Programs on KCCK



Jazz Programming on KCCK:

All of the producers at KCCK have a special touch mixing jazz. You'll hear contemporary jazz artists such as David Sanborn, Andy Narell and Lee Ritenour, as well as traditional jazz masters like Dexter Gordon, Duke Ellington and Count Basie.

Back Stage Blues:

An hour of the best in live blues music hosted by John Heim aka Big Moe. Your favorite blues acts recorded on stage from all over the world. Friday at 10 p.m.

Beale Street Caravan:

Hosted by Pat Mitchell of the Blues Foundation, this weekly show takes listeners to exciting live blues events, such as the W.C. Handy Blues Awards, the Waterfront Blues Festival in Portland, and the Mississippi Valley Blues Festival. Audiences are also taken inside some of the country's famous and not-so-famous blues clubs, including B.B. King's Blues Club. Saturday at 1 a.m. Visit the Beale Street Caravan web site.

Big Band Memories:

Two hosts with familiar names and voices, Cary J. Hahn and Murray Kent, provide soft jazz and big band sounds every weekend. Hahn is best-known to area television viewers as the "Iowa Traveler" on KGAN CBS-2, where he presented human-interest stories and features for about two decades. Kent is a radio veteran and a former classic and vintage jazz program host on KCCK in the 1980s. Sunday 1-5 p.m.

Brazilian Hour:

Hosted by Sergio Mielniczenko, Brazilian Hour is made possible by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Brazil, and promotes the best Brazilian music and culture all around the world. Tuesday and Sunday at 2 a.m. Visit the Brazilian Hour web site.

Café Jazz:

Featuring the smooth groove of today's jazz hosted by Ted Hasiuk. Ted first became exposed to smooth jazz while traveling in the U.S. back in the late 80's. It was love at first listen. After several years of compiling a smooth jazz library, which has evolved into the largest in Canada, Ted took to the airwaves to spread the word. Sunday at 6 p.m. and Saturday at 5 a.m. Visit the Café Jazz web site.

The Crawfish Circuit:

Bob De Forest plays the best of Texas and Louisiana music -- the blues and jazz of the New Orleans to Austin circuits. Saturday at 10 p.m.

Da Blues:

Your host Bob De Forest examines different styles of blues, from boogie woogie to the rock blues of today. Saturday at 6 p.m.

Da Friday Night Blues:

A night of the best in blues music hosted by John Heim aka Big Moe. Fridays 6-10 p.m.


This weekly, hour-long music program highlights and examines contemporary music being produced by contemporary Native American artists such as Robbie Robertson, Indigenous, Joanne Shenandoah, Lunar Drive, Walela and Robert Mirabal. Each show is built around a main theme -- or showcases a particular artist -- complete with interviews. Monday at 1 a.m. Visit the Earthsongs web site.


John Diliberto is your host for two hours of exotic instrumental sounds. You'll hear music and features from some of the most creative contemporary composers of today. Artists range in style from Philip Glass and Brian Eno to John Tesh and Yanni. Sunday at 9 p.m. Visit the Echoes web site.

Funk at Five:

Gordon Paulsen puts some funk into the drive home every day. Funk at Five featuresthe great R & B, funk and horn bands that bridge the gap between blues and jazz. Weekdays at 5 p.m.

Gentle Jazz:

Bob Naujoks and Ron Adkins serve up a balance of light jazz perfect for your Sunday morning activities. Program originator Naujoks hosts from 9-11 a.m., Adkins anchors 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Rebroadcast Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Jazz Corner of The World:

Craig Kessler showcases a wide variety of artists and styles and shows how they connect to each other and the larger jazz world such as the Art Blakey album that inspired the show's name. Saturday at Noon. Rebroadcast Monday at 7 p.m.

  • August 1 and 3 - Obscure Pianists
  • August 8 and 10 - Birth Date Anniversary Celebration for Benny Carter
  • August 15 and 17 - Tribute to Gunther Schuller
  • August 22 and 24 - Prestige Records in 1955
  • August 29 and 31 - Celebration of The Music of Charlie Parker

Jazz Masters:

Bob Stewart plays an hour of classic jazz recordings in the mainstream tradition. You'll hear landmark recordings and historic concerts. Jazz Masters features artists such as Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Benny Goodman, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Billie Holiday, and Stan Getz. Monday through Friday at noon.

