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Soundtap Madness - Help Us Win!

We need your help!  Sign in with your facebook stuff at and click on WCBN to stream.

The contest is to see how many listeners we can get using the stream.  Soundtap is totally not-for-profit (not even ads on their page!) and there seems to be no apparent gain for them from this aside from publicity.

We crushed WMBR, but now Rutgers' The Core are giving us a fight.  Wayne State will be tough, if we get to them.

Remember - you have to be signed in for your time to count!

This Just In: WMBR Is Dumb

We are head to head against WMBR in Soundtap Madness, a March Madness style thing or something.

We won't be taken down by those dorks!  If you listen online, you can do that at soundtap, but, actually, we don't really care that much about winning the contest.

All we care about is giving college radio the all out war it's always wanted.  What better place to start than between Ann Arbor and Boston.  

They might have Aerosmith, but we have Iggy Pop.  They might have the New Kids on the Block, but we have Robert Ashley.


The Hentchmen with Kelly Jean Caldwell (Presented by WCBN and METAL, Sponsored by Ann Arbor State Bank)

Sat, 05/10/2014 - 7:00pm

WCBN and METAL present The Hentchmen and Kelly Jean Caldwell. 

Thanks in part to Ann Arbor State Bank, this show is free!

UMMA Student Late Night Sponsored by WCBN

Thu, 04/10/2014 - 8:00pm - 11:00pm

Organized by UM students for UM students, the 5th annual Student Late Night event at UMMA will be a fun-filled, late-night creative explosion. LOVE ART MORE will feature hands-on art making activities, original performances, swinging sounds courtesy of WCBN DJs, a photo booth, free food, and more. This is sure to be an arty extravaganza you won't want to miss! 

For the makers and doers - LOVE ART MORE is also a larger participatory project which invites UM students to explore, animate and broaden their relationship to art and to UMMA - in other words, to get creative! Visit our website for the list of things to make and do. Everyone is invited to get involved!

Hosted by the UMMA Student Programming and Advisory Council, cosponsored by Arts at Michigan and WCBN.

WCBN FREE Night at the Movies: We Jam Econo

Tue, 04/08/2014 - 9:00pm

This 2005 film features interviews and archival concert footage telling the story of the influential 1980s San Pedro, California, punk rock band The Minutemen.

Sun Ra 100th Birthday Concert

WCBN 88.3FM Ann Arbor and SEMJA Present Planet D Nonet: Sun Ra 100th Birthday Concert

Thanks to Jerusalem Garden for providing the band with food!

Friday, April 4, 7 – 10 pm

In honor of jazz legend Sun Ra’s 100th Birthday and Jazz Appreciation Month, WCBN presents an evening of space jazz at UMMA featuring award-winning Detroit band Planet D Nonet. Founded by drummer RJ Spangler & trumpeter James O’Donnell, two eastside Detroit based musicians who’ve been playing together for over 30 years. The Nonet features players from such venerated groups as the Sun Messengers, Bon Ton Roule' and Johnnie Bassett & the Blues Insurgents as well as some talented young veterans. This phenomenal group can transition from scene to scene, playing the classic swing music of Ellington & Strayhorn, Fletcher Henderson, Count Basie & Benny Carter as well as more modern jazz by Sun Ra and Pharoah Saunders, and always with a Detroit twist and an eye toward turning people on to jazz music.

This event is co-sponsored by UMMA and the Southeast Michigan Jazz Association (SEMJA).

We Made It!


That was a long day, huh?  What began as a harmless April Fools joke brought together our community of listeners like nothing we've seen in a long time.  Even our most successful fundraiser in history back in February didn't see the level of interaction this brought on.

It's impossible for us to say how much we love you, our listeners.  The fact that our format change elicited such violent reactions from some of you is a testament to what the WCBN community of listeners and volunteers has made the station.

While we won't be changing formats to New Adult Contemporary Smooth Jazz Variety Top 40, we can rest assured if we ever do, we have the DJs for the job!  Tyler, Marvin, Reid, Moomeyman, Pan, Brian, Del, Liz, and Greg did an incredible job today.  And we know if we're ever picking teams for the All Integrity Pro Bowl, Rob will be the first guy picked.

Music is a funny thing.  We love all of it, and we'll continue to give you the weirdest, wildest, and, of course, smoothest mix of tunes we can.

Thanks to the hundreds of people who called in, emailed, Facebooked, Twittered, and otherwise sent us nasty or just confused thoughts today!

See you at the Sun Ra event Friday at UMMA!

Still not too late to fill out our Smooth Jazz survey!


- WCBN Exec Staff

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