Happy Holidays from KCCK!

Special Programming Begins Christmas Eve

KCCK will provide an entire day-and-a-half of seasonal music performed by many of the top names in jazz, both past and present. Our special holiday programming begins Christmas Eve morning at 9 .m. and will continue until midnight Christmas Day. It's uninterrupted holiday music, with many of your favorite Christmas songs and carols by everyone from Louis Armstrong to Cedar Walton, and including brand new Christmas releases for 2014 by Larry Carlton, Joey DeFrancesco, Maysa, Irvin Mayfield and Renee Fleming. To listen on-line, click here. If your celebration continues into the weekend, The Christmas Channel will continue playing holiday music through Saturday, Dec.27.

KCCK's Christmas Channel on the Air

Stream Dedicated to Holiday Music

If you like holiday jazz, KCCK is bringing it to you fulll-time! KCCK's Christmas Channel is a dedicated program stream of the coolest holiday jazz ever recorded -- commercial free. The Christmas Channel is the perfect background for office parties, family gatherings, or just a quiet night around the Yule Log. Find the Christmas Channel as a stream choice on KCCK's mobile app, online at, or 88.3-2 on your HD Radio.

Top 88 of 2014

Nathan East's self-titled CD was the most-played on KCCK during 2014. George Cables' “Icons and Influences” was the second most-popular on our airwaves. “Pucker” by Scott Amendola and Charlie Hunter came in third. “Into the Zone” by Ryan Keberle & Catharsis was Number-88. You can purchase all 88 CDs through and a portion of your purchase will go to support KCCK. Just click on (Purchase) next to the title of each CD.
Click here to see the entire list.

End of the Year Giving

Consider a Contribution to Iowa's Jazz Station

If you're thinking about giving some donations this December, remember the one organization in the Corridor dedicated to keeping America's Music alive through free education programs for young people, community events like Jazz Under The Stars, and non-commercial music on the radio each and every day. Consider a charitable gift to KCCK or maybe a gift membership for that hard-to-buy-for music fan. When you do, you can also receive a great holiday CD. Renee Fleming's "Christmas in New York" shows off the vocal talents of one of the world's most celebrated sopranos. She has the help of Wynton Marsalis, Chris Botti, Gregory Porter, Kurt Elling and Brad Mehldau. You can get the CD or a digital download when you donate to KCCK.

First Friday Jazz January 2

KCCK Will Broadcast Live from the Opus Concert Cafe

The Opus Concert Cafe, located next to the Paramount Theatre in downtown Cedar Rapids, continues its jazz series January 2 with Commons Collective. The group -- formed at the University of Northern Iowa in 2011 -- began as a music school ensemble, but went on to become a professional group that frequently features original compositions, as well as its own creative takes on standard jazz and popular repertoire. The First Friday Jazz Series features an eclectic mix of jazz, Latin and contemporary music the first Friday of every month. Doors at Opus open at 4:30 p.m. with live music from 5-7 p.m. Admission is $12. If you can't be there in person, the first set of each performance of the series is broadcast live on KCCK. The Opus Concert Cafe is operated by Orchestra Iowa.

New Shows on KCCK

New Lineup for Tuesday and Wednesday Evenings

Two new national jazz shows have debuted on KCCK's PrimeTime Lineup weeknights at 6 p.m. New Orleans Calling airs Tuesdays and comes to us from the New Orleans heritage music station WWOZ, hosted by George Ingmire. Each week, George explores the Crescent City with exclusive New Orleans stories, interviews and music. Jazz Night in America airs Wednesdays and is produced by Lincoln Center, NPR and WBGO. Hosted by jazz bassist Christian McBride, the show will travel all over the country, bringing you live concerts and other features. Designed as a multi-platform endeavor, there will also be a live videocast of the show as it is taped, and on-demand features as well.

JazzWeek Honors KCCK, Bob Stewart

2014 Station of the Year, Programmer of the Year

KCCK has been named Station of the Year for Markets 88-plus for the fourth time by JazzWeek and Bob Stewart has been tabbed as Program Director of the Year for an unprecedented sixth time (he also won in 2004, 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2012. Stewart was on hand to receive the awards at the annual JazzWeek Summit in San Jose. JazzWeek is the national airplay chart for jazz radio, based on measured airplay data provided by Mediaguide. Nominees for the awards are selected by JazzWeek subscribers, including jazz radio programmers, jazz record company executives and independent jazz radio record promoters.

KCCK Wins IBNA Award

Clean Up Your Act Cited

KCCK's Clean Up Your Act took first place in the Iowa Broadcast News Association's 2013 News Awards Contest in the In-Depth/Series category for expanded reports or series that provide background and understanding of a specific news event or issue. The award was announced at IBNA's 2014 convention in Cedar Rapids May 3. Produced by George Dorman since 1991, Clean Up Your Act highlights the need for energy conservation and other environmental issues. It airs weekdays at 6:35 a.m. and 3:35 p.m., Saturday at 9:20 a.m. and Sunday at 8:20 a.m. It's the third year in a row that Clean Up Your Act has been honored with this award. Listen to Clean Up Your Act podcasts. IBNA is a non-profit corporation of radio-TV news directors, reporters, producers, public relations professionals and others from Iowa and its adjacent states.

KCCK Producers Choose Top 10s of 2013

KCCK's music producers have each chosen their 10 favorite jazz, smooth jazz and blues releases from 2013. Their top choices range from Enrico Rava to Dave Bennett, Anat Cohen to George Duke and Dave Koz as well as Tommy Flanagan and Jaki Byard. Click here to see their choices.

Shop in the KCCK On-Line Store

Proceeds Help Support Programming

Support KCCK by purchasing great jazz music or merchandise in our online store. Purchase CDs -- including the latest Corridor Jazz Project CD -- Got Jazz? T-shirts (modeled at left by jazz saxaphonist Anat Cohen) in both men's and women's styles, coffee mugs and much more. You can also purchase tickets for various KCCK events. There's something for every jazz lover. All proceeds from on-line store sales go to support KCCK. Click here to browse through the KCCK Store's inventory.

Donate Your Used Car to KCCK

Receive a deduction on your tax return

Thinking about selling your car, boat, motorcycle, truck, or other vehicle? Donate it to KCCK instead! Take part in our Vehicle Donation Program and support the radio programs you love on KCCK and receive a tax deduction when you itemize your return. Click here for more information.

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The KCCK Featured CD for December is "Home for the Holidays" by Joey DeFrancesco.
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