Harry Minot

2023-08-28T20:15:17-04:00

Harry Minot with Harry Minot airs on the fourth Wednesdays from 4 to 6:50 pm. The show will bring you the music you'll love from blues to jazz, classical to R&B. Harry Minot was WPKN’s General Manager from 1978 to 2008. Prior to that, he had been a Producer at Compton Advertising on NYC’s fabled Madison Avenue, and before that had begun his broadcasting career at WLAD/Danbury CT. Learn More

Nothin’s Static

2023-04-01T12:22:10-04:00

Nothin’s Static with Tina V. provides an eclectic mix of fantastic and unique music. Tune in to 89.5 FM on the second Tuesday of the month at 11:35 PM for an overnight delight! I was at work running my mouth with a friend, when Cheryl Magoveny a WPKN volunteer, asked me into her office. She’d heard I was a lifelong music-head and the next thing I know, she invited me on her show. Soon after, I was invited to become a programmer. And that is how this dream came true. I grew up surrounded by music, which included almost every genre. From Classical to Hip Hop, ...

My Balagan

2022-08-20T10:48:22-04:00

My Balagan with Kevin Gallagher is heavy on the ’60s & ’70s, new artists, Boogie Blues, Blues-Rock, Alt-country, Folk, Funk, Acid Jazz, World Music and Latin Jazz. Drop-in every other Monday 4-7 pm for musical meanderings with Kevin Gallagher. He’ll drop the bucket down WPKN’s musical well and see what he drags up. “I know where things will start out, but I’m never quite sure where we’ll end up. It’s all about playing any kind of music that fires me up, with the occasional Interview thrown in”. -Kevin On My Balagan, Kevin talks with Musicians, pundits, and activists. Learn More Listen on Soundcloud ...

The Flux Capacitor

2022-08-20T10:51:28-04:00

The Flux Capacitor is a bi-monthly, high-octane whirlwind of musical time-travel, a Protest-and Resistance dance mix and energetic selection of genre-shifting music from around the world. Rock, bhangra, pop, country, oldies, electronica, punk, chanson française, rap, hip-hop, R&B, shoe-gaze, reggae, doo-wop, funk, new wave, alternative, jazz and more all collide, depending on the pulse of the moment. Look for updates on The Flux Capacitor Facebook Page HERE. Twining with Binnie Klein’s A Miniature World, The Flux Capacitor airs the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month from 10-12 noon. Martha Lewis is a visual artist, curator, educator and radio presenter who has exhibited nationally and internationally. Her artistic practice focuses on drawing, Site-Specific Installation, books, ...

Cliff Furnald

2022-11-10T20:18:15-05:00

Cliff Furnald airs on Thursday Mornings, 7 to 10 AM — As democracy fades, Cliff plays music. New music. Old music. Local music. Music that is local somewhere else. Wherever you are, there you are. It might be jazz. It might not be. Might be folk, could be avant-garde. Rock music? Why not? It’s most unlikely that it will be opera, but you just can’t be sure. He will idly chatter from time to time, as well. But don’t worry, it never lasts too long. You can find out more about what you hear on the program at RootsWorld. Cliff Furnald brings music little heard on the radio ...

The Doc Hardy Show

2022-08-14T10:30:26-04:00

The Doc Hardy Show with Doc Hardy features current and classic jazz, funk, soul, hip hop, Gospel and Fusion music. Doc Hardy has music and radio broadcasting in his blood. His father, Hal Hardy, was “DJ Soul on Ice” in the 1970’s, and was a pioneer in Connecticut for black radio personalities. He appeared on WNLK in Norwalk, WSTC in Stamford, WICC in Bridgeport, WINE in Danbury and WEBE in Westport. Learn More Listen on Soundcloud

Jazz – 100 Years of Mingus

2022-04-09T15:05:45-04:00

Jazz is a music genre that originated in the African-American communities of Louisiana in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, with its roots in blues and ragtime. Since the 1920s Jazz Age, it has been recognized as a major form of musical expression in traditional and popular music. Jazz is characterized by swing and blue notes, complex chords, call and response vocals, polyrhythms and improvisation. Jazz has roots in European harmony and African rhythmic rituals. Charles Mingus, Jr. Charles Mingus Jr. (April 22, 1922 – January 5, 1979) was an American jazz double bassist, pianist, composer, and bandleader. A major proponent of collective improvisation, he is considered ...

