Arts, sciences and humanities build healthier, more livable, vital communities. They are essential to a strong education system. They contribute enormously to our economy.
WICN Mission Statement
Arts and culture contribute to a quality of life that keeps a community vibrant and economically alive. WICN Public Radio is committed to this ideal through the presentation of authentic, independent music, on the radio and in the concert halls, preserving America's living art forms of Jazz and other music for generations to enjoy.
WICN Public Radio, Inc. has been a vibrant presence in the cultural life of Central Massachusetts for over forty years. WICN originated in the Greater Worcester college community. We began in 1969 as Worcester's Inter-Collegiate Network, joining The College of the Holy Cross and Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) with other local colleges. WICN became a member of National Public Radio in 1980, and was accredited by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting in 1987.
Voice of the Arts
WICN's presentation of the American musical art form of jazz and other music is unique in the industry. WICN offers true alternatives to the canned playlists of media giants playing the same limited selection of music. The most engaging and exciting jazz and other music heard worldwide comes from WICN. We are Jazz + for New England - the "Voice of the Arts" in Central New England.
At WICN, we promote and preserve the best in music with a strong focus on jazz, that distinctly American art form. Our programs engage, inspire, inform and entertain.
We make jazz accessible, offering a wide range from Sarah Vaughan to Diana Krall and Count Basie to Weather Report. Our thoughtful selection and comprehensive on-air presentation of jazz and other music - including folk, blues, acoustic, and new age - allow our listeners to develop their palate. Add our hosts - passionate individuals who know and love the music they play - and you have compelling radio - all commercial free! WICN also prominently features such fine national programming as Jazz From Lincoln Center, Jazz Set, Piano Jazz Rising Stars, and Radio Deluxe.
Our public affairs programming on Sunday evenings highlights artists, authors, business leaders, and stories of regional and national interest and complement our diverse musical offerings. Through our affiliation with National Public Radio, WICN also presents top-quality national newscasts every day.