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KCCK's Christmas Channel

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 iowachannel.org, 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 Amazon.com 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.


Consider End-of-Year Contribution to KCCK

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

The Opus Concert Cafe, located next to the Paramount Theatre in downtown Cedar Rapids, continues its jazz series January 2 with Commons Collective.

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

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

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.


Clean Up Your Act Cited by IBNA

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.