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About LCC Radio 89.7-WLNZ, Your Community Station
Thank you for listening to LCC Radio, 89.7FM-WLNZ. WLNZ officially started broadcasting on an open frequency February 11, 1994. We are non-profit, community supported radio station licensed through Lansing Community College. You can become members of the station by making a pledge of support! LCC Radio is operated and programmed by a small staff of students and community volunteers who love music! Our goal with music programming is to provide a wide and varied style that reflects the diverse tastes of the Mid-Michigan community. As a result, you'll find a range of programs that include genres like folk, jazz, blues, world, rock, country, hip hop, pop...and a whole lot more! Plus you'll hear a number of unsigned and independent artists from our own local music scene incorporated throughout our regular programming. Click on our "Complete Broadcast Schedule" above for details of our shows and air times.
89.7 AAA MusicBack to Top
LCC Radio's AAA [Album Adult Alternative] music is for people who enjoy a wide range of musical styles from the 60's through today. Our goal is to make no distinction between what is "popular", "B-sides", or "unknown" cuts; if we feel it fits...we play it! With alternative and Americana set as the focal point, we blend in a number of genres from folk, indie, world, roots, country, singer-songwriter, blues, rock, R&B, jazz (and well beyond). As a part of our commitment to supporting local music, mixed in our AAA format you'll also hear a number of musicians (signed and unsigned) from the Michigan music scene.
Acoustic CaféBack to Top
It’s hard to put a definitive label on Acoustic Café’s music selections. After all, a good song is a good song…any individual set of music could contain a bit of country, rock, blues, folk, or pop. Hosted by Rob Reinhart, the show was launched in the early 90s during the surge of “unplugged” music sessions that artists were producing. From classic songwriters like Dylan, Mitchell, Young, Cash, Browne to contemporary artists like David Wilcox, Shawn Colvin, John Gorka, and the Indigo Girls, Acoustic Café covers a little bit of everything. Rob produces his weekly program from Ann Arbor, so WLNZ is proud to feature this great show as a part of our Michigan and local based programming on Fridays.
ANGSTBack to Top
The word angst is defined as “a feeling of dread or deep anxiety” but it takes on a whole new meaning Wednesday nights when LCC Radio’s Brendan Hamilton fires up ANGST! Brendan describes his unique show as “an energetic, raw, and awesome adventure with a little angst”. And every awesome adventure includes a range of artists from Dinosaur Jr., Velvet Underground, Radiohead, Son House and more. ANGST covers the ground of punk rock, grunge, experimental rock, blues, local artists, alternative rock and whatever else ROCKS! Replace your angst with ANGST on LCC Radio!
The AppetizerBack to Top
The Appetizer offers a good helping of AAA music each week on 89.7HD-1. Initially, the program began as a side project for host, D Grant Smith while attending college. At the time, he also worked at a local public radio station and decided to create a show with the goal of mixing a larger variety of styles and genres into the program. Over the years the program has covered styles of music from jazz, alternative rock, blues, folk, singer-songwriters to R&B and more. The Appetizer has also worked to connect listeners to emerging artists including Lindsay Katt, The Rocketboys, The Light Parade, Aryn Michelle, William Fitzsimmons, Flatfoot 56, Matt Morris, Citizen Cope, Rosi Golan and more. Smith often showcases taped conversations and exclusive sessions as a part of The Appetizer. The show originates from Abilene, Texas but blends well here in Michigan as a part of WLNZ’s AAA programming.
Art of the SongBack to Top
Art of the Song is a one-hour public radio program that explores universal truths common to all creative expression - whether it be music, writing, visual arts, or just living your life as a work of art. We all have a song to sing. John Dillon and Viv Nesbitt explore the creativity of music every week on Art of Song. John describes the intent of Art of the Song as, "...expressing our creativity and thus our spiritual nature, we as individuals connect with the world at large and the greater consciousness of the universe. Through music and discussion about songwriting and the creative process, we have subtly and repeatedly delivered the message that we are all creative and that it is not only possible, but imperative that each and all of us express our creative voices.”
Big Band SwingBack to Top
Every week, Jim Stone takes WLNZ listeners on a two hour journey back in time where "Swing Is King" and Big Band means BIG BAND -- with Big Band Swing. As a huge fan of swing music, Jim has archived 1000s of exclusive interviews, live recordings, and nostalgic radio and television moments. He shares this expansive collection alongside classic swing cuts and artists from the neo-swing movement. From Benny Goodman, Glenn Miller, Woody Herman, Count Basie, Louis Prima to Keely Smith, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald on over to Brian Setzer, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy -- if it swings, it's on Big Band Swing!
The Blues BeatBack to Top
The simplicity of blues music with its three-chord progressions and simple structures will never undermine the degree of traditionalism and personal expression at its core. Although, the blues has remained the same since its inception, most forms of blues are open to endless improvisations, lyrically and musically. Every weeknight from 10p to Midnight, LCC Radio rolls out The Blues Beat with a mix of classics and contemporary favorites. We feature a variety of blues music styles while adding a little Michigan spin to it by adding in local music and some flavor from Motown.