In the Evening

2022-03-02T06:57:46-05:00

Playing the music takes priority. However, I attempt to include anecdotal and historical information about the music. I also try to provide enough information on each item, especially on new releases, so the listener can order it. I don’t direct the listener to any particular vendor. Bob has defined WPKNs blues for decades. Learn More

My Soul from Me to You

2023-03-25T12:27:22-04:00

My Soul: From Me to You with Cheryl Magoveny airs on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 8:30 PM and the 4th Saturday of the month @ 4 PM. You can expect to hear Soul, Singer-Songwriter, Funk, Jazz, Country, Blues, Classical, and anything that sparks my interest when preparing a playlist. I have been on the air at WPKN since September 2018. I served on the Board of Directors as the Treasurer, and I volunteer for special committees when needed. I am inspired by WPKN in many ways. Most of all, in the way WPKN allows its programmers the freedom to explore and take full ...

Morning Maniac Music

2022-03-02T07:08:30-05:00

Morning Maniac Music with host David Golden. Sundays, 10 AM – 1 PM; Imagine a friendly audio diner serving a specialty sandwich of jazz & jam, with a free-form garnish. The daily playlist is posted in real-time on TWITTER & SPINITRON (except for live, in-studio performances). I’ve served on various station boards and committees, hosted a bunch of live music, and hopefully kept you company. Bring your favorite mug and hang out. Learn More Listen on Soundcloud

WPKN Sunday Brunch Concert

2022-03-02T07:08:44-05:00

WPKN Sunday Brunch Concert with host David Golden. Sundays, 1 – 2 PM. NOTE: Due to Covid-19, out of an abundance of safety concerns, we’re not hosting live performers in the studio for the time being. Until we can do so, we’re presenting a variety of recorded concert performances. I’ve served on various station boards and committees, hosted a bunch of live music, and hopefully kept you company. Bring your favorite mug and hang out. Learn More

The Jazz Sound

2022-03-01T19:08:33-05:00

The Jazz Sound is hosted by Rick Petrone who plays mostly Jazz recordings from the ’40s to the present. He also presents interviews with Jazz Artists. A professional musician for 50+ years, Petrone was in charge of Stamford station WJAZ 96.7 from 1980-92. It was a 24/7 Commercial jazz station with all programming by Petrone. Today, Petrone can be heard from every Monday afternoon from 1 to 4 pm. Rick Petrone is a bassist who has been active in jazz since the 1960s. Learn More Listen on Soundcloud

Afternoon Jazz

2021-12-26T15:04:09-05:00

Afternoon Jazz airs Tuesdays, 1-4 PM with Lisa Sahulka. It is mostly Duke & Monk-ish, and Manfred Eicher’s ECM record label, and always jazz from 1900 forward. As a young person, I walked into WPKN and was accepted into this wonderful, sometimes eccentric, but endlessly interesting community. Had I not met Harry Minot when I did, my musical taste, which now angles toward Duke Ellington, would be much less interesting, and so too my life. WPKN taught me that jazz is more than music, and radio is far more than programming- it is a tapestry. This is Harry’s thought, but I know he won’t mind me borrowing ...

My Other Music (MOM)

2021-12-26T15:07:54-05:00

My Other Music (MOM) with Joseph Celli is a wide-ranging interest in Western classical, R&B, experimental & avant-garde, Cajun, Latin, and the whole history of American Jazz. YES! The whole history from early 20th century to new explorations in improvisation. Joseph Celli is an American musician and composer specializing in contemporary and improvised music for oboe and English horn. In addition, he plays the Yamaha WX7 MIDI breath controller, as well as double reed instruments from several Asian cultures, including the Korean hojok and piri, and the Indian mukha vina. His early training was as a jazz saxophonist which allowed him to work his way through ...

Best of 2021

2023-08-29T08:26:01-04:00

Best of 2021 Join WPKN for the last fundraising event of the year: Best of 2021 from 7 am to 10 pm on Tuesday, December 28, 2021. This is your last opportunity to give for the year, capitalizing on the tax benefits of donating to a 501(c)(3) organization, WPKN 89.5 FM Independent Community Radio. Our volunteer-based, passion-driven community thanks you for your kind support now, and every day of the year! Get a Great Gift with Your Donation! Your contribution helps WPKN, a 501(c)(3) organization. WPKN General Manager Music has always been front and center for me. It’s beyond therapeutic. ...

