Amazing Grace
Sundays, 8:00am-10am

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.


The Moonshine Show
Sundays, 10am-12pm

Bluegrass and old-time music programming first appeared on WKCR in 1966. The Moonshine Show, hosted by Matt Winters, 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.


The Tennessee Border Show
Sundays, 12pm-2pm

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.


Honky Tonkin'
Tuesdays, 10pm-11:30pm

Whereas The Tennessee Border Show focuses on country music from the latter-half of the twentieth century, Honky Tonkin' is dedicated to the country music of the 1940's and 1950's. One might think that this would limit the show to 78-era recordings, but just this year, a new Honky Tonkin' tradition was born with the premier of the WKCR Radio Jamboree. Occurring the third Tuesday of every month, the WKCR Radio Jamboree has a house band, Sheriff Uncle Bob and the Goodtimers, as well as a new act each month in an attempt to recreate the feeling of live radio in the classic country years of the late 1940's.


Tuesday's Just as Bad
Tuesdays, 11:30pm-1am

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.


Night Train
Tuesday nights/Wednesday mornings, 1am-5am

One of two soul / rhythm and blues shows on WKCR, the Night Train, owing to its overnight time-slot, offers a rather adventurous selection. Everything from classic soul to soul jazz, from seventies funk to Afrobeat and Afro-funk are featured weekly. 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.


Squeeze Radio
Thursday nights, 1am-5am

Airing on Thursday nights/Friday mornings from 1:00-5:00am, Squeeze Radio is the place to listen to hip-hop in New York City. In its original incarnation, DJ Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito aka DJ Cucumberslice co-hosted the Stretch & Bobbito Show. In the early 1990s the 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. Today, Squeeze Radio is co-hosted by SUCIO SMASH and TIMM SEE and features Adam Waytz.


Across 110th Street
Saturdays, 12pm-3pm

WKCR's weekend soul show has enlisted many formats over the years - various mixtures of soul, funk, R&B, doo-wop, etc - but the emphasis has always been on filling a void in the New York metropolitan area's soul music offerings. Currently the show focuses on soul and funk records from the late sixties and early seventies, most of which owe a great debt to the breakthroughs of James Brown, if not produced by Brown himself. The emphasis is on the absolute classics of the genre and the most extreme rarities. Recent guests include: James Brown, Bobby Byrd, Marva Whitney, Eddie Bo, and Lee Fields.

The show does not air from September through November in lieu of the Columbia Lions football season.


Something Inside of Me
Saturdays, 3pm-6pm

Whereas Tuesday's Just As Bad places emphasis on acoustic blues, Something Inside of Me, WKCR's weekend blues program, focuses more upon the electric blues recordings of the post-WWII era. The whole spectrum of blues recordings is covered, but as this show bridges the gap between our soul show and our swing-era jazz show, it lends itself to an emphasis on soul blues and jump blues.

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), 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 around Valentine's Day weekend and an annual Blues Festival on Memorial Day weekend. From time to time, a soul festival has been known to occur as well.