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Program Descriptions

please note: all times are CST.

'DCB Jazz

Monday to Friday, midnight to 5 a.m. AND 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday, 7 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Sunday, 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. AND 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

'DCB Jazz offers an uninterrupted presentation of a variety of styles, focusing on straight-ahead jazz. We cover the classics, as well as current jazz releases and artists, and of course we love to highlight jazz from Chicago! This well-rounded and informative program is designed for extended listening.

American Backroads

Thursday, 9 to 10 p.m.
Hosted by Greg Easterling, American Backroads combines folk, country, blues and roots-rock from the 50s through the 90s to create an aural portrait of American music.

American Routes

Thursday, 7 to 9 p.m.
Hosted by Nick Spitzer, American Routes covers the "vast American musical landscape," spanning genres and eras: From Aretha Franklin to George Jones, Los Lobos to Howlin' Wolf, Count Basie to Beck.

Blarney on the Air

Monday, 8 to 9 p.m.
BLARNEY ON THE AIR features the best of Celtic music - old and new, contemporary and traditional. Hosted by native Dubliner Shay Clarke, each one-hour program is full of music, fascinating facts about Celtic music and its host countries, as well as stories and inside information about Ireland.

Blues Before Sunrise

Sunday, midnight to 5 a.m.
Blues Before Sunrise showcases blues as part of a cultural landscape that includes jump and jive, rhythm and blues, swing, doo wop, gospel, comedy, and recitation, and never is the music presented as kitsch or retro fashion in the way that some music has been exploited and trivialized. For host Steve Cushing, the blues is a living African-American tradition with deep roots.

Blues Edition

Saturday, 7 to 9 p.m.
Sometimes its Greg Freerksen, somethimes its Dan Bindert... BLUES EDITION is always a great time. You'll hear the latest blues releases intermingled with classic cuts and traditional blues tunes, and the weekly "Blues Calendar."

Blues from the
Red Rooster Lounge

Saturday, 9 to 10 p.m.
Visit the Red Rooster Lounge for an hour of blues on this award-winning show.

Blues Time with Tom Marker

Saturday, 7 to 9 p.m.

Chicago Bound

Saturday, 10 to 11 p.m.
The Chicago blues scene has inspired generations of artists and, for many, served as a rite of passage. Chicago Bound, hosted by Leslie Keros, focuses on electric and acoustic blues performed by native and honorary Chicagoans, as well as by those passing through who stayed long enough to soak up the sound and hone their chops. In this hour we’ll hear from folks who created the sound as well as those who keep the flame burning bright.

Chicago Jazz Spotlight

Wednesday, 9 to 10 p.m.
WDCB presents a variety of special programs spotlighting Chicago jazz artists, events and history!

Daylight Edition

Monday to Friday, 5 to 5:50 a.m.
Daylight Edition offers a full hour of information you can use to get your day off to a great start. Features include expanded state and local news, a comprehensive look at the weather, sports, and more of everything that makes this program so popular. Each day at 5:50 a.m, a quick, comprehensive update on the world of business and finance comes your way in the Marketplace Morning Report.

The Dueling Critics

Sunday, 8 to 9 a.m. as part of The Arts Section
The Dueling Critics are Jonathan Abarbanel and Kelly Kleiman, two theater reviewers who were apparently separated at birth and have been reunited by the grace of listener-supported public radio. Each week they debate the merits of a show at one of the 240-some professional theaters in the Chicago area, often supplementing their discussion with individual recommendations of plays not to be missed. Jonathan, who also reviews for Windy City Times and teaches theater history at the University of Illinois at Chicago, has been working in and writing about the theater for about 40 years while Kelly boasts 15 years as a critic including a long stint at the Chicago Reader. They merged their talents into the Dueling Critics segment in 2007 and brought the segment to WDCB last year. In addition to their Sunday morning contribution to the Arts Section, their blogged and podcast opinions can be found on

Folk Festival

Tuesday, 8 to 11 p.m.
Join host Lilli Kuzma for a great mix of folk artists and styles, from traditional and contemporary folk, to doses of related and influenced styles, like folk-rock, bluegrass, country, blues, Celtic, world, Americana, and more. Folk Festival presents entertaining themed shows plus topical and historical segments, and regularly hosts outstanding live studio guests, both Chicago-based and national touring acts. There are frequent ticket and CD giveaways, and on each show listeners are informed about area/regional concerts, workshops, and events, with the Chicagoland Folk Calendar. Lilli presents the show live, affording a fresh and direct presence with the listeners.

Folk Sampler

Tuesday, 11 p.m. to midnight
Folk music touches people in many different ways, some emotionally and some cerebrally. FOLK SAMPLER does both with a nice mix of folk styles.

Hambone's Blues Party

Thursday, 10 p.m. to midnight
Hambone's Blues Party is a lively two-hour program featuring blues with some rhythm, blues with some soul and blues with some jump. Broadcasting from the backseat of his black Cadillac parked on the corner of Jazz Avenue and Blues Boulevard, Hambone plays the best in contemporary blues and classic R&B recordings. Jump start your weekend with Hambone!

