Latin

Latin programming on WKCR began in 1970. At the time, the only other Latin music available on the radio was via commercial stations that played older music and romantic ballads. This all changed with WKCR's introduction of salsa to the airwaves. Our team of Latin programmers was especially interested in the history of not only salsa, but also other danceable latin genres such as mambo, chachachá, and bugalú, and took every opportunity to inform their audience through oral histories and musician interviews. Musicians of these genres based in New York City and elsewhere then began to compete for airtime on the one station that was playing the music that they created and loved. Some of the most notable musicians interviewed over the years have been Machito, Tito Puente, Ray Barretto, Willie Colón, Eddie Palmieri, Charlie Palmieri, among many others.

Because WKCR's Latin programming had gained so much popularity in New York City, other universities in the area soon followed WKCR's lead and started similar programs. Commercial radio stations also followed suit and made room in their own programming schedules for these increasingly-popular danceable genres of Latin music. Nevertheless, these stations could never compete with the consideration WKCR has for its listeners, its special birthday and memorial broadcasts, and the exceptional programming that values quality over popularity.

Over the years, the Latin department has developed a reputation as a leader in Latin music broadcasting, and it is this tradition that has been passed along to each new generation of programmers.

Programs

Caribe Latino

  • Monday 10pm-Tuesday 12am
Department: 
Latin

Caribe Latino is a music program that features the diverse, upbeat music from the numerous Latin communities of the Caribbean. Popular Latin rhythms as Salsa, Merengue, Bachata and Latin Jazz take center stage throughout the hour-long program, which has also evolved into a cultural/historical exhibition. The roots of the popular Latin rhythms heard throughout the world today are examined and challenged as they are played side-by-side with classic tunes of the same genre. Guests are frequently invited to share their latest projects or to be honored for their contributions and innovations. Listeners are also kept abreast of the "goings-on" in and around New York City. It is Latin music for the die hard aficionado and the casual listener alike.

Time: 
22:00

Latin Jazz Hour

  • Tuesday 12-1am
Department: 
Latin

Latin Jazz Hour explores the music of contemporary artists throughout the world while acknowledging the stylistic foundations established by legends such as Charlie Palmieri, Israel "Cachao" López, Tito Puente, Machito, among others. Latin Jazz Hour showcases artists such as David Sánchez, Danilo Pérez, Ray Vega, Ralph Irizzary and Timbalaye, Chucho Valdez, Jerry González and the Fort Apache Band, William Cepeda, and others, all of whom have been pioneering new forms within the genre. The show aims to be provocative and exploratory, bringing to light the works of artists in the thriving Latin jazz community and serving as an educational forum for interested listeners.

Time: 
00:00

Nueva Cancion y Demas

  • Wednesday 10-11pm
Department: 
Latin

Nueva Canción y Demás is an hour-long exploration of the protest music created throughout Latin America during the 60's and 70's, decades characterized by a particularly dynamic sociopolitcal climate. Nueva Canción itself coming out of Chile, with figures such as Víctor Jara, Violeta Parra, and Inti-Illimani adding politically-charged lyrics to traditional cuecas, huaynos, and other folk rhythms, listeners will also listen to and learn about similar genres and musicians of other nationalities, such as Cuban Nueva Trova and Argentinians like Atahualpa Yupanqui and Mercedes Sosa. This program may also feature indigenous music and revolutionary poetry of the region, and is conducted both in English and Spanish.

Time: 
22:00

Som do Brasil

  • Wednesday 11pm-Thursday 1am
Department: 
Latin

Every Wednesday night from 11pm - 1am you can hear the numerous and enchanting rhythms of Brazil. Brazil is a large country, roughly the size of the United States and there is no shortage of musical styles, from samba and bossa nova to MPB. In addition to playing music, Som do Brasil connects with the community. Brazilian event announcements for the New York City area give the community a chance to experience Brazilian culture first hand. In addition, Som do Brasil promotes local musicians and artists to help them gain further exposure. Some recent guests include local artists Ze Luis, Vanessa Falabella, and the Brazuca Band and world famous Sergio Mendez, Simone, and Jair Rodriguez.

Som do Brasil was started in September of 1997 by Eduardo Delgado, reviving a Street Samba show held in previous years. One of the most loved aspects of the show is the Antonio Carlos Jobim Birthday Broadcast every January. Som do Brasil is currently hosted by Jassvan de Lima.

Time: 
23:00

Sonidos Colombianos

  • Friday 10-11pm
Department: 
Latin

Sonidos Colombianos presents the music from one of the most culturally diverse countries of Latin America: Colombia! Every Friday night join us as we explore the sounds from the legendary world of Macondo. Our bilingual musical tour is guaranteed to include not only cumbia, but also the guitar-based bambuco from the Andean region, the harp llanero music from the Eastern Plains, the marimba-infused currulao from the Pacific Region, and the accordion-driven vallenato of the North Atlantic Coast. Sonidos Colombianos also features the big band music from the 50's, to the newer afro-caribbean music called champeta. And let's not forget the salsa from Cali, the "salsa capital of South America". The last program of each month focuses on one specific musical genre, group or composer. Since the show's inception on January 13, 1991, Sonidos Colombianos has interviewed numerous local and international musical groups such as Foncho Castellar y sus Alegres de Colombia, Alquimia, Grupo Niche, Miguel Morales, Pablo Mayor-Folkore Urbano, Grupo Naidy, Coba, Daniel Fetecua y Pajarillo Pinta'o, and Lucía Pulido.

Time: 
22:00

The Mambo Machine

  • Friday 11pm-Saturday 2am
Department: 
Latin

The Mambo Machine is the longest running salsa show in New York City. The program was founded in 1971 by José "Cheo" Díaz, who didn't retire from hosting until thirty years later. Although the show began as one featuring mainly Mambo and Latin jazz -- Monday and Wednesday night's "Música en Nueva York" already featured Salsa -- the program presently plays a wide spectrum of Afro-Latin rhythms, combining new and old into an exciting, danceable mix.

Time: 
23:00