The Music Never Stopped

2021-12-15T15:05:47-05:00

The Music Never Stopped with host Martha Nachman is on the air at WPKN on the 3rd and 5th Wednesday of each month from 4 p.m. -7 p.m. Martha plays an eclectic blend of American roots music, folk, jazz, rock and popular music. She loves all genres of music and likes to mix it up. Martha Nachman hosts The Music Never Stopped Learn More Listen on Soundcloud

Pete Stewart’s Steam of Consciousness

2021-11-21T16:47:09-05:00

Pete Stewart's Steam of Consciousness with host Pete Stewart is a semi-weekly eclectic music program, Mondays 4-7 PM, playing various shades of blues, folk, funk, jazz, acoustic with a little world music thrown in. I always prepare but rarely plan. Attention is paid to the relationships of songs within a set and continuity from set to set. Sometimes the magic works, sometimes it doesn't. It's a live radio highwire act without a net! For the most part, I still love the stuff I was playing in the late ‘80s but am filled with delight when I discover something new. All the music recorded in the last hundred years is ...

A Little Bit of Everything

2021-09-16T15:57:13-04:00

A Little Bit of Everything with Bob Anderson first Saturday of each month and the second Friday of each month from 4 to 7 pm. The theme of the show changes like the weather, with whatever is topical at the moment. It usually begins with a canoe ride through the beautiful bayou while listening to the symphony of crickets, frogs and tropical birds. It’s almost like we’re really there. After that anything’s possible! From the second line rhythms of Huey Smith, to the sophisticated compositions of Thelonius Monk, to the classic British rock of The Kinks, to the deep funk of Jimmy Smith, and the soul music of James ...

Mike Horyczun

2021-09-04T17:37:47-04:00

Mike Horyczun Program with Mike Horyczun. Mike enjoys taking listeners on a journey when he’s on air. The musical roads are spontaneous, unpredictable, exciting. Mike brings decades of radio experience to the air and a love of music that continues to grow every day. No style or genre is off-limits. Join him every first Wednesday of the month, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m., and enjoy the ride. Mike Horyczun, pictured here with his daughter Lia, hosts Mike Horyczun on WPKN. Mike has been with WPKN since the ‘80s, and his love of the radio station, like his love of music, expands exponentially. Over the years, he’s ...

Ed Flynn

2022-05-12T21:13:23-04:00

Ed Flynn with Ed Flynn broadcasts an eclectic mix of rock, jazz, dub, reggae and more. Sometimes, he’ll focus on a particular sonic space. Expect anything at any time. Program airs 2nd and 5th Thursdays at 10:30 PM - 2:30 AM. Ed Flynn has been on the air at WPKN since 1992, programming his show with myriad formats over the years. Learn More

Jim Motavalli

2022-09-26T12:58:07-04:00

Jim Motavalli – The Jim Motavalli Show is on the second, fourth and fifth Tuesdays of the month, 8-11 p.m. It mixes up long, carefully arranged sets in multiple genres with segments that draw upon my journalistic background, including interviews with authors, experts in many fields, and musicians. I also present live music whenever possible. You’d think that after all this time I’d have come up with a name for my show, but it seems to exist happily without one. I like to mix up genres, sometimes in the same set. My touchstones are jazz, folk, Americana, old-time country (not bluegrass), some subsets of rock, and electronic music in ...

Dancing Barefoot

2021-06-16T22:11:35-04:00

Dancing Barefoot with Deb Guhl brings you anything and everything from blues to bluegrass, rock to R&B, jazz to world music, Latin to folk. So kick off your shoes and head for a spin where the music draws you in, the floor is smooth, and the sensations come in all shapes and sizes. Lose your sense of gravity. Find your song. There’s an inner dance in all of us. Deb Guhl is responsbile for business development and marketing support to a business providing water conservation and utility submetering to multi-family and retail owners/operators. She is also the host of Dancing Barefoot on WPKN. Learn More ...

Sometimes Classical

2021-06-03T11:21:36-04:00

Sometimes Classical with Richard Epstein. Since 1977, Richard has explored a wide range of music and sound on his show “Sometimes Classical”, which is often decidedly not classical at all. A dentist by day, he is a classically-trained professional musician, a bassoonist and saxophone player, and founded a jazz club in his hometown of Westport, CT. Mixing the sounds of Mingus, Mahler, Mink Deville, Miles, Mozart and Moby might be followed by Pygmy field recordings or cartoon music. Interviews, live performances, and whatnot pepper the tossed salad. It’s like a game of aural solitaire that somehow retires the deck. Since 1977, Richard has explored a wide range ...

