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WKCC is an NPR, PRI and APM affiliate, which allows the station to provide quality public radio programs. We're also proud to feature quality local programming.

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A Prairie Home Companion
A Prairie Home Companion is the only live music and variety show aired nationwide today. For more than 35 years, A Prairie Home Companion continues its live Saturday night broadcast and features comedy sketches, music, and Garrison Keillor's signature monologue: The News from Lake Wobegon. Saturday at 5 p.m.

A Way with Words
A Way with Words is a weekly, hour-long, call-in about language an how we use words. Martha Barnette and Grant Barrett take calls about slang, grammar, old sayings, word origins, regional dialects, family expressions, and speaking and writing well. By looking at the world through the lens of language, "A Way with Words" offers a new perspective on politics, pop culture, history, sports, music, science, literature, and foreign cultures. Saturday at 11 a.m.Ask me another

Ask Me Another
NPR's Ask Me Another is a lively hour of puzzles, word games, and trivia played in front of (and with) a live audience. Ask Me Another's entertaining melange of brainteasers and fun is a descendant of Weekend Edition Sunday's Puzzle Segment with Will Shortz, but infused with the vibrancy and quick wit of Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me.”  Hosted by Ophira Eisenberg. Saturday at 1 p.m.

BBC World News and Newshour
The publicly owned BBC World Service has a reputation for providing the best journalism in the world. BBC World Service offers news to fit the public interest, presented with independence, accountability, impartiality, diversity of opinion, truth and accuracy. BBC World Service is committed to being the most open and transparent news organization in the world. World News airs weekdays at 6 and 7 a.m. Newshour airs weekdays at 3 p.m.

Beale Street Caravan
Beale Street Caravan is the most widely distributed Blues radio program in the world. Produced in the Home of the Blues -- Memphis, Tenn. -- Beale Street Caravan covers the world with the heartfelt sounds and colorful stories of the Blues and its music makers. Each week, Beale Street Caravan takes its audience the greatest Blues venues in Memphis and around the U.S. Saturday at 11 p.m.

Blues Before Sunrise
Blues Before Sunrise is the blues heritage showcase. Each week, this Chicago-based, nationally syndicated public radio program explores, preserves, and popularizes the various eras and genre of blues heritage. The focus of the program is in the first fifty years of recorded blues from 1920 - 1970; the basis for the root of American popular music including gospel, jazz, rhythm & blues, soul, and rock & roll. Hosted by Steve Cushing. Saturday at Midnight.

Car Talk
For more than 25 years, Tom and Ray Magliozzi (aka Click and Clack the Tappet Brothers) have been America's funniest auto mechanics. By making millions of listeners laugh, they have become the defining voices of public radio weekends. Their mixture of honesty, authenticity, knowledge, and humor has won them numerous awards (including a Peabody), accolades from every major national publication, and the loyalty of millions of public radio listeners. Saturday at 9 a.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m.

Celtic Connections
Celtic Connections offers a variety of traditional and contemporary music associated with the Western European lands occupied at one time or another by people of the Celtic tribes and their descendants. Count on hearing the finest new releases, classics, exclusive concerts and interviews with top names in the Celtic music. Hosted by Bryan Kelso. Sunday at 6 p.m.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra Radio Broadcast Series
Experience the No. 1 U.S. Orchestra, according to Gramophone. Enjoy concerts from Symphony Center, the home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra with engaging and lively content. Beyond the concerts, listeners gain deeper insight into the orchestra’s music and programmatic themes. Produced by Marty Ronish and hosted by Lisa Simeone. Wednesday at 7 p.m.

Classical Guitar Alive!
Classical Guitar Alive! is a unique program that celebrates the classical repertory of the world's most-played musical instrument in a wide variety of musical settings, from solo guitar, to guitar with orchestra, to almost every imaginable combination in between. The one-hour weekly program is hosted by Tony Morris, an award-winning performer who combines his passion for the music with his knowledge of the instrument and its history. The music is presented with fascinating, yet brief, historical and background information, designed to increase the listener's enjoyment and understanding. Sunday at 9 a.m.