Jazz Night in America:

Hosted by multiple Grammy Award-winning musician Christian McBride, Jazz Night in America presents content on multiple platforms and from across the nation to share this uniquely American art form and reinvigorate public media jazz programming for audiences today. Wednesday at 5 a.m. and 6 p.m. and Thursday at 1 a.m. Visit the Jazz Night in America web site.

  • August 5 - Joey Alexander at Jazz at Lincoln Center
  • August 12 - Tootie Heath at 80 at Jazz at Lincoln Center
  • August 19 - Ali Jackson Celebrates Max Roach at Jazz at Lincoln Center
  • August 26 - To Be Announced

Jazz Profiles:

This continuing documentary series profiles the people, places and events in jazz. Topics range from in-depth portraits of the legendary personalities who have made jazz what it is today to comprehensive looks at jazz instruments, jazz cities and jazz families. By using archival recordings, interviews and narration, Jazz Profiles tells informative and engaging stories that celebrate the music and the people who make it. Hosted by Emmy and Grammy Award winner Nancy Wilson. Monday at 6 p.m. Visit the Jazz Profiles web site.

  • July 27 - Sidney Bechet
  • August 3 - Mary Lou Williams
  • August 10 - Louis Armstrong: The Trumpeter
  • August 17 - Louis Armstrong: The Singer
  • August 24 - Mel Tormé
  • August 31 - Max Roach

Jazz Rhythm:

Music and story-telling brought together in a one-hour series blending commentary, interview clips and jazz recordings old and new. Host Dave Radlauer explores the lore, culture and personalities of early jazz. Winner of the 2004 Gabriel Award and Golden Reel Awards in 2001, 2002 and 2003. Sunday at 3 a.m., Friday at 4 a.m. Visit the Jazz Rhythm web site.

KCCK Jams:

John Heim spends an hour with the best concert and studio recordings by music's hottest jam bands. Friday at 11 p.m.

Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz:

Each week, NPR's award-winning program showcases both acclaimed artists and up-and-coming performers as they share music and memories with their legendary host, Marian McPartland. Piano Jazz hits a perfect balance between historical perspective and sheer entertainment, a formula that has made the series the longest-running national performance program on public radio. Thursday at 5 a.m. and 6 p.m. and Friday at 1 a.m. Visit the Piano Jazz web site.

  • July 30 - Skitch Henderson
  • August 6 - Kenny Burrell
  • August 13 - Bertha Hope
  • August 20 - Arturo O'Farrill
  • August 27 - Hiromi

The Melting Pot:

The best in blues, funk, world beat, jazz fusion, and interesting rock 'n' roll. Bob De Forest is the host. Saturday at 11 p.m.

The Midnight CD:

Each night at midnight, a recently released jazz CD is played in its entirety, uninterrupted, for your listening pleasure. Tune in throughout the day for information about each day's choices. Nightly at midnight. Monday through Thursday: jazz, Friday: blues, Saturday: world mix, Sunday: new age.

This week:

Music from the Hearts of Space:

Stephen Hill takes you on a musical journey, crafted to create a psychologically stimulating, physically relaxing ambience. Space-creating instrumental music from many eras and cultures merges with the latest electronic and acoustic ambient music. Sunday at 11 pm. Visit the Music from the Hearts of Space web site.

New Orleans Calling:

George Ingmire producers this show about the culture of the Crescent City. Each hour-long show features exclusive New Orleans stories, interviews and music. Tuesday at 5 a.m. and 6 p.m. and Wednesday at 1 a.m.

Night Lights:

Hosted by David Brent Johnson, focusing on classic jazz from 1945-1990, covering artists such as John Coltrane, Charles Mingus, Art Tatum, Oscar Peterson and Nina Simone. Monday at 5 a.m. Visit the Night Lights web site.

Putumayo World Music Hour:

The Putumayo World Music Hour takes listeners on a weekly journey through the music of many different cultures, including well-known names like Bob Marley, Sting, Loreena McKennitt, and Santana, along with exceptional, under-exposed international artists. The program features interviews with world-class music makers such as Los Lobos, Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, Joan Osborne, and Taj Mahal. Sunday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 1 a.m. Visit the Putumayo World Music Hour web site.