Celebrating Aretha

2021-03-22T17:20:48-04:00

Join WPKN for a special fundraising event Celebrating Aretha from 7 am to 10 pm on Thursday, March 25, 2021. The Queen of Soul, Aretha Louise Franklin (March 25, 1942 – August 16, 2018), was an American singer, songwriter, actress, pianist, and civil rights activist. Franklin recorded 112 charted singles on Billboard, including 77 Hot 100 entries, 17 top-ten pop singles, 100 R&B entries, and 20 number-one R&B singles. She won 18 Grammy Awards, including the first eight awards given for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance. Franklin is one of the best-selling music artists of all time, having sold more than 75 million records worldwide. She was awarded the ...

Jazz Love Songs

2021-06-03T11:21:59-04:00

Jazz Love Songs: An all-day music and fundraising special only at WPKN 89.5 FM and streaming at WPKN.org. No genre does it better, and nothing says, “I love you” like jazz. If your theme for February is romance, the volunteers at WPKN want you to know how they feel: We LOVE our listening audience! Over the course of the day, we’ll be reading Valentine’s Day Tributes from our listening audience to their loved ones. Donations from this fundraiser will be used for the station operations, allowing our continued success. Cliff brings music little heard on the radio or the mainstream. Learn More What inspires me ...

Cover Me!

2023-08-29T08:27:39-04:00

A good song is twice the fun! Join WPKN programmers for two days of musical games as we play covers from all genres and the originals that started it all, as we fundraise to support the station and our imminent move to new digs. This special programming invites deep dives into our archives and takes a look at great songwriting from yesterday, today and tomorrow. What better way to start the weekend than with a feel-good, kaleidoscopic journey down musical rabbit holes in support of your community radio station, the little station that can, WPKN? Please join us and please consider donating to what will be our costliest and ...

Blue Note Jazz

2023-08-29T08:28:21-04:00

A special two-day fundraiser in honor of a special label: WPKN celebrates Blue Note Records all day on October 26 and 27. It was 81 years ago that a German immigrant and passionate Jazz Aficionado, Alfred Lion, produced his first recording session in New York City. The rest is history: Blue Note Records is one of the longest-running Jazz labels in the world. Its contribution to jazz recording is legendary for its breadth, creativity and quality. Current Blue Note president Don Was continues the tradition, in documenting today’s golden age of jazz and beyond. At WPKN we love Jazz, we love innovation, and we love quality. Blue Note has always stood ...

Jazz and Standards

2020-11-05T10:38:12-05:00

Jazz and Standards with Malcolm C. Dankner is brought to you live or streaming on the fifth Tuesday of the month from 1-4 pm. Jazz is America’s contribution to the world of music…..... Miles, Dizzy, Tatum, Lester, bird, Brubeck, Duke, Basie, etc. Standards refers to the catalog that contains the American popular songs. In the catalog you will find the names of Richard Rodgers, Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, Dorothy fields, Arthur Schwartz, Gershwin, etc. to name a few. Interpreters of their songs include Sinatra, Ella, Joe Williams, Kurt Elling, Anita O’Day, lady day, etc. Malcolm C. Dankner hosts Jazz and Standards on WPKN 89.5 FM. Learn More ...

Railroad Dave Radio

2020-05-10T15:49:56-04:00

Railroad Dave Radio, 10 PM – 12 AM, on the 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 5th, Sunday of the month. Dave Schwartz hosts Railroad Dave Radio and appears on The Car Bob Show. You can learn more about Dave by visiting his website. Learn More

Esoterica Et Cetera

2021-09-04T17:25:18-04:00

esoterica et cetera: Am I still in this world? Sometimes “It’s A Crapshoot.” Lots of interesting music; it’s a challenging listen — avant-garde, jazz, whacko, progressive, psychedelic, bagpipes and other drones, and more, sometimes all at once! Annual Kinks special when I get around to it, and now The Gonzo Memorial Improv Club — a live performance series forged in the maelstrom that is esoterica et cetera. esoterica et cetera with Jeff Day can be heard the first Friday each month, 10 pm - 2 am and the early edition on the third Saturday each month, 7 pm - 10 pm. Jeff Day has been exploring sonic anomalies and the spaces in between since ...

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