Listen to WKCR streaming live WKCR Columbia University
WKCR, the radio station operating out of Columbia University, has existed, pretty much in its current form, since 1941. It makes the debatable claim that it is “The Original FM,” a claim that is not so far fetched since the station evolved from the Columbia University Radio Club (CURC) that formed in the early 20th century to explore radio communications and was associated with Major Edwin Armstrong who invented FM (frequency modulation) radio.
The station is dominated by classic jazz programming and features birthday themed tributes to jazz legends. Fellow jazz aficionado and fan of the station Peter Hopson brought WKCR to my attention through comments he contributed to my inaugural post for WRVR Jazz New York. For an example of what to expect, this evening the station offered a heavy sampling of John Coltrane. For fans of the old station, WKCR is a welcome alternative to current commercial programming. If you are a fan of WBGO and a bit weary of all of the pledge drives–I understand it is a necessary annoyance to support public radio–you can give WKCR a listen.