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WICN Artist of the Month, December 2022: Gipsy Kings

The image of a Spanish flamenco dancer with intensive emotion, swirling with castanets clicking and boots stomping, driving a rhythm against a dance floor, is hard to separate from the accompanying band that delivers the syncopation. The flamenco dancer is intertwined with the fast strumming on Toque (guitar) and the spirited Cantaor (flamenco vocalist) telling […]

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WICN’s Annual Holiday Jazz Jam

WICN Public Radio hosts our annual Holiday Jazz Jam on Saturday, December 10th from 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm from our beautiful Studio 50 and broadcast live on 90.5 and streaming online via www.wicn.org! Our annual Holiday Jazz Jam is a holiday-themed musical celebration. You’ll enjoy performances from WICN Host and Jazz pianist Pamela Hines, […]

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WICN’s 12 Days of Giving Fund Drive

WICN’s annual 12 days of Giving Fund Drive kicks off on November 29th, Giving Tuesday, at 6 am with Michelle Willson’s Morning Vibe Time. Thanks to a generous donor, WICN will match any donation, whether a one-time gift or a monthly sustaining membership, up to $2,500 now through Giving Tuesday on November 29! **For our 12 Days of Giving […]

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WICN Artist of the Month, November ’22: Tito Puente

As the driving rhythm and dance-based sound of Afro-Cuban music was being introduced to the U.S. in the late ‘40s by Cuban bandleaders, most notably Machito and his Latin orchestra, a refinement of musical genre was evolving. With styles incorporating Afro-Cuban, Cubop, (a form of Latin jazz), and salsa music, (a dance-based genre with heavy […]

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Virtual Events in WICN Studio 50!

Virtual events are part of the new normal for every business and nonprofit organization. WICN is here to help you to create a successful virtual event at an affordable price! From seminars and virtual auctions to streaming concerts and one-on-one interviews, our Studio 50 performance space is an ideal setting. We offer affordable half and […]


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WICN Review: Boston Lyric Opera

Champion: An Opera in Jazz Performed Sunday, May 22 at The Emerson Cutler Majestic Theater Music by Terence Blanchard Libretto by Michael Cristofer Now in its 45th season, Boston Lyric Opera is the largest and longest-lived opera company in New England. Standing away from popular themes, BLO’s programming has remained faithful to the tradition of […]


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Great music never sleeps. Jazz Overnight. 7 days a week, midnight to 6 am.

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Sunday mornings are special at WICN--it's when you'll hear the latest in contemporary, straight-ahead, and Brazilian Jazz. Explore the lighter side of Jazz with artists like Jane Monheit, Claudio Roditi and others. It's the perfect soundtrack to your Sunday morning!

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Colors of Jazz

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Colors of Jazz

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Colors of Jazz provides a diverse mix of smooth jazz, rhythm & blues and show tunes that groove. While highlighting the jazz masters and their influence on the music, the show features a spectrum of the smoothest of jazz standards, neo-soul, and contemporary R&B. A selection of Broadway and other musical soundtracks complement the tempo of the show.

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Radio Deluxe

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Radio Deluxe

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Radio Deluxe with John Pizzarelli is radio that is indeed deluxe! Every weekend John and his wife and co-host, singer Jessica Molaskey, play music and entertain guests in their "deluxe living room." The stories, the laughs, the artists and their songs make the party a must for listeners week after week.  

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Rhythms of the World

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Take a journey around the world without packing your bags! Enjoy a wealth of global music as explore World Rhythms, every Sunday at 6 PM on WICN with rotating hosts Jim Benitez and Nick DiBiasio. A splendid way to end your weekend!

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Mediterranean Music

8:00pmSunday

8:00pmSunday

Join host Rafeef Al Faris every Sunday at 8pm for a fascinating musical journey through North Africa and the Middle East! Rafeef is an award-winning poet, journalist, educator, and translator sharing her passion for these intoxicating sounds with the WICN audience.

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Inquiry

9:00pmSunday

Inquiry

9:00pmSunday

On Inquiry, we'll bring you thought-provoking, informative, and often wild discussions with some of the most interesting people in art, history, science, finance, medicine, and more. You'll hear everything from Magellan to Mars landings, from Cole Porter to punk rock aerobics, from comics to the Venus de Milo...always expect something different on Inquiry.

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Business Beat

10:00pmSunday

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"Business Beat" is an in-depth interview show that highlights the world of Central New England's business and economic development leaders, hosted by WICN GM David Ginsburg and local entrepreneur Giselle Rivera-Flores. You'll learn about successes and failures as well as their hopes and dreams as Worcester's ongoing renaissance continues to attract a new generation of entrepreneurs. Click "read more" to listen to episodes on-demand!