Radio Deluxe with John Pizzarelli:

Every weekend John and his wife and co-host, singer Jessica Molaskey, play music and entertain guests in their "deluxe living room." John and Jessie know everybody in the business and most of them eventually drop by for a visit. Saturday at 4 p.m. Visit the Radio Deluxe web site.

Rhythm Sweet and Hot:

This 60-minute musical variety show is a revelation to young listeners and a joyful rediscovery for older ones. Original jazz and swing recordings set the tone. Musical treats and surprises include vocal and "sweet" band recordings from the 78 rpm era; rare, original-issue 78s; long out-of-print LPs; original transcriptions; and new recordings that revive older styles. Sunday at 5 a.m. and Tuesday at 4 a.m. Visit the Rhythm Sweet and Hot web site.

Riverwalk Jazz:

Hosts Jim Cullum and David Holt, along with the Jim Cullum Band, explore the history of American jazz each week. The weekly series is recorded live at The Landing Jazz Club on the Riverwalk in San Antonio, Texas. Sunday at 5 p.m. and Tuesday at 1 a.m. Visit the Riverwalk Jazz web site.

  • August 2 - Chicago Reeds: Live from the Sacramento Jazz Jubilee
  • August 9 - At the Jazz Band Ball: Jazz Classics Live from the Stanford Jazz Workshop
  • August 16 - At the Jazz Band Ball: Jazz Classics Live from the Stanford Jazz Workshop
  • August 23 - World on Seven Strings: The Life of Jazz Guitar Master Bucky Pizzarelli
  • August 30 - Gulf Coast Blues: The Clarence Williams Story

The Short List:

Daily features as well as weekly Saturday morning half-hour programs. The latest series from host Bob Naujoks is Jazz & the Spoken Word. Starting with the Harlem Renaissance in the 1920s and the jazz-infused poetry of Langston Hughes, there has been a small group of writers and musicians who have worked to blend together the rhythm of jazz with the rhythm of poetry and the spoken word. This series will bring to your ears some of the best attempts at marrying the two art forms in the last nine decades. The companion Saturday morning show features crooner Bing Crosby. Weekdays at 8:35 a.m. and Saturday at 7 a.m.

Week of Jazz & the Spoken Word Bing Crosby
July 27 The Beat Generation (Kenneth Pachen) Radio Broadcasts
August 3 Mainstream (Ford, McKean) Movie Music
August 10 Humor & Hip Talk (Steve Allen, Al "Jazzbo" Collins) Western Swing
August 17 Talkin' Blues, Gil Scott Heron With Rosemary Clooney
August 24 Norman Woods & Jaffe/Melvoin With the Andrews Sisters
August 31 Jaffe/Melvoin, Rick Herstek With the Buddy Cole Trio
September 7 UpSurge!, Pinsky/Hobgood Irish Music
September 14 Pinsky/Hobgood, Gonzalez/Sanabria Dixieland Jazz
September 21 Rick Fay, Chip White Greatest Hits

Sunday Morning Swing:

Mark Yother brings you the sounds of the dance bands of the 40s and 50s. Big band swing with your favorite vocalists. Sunday at 6 a.m.

Featured Artists:

  • August 2 - Red Norvo
  • August 9 - Jelly Roll Morton
  • August 16 - Johnny Dodds
  • August 23 - Louis Armstrong
  • August 30 - Giants of Jazz

Swingin' Down the Lane:

Host David Miller is dedicated to keeping the big band sound alive and well. New generations are thrilling to Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Count Basie, Tommy Dorsey, Glenn Miller and of course the illustrious Duke Ellington. Thursday and Sunday at 4 a.m. Visit the Swingin' Down the Lane web site.

Tropical Heat:

Kpoti Senam Accoh hosts two hours of music reflecting the unique diversity and influences of soul and jazz music along the Intertropical Zone. Sunday at 6 p.m.

Wednesday Night Special:

Listen each Wednesday evening as KCCK presents highlights of live events, such as KCCK's Jazz Under the Stars, the Iowa City Jazz Festival and jazz concerts at Kirkwood Community College. Wednesdays at 7 p.m.