Blues Before SunriseBack to Top
Steve Cushing's long-running radio program Blues Before Sunrise on WLNZ takes listeners back to the origins of the great American genre known as the blues. His nationally syndicated and award-winning program focuses on vintage blues and R&B from a historical perspective. For decades, Steve has served as anchor of WBEZ's nationwide broadcast of the Chicago Blues Festival, performs frequently as a drummer, and has produced several recordings by Magic Slim, Lurrie Bell, and Smokey Smothers. As both an observer and performer, his involvement in the Chicago blues scene gives listeners the chance to experience the behind-the-scenes world in the formative years of recorded blues and introduces them to the careers of lesser-known but greatly influential blues performers. Blues Before Sunrise is the blues heritage showcase!
Bluegrass ReviewBack to Top
Each week on 89.7, Phil Nusbaum hosts the Bluegrass Review. He features classics artists as well as the current wave and offers his commentary on style, lyrics or other musical features that link the songs together. He also brilliantly threads a narrative throughout any given broadcast, so that there is plenty of variety. Truth is, Phil lives and breathes bluegrass music. Beyond being a well seasoned on-air broadcaster, he has contributed pieces to NPR, taught and lectured on bluegrass music, and plays the banjo in several groups including the Urban Renewal Bluegrass, which won a Minnesota Music Academy award. Phil also holds a PH.D. in Folklore from Indiana University and has authored several articles about bluegrass music. If you want to know bluegrass music, then Bluegrass Review is the place to be.
BlueROCKBack to Top
Its been said that "without the blues there would be no rock", but what happens when the blues and rock 'n' roll come together? That's what BlueROCK is about..what happens when the two mix, meet, and mingle together. Each week Daedalian Lowry rolls out blues infused rock along with blues cuts that rock out a bit harder. Sometimes its the blues covering rock n' roll and more often, rock n' roll covering the blues - whatever connection can be made between the two is Daedalian's excuse to spin the tune on BlueROCK. Most any night during BlueROCK, you'll hear a range of artistts from Led Zeppelin, Bo Diddley, Foghat, Steve Miller, Luther Allison, Muddy Waters, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Lil' Ed & the Blues Imperials and Larry McCray.
the years, the hosts of The Coffee Break have changed
from time to time and the overall vision has expanded,
but the mission remains the same; to provide a platform
for the community of Lansing to "get the word out". LCC
Radio's daily morning show has grown to include over 100
nonprofit organizations from the Mid-Michigan region
that make regular appearances on the program. On any
given day, you can hear from breadth of community
members such as authors, artists, musicians, teachers,
community leaders, and politicians. The Coffee Break is
currently co-hosted by Jack Robbins and Karen Love (with
occasional guest hosts). Jack and Karen are both
veterans of the Lansing media as well as long time
residents of Mid-Michigan. Find our
and more info at the
COFFEE BREAK WEBPAGE.
To be a guest on The Coffee Break Show:
Coffee Break Producer
E TownBack to Top
eTown is an exciting weekly radio broadcast originating from Boulder, Colorado and heard from coast to coast. Every program is taped in front of a live audience and features performances from many of today's top musical artists as well as conversations and information about the world around us. Beyond musicians, eTown features a variety of guests including authors, environmental activists, and community volunteer organizers. Tune in and find out how eTown builds community through music.
EclecticanaBack to Top
Host Jen Sygit features a variety of local and regional musicians - the stories behind the artists, heads up on new albums - and information on local festivals and concerts.
Grand River Studio SessionsBack to Top
It was 2005 when WLNZ began its popular Grand River Radio music series showcasing talented musicians from the Great Lakes region. The concept began as a monthly concert held at unique venues around Lansing. Then LCC Radio reinvented the concept in 2008 as a weekly acoustic show and live broadcast. Starting October We continue the celebration of Great Lakes music with a revamped concept, the Grand River Studio Sessions, a LCC Radio and LCC-TV simulcast experience. The goal: create an atmosphere that gives our listeners and viewers the feel of what it would be like to have an artist recording a demo right in their living room. Stories, interviews, and performance are all a part of the GRSS.
Grand River Radio ReplayBack to Top
WLNZ does a little reminiscing and remembering with replays of our long running concert series, Grand River Radio. From the regular monthly concerts at the Creole Gallery and Woldumar Nature Center to the weekly shows at Lansing City Market and (the current) Sir Pizza Grand Cafe in Old Town, we've had some fabulous Michigan talent perform including Joel Mabus, Steppin' In It, The Ragbirds, Kitty Donohoe, Jamie-Sue Seal, Twyla Birdsong, Matt Gabriel, Root Doctor, Keri Lynch...really, the list goes on and on. You can listen to them all again on the Grand River Radio Replay!
