About WICN

WICN Mission Statement

Arts and culture contribute to a quality of life that keeps a community vibrant and economically alive. WICN Public Radio is a 501(c)(3), 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 fifty 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 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 Arts and Culture” 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 Miles Davis to Diana Krall and Count Basie to Weather Report. Our thoughtful selection and comprehensive on-air presentation of jazz and other music – including folk, soul, Latin Jazz, 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 Night in America and Radio Deluxe.

Our public affairs programming on Sunday evenings highlights artists, authors, business leaders, and stories of regional and national interest and complements our diverse musical offerings. Through our affiliation with National Public Radio, WICN also presents top-quality national newscasts every day.

For WICN CPB Financial Summary Report FY18, click here.

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