I just turned on the radio and heard the first movement of Stravinsky’s Symphony in Three Movements.
Back in the early ’90s, I heard Cecil Taylor play at a club with William Parker and Tony Oxley, both sets, then returned to my Fort Greene apartment early in the morning and turned on the radio (I’ve only every had it tuned to WKCR the 18 years I’ve lived in NYC) and heard Cecil Taylor and Max Roach on the Transfigured Night show.
WKCR is the only radio station where I’ve had these experiences—experiences are what they are—just two examples of why this station—the world’s first FM one—is the greatest in the world.
What else makes it so? There’s the Saturday run of reggae, soul, blues, the Hobo’s Lullaby show, Traditions in Swing, then Saturday Night at the Opera. Bird Flight every weekday morning. The deepest new music, bluegrass, country, ragas. The birthday and memorial broadcasts.
Now they are holding a fundraiser. 100% volunteer and listener-supported, the station only asks for money when it’s an emergency, and since they have to spend six figures to replace their control board, it’s an emergency.
Help them out, and tune them in. Hit this link or call (212) 851-2699.