Eastern Standard Time

Eastern Standard Time (formerly “Reggae Riddms”) is WKCR’s Jamaican music program, airing Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon. The program is one of the last in the New York City market to focus on the “golden era” of reggae of the 1970s. The program also features earlier ska and rock steady, as well as later developments in the Jamaican dancehall. The deejays also play locally-produced recordings and maintain close ties with New York’s reggae community. Since New York City is home to one of the largest Jamaican communities outside the island, including sections of The Bronx, Queens, and Brooklyn, the program has long been a home to visiting and locally-based artists. Among the program’s studio guests have been Joe Higgs, Cedric Brooks, Glen Adams, Burning Spear, Sly Dunbar, Sugar Minott, Carlos Malcolm, Jr. Reid, Buju Banton, Johnny Clarke, Big Youth, Phillip Frazer, Willi Williams, Wayne Smith, Ansel Meditations Cridland, Carlton Livingston, Johnny Osbourne, Luciano, Bushman, Jr. Kelly, Carlton Tetrack Hines, Carlton Patterson, Ricky Grant, Delroy Williams, Milton Henry, U Brown, Ranking Joe, Judah Eskender Tafari, Jerry Harris, Jr. Delahaye, Douglas Levy, Ranking Trevor, K Vibes, Rob Symeonn, Bigga Haitian, Willow Wilson, and literally dozens of others.


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