David Bowie Birthday Broadcast

Sunday, January 8, 2023 - 12:00pm to 10:00pm

WKCR announces a birthday celebration for the English rock legend David Bowie, broadcast on FM and HD radio and online 10 hours straight from 12:00 pm to 10:00 on January 8, 2023.

With its first special broadcast of 2023, WKCR will celebrate legendary English art-rock singer and songwriter David Bowie. Bowie famously appeared as a special guest at the WKCR’s 1979 Carnegie Hall benefit concert, performing with John Cale. This upcoming broadcast will survey the vast range of the chameleonic artist’s more than sixty-year career, covering his most renowned commercial hits, legendary avant-rock albums, and lesser-known deep cuts and live recordings.

One of the greatest stars of the rock & roll era, David Bowie evaded easy categorization throughout his career, operating as the artiest rocker within the mainstream and the most accessible musician on the fringe. Space Oddity gave Bowie his breakthrough in the U.K., reaching the Top Ten in the summer of 1969 – the summer of Apollo 11. By that point, Bowie had traded his folkie persona for the glam-rock alien Ziggy Stardust, one of the many shifts of sound and image that came to define his career. Ziggy Stardust & the Spiders from Mars were a sensation in Britain and a cult phenomenon in the U.S., the foundation of a decade that would see Bowie attempting blue-eyed soul, avant-pop, and experimental electronic rock recorded with Brian Eno. In 2016 Bowie celebrated his 69th birthday and released his final studio album Blackstar (★) before passing two days later.

Join us at WKCR during our celebration of Bowie’s 76th birthday, as we air 12 hours of music from his immense discography! The broadcast will feature live programming highlighting music from the archives as well as some legacy archival programming. Follow WKCR on Instagram (@wkcr) and Twitter (@WKCRFM) for further updates. Online listening is available 24/7 at wkcr.org via our web stream.