American

Since the 1950s, WKCR has presented American music programming to its listeners, making it one of the oldest departments at the station. Today, WKCR honors that broadcasting tradition by providing an alternative to the other types of American music found on the radio. We aim to bring a comprehensive selection of blues, gospel, bluegrass, funk & soul, country, folk, and hip-hop to the airwaves, exploring each genre from its foundations to its present form. The American department also sponsors special festivals throughout the year, which preempt regularly scheduled shows for several days. We most frequently organize a country festival, though we have also put on blues and funk & soul festivals. While the focus of these festivals change, we always try to present each in a unique and informed way.

To stay updated with the most recent information check the WKCR homepage and read below for detailed show descriptions.

Programs

Across 110th Street

  • Saturday 12-2pm
Department: 
American

Across 110th Street, named for the Bobby Womack classic, brings two hours of classic funk and soul music to New York City on Saturday afternoons from 12-2pm. The show acts as one half of our funk & soul programming, and provides listeners with a range of widely known hits and more obscure gems of the genre.

Time: 
12:00

Amazing Grace

  • Sunday 8-10am
Department: 
American

The American Department's broadcasting week begins at 8:00 a.m. on Sundays with this program devoted to gospel music. The greatest emphasis is placed on the golden age of African-American gospel, the 1940's and 1950's, but an effort is made to present gospel in all its varieties, including the Anglo-American and Caribbean traditions. In addition to its dedication to classic recordings, Amazing Grace utilizes its pre-church time-slot to stay in touch with local performers as well.

Time: 
08:00

Hobo's Lullaby

  • Saturday 4-6pm
Department: 
American

Hobo's Lullaby provides a space in our programming to explore the roots of American music. We look to the very foundations of blues, country, bluegrass, and jazz in the American tradition to better understand how each style developed and relates to other genres. Each show is centered around a theme, which allows for a historical and alternative presentation of the content. In the past, shows have focused on prison songs, Anglo-American ballads, sea shanties, and train songs. Tune in Saturday afternoon!

Time: 
16:00

Honky Tonkin'

  • Tuesday 10-11:30pm
Department: 
American

Honky Tonkin' airs Tuesday nights from 10:00-11:30pm.  The show focuses on classic country artists from the 1930's, 40's, and 50's to provide listeners with an understanding of the roots of popular country music.  Every third Tuesday of the month the WKCR House Band comes in with a guest artist to perform live in the studio, recreating the feel of an old-time radio show.

Time: 
22:00

Night Train

  • Wednesday 1-5am
Department: 
American

One of two funk and soul shows on WKCR, the Night Train offers a wide variety in its programming, including everything from classic soul and soul jazz to seventies funk and Afrobeat. The main emphasis is on the groove and whether it's a familiar classic or an extreme rarity, we try to track it down and play it for you.

Time: 
01:00

Offbeat

  • Friday 1-5am
Department: 
American

Airing on Thursday nights/Friday mornings from 1:00-5:00am, Offbeat is the place to listen for the best beats and rhymes of underground hip-hop from its birthplace of New York. In its original incarnation, DJ Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito aka DJ Cucumberslice co-hosted the Stretch & Bobbito Show. In 1998 the Stretch Armstrong & Bobbito Show was voted "the best hip-hop show of all time" by Source Magazine and "the best hip-hop show in New York" by the Village Voice. Since 1998 the show has changed hands through dj Lord Sear & Bobbito, Squeeze Radio, hosted by Sucio Smash & Timm See and featured Adam Waytz.

In 2010 the show transitioned to undergraduate programmers for the first time since Stretch Armstrong's first broadcasts. Originally known as Rappcats Radio, the current broadcast of the show is titled Offbeat. In accordance with its long history, Offbeat is committed to broadcasting undiscovered new Hip Hop music. Shows typically focus on exposing underplayed or up and coming new artists, including experimental instrumental artists not typically played on mainstream Hip Hop radio. In addition to exposing the new, Offbeat will also do many historical broadcasts, honoring the old classics of the art form. Listen regularly for our special album anniversaries, birthday broadcasts, artist interviews, livesets and more. To stay updated on upcoming events, you can follow us on our twitter.

Time: 
01:00

Something Inside of Me

  • Saturday 2-4pm
Department: 
American

Something Inside Of Me is our acoustic and electric blues show, airing every Saturday afternoon. On the show we play classic and contemporary blues for a comprehensive look at the genre.

Time: 
14:00

The Moonshine Show

  • Sunday 10am-12pm
Department: 
American

Bluegrass and old-time music programming first appeared on WKCR in 1963 under the direction of renowned banjo player, Pete Wernick. The Moonshine Show continues this long standing tradition, presenting the hill country string music of the Mid-South via classic recordings and frequent live in-studio performances. The full spectrum of this living art form is covered each Sunday morning.

Time: 
10:00

The Tennessee Border Show

  • Sunday 12-2pm
Department: 
American

Comprising one half of WKCR's country programming, The Tennessee Border Show focuses on the masters of country music from the latter-half of the twentieth century. The show is also not afraid to delve back into country music forefathers, like Hank Williams and Jimmie Rodgers. Over the years, the show has established itself as a source for information about 'real' country music, where elsewhere, commercial country has had the effect of erasing the real music from the record.

Time: 
12:00

Tuesday's Just as Bad

  • Tuesday 11:30pm-Wednesday 1am
Department: 
American

This program makes up the more acoustic half of WKCR's two blues shows. Tuesday's Just As Bad draws from an extensive library of pre-WWII blues recordings to present a strictly acoustic first set. The second hour features more of a variety, with an emphasis on the blues masters of the post-WWII era. The approach seems to work well, as some listeners claim that they have been listening to the program for all twenty of its years.

Time: 
23:30