American Music programming, exclusive of the jazz for which WKCR is famous, has been present on WKCR since the 1950's. The department was created by individuals who understood WKCR's mission to provide an alternative to the other types of music found on the radio. This meant making a home for the roots of American music (blues, gospel, old-time, etc), as well as their later evolutions (funk, soul, hip-hop) and this is where we stand today. The American department attempts to remain loyal to the traditional musical forms of America and to persevere in their presentation where other radio stations are more content to follow current trends.
When it comes to indigenous folk-derived American art forms, we strive to bring them to the public at any cost. Please read on to learn about the specific musical territory covered by each of our regular programs.
Special programming includes an annual country music festival in spring time. From time to time, a blues festival or a soul festival have been known to occur as well.