Hearts of Space

Sunday, 7 to 8 a.m.
Since 1983, MUSIC FROM THE HEARTS OF SPACE, currently hosted by Stephen Hill, has been the premier radio program heard throughout the country by lovers of ambient, electronic, multicultural, environmental and contemplative music.

House Party

Monday, 10 to 11 p.m.
Every Monday, Bill Margeson and Imelda Brogha will present a high-spirited hour of bluegrass, Celtic and Cajun music that spotlights all three forms while celebrating the commonality between them. And since this is a house party, get out your fiddle, banjo or squeezebox and play along at home!

Infinite Groove

Saturday, midnight to 6 a.m.
Host Bob Signorelli leads you through the rhythmic sounds of groove on Saturday mornings from Midnight to 6 A.M. A lively mix of Jazz, Funk, Soul, and HipHop will be served up each and every week for your listening pleasure.

Ireland Tonight

Monday, 9 to 10 p.m.
Ireland Tonight features the best of Celtic traditional music. Hosted by Maryann McTeague Keifer, each one-hour program is full of music, fascinating facts about Celtic music and its host countries, as well as stories and inside information about Ireland. And always, there is lots of good music... so Failte! (Welcome!)

Jammin' Jazz: Jazz for the New Generation

Wednesday, 10 p.m. to midnight

Jazz Night in America

Monday, 7 to 8 p.m.
Each week, the Jazz Night in America radio broadcast presents some of the best live jazz performances happening around the country and the stories behind them. With multiple Grammy Award-winning musician Christian McBride as host, the one-hour radio show features hand-picked performances from across the country, woven with the colorful stories of the artists behind them.

Jazz Tropicale

Sunday, 10 p.m. to midnight
If you're a fan of Brazilian music, get ready to swing! Marshall Vente, who also leads his own Latin group "Tropicale", is your host for two hours. From traditional to contemporary, and Brazilian to Caribbean... "It's a jazz show with palm trees."

Legends of Jazz with Ramsey Lewis

Sunday, noon to 2 p.m.
Hosted by Grammy-winning recording artist, pianist, composer and radio personality, Ramsey Lewis, "Legends of Jazz" was introduced in February 1997. Over the years, the show has exposed the music of Miles Davis, Dave Brubeck, Stan Getz, Herbie Hancock, Bill Evans, Oscar Peterson and dozens more legendary instrumentalists to a whole new audience. The show also often features vocalists such as Ella Fitzgerald, Nancy Wilson and Billie Holiday, along with a host of today’s masters of jazz, who not only honor the American Songbook, but are destined to be the legends of tomorrow.

Mambo Express

Sunday, 4 to 6 p.m.
"Victor Parra's Mambo Express" explores the roots of today's of salsa music, including all forms of Afro-Cuban music from mambo to Afro-Cuban jazz.

Marian McPartland's
Piano Jazz

Wednesday, 7 to 8 p.m.
Piano Jazz is a forum for jazz legends and influential performers as well as up-and-coming talents. Oscar Peterson, Herbie Hancock, Dave Brubeck, Diana Krall, Max Roach, Cassandra Wilson and Tony Bennett are among the over 400 guests who have joined McPartland to create dynamic duets and discuss their lives and music.

Marketplace Morning Report

Monday to Friday, 5:50 to 6 a.m.
The global economy is hard at work while Americans sleep, but they can catch up and keep up with Marketplace Morning Report, a quick, comprehensive update on the world of business and finance.

Messin' with the Blues

Saturday, 11 p.m. to midnight
The blues is a feeling, and it finds a welcome home in all sorts of places. Messin' with the Blues features a mix of blues styles from around the country, seasoned with jazz, jump, boogie woogie, folk, and zydeco. Spend an hour with Leslie Keros as she explores, and messes with, the blues in all its soulful splendor.

Midwest Ballroom

Saturday, 5 to 7 p.m.
Midwest Ballroom is a two-hour program hosted by local author John Russell (Ghrist) that mostly features local big bands and orchestras. These are the musical groups that are keeping the big band era alive in the Chicagoland area. Recordings by territory orchestras and vocalists are also included on the program. Each show includes interviews with local musicians, "The Big Band Bulletin Board," "The History Lesson," and "The Garage Sale Record of the Week," which highlight the musical accomplishments of many national entertainers. The program also promotes the appearances of local bands, groups and singers from the area.

New Vintage

Sunday, 6 to 7 p.m.
Featuring the contemporary sounds of the vintage art form known as big band, New Vintage celebrates the many successes of today's band leaders dedicated to furthering and promoting America's greatest contribution to world music history. New Vintage is hosted by Bill O'Connell, leader of the Chicago Skyliners Big Band.

Night Lights

Wednesday, 8 to 9 p.m.
Night Lights, is a weekly one-hour jazz radio program hosted by David Brent Johnson, focusing on jazz from the 1945-1990 era—a timespan that, as Johnson notes, “weirdly parallels Miles Davis on record and the Cold War.” Covering artists such as Jackie McLean, Charles Mingus, and Nina Simone and themes ranging from jazz recordings of spirituals to avant-garde interpretations of the Great American Songbook, Night Lights also features many lesser-known talents of post-1945 jazz, such as saxophonist J.R. Monterose, trumpeter Freddie Webster, and piano/singer duo Dick and Kiz Harp.

