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

Ragas Live Festival 2021

Starting at midnight on November 19th, and running for 24 hours, WKCR is proud to be presenting the 10th annual Ragas Live Festival. Born as a 24 hour live in-studio broadcast featuring 50 musicians in 2012, the festival expanded to a live concert experience in 2016, beaming to WKCR from Pioneer Works in front of an enthusiastic live audience.

Fri, 19 Nov 2021, 12:00am to 11:59pm

John Coltrane Birthday Broadcast: Thursday, September 23rd

On Thursday, September 23rd, WKCR will conduct its annual all-day tribute to John Coltrane on the 95th 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.

Thu, 23 Sep 2021, 12:00am to 11:59pm

Lester Young and Charlie Parker Birthday Celebration: August 27-29

Beginning Friday, August 27, WKCR will have a three-day festival dedicated to the music of saxophonists Lester "Prez" Young and Charlie "Bird" Parker. The 27th marks Prez's birthday, and the 29th, Bird’s. We will play 24 hours of Young on the 27th, 24 hours of Parker on the 29th, and both Young and Parker interchangeably on the 28th. Join WKCR in celebrating two individuals who were true pioneers of their music.

Fri, 27 Aug 2021, 12:00am to Sun, 29 Aug 2021, 11:59pm

2021 Louis Armstrong Birthday Broadcast!

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. While he may have been mistaken about the exact date (most historians believe it's August 4th), he was not wrong to connect his life with the beginnings of this American art form. It is now believed that his actual birthday was on August 4th, so we celebrate both dates with an all-day broadcast of the great's music.

Wed, 4 Aug 2021, 12:00am to 11:59pm

Christa Ludwig Memorial Broadcast

On April 24, German mezzo-soprano Christa Ludwig passed away in her home in Klosterneuberg, Austria at the age of 93. Over a prolific five-decade career, Ludwig established herself as one of the greatest singers of the twentieth century and was among the last of the great post-war singers of the classical song repertoire. Among her vast repertoire ranging from contralto depths to dramatic soprano heights, she was a definitive interpreter of the music of Gustav Mahler, Johannes Brahms, and Richard Wagner and was a frequent collaborator of almost every major conductor of her time.
Tue, 4 May 2021, 12:00am

Duke Ellington Birthday Broadcast!

Join us from midnight onwards on Thursday, April 29, in celebrating the 122nd anniversary of the birth of Edward Kennedy “Duke” Ellington, one of the most important composers and accomplished bandleaders in the history of jazz. In a career spanning more than fifty years, Ellington composed thousands of songs for the stage, screen and contemporary songbooks, crafting distinctive ensemble sounds that are complex yet accessible.

Thu, 29 Apr 2021, 12:00am

Ella Fitzgerald Birthday Broadcast!

Join us all day Sunday 5/21 for a 24-hour special birthday celebration of the music of Ella Fitzgerald! Born April 25, 1917 and raised primarily in Yonkers, New York and Harlem, Ella Fitzgerald rose to prominence as a jazz vocalist in Chick Webb's big band in the late 30's and early 40's. After Webb passed away in 1939, Fitzgerald assumed leadership of the band and toured and recorded with the group until 1942. In the 1940's, Fitzgerald helped to bring the bebop style to vocal jazz namely through what is known as scat singing.

Sun, 25 Apr 2021, 12:00am

Earth Day 2021!

This Friday, April 23, WKCR will have its first ever Earth Day Celebration! Tune in all day on Friday for music and talk shows about Earth, environment, and sustainability, with contributions from Columbia students and Columbia departments including Columbia Earth Institute, Columbia Engineering, and School of International and Public Affairs.

Fri, 23 Apr 2021, 12:00am

Bix Beiderbecke Birthday Broadcast!

Cornetist, pianist, and composer Leon “Bix” Beiderbecke was one of the great musical innovators to emerge in the 1920s. One of jazz’s earliest soloists, he is of enduring importance to the dynamic history of jazz. This Wednesday, WKCR will dedicate 24 hours of programming to Bix in honor of his 118th birthday anniversary.

Wed, 10 Mar 2021, 12:00am to 11:59pm

Ornette Coleman Birthday Broadcast

Join us Tuesday March 9 for a 24-hour Broadcast celebrating Ornette Coleman's birthday!

Randolph Denard Ornette Coleman (March 9, 1930 - June 11, 2015) was an American jazz saxophonist, violinist, trumpeter and composer. Born and raised in Fort Worth, TX, he was one of the major innovators of the free jazz movement of the 1960s, a term he invented with the name of a 1961 album.

Tue, 9 Mar 2021, 12:00am to 11:59pm

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


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