Cleveland Orchestra
Kankakee native Robert Conrad hosts the Cleveland Orchestra broadcasts. Thursday at 7 p.m. (April to September).

Concierto
Concierto presents classical music in English and in Spanish. Classical favorites performed by Hispanic artists are alternated with music by Spanish and Latin American composers. Hosted by Frank Dominguez. Saturday at 5 a.m.

Diane Rehm Show
Diane Rehm ShowFor more than two decades, consummate interviewer Diane Rehm has offered her listeners compelling conversations with the world's most interesting and important people. During each hour, Diane invites listeners to join the conversation by opening the phones to their questions and comments on the topic at hand. The Diane Rehm Show has been described by Newsweek as one of the most interesting talk shows in the country. Diane's listeners and peers regularly praise her intelligent and probing but unfailingly civil manner. Monday - Thursday at 1 p.m.

Etown eTown logo
Every Etown show is taped in front of a live audience and features performances from many of today's top artists as well as conversations and information about the world around us. At Etown, we build community through music. Sunday at 5 p.m.

Exploring Music with Bill McGlaughlin
This award-winning series pursues a new musical theme each week. Featuring Peabody Award winning broadcaster, conductor and composer Bill McGlaughlin, listeners can ride a musical journey which enriches, enlightens, educates and entertains. Each broadcast offers in-depth knowledge of classical music, presented with enthusiasm, imagination and spontaneity. Weekdays at 11 a.m.

Friends of the Blues Radio Show
Friends of the Blues is hosted by lifelong local blues aficionados D’Arcy “Shuffleshoes” Ballanger and James “Skyy Dobro” Walker. Ballinger, a rural St. Anne resident has been involved with local blues since the mid-1980s. He is a member of the Blues Foundation and the Blues Music Awards Nominating Committee. Walker, of Watseka, was listening to the blues before he knew it was “Blues.” The show’s name comes from a loose-knit group of local blues fans the two helped create in 2006. Saturday at 7 p.m.

Grand Prairie Chronicles
Local historian and author Vic Johnson reveals the sometimes haunting, sometimes humorous, always fascinating stories of Kankakee and the surrounding area's past. Weekdays at 7:30 a.m.

hearts of space logoHearts of Space
Hearts of Space has found success through consistently high production quality and sensitive, knowledgeable music programming of contemplative music, broadly defined. It offers a mix of ambient, electronic, world, new age, classical and experimental music. Sunday at 10 p.m.

Humankind                                                                                                                               This series profiles humanitarians, idealists and visionaries, hosted by award-winning documentary producer David Freudberg. Hear stories of citizens who inspire and motivate us by their courage. Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.

In a Mellow Tone
Willie Dixon Jr. has been spinning jazz records on the air for more than 25 years and has been a volunteer jazz host on WKCC since 2007. He heard his first jazz recording in 1946 - Lionel Hampton -broadcast from a sound truck that was driving through his South Chicago neighborhood. He’s been a jazz fan ever since. Listen to In a Mellow Tone and, Dixon says, you will take a step back in time with artists including Nat Cole, Sarah Vaughn, Tony Bennett, Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra. Friday at 7 p.m. and 11 p.m.

KCC Sports Report
KCC athletic director Ted Petersen updates listeners on weekly athletic scores and interview guests on the show every week. Wednesday at 8:20 a.m., 12:20 p.m. and 5:20 p.m. (September - May).

Left, Right & Center
This provocative, up-to-the-minute, alive and witty program features a lively mix of politics, policy and popular culture and proves those with impeccable credentials needn't lack personality. This weekly "love-hate relationship of the air" features some of the most insightful news analysts anywhere.  Moderator is Matt Miller. Friday at 4:30 p.m.

Marketplace
Award-winning Marketplace is public radio's daily magazine on business and economics news "for the rest of us." The 30-minute program—with an irreverent reporting style all its own—airs weekdays on more than 320 public radio stations nationwide. Weekdays at 4 p.m.