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Public Eye

10:30pmSunday

Public Eye

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Insightful guests and stimulating conversation are what you can expect on "Public Eye." Keep your eye on 90.5 FM for “The Public Eye,” Sunday evenings at 10:30.

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Public Hearing

11:00pmSunday

Public Hearing

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Hosted by Joshua Croke, founder of Action! by Design.

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Jazz Overnight

12:00amMonday

Jazz Overnight

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Morning Vibe Time

6:00amMonday

Morning Vibe Time

6:00amMonday

Start your morning off right! Get all jazzed up each weekday listening to Morning Vibe Time with Michelle Willson, 6-9am on 90.5 WICN.

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Jazz Highways

9:00amMonday

9:00amMonday

Breaking the boundaries between Jazz, pop and funk music. Jazz has taken many roads over the last 100 years and we travel many of them along the Jazz Highways. Mainstream Jazz, swing and blues side by side with Jazz-inspired artists like Stevie Wonder, Joni Mitchell, Paul Simon and more!

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The Blend

12:00pmMonday

12:00pmMonday

Join Rick McCarthy for a new and refreshing take on Jazz classics as well as a curated exploration of the best new releases in the Jazz world!

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Standard Time

3:00pmMonday

Standard Time

3:00pmMonday

The Great American Songbook and Jazz Standards, as performed by a diverse mix of artists from the world of jazz and beyond!  You'll hear everything from Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra, Count Basie and Ella to Madelaine Peyroux, Willie Nelson and David Sanborn. Featuring: Tom Lucci, Monday Tom Nutile, Tuesday Al Dean, Wednesday Howard Caplan, Thursday Ed Gardella, Friday (from 2 PM)

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Business Beat

6:00pmMonday

6:00pmMonday

"Business Beat" is an in-depth interview show that highlights the world of Central New England's business and economic development leaders, hosted by WICN GM David Ginsburg and local entrepreneur Giselle Rivera-Flores. You'll learn about successes and failures as well as their hopes and dreams as Worcester's ongoing renaissance continues to attract a new generation of entrepreneurs. Click "read more" to listen to episodes on-demand!

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Public Eye

6:30pmMonday

Public Eye

6:30pmMonday

Insightful guests and stimulating conversation are what you can expect on "Public Eye." Keep your eye on 90.5 FM for “The Public Eye,” Sunday evenings at 10:30.

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Soul Serenade

7:00pmMonday

Soul Serenade

7:00pmMonday

Tune in every Monday night to listen to the best in current and vintage soul music. Enjoy the classic sounds of Motown, the gritty sounds of Stax and the sweet sounds of Philly soul mixed in with a touch of gospel, jazz, blues, and even country! Soul music is an American original, songs that sing of love, hate, church and family. It’s about a time, a place and most certainly, a dance.

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Positive Noise

10:00pmMonday

Positive Noise

10:00pmMonday

Uncle Mark takes to the WICN airways the first and third Monday of each month to spin his unique brand of alternative rock from all eras, a.k.a. POSITIVE NOISE.

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Blues Hit Big Town

10:00pmMonday

10:00pmMonday

Blues Hit Big Town hosted by Marty Ayotte, features two hours of the best blues music. You'll hear new blues, vintage blues, traditional blues, a sprinkling of zydeco, and soul too! The show airs on the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month following The Soul Serenade.

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Jazz Overnight

12:00amTuesday

Jazz Overnight

12:00amTuesday

Great music never sleeps. Jazz Overnight. 7 days a week, midnight to 6 am.

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Morning Vibe Time

6:00amTuesday

Morning Vibe Time

6:00amTuesday

Start your morning off right! Get all jazzed up each weekday listening to Morning Vibe Time with Michelle Willson, 6-9am on 90.5 WICN.

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Jazz Highways

9:00amTuesday

9:00amTuesday

Breaking the boundaries between Jazz, pop and funk music. Jazz has taken many roads over the last 100 years and we travel many of them along the Jazz Highways. Mainstream Jazz, swing and blues side by side with Jazz-inspired artists like Stevie Wonder, Joni Mitchell, Paul Simon and more!

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The Blend

12:00pmTuesday

12:00pmTuesday

Join Rick McCarthy for a new and refreshing take on Jazz classics as well as a curated exploration of the best new releases in the Jazz world!

