hard bop, as well as the art of jazz trumpet. Born in 1930 in Delaware, Brown drew much of his influence from the innovative Fats Navarro, who mentored Brown in his early years in Philadelphia.

Tue, 30 Oct 2018, 12:00am

Hamiet Bluiett Memorial Broadcast

Join us this Monday and Tuesday (October 15th and 16th), as we dedicate every jazz show and Afternoon New Music to the life and work of the great saxophonist Hamiet Bluiett (b. 1940), who died October 4th, 2018, at the age of 78. In the mid-1960s Bluiett returned to his hometown of St.

Mon, 15 Oct 2018, 12:00am to Tue, 16 Oct 2018, 12:00am

Thelonious Monk Birthday Broadcast

Tune in on Wednesday, October 10 to WKCR 89.9 FM-NY for 24 hours of Thelonious Sphere Monk’s music in celebration of the 101st day of his birth. Born in 1917 in North Carolina but raised in Manhattan, Monk first established his musicianship as a mostly self-taught travelling church organist. He marked his grand entrance into the New York jazz scene in 1941 as the new house pianist at the Minton’s Playhouse, the breeding grounds of bebop.

Wed, 10 Oct 2018, 12:00am to 11:59pm

Sonidero Migrante Festival

WKCR’s Sonidero Migrante is a 3 day radio festival celebrating Latinx music, art and activism in NYC. WKCR’s Latin department will be taking over the airwaves on 89.9 FM-NY from noon to midnight on Friday October 12th through Sunday October 14th with an expansive line up of emerging Latinx musicians, artists and organizers.

Fri, 12 Oct 2018, 12:00pm to Sun, 14 Oct 2018, 11:59pm

Ragas Live Festival

From 5pm October 6th to 5pm October 7th, WKCR will preempt all regularly scheduled programming to broadcast the 7th annual Ragas Live Festival, a 24 hour/24 set broadcast of Indian Classical and raga-inspired music. Over 80 musicians will participate including Vijay Iyer, Brooklyn Raga Massive's Coltrane Raga Tribute and Adam Rudolph's Go:Organic Orchestra. A galvanizing event in the musical movement, the New York Times and New Yorker have called, "A Raga Renaissance," the festival reaches an international audience through our stream.
Sat, 6 Oct 2018, 5:00pm to Sun, 7 Oct 2018, 5:00pm

Miya Masaoka & James Ilgenfritz on Afternoon New Music

Tune in to Afternoon New Music at 3pm on Tuesday, September 25th for an exclusive in-studio interview and live set with composer Miya Masaoka and bassist James Ilgenfritz. Masaoka and Ilgenfritz will discuss their upcoming concert on Thursday, September 27th at Roulette. The concert will feature new compositions from Masaoka as part of Roulette's Interpretations series. Tuesday's Afternoon New Music program will also feature an in-studio live performance by Ilgenfritz of Masaoka's Four Moons of Pluto, as well as an exclusive ticket giveaway.

Tue, 25 Sep 2018, 3:00pm to 6:00pm

John Coltrane Birthday Broadcast

On Sunday, September 23rd, WKCR will conduct its annual all-day tribute to John Coltrane on the 88th 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.
Sun, 23 Sep 2018, 12:00am to 11:59pm

Annual John Coltrane Birthday Broadcast

Tomorrow, September 23rd, WKCR will once again preempt all regular programming to celebrate the life and work of John Coltrane from 12:00am to 12:00pm. Join us for long-form listenings and discussions about Coltrane approached from the perspective of bibliography, genre-bending and genre-working, collaborations and experimentations, and even modern dance choreographed to Coltrane. Tune in, online or on the FM, for this historic birthday celebration as we meditate on Coltrane, "Time After Time".

Sun, 23 Sep 2018, 12:00am to 12:00pm

Conversation on Refugee Family Separation

Tune in from 9-10 pm on Sept. 11 to hear an interview discussing the effects of separating refugee families, with recent research on Syrians in Jordan. This conversation was held through the Columbia University Earth Institute's Advanced Consortium on Cooperation, Conflict, and Complexity. You can find more information about their work at

Tue, 11 Sep 2018, 9:00pm to 10:00pm


Beginning Monday, August 27, WKCR will have a three-day festival dedicated to the music of tenor saxophonist Lester "Prez" Young, and alto saxophonist Charlie "Bird" Parker. The 27th marks Prez's birthday, and the 29th, Bird's. On Thursday, August 28th we will play both Prez and Bird interchangeably throughout the day.

Mon, 27 Aug 2018, 12:00am to Wed, 29 Aug 2018, 12:00am

Aretha Franklin Memorial Broadcast

Tune in all day this Sunday, August 19th, for our Aretha Franklin Memorial Broadcast. To remember, honor and celebrate the Queen of Soul we will be devoting all of our Sunday programming to Aretha Franklin's work as a musician and as a voice for respect, change and freedom in society. To quote Ann Powers: "I really can't think of any other popular musician who embodied American values at their best, American democracy at its best. Aretha Franklin's music brought us together in such profound ways, always deeply rooted in black experience, in the black church, in daily life.

Sun, 19 Aug 2018, 12:00am to 11:59pm

Duendita on Across 110th St

Tune in at noon this Saturday, August 18th for a live set, conversation and music take-over with the Queen's-based soul artist, Duendita. Duendita aims to create art that provokes listeners to express themselves and begin journeys of purpose. Her work is guided by her spirituality and a love for the human experience. Duendita has been featured by numerous outlets including The New York Times, Newsweek, GirlBoss, The Fader, Variety, and more.

Sat, 18 Aug 2018, 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Noa Fort on Musician's Show

Join us this Wednesday June 6th from 6-9pm ET for the Musician's Show featuring Noa Fort!
Israeli born vocalist, pianist, songwriter, improviser Noa Fort was recently regarded as “one of New York’s more interesting and original artists” (New York Music Daily). She draws inspiration from different musical worlds, integrating her background of classical and jazz piano, jazz singing, and free improvisation into her original music.
Wed, 6 Jun 2018, 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Interview with The Magnetic Fields' Stephin Merritt on Arts and Answers

Tune into Arts and Answers Tuesday June 5th from 9:30 to 10pm ET for an interview with Stephin Merritt of The Magnetic Fields. Join us for a conversation around the band's latest release, 50 Song Memoir, each song commemorating a year of Merritt's life. We talk genre, truth, autobiography, and the importance of college radio throughout the group's career. The Magnetic Fields will be performing 50 Song Memoir over two nights on June 15th-16th at the Apollo Theater here in Harlem.
Thu, 5 Jul 2018, 9:30pm to 10:00pm


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