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11:22 am
Thu May 30, 2013

JazzSet Remembers Mulgrew Miller

Jean Francois Laberine via

Coming up this Sunday, JazzSet remembers pianist Mulgrew Miller (1955-2013) as Artist-in-Residence at the 2010 Detroit Jazz Festival. Picture it: outdoors and downtown on Labor Day weekend, Miller is everywhere, playing and teaching and being interviewed, and he's smiling. From that weekend, he leads his group Wingspan and plays two-piano duets with Kenny Barron on JazzSet.

Tune in for this special edition of JazzSet, as we remember Mulgrew Miller, this Sunday at 2pm on 90.5 FM, WCBE Columbus, followed by Jazz Sunday starting  at 3pm.

Holiday Programming
12:06 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Memorial Day Broadcast Specials

9am: Backstory: Mission Accomplished - How Wars End
The declaration of "Mission Accomplished" in Iraq was famously premature. But have America's other wars had neat or definitive endings?  In this episode, BackStory looks at prominent conflicts of the last three centuries, and explores what it takes to end a war -- both in legal terms, and in the popular imagination.

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Saturday Programming Special
11:41 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Jackie Robinson Radio Special, May 18 @ 3pm

Marchbanks under Jackie Robinson banner at Pasadena City College (April 2013)

WCBE was a fan of American sports and civil rights hero, Jackie Robinson,  before being one was "cool."

Back in early winter 2007, WCBE music history reporter Jack Marchbanks researched, wrote and produced a retrospective on Jackie Robinson to note the 60th anniversary (April 15, 2007) of Robinson breaking the "color barrier" in major league baseball.

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Station Event
8:18 am
Wed May 15, 2013

WCBE Yard Sale, June 1st, 2013 @8am

The WCBE Yard Sale will take place on Saturday, June 1st starting at 8am in front of our studios at the Fort Hayes Campus, located at 540 Jack Gibbs Blvd in Columbus. You can donate Goodwill acceptble items beforehand for the sale from May 27th through May 31st. All proceeds benefit WCBE! Any items not sold at our yard sale will be given to Goodwill. Don't forget to mark your calendar! See you there!

Need directions?

Saturday Programming Special
10:18 am
Fri May 10, 2013

America Abroad Radio: Religious Minorities in the Middle East

Coming up this Saturday afternoon at 3pm on America Abroad, it's an update of a previous program. While largely Muslim today, the Middle East is also the birthplace of Christianity, Judaism, and other religions. They're in the minority, along with many Muslim sects. With the rise of Islamist political parties, what rights and protections can minority religious groups expect? We'll look at the Alawites of Syria, Jewish life in Tunisia, Christians and Baha'is in Egypt, and more this Saturday, May 11th at 3pm, on 90.5 FM, WCBE Columbus!

Live Cinema Event
3:49 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! Live Cinema Event


It's Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! like you've never seen it before! Because, well, normally you can't see it -- it's a radio show.

Watch the TRAILER here.

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Saturday Documentary Special
11:21 am
Fri March 1, 2013

Life in 2030 - March 2, 2013 @ 3pm on 90.5 FM

Coming up this Saturday, March 2nd at 3pm, it's "Life in 2030": Robots that fight fires, cars that drive themselves, clothes that prevent illness—are they the stuff of science fiction? Or are they more likely than we think? “Life in 2030,” a one-hour special from the radio series Engineers of the New Millennium, explores the latest discoveries to give listeners an idea of how technology will shape our lives in the not-too-distant future. 

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11:02 am
Wed February 20, 2013

America Abroad Radio Special: Obama's Foreign Policy Challenges

AP, Carolyn Kaster

Coming up on the next America Abroad: From unrest in the Middle East, to a rising China, to Europe's economic woes, the next Obama administration will face a series of foreign policy challenges. As President Obama's second term gets underway, we'll examine the major foreign policy issues on his plate.

Tune in for this edition of America Abroad this Saturday, February 23rd, on 90.5 FM WCBE FM and HD Columbus, 106.3 FM Newark!

Broadcast Bits
1:08 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

New Newark Signal Announced - 106.3 FM!

We're back in Newark!  After years of searching, researching, and wrangling, WCBE is on the air in the Newark/Granville area once again.  Our return required a frequency move:  we're now broadcasting there at 106.3 FM.

The geography of the area blocks our main frequency of 90.5 FM.  When we had to power down several years ago due to interference with a new rock station in Columbus, listeners in that "blacked-out" region could no longer tune in to our dulcet tones and tunes.  We're persistent broadcast buggers, though, and we've kept working at the issue ever since.

Saturday Documentary Special
1:37 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

The Blue Note Sound, Saturday, February 15th at 3p.m.

Various jazz musicians on the Blue Note record label.