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Standard Time

3:00pmTuesday

Standard Time

3:00pmTuesday

The Great American Songbook and Jazz Standards, as performed by a diverse mix of artists from the world of jazz and beyond!  You'll hear everything from Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra, Count Basie and Ella to Madelaine Peyroux, Willie Nelson and David Sanborn. Featuring: Tom Lucci, Monday Tom Nutile, Tuesday Al Dean, Wednesday Howard Caplan, Thursday Ed Gardella, Friday (from 2 PM)

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Inquiry

6:00pmTuesday

Inquiry

6:00pmTuesday

On Inquiry, we'll bring you thought-provoking, informative, and often wild discussions with some of the most interesting people in art, history, science, finance, medicine, and more. You'll hear everything from Magellan to Mars landings, from Cole Porter to punk rock aerobics, from comics to the Venus de Milo...always expect something different on Inquiry.

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Bluegrass Junction

7:00pmTuesday

Bluegrass Junction

7:00pmTuesday

From Bill Monroe & The Blue Grass Boys and Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs & the Foggy Mountain Boys to today's hot pickers like Alison Krauss & Rickie Skaggs, Bluegrass Junction is the place where the music is the star, every Tuesday night from 7-10pm.

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Return to the Source

10:00pmTuesday

Return to the Source

10:00pmTuesday

"Return to the Source" provides the polished presentation and insightful selections that you would expect from a straight-ahead Jazz show -- and more.

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Jazz Overnight

12:00amWednesday

Jazz Overnight

12:00amWednesday

Great music never sleeps. Jazz Overnight. 7 days a week, midnight to 6 am.

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Morning Vibe Time

6:00amWednesday

Morning Vibe Time

6:00amWednesday

Start your morning off right! Get all jazzed up each weekday listening to Morning Vibe Time with Michelle Willson, 6-9am on 90.5 WICN.

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Jazz Highways

9:00amWednesday

9:00amWednesday

Breaking the boundaries between Jazz, pop and funk music. Jazz has taken many roads over the last 100 years and we travel many of them along the Jazz Highways. Mainstream Jazz, swing and blues side by side with Jazz-inspired artists like Stevie Wonder, Joni Mitchell, Paul Simon and more!

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The Blend

12:00pmWednesday

12:00pmWednesday

Join Rick McCarthy for a new and refreshing take on Jazz classics as well as a curated exploration of the best new releases in the Jazz world!

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Standard Time

3:00pmWednesday

Standard Time

3:00pmWednesday

The Great American Songbook and Jazz Standards, as performed by a diverse mix of artists from the world of jazz and beyond!  You'll hear everything from Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra, Count Basie and Ella to Madelaine Peyroux, Willie Nelson and David Sanborn. Featuring: Tom Lucci, Monday Tom Nutile, Tuesday Al Dean, Wednesday Howard Caplan, Thursday Ed Gardella, Friday (from 2 PM)

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Public Hearing

6:00pmWednesday

Public Hearing

6:00pmWednesday

Hosted by Joshua Croke, founder of Action! by Design.

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Against The Grain

7:00pmWednesday

Against the Grain

7:00pmWednesday

Against The Grain features a wide variety of music reminiscent of the days when FM radio wasn't categorized - classic folk, contemporary folk, folk-rock, bluegrass, classic country, alt-country, and roots rock, from old favorites to brand new releases by local and international artists.

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Noah’s Arc

10:00pmWednesday

10:00pmWednesday

"Noah's Arc on WICN reveals the music that has influenced my life as a listener as well as a professional jazz musician. From the earliest recordings in jazz to groundbreaking new music, along with fascinating interviews with my peers in the jazz community, I'm so thrilled to bring you a few hours of sound each week that has inspired me as an artist." ~Noah Preminger, host.

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Jazz Overnight

12:00amThursday

Jazz Overnight

12:00amThursday

Great music never sleeps. Jazz Overnight. 7 days a week, midnight to 6 am.

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Morning Vibe Time

6:00amThursday

Morning Vibe Time

6:00amThursday

Start your morning off right! Get all jazzed up each weekday listening to Morning Vibe Time with Michelle Willson, 6-9am on 90.5 WICN.

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Jazz Highways

9:00amThursday

9:00amThursday

Breaking the boundaries between Jazz, pop and funk music. Jazz has taken many roads over the last 100 years and we travel many of them along the Jazz Highways. Mainstream Jazz, swing and blues side by side with Jazz-inspired artists like Stevie Wonder, Joni Mitchell, Paul Simon and more!

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The Blend

12:00pmThursday

12:00pmThursday

Join Rick McCarthy for a new and refreshing take on Jazz classics as well as a curated exploration of the best new releases in the Jazz world!