Notes from the Jazz Underground

Friday, 10 p.m. to midnight
Host Paul Abella plays the best in cutting-edge, modern jazz that you won't hear anywhere else, with plenty of jazz fusion thrown into the mix. Each week Paul includes two special segments... something from the catalog of the great (and eclectic) trumpeter Freddie Hubbard, and a jam band segment that explores the intersection of jazz and other music genre.

Radio Deluxe
with John Pizzarelli

Sunday, 8 to 10 p.m.
Every week, John Pizzarelli and Jessica Molaskey sit down in their deluxe Manhattan living room for two hours of informed and amusing conversation and some really good music! And it's not unusual for guests drop by and join the fun.

The Real Deal
with Orbert Davis

Friday, 7 to 10 p.m.
Take a journey with jazz trumpeter, composer and bandleader, Orbert Davis, that includes the traditions of our jazz heritage... where jazz is now, and where it's going! The Real Deal is produced by Mark Ingram and Orbert Davis, hosted by Orbert, and is engineered by Roger Heiss.

Riverwalk Jazz

Saturday, 10 to 11 a.m.
Hosted by David Holt and Jim Cullum, RIVERWALK JAZZ celebrates the lives and music of America's top jazz musicians, past and present. Each week, The Jim Cullum Jazz Band salutes these jazz pioneers in live performances featuring classic jazz and swing music, as well as fascinating stories that bring to life remarkable moments in the history of jazz.

Saturday Sunrise Set

Saturday, 6:30 to 7 a.m.

Song Travels
with Michael Feinstein

Tuesday, 7 to 8 p.m.
Song Travels with Michael Feinstein is a syndicated weekly public radio series hosted by five-time Grammy-nominee Michael Feinstein. From jazz, blues, and classical to rock, pop, and country, Song Travels builds a bridge across genres, songs and songwriters. The series outlines the rich vitality and evolution of American music through on air performances and discussions. In each episode, host Feinstein and his guest trace the journey of these selected songs and how each artist interprets a song individually.

Sounds Ethereal

Sunday, 5 to 7 a.m.
This blend of soothing electro-acoustic and visionary music is a wonderful way to begin a weekend morning, hosted by Matthew Hermes.

The Sounds of Brazil

Sunday, 2 to 4 p.m.
The Sounds of Brazil radio program showcases the best Brazilian jazz, Bossa Nova and Nu Bossa grooves - plus top new music.


Weekdays at approximately 5:35 a.m., Weekends at approximately 6:58 a.m.
STARDATE - a daily, two-minute feature - presents entertaining and informative ancient folklore combined with modern scientific discoveries. Sandy Wood is your host.

State Week in Review

Saturday, 6 to 6:30 a.m.
State Week in Review has been produced by WUIS since January 1975, created by original WUIS News Director Rich Bradley when the station went on the air. It is the longest running public affairs program on WUIS and was patterned after the popular PBS show Washington Week in Review. WUIS General Manager and former Statehouse Bureau Chief Bill Wheelhouse moderates the program. He is joined by a regular panel consisting of Charles Wheeler, Director of the Public Affair Reporting Program at UIS, WUIS News Director Sean Crawford, and WUIS Statehouse Chief Amanda Vinicky. This regular panel is joined by one or two guest journalists each week to analyze and comment on the top news stories of the week in Illinois state government and politics.

Swing Shift

Saturday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
WDCB's Bruce Oscar takes you back to the World War II era when "swing was king."

Tent Show Radio

Monday, 11 p.m. to midnight
Tent Show Radio is a weekly variety series showcasing live performances from Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua. Featuring Big Top's Artistic Director, Warren Nelson, the Blue Canvas Orchestra, and nationally and regionally renowned performers.

Those Were the Days

Saturday, 1 to 5 p.m.
WDCB is very pleased to present "Those Were the Days," a program that has played a prominent role in Chicago's radio history for more than 35 years. Drawing from a vast library of material each Saturday, Steve Darnall presents old-time radio classics & music.

The Wayne Messmer Radio Show

Sunday, 7 to 8 p.m.
Drawing from a lifetime of musical experiences as a singer, performer, speaker, author and broadcaster, Wayne Messmer blends an entertaining mix of personality, jazz standards, cabaret, and Broadway classics with his own observations of the world around us, offering provocative thoughts on where and how we live. The listener is invited to take a sentimental, musical journey while also touching upon some of life's issues that help us to make our house a home, and our lives just a little bit better. The Wayne Messmer Radio Show offers good tunes, positive vibes and a nice place to hang out together as we wind down the weekend.

The Arts Section

Sunday, 8 to 9 a.m.
The Arts Section is a new magazine show that spotlights creative people, events and ideas. Every week, Assistant News Director Gary Zidek shines a light on arts and culture in the Chicago area. The focus will be on stories within the arts community, with commentary and discussions on literature, music, film, special events, food and more.

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