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, 12:00am to Thu, 31 Dec 2020, 11:59pm

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, 12:00am to 11:59pm

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


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