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Standard Time

3:00pmThursday

Standard Time

3:00pmThursday

The Great American Songbook and Jazz Standards, as performed by a diverse mix of artists from the world of jazz and beyond!  You'll hear everything from Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra, Count Basie and Ella to Madelaine Peyroux, Willie Nelson and David Sanborn. Featuring: Tom Lucci, Monday Tom Nutile, Tuesday Al Dean, Wednesday Howard Caplan, Thursday Ed Gardella, Friday (from 2 PM)

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Infused Influence

6:00pmThursday

6:00pmThursday

Infused Influence is a public affairs show dedicated to informing, educating, and entertaining WICN listeners with content detailing the regulatory cannabis environment, benefits of various strains and methods of consumption, health benefits of cannabis use for pain management, etc., through interviews with local cultivators, vendors, leaders in the space, politicians, and students from Clark University studying for a degree and certificate programs in the cannabis industry. The show is a serious look at a booming industry and economic driver in our community. Infused Influence is hosted by Ulysses Youngblood, Founder & Co-President, and Harry Danso, of Major Bloom in Worcester

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Culture Beat

6:30pmThursday

Culture Beat

6:30pmThursday

Arts and culture are vital to civic life, and Worcester is fortunate to be rich in arts and cultural organizations. WICN's Culture Beat shines a light on the cultural happenings throughout our region, as co-host Nikki Erskine, Marketing Manager for the Worcester Cultural Coalition, shares insights on all of the ways you can participate, support, and enjoy the incredible fabric of artists, organizations, and institutions throughout Greater Worcester. Nikki shares hosting duties with WICN General Manager David Ginsburg for a lively conversation in this fun and engaging program. Listen to every episode on-demand here!

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Folk Revival

7:00pmThursday

Folk Revival

7:00pmThursday

The Folk Revival features the “folk of the folk renaissance” from the second half of the last century right into the millennium. Focusing on the folk boom of the 1950s and the 1960s, this four-hour show also visits recordings from both before and well after that period,  highlighting folk music as a living and ever-changing tradition, connecting listeners and music through an eclectic mix of traditional songs, topical and  protest music, singer-songwriter creations, the blues, folk rock, and more. The Folk Revival takes listeners on a journey through our musical roots, from Lomax to the latest. Themed shows are particular favorites (traditional songs, old songs by new artists, folk love songs, folk songs of the Spirit, a history of folk groups, humorous/satirical folk songs, protest songs, Top 40 folk, western songs, women of the Folk Revival, etc.). Do you want to suggest a theme? Request a song? Talk about the music? React to the show? Correct the host (nicely, of course)? Share and/or find out more about the folk music tradition? Feel free to contact the host: nicknoble@wicn.org.

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Artistry of Jazz

10:00pmThursday

Artistry of Jazz

10:00pmThursday

Join host Ben Young for a deep exploration of Jazz music and the artists bringing it to life!

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Jazz Overnight

12:00amFriday

Jazz Overnight

12:00amFriday

Great music never sleeps. Jazz Overnight. 7 days a week, midnight to 6 am.

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Morning Vibe Time

6:00amFriday

Morning Vibe Time

6:00amFriday

Start your morning off right! Get all jazzed up each weekday listening to Morning Vibe Time with Michelle Willson, 6-9am on 90.5 WICN.

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Jazz Highways

9:00amFriday

9:00amFriday

Breaking the boundaries between Jazz, pop and funk music. Jazz has taken many roads over the last 100 years and we travel many of them along the Jazz Highways. Mainstream Jazz, swing and blues side by side with Jazz-inspired artists like Stevie Wonder, Joni Mitchell, Paul Simon and more!

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The Friday Blend

12:00pmFriday

The Friday Blend

12:00pmFriday

Tune in to The Friday Blend with Rick McCarthy every Friday from 12-2 pm.

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Standard Time

2:00pmFriday

Standard Time

2:00pmFriday

The Great American Songbook and Jazz Standards, as performed by a diverse mix of artists from the world of jazz and beyond!  You'll hear everything from Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra, Count Basie and Ella to Madelaine Peyroux, Willie Nelson and David Sanborn. Featuring: Tom Lucci, Monday Tom Nutile, Tuesday Al Dean, Wednesday Howard Caplan, Thursday Ed Gardella, Friday (from 2 PM)

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Jazz Night in America

6:00pmFriday

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Jazz Night in America

6:00pmFriday

Every Monday, Jazz Night in America presents some of the best live jazz performances happening around the country and the stories behind them. With multiple Grammy Award-winning musician Christian McBride as host, this one-hour show features hand-picked performances from across the country, woven with the colorful stories of the artists behind them.    

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Latin Jazz Now!