  • July 29 - Uniphonics
  • August 5 - CR Jazz Band with guest Gabe Medd
  • August 12 - Air Force Band Airmen of Note with guest Bobby Shew
  • August 19 - Air Force Band Airmen of Note Tribute to the Greatest Jazz Small Groups
  • August 26 - Air Force Band Airmen of Note with special guests Al Jarreau, Doc Severinsen, Phil Woods, Kurt Elling and others

Women in Music:

Women in Music with Laney Goodman is a weekly series with an eclectic mix of the best music of female artists from around the world. Monday at 3 a.m. Visit the Women in Music web site.


Clean Up Your Act:

This award-winning feature highlights the need for energy conservation, helping to make this a better world. Weekdays at 6:35 a.m. and 3:35 p.m. Saturday at 9:20 a.m. and Sunday at 8:20 a.m. Listen to recent shows, or subscribe to Clean Up Your Act podcasts.

KCCK's Culture Crawl:

Every week on Thursday and Friday mornings, Dennis Green and Bob Stewart take a look at what's happening in Iowa's Cultural Corridor on KCCK's Culture Crawl. Each episode provides an in-depth look at one upcoming arts event, usually including a personal interview with an organizer or performer, and concludes with highlights of KCCK's Concert Calendar for the coming weekend. It's one of the best ways to plan your weekend in Eastern Iowa, and it's only on KCCK.

Health in a Heartbeat:

Daily, two-minute reports on health issues. Timely consumer information from respected sources on medical research, patient care breakthroughs and health care industry trends. Weekdays at 4:35 p.m. Visit the Health in a Heartbeat home page.

Marketplace Morning Report:

This timely report delivers a global business perspective...examining in depth our interaction with the marketplace. A thoughtful, probing, sometimes funny look at the day's financial events. Weekdays at 6:55 a.m. Visit the Marketplace Morning Report home page.

Pulse of the Planet:

From the music of the spheres to the vibrations of life on earth, Pulse of the Planet blends extraordinary sounds with compelling information in a relaxed, easy-to-understand format. This award-winning series hosted by Jim Metzner tracks the rhythms of nature, culture and science. Weekdays at 9:35 a.m. Visit the Pulse of the Planet home page.

StarDate Radio:

StarDate offers a balance of astronomy, and space-science topics, topics are related to important anniversaries such as the birthdays of important astronomers or anniversaries of key scientific discoveries or space-exploration accomplishments and a variety of topics related to astronomy. Sandy Wood is the voice of StarDate. Weekdays and Saturdays 5:58 a.m. Visit the StarDate Home Page.

Talking Pictures:

Enhance your movie-going experience by listening to Mark Yother and Denny Lynch. You'll be enlightened and entertained about the world of movies. Discover a good movie you might otherwise miss or be steered away from a "turkey" you intended to see. Thursday at 6:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. and Saturday at 8 a.m. Listen to recent reviews, or subscribe to the show's podcast.

Writer's Almanac:

A daily five-minute program of poetry and history hosted by Garrison Keillor. Listeners across the country tune in each day as Keillor recounts the highlights of that day in history and reads a short poem or two. Monday through Saturday at 1:35 p.m. Visit the Writer's Almanac Home Page.


Got A Minute?:

Monday through Friday, our affable local curmudgeon, Mark Yother, offers his sometimes skewed perspective on what everybody else is up to. Occasionally serious; always more or less reality-based. A voice muttering in the wilderness. Weekdays at 7:20 a.m. and 5:35 p.m. Listen to recent ramblings, or subscribe to the show's podcast.


Wednesday Night Special:

Listen each Wednesday evening as KCCK presents highlights of live events, such as KCCK's Jazz Under the Stars, the Iowa City Jazz Festival and jazz concerts at Kirkwood Community College. Wednesdays at 7 p.m.

  • July 29 - Uniphonics
  • August 5 - CR Jazz Band with guest Gabe Medd
  • August 12 - Air Force Band Airmen of Note with guest Bobby Shew
  • August 19 - Air Force Band Airmen of Note Tribute to the Greatest Jazz Small Groups
  • August 26 - Air Force Band Airmen of Note with special guests Al Jarreau, Doc Severinsen, Phil Woods, Kurt Elling and others

First Friday Jazz Series:

The First Friday Jazz Series features an eclectic mix of jazz, Latin and contemporary music the first Friday of every month in the Opus Concert Cafe next to the Paramount Theatre in downtown Cedar Rapids. Live music starts at 5 p.m. Broadcast live on KCCK.
  • August 7 - Roots of Rhythm Trio