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Who is WKCR but, more importantly, why listen?
The station's Jazz programming concept is unique. At its foundation is an extensive Jazz archive (on premises), which houses a vast collection of Jazz music, Jazz interviews and Jazz music rarities. (Thelonious Monk's FIRST recording BEFORE he ever recorded is housed in the archive!) The WKCR concept also stresses the importance of nurturing a new Jazz audience. Students involved at KCR are mentored by Jazz experts. The students are encouraged to explore the archive, while receiving insight, into the music, from their mentors. When ready, the students broadcast live and many share their researched interests.
The mentors/experts are not without air-time. They broadcast at specific times throughout the week and the programming is LIVE. (For example, Phil Schaap on his weekday morning "Bird Flight", explores the music of Charlie Parker.)
Throughout the year, specific dates have been marked for the annual Birthday Broadcasts; Pittsburgh's Roy Eldridge among them. Sadly, all programming is interrupted for the, unexpected, Memorial Broadcasts.
The station is not NPR affiliated, the broadcasts are live and the "experts" are actually experts. They provide deeper insight into the music, through their knowledge and scholarship. The KCR audience comprises the uninitiated, and the Jazz novice to the Jazz cognoscenti.
I have no affiliation with WKCR, other than as a listener.
As a transplanted Jazz fan, from Pittsbugh, (South Hills High School), I'm remain an advocate for Pittsburgh's Jazz legends and its Jazz history. The Pittsburgh Jazz audience remains a knowledgeable and savvy listener and WKCR is a perfect match. Support the concept by listening. It is vital we keep Jazz alive!
WKCR 89.9 FM - NYC.
Internet access at WKCR.org