Coming up this Saturday afternoon at 3 o'clock, it's The Blue Note Sound! It's our third special for African-American history month. The Blue Note record label attracted many of the true giants in jazz, bringing African-American artists into the attention of the mainstream, changing the direction of jazz forever.

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Saturday Documentary Special
11:43 am
Tue February 5, 2013

Maya Angelou's Black History Month Special

Maya Angelou

Join us this Saturday, February 9th, at 3pm for this hour-long Black History Month radio program. This special features milestone conversations with Maya Angelou and lauded African Americans who tell the stories of a culture through the entertainment industry, award-winning music, opportunities for philanthropy and the pursuit of peace. Join a Grammy, Emmy, Academy Award, Golden Globe and Nobel Prize winning group of voices with the poetic, historical commentary of Maya Angelou. Guests include:

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1:59 pm
Sat January 12, 2013

Fred Armisen imitating Ira Glass on Saturday Night Live SNL

Coming up this Monday, Saturday Night Live's Fred Armisen co-hosts with Ira Glass as This American Life explores cases of doppelgangers, doubles, evil twins and not-so-evil twins. Tune in for This American Life Monday night at 7pm, on 90.5 FM!

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Saturday Documentary Special
10:52 am
Tue January 8, 2013

American RadioWorks: Keyboard College, Saturday at 3pm

Credit / American RadioWorks

Coming up this Saturday afternoon at 3pm on WCBE, it's American RadioWorks: Keyboard College. Digital technologies and the Internet are changing how many Americans go to college. From online learning to simulation programs to smart-machine mentors, the 21st-century student will be taught in fundamentally new ways. On the next edition of American RadioWorks, Stephen Smith asks whether these innovations can help more people get access to higher education and bring down the cost of college without sacrificing learning. Tune in January 12th at 3pm on 90.5 FM to hear more!

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10:10 am
Fri January 4, 2013

American RadioWorks: The Rise of Phoenix

Credit / American RadioWorks

Coming up this Saturday afternoon at 3pm on  American RadioWorks, correspondent Emily Hanford examines the history and influence of the University of Phoenix, one of the nation's largest colleges, and explores how Phoenix and other for-profits are shaping the future of education. For-profit colleges have deep roots in American history, but until recently they were a tiny part of the higher education landscape. Now they are big players. More than one in 10 college students attends a for-profit.

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Broadcast Bits
8:07 pm
Mon December 31, 2012

New Year's Program Schedule on WCBE!

9pm New Year's Eve -  Toast of the Nation:  Host Rhonda Hamilton brings us music from coast to coast this New Years Eve on Toast of the Nation! With John Scofield in Boston, Wynton Marsalis in New York, Dee Alexander in Chicago and from California: Gordon Goodwins Big Phat Band. Say 'Hello 2013' with Toast of the Nation, a mixture of live and historic performances  starting at 9pm on December 31st lasting until 5am on New Year's Day on 90.5 FM!

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6:00 pm
Mon December 31, 2012

Toast of The Nation Live on New Year's Eve on WCBE 90.5 FM!

Credit via / NPR

Host Rhonda Hamilton brings us music from coast to coast this New Years Eve on Toast of the Nation! With John Scofield in Boston, Wynton Marsalis in New York, Dee Alexander in Chicago and from California: Gordon Goodwins Big Phat Band. Say 'Hello 2013' with Toast of the Nation, a mixture of live and historic performances  starting at 9pm on December 31st lasting until 5am on New Year's Day on 90.5 FM!

Here's a taste of the lineup:

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Broadcast Bits
12:33 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

Thanksgiving Day Programming Schedule

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Here's the rundown for the day, with programs that are sure to intrigue your mind, get your fingers snappin', and assist you in the kitchen with your  turkey day preparations!Thanks for listening - and a very Happy Thanksgiving to all of our listeners from the staff here at WCBE!

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1:31 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

BBC-5 Live Simulcast & Call In Tonight Until 11pm

BBC World Service

BBC presenter Rhod Sharp will broadcast his BBC-5 overnight talk-show LIVE from WCBE this Monday night. Listeners from both here and abroad will have a chance to call in and talk about everything from jobs, to health care, and the economy. We'll simulcast with his listeners across the pond from 9pm - 11pm election eve, November 5th.

Please visit our Facebook page for more information!

*Programming Note - The simulcast has been extended by an hour (originally 9pm-10pm).

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10:42 am
Sat September 15, 2012

106.7 FM Signal Powered Down

Hello, listeners!

Due to recent developments, WCBE will no longer be broadcasting at our former 106.7 FM, Newark signal. At this time, we are trying to acquire another frequency in this area. By mid-October,  we hope to hear whether or not our licenses both in Newark and Columbus are renewed.