7:00pmFriday

Latin Jazz Now!

7:00pmFriday

Join host Jim Benitez as he launches your weekend in the company of the finest and most powerful Latin Jazz musicians in the world! Pioneering bandleaders who infused the Latin element into their bands were Dizzy Gillespie and Stan Kenton. Other musicians who incorporate Latin elements into their music include drummers Airto Moreira, Antonio Sanchez, and Horacio Hernandez,  percussionists Alex Acuña, Richie Flores, Giovanni Hidalgo, Paoli Mejias, Mongo Santamaria, Tito Puente and Poncho Sanchez,  trumpeters Arturo Sandoval, Brian Lynch, and Humberto Ramirez, pianists Eddie Palmieri, Rebeca Mauleon, and Tony Perez, bandleader Mario Bauza, trombonist Steve Turré, Juan Pablo Torres, and Papo Vazquez, and saxophonists Paquito D'Rivera, David Sanchez, and Miguel Zenon. All of which and many others you’ll enjoy on “Latin Jazz Now”.

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Jazz 360

10:00pmFriday

Jazz 360

10:00pmFriday

Surround yourself in syncopation on Friday nights, as we navigate through various styles of jazz. Expect the unexpected as your host Dana Robbins brings you full-circle with an engaging playlist for late night.

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6:00amSaturday

Host Dick Robinson plays all American Standards every Saturday morning from 6 - 8 a.m.

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8:00amSaturday

Can’t get enough of Ella, Ellington, Sinatra, and Basie?  On The Saturday Swing Session, we can’t either! From the great Duke Ellington, Count Basie and Buddy Rich, to legendary crooners like Tony Bennett and Frank Sinatra, to today’s stars like Harry Connick, Jr., Gordon Goodwin, Diana Krall and Michael Bublé, host Howard Caplan brings you the best of yesterday’s and today’s swing, big band, and jazz standards.  You’ll have a “swinging good” time!

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Jazz Matinee

12:00pmSaturday

Jazz Matinee

12:00pmSaturday

What better way to wind down from a hard week at work or relax on a weekend afternoon than with Jazz Matinee? Explore all the great jazz standards along with the very best of the American Songbook. You'll hear music from legendary artists like Ella Fitzgerald, Joe Williams, and Stan Getz as well as today's local and national stars, with host Pamela Hines.

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4:00pmSaturday

Whether it’s a song, a style, an idiom or an image, Duke Robillard will render it with mastery, power, nuance and an unerring grasp of its essence. And now, he's joined WICN to host "Duke Robillard's Mood Room," bringing you into his actual recording studio to share his vast trove of 78s with you. You'll hear early dance bands, jazz, and pop along with the occasional blues. This is an intimate listening experience you don't want to miss.

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The Retro Cocktail Hour

5:00pmSaturday

5:00pmSaturday

The Retro Cocktail Hour serves up space age bachelor pad music, tiki tunes, private eye jazz and more every week on WICN!

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New Orleans Grooves

7:00pmSaturday

New Orleans Grooves

7:00pmSaturday

Tony Baglio combines his decades-long experience as a radio broadcaster and professional musician with his indelible passion for music, to host New Orleans Grooves, a show featuring the music and artists that reflect the rich culture of New Orleans and Southwest Louisiana. Join him every Saturday, 6-7 pm on 90.5 WICN!

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Friends of the Blues

9:00pmSaturday

9:00pmSaturday

Friends of the Blues, hosted by "Shuffle Shoes the Blues Guru" and Dr. Skyy, features legends like Muddy Waters, Willie Dixon, and Sonny Boy Williamson; current "unknown" wailers like Kid Ramos and Too Slim and the Taildraggers; and regional stand-outs like "Mondo" Cortez's Chicago Blues Angels, and the Kilborn Alley Blues Band. True aficionados, the hosts are immersed in Blues culture; they know the artists, the labels, the recordings, the band members - and they do a good amount of traveling to live blues performances throughout the U.S.  

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Beale St. Caravan

11:00pmSaturday

Beale Street Caravan

11:00pmSaturday

Beale Street Caravan brings the authentic, soulful sounds of Memphis to your radio. Live, in-concert performances from contemporary masters of blues, soul, gospel, and rock n roll traditions. The program is hosted by Pat Mitchell-Worley and Kevin Cubbins, with feature segments from industry insiders such as Jerry Wexler, Bob Porter, and Robert Gordon. 

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Jazz Overnight

12:00amSaturday

Jazz Overnight

12:00amSaturday

Great music never sleeps. Jazz Overnight. 7 days a week, midnight to 6 am.

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