Magical Mystery Tour   
Momence resident James D Jones hosts Magical Mystery Tour - the Beatle years and beyond. The two-hour locally produced show specializes in the music of the Beatles, their solo recordings and stories that let you into their personal and professional lives. James has been hosting a Beatles radio program since 1999 on Kankakee radio stations and he says public radio is the perfect place for The Magical Mystery tour.  Get a greater appreciation for the ‘Fab Four’ on the Magical Mystery Tour. Sunday at 3 p.m.

Outside
Dale Bowman, outdoor enthusiast and Chicago Sun Times outdoor columnist, hosts Outside, a weekly half-hour program that covers nature and the outdoors. Mondays at 4:30 p.m. and Saturday at 8:30 a.m.

Performance Today
Performance Today is a two hour weekday program which features classical music in concert from American Public Media studios and sites across the nation and the world, as well as classical music news, interviews and features. Hosted by Fred Child. Weekdays at 9 a.m. and Monday through Thursday at 9 p.m.

Piano Jazz
For 30 years, legendary pianist Marian McPartland welcomed a stellar line-up of jazz artists for conversation and improvisation on her Peabody Award-winning program. Although McPartland passed away in 2013, the show lives on due to the rich archival material.  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. Friday at 8 p.m.

Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra                                                                                      Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra proudly brings one of the nation's top-ranking orchestras to classical music lovers nationwide. Jim Cunningham is the host. Thursday at 7 p.m. (October-May)

Radiolab
Each hour we take a big idea, so big that it lives everywhere, hiding in a thousand places under different names, and we chase that idea, going wherever whim takes us. Along the way, hosts Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich interview, argue, imagine, and discover the hidden connections that make this idea so surprisingly powerful. And the sounds you hear are as new and startling as the ideas we explore. It's Technicolor radio. Radiolab is produced by WNYC and distributed by National Public Radio. Saturday at 3 p.m.

Return to the Source
Hosted by Doug Turner, Return to the Source provides classic jazz selections that you would expect from a straight-ahead jazz show -- and more. Friday at Midnight

Science Friday
Each Friday, journalist Ira Flatow is joined by listeners and studio guests to explore science-related topics - subatomic particles, the human genome, the internet, earthquakes. Flatow offers in-depth discussion with scientists and others, giving listeners the chance to hear from the people whose work influences their daily lives. Friday at 1 p.m.

State Week in Review
State Week in Review has been broadcasting about Illinois politics for nearly 35 years. The program is patterned after the popular PBS show Washington Week in Review. Bill Wheelhouse moderates the weekly program. He is joined by a regular panel of reporters and political experts who analyze and comment on the top news stories of the week in Illinois state government and politics. Friday at 5 p.m. and Saturday at 8 a.m.

Sunday Baroque
With Baroque and early music written before 1750, Sunday Baroque provides your soundtrack for this uniquely relaxing day. Sunday Baroque features composers such as Bach, Vivaldi, and Handel. In the past several years, there has been a resurgence of interest in this early music, with many young, innovative performers and ensembles hitting the scene with their own interpretations of the repertoire. Sunday at 5 a.m.

Symphonycast
A two-hour weekly radio program featuring a full-length concert by a major symphony. Material is drawn from Europe's premier symphony orchestras, along with U.S. orchestras such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Cleveland Orchestra. Hosted by Brian Newhouse. Tuesday at 7 p.m.

The Bioneers Radio Series
This stirring, award-winning documentary series The Bioneers: Revolution from the Heart of Nature, is composed of themed half-hour programs highlighting cutting-edge solutions to major environmental challenges and crises, along with broader social approaches for ecological and cultural restoration.
Wednesday at 4:30 p.m.

midnight special logoThe Midnight Special
The Midnight Special has stayed current through decades of change, rich in tradition and history. In 1953, Mike Nichols developed The Midnight Special as a showcase for recorded folk music. Today, the Midnight Special has evolved into an eclectic mixture of song and story ranging from traditional to contemporary folk performers, show and novelty tunes, and always hilarious comedy routines. Sunday at 7 p.m.

The New York Philharmonic
The New York Philharmonic is by far the oldest symphony orchestra in the United States, and one of the oldest in the world. Founded in 1842 by a group of local musicians, the philharmonic plays nearly 180 concerts a year and in December 2004 gave its 14,000th concert. Monday at 7 p.m.

The Roots of Smooth  
Hosted by Bobby Jackson, The Roots of Smooth goes deep into the musicology of jazz, with a show about jazz and its relationship to other music. Creating a music lover's show, the show includes the music of those who influenced and were influenced by the music. Jackson focuses a portion of each hour on a particular smooth jazz artist, featuring that artist's music, and brief segments of the artist speaking in his/her own words about their evolution, and who influenced them. Friday at 10 p.m.

The Splendid Table
The Splendid Table is a culinary, culture, and lifestyle program that celebrates food and its ability to touch the lives and feed the souls of everyone. Each week, award-winning host Lynne Rossetto Kasper leads listeners on a journey of the senses and hosts discussions with a variety of writers and personalities who share their passion for the culinary delights. Sunday at 10 a.m.

The Takeaway
The Take Away program logoThe Takeaway is a morning news service — on radio and online. The program draws on the resources of a talented and diverse staff of journalists, as well as the BBC World Service and the "New York Times." Hosted by John Hockenberry and broadcast live from WNYC's studios, the news service draws on the resources of a global news network. Weekdays at 8 a.m. and Monday - Thursday at noon.TED radio hour

The TED Radio Hour
The Ted Radio Hour is a journey through fascinating ideas, astonishing inventions, and new ways to think and create. Based on riveting TED Talks from the world's most remarkable minds. Hosted by Guy Raz. Saturday at 2 p.m.

The World
The World radio news magazine logoPRI’s The World is a radio news magazine offering a mix of news, features, interviews, and music from around the globe. Hosted by Marco Werman. Monday - Thursday at 5 p.m., Friday at 5:30 p.m.

This American Life
This American Life documents and describes contemporary America, but it is, quite literally, a new kind of radio storytelling. Built around the innovative personal vision of host Ira Glass, the program explores a weekly theme -- fiascos, conventions, the job that takes over your life -- through a playful mix of radio monologues, mini-documentaries, "found tape," short fiction, and unusual music. The stories presented are engaging, intimate, surprising, funny, disturbing, bittersweet. Listeners praise the show as "riveting and mesmerizing." Saturday at noon, rebroadcast Friday at noon.

To the Point
To the Point is a unique program that gathers people from the opposite sides of the aisle — and from all over the world — in a civilized and intelligent conversation. Host Warren Olney challenges guests and orchestrates a discussion on the days most important topics. Weekdays at 6 p.m.

Travel with Rick Steves
Travel with Rick Steves is a fun, hour-long, and practical talk show with guest experts, calls and questions from travelers. This weekly program is a lively conversation between travelers and experts as we learn to explore our world smartly, smoothly, and thoughtfully. Sunday at 11 a.m.

Twelfth Street Jump
12th Street Jump is a one-hour program that celebrates the artists who made jazz and blues the quintessential American art form. Hosts Pearl McDonald and Pete Weber, jazz artists Joe Cartwight, Tyrone Clark and Mike Warren and vocalists David Basse and Nedra Dixon keep the music alive in a rapid fire program of topical sketch comedy, jazz and the blues. 

Wait Wait…Don't Tell Me

For a wacky and whip-smart approach to the week's news and newsmakers, listen no further than Wait Wait…Don't Tell Me!, the oddly informative news quiz from NPR. During each fast-paced, irreverent show, host Peter Sagal leads what might be characterized as the news Olympics. Callers, panelists, and guests compete by answering questions about the week's events, identifying impersonations, filling in the blanks at lightening speed, sniffing out fake news items, and deciphering limericks. Listeners vie for a chance to win the most coveted prize in radio: having official judge, scorekeeper and retired NPR Newscaster Carl Kasell records the outgoing message on their home answering machine. Saturday at 10 a.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.

Weekend Radio
Many radio listeners know Kankakee native Robert Conrad as the subdued, perhaps even staid and conservative, host of the Cleveland Orchestra broadcasts. Since 1982, however, the other side of Robert Conrad has been displayed via Weekend Radio, that "curiously strange and offbeat potpourri of music, wit and convivial companionship". The hour-long show is a skillful mixture of classical music, cross-over selections and comedy bits dating back to the ‘50s. Sunday at 9 p.m.

Wits
Wits is a live public radio show that brings world-class comedians, actors and musicians to the stage where host John Moe gives them and the audience the time of their lives. Wits mixes improv, sketch comedy, conversation, music and genuine beauty in a program praised as “one of the rare public radio comedy shows that’s actually funny” (Huffington Post) and “on course to become a national hit” (USA Today). Saturday at 4 p.m.

WKCC Local News
Heather Claborn is the news anchor weekday mornings at 6:04, 7:04, 8:04 and 9:04 a.m.

Zorba Paster on your health logoZorba Paster on Your Health
Laughter's the best medicine, and there's always a healthy dose when public radio's irrepressible family doc gets together with its most loveable curmudgeon! Each week, family doc Zorba Paster and sidekick Tom Clark team up with callers for an hour of upbeat, entertaining talk about healthy living. Sunday at Noon.

Local Programming

Friends of the Blues Radio Show
Friends of the Blues is hosted by lifelong local blues aficionados D’Arcy “Shuffleshoes” Ballanger and James “Skyy Dobro” Walker. Ballinger, a rural St. Anne resident has been involved with local blues since the mid-1980s. He is a member of the Blues Foundation and the Blues Music Awards Nominating Committee. Walker, of Watseka, was listening to the blues before he knew it was “Blues.” The show’s name comes from a loose-knit group of local blues fans the two helped create in 2006. Saturday at 7 p.m.

Grand Prairie Chronicles
Local historian and author Vic Johnson reveals the sometimes haunting, sometimes humorous, always fascinating stories of Kankakee and the surrounding area's past. Weekdays at 7:30 a.m.

In a Mellow Tone
Willie Dixon Jr. has been spinning jazz records on the air for more than 25 years and has been a volunteer jazz host on WKCC since 2007. He heard his first jazz recording in 1946 - Lionel Hampton -broadcast from a sound truck that was driving through his South Chicago neighborhood. He’s been a jazz fan ever since. Listen to In a Mellow Tone and, Dixon says, you will take a step back in time with artists including Nat Cole, Sarah Vaughn, Tony Bennett, Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra. Friday at 7 p.m. and 11 p.m..

KCC Sports Report 
KCC athletic director Ted Petersen updates listeners on weekly athletic scores and interview guests on the show every week. Wednesday at 8:20 a.m., 12:20 p.m. and 5:20 p.m. (September - May)

Magical Mystery Tour                                                                                                       Momence resident James D Jones hosts Magical Mystery Tour - the Beatle years and beyond. The two-hour locally produced show specializes in the music of the Beatles, their solo recordings and stories that let you into their personal and professional lives. James has been hosting a Beatles radio program since 1999 on Kankakee radio stations and he says public radio is the perfect place for The Magical Mystery tour.  Get a greater appreciation for the ‘Fab Four’ on the Magical Mystery Tour. Sunday at 3 p.m.

Outside
Dale Bowman, outdoor enthusiast and Chicago Sun Times outdoor columnist hosts Outside, a weekly half-hour program that covers nature and the outdoors. Mondays at 4:30 p.m. and a rebroadcast Saturday at 8:30 a.m.

WKCC Local News
Heather Claborn is the news anchor weekday mornings at 6:04, 7:04, 8:04 and 9:04 a.m.