Lansing Loud & LocalBack to Top
Find out who's hittin' the Mitten with Lansing Loud & Local. Johnny Kay gives a weekly rundown of who's playing around town and across the state with Lansing Loud & Local. National and local bands roll through the Capital City all the time and you can get the 411 on shows produced by area music preservation groups like the Ten Pound Fiddle and the Great Lakes Collective, or local venues like The Avenue Cafe, The Loft, and the Green Door. He'll also give you a head ups when it's time to hit the M897 highway and make your way to D-town, GR, or over the bridge.
Lansing Online News RadioBack to Top
Lansing Online News partners with LCC Radio to bring its unique brand of citizen journalism to the Lansing-area radio listening audience. Issues include everything from concerns about the environment to bullying to tips on growing your own food. Co-publishers Bonnie Bucqueroux & Bill Castanie.
Latin RhythmsBack to Top
mix of salsa, meringue, jazz, and Latin pop from all
over the world along with the current news from Maria
Hinojosa of Latino USA.
Local Lunch HourBack to Top
LCC Radio plays more local music than anyone else in Lansing. We incorporate local artists in our AAA format, during the Blues Beat and in several of our other progams; plus every weekday we bring listeners, The Local Lunch Hour. It's an hour of music dedicated to promoting the music of Michigan from local scenes around The Great Lakes State. From Detroit to the Capital City, over to G.R. and across the the bridge to da U.P., we play signed and unsigned artists, past and present, local to international. And as with Michigan's musical diversity, you'll hear a range of genres from AAA, folk, blues, jazz, rock, pop. And of course we cap finish up every week on Friday with our Grand River Radio Diner concert.
No need for a suit and tie at this ball! The Metal Ball is a two hour suaree of high-octane, hard hittin' rock n' roll. During the first hour, Daedalian kicks out classic cuts of metal and rock all the way back to the late 60s up to today. From classic rock to thrash metal and hip-rock, the Metal Ball touches base on every avenue. Then at 2 a.m., it's the all New Rock Hour with every tune aged no more than year. Metal invitees include: Metallica, Anthrax, Megadeth, Slayer, Motley Crue, Iron Maiden, Stone Sour, Avenged Sevenfold, Halestorm, Disturbed...and anybody else with a screaming guitar!
Midnight SpecialBack to Top
Midnight Special is the world's weekly aberration of
folk music and farce, show tunes and satire, madness and
escape. Every week on WLNZ, Rich Warren broadcasts this
nationally syndicated program from Chicago. This program
is original, offbeat, fun, and thought provoking;
featuring a mix of traditional and contemporary folk
performers, avant-garde singer-songwriters comedians and
Here are some of the artists featured on The Midnight Special: Cheryl Wheeler, Pete Seeger, Christine Lavin, Woody Guthrie, John Gorka, Ani DiFranco, Tom Paxton, Jean Redpath, Bob Newhart, Robin & Linda Williams, Mike Nichols & Elaine May, Odetta, Carrie Newcomer, Big Bill Broonzy, and Susan Werner.
Natty Dreadlock Rock ShowBack to Top
Reggae and Rasta Beats, R&B, Latin and Merenge… the award winning Rootsmon Bird has been bringing a multitude of styles to the Natty Dreadlock Rock show for over a decade.
Putumayo World Music HourBack to Top
Putumayo World Music was established in 1993 to introduce people to the music of the world’s cultures. The label grew out of the Putumayo clothing company, founded by Dan Storper. Co-founder Michael Kraus joined Storper to help launch Putumayo World Music. In the past eighteen years, the record label has become known primarily for its upbeat and melodic compilations of great international music characterized by the company’s motto: “guaranteed to make you feel good! WLNZ is pleased present the Putumayo World Music Hour as a part of our weekly lineup.
Roots and BranchesBack to Top
Jim Hall hosts an hour of music dedicated to exploring the full spectrum of folk, roots, and americana music. Everything from the Carter Family, Roscoe Holcomb, Bill Monroe and Pete Seeger to Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan, Bela Fleck and Bruce Springsteen, as well as lots of local musicians and lesser known folks from around the country and various ethnic traditions and genres. email Jim at email@example.com
Saturday Night with Mark BBack to Top
February 11, 1994 was the night that 89.7 signed on as a full-fledged, official broadcast station and at master control was Mark Buzzitta, a.k.a. Mark B! Saturday Night with Mark B is one of LCC Radio’s longest running programs. The show’s producer and host, Mark B was even spinning tunes for the station back when it was a low power FM available only on Lansing Community College’s campus. Each week he plays a wide variety of music from the 70s, 80s & 90s. Each show focuses on a different theme like “70s Dance Hits,” “80s Movie Music” or “Rock of the 90s”. Mark also incorporates live trivia during the show on his Facebook page so you can play and listen at the same time. Grab your bellbottoms, diamond studded glove, and a flannel shirt...not all together, that'd be bad fashion sense...and join the party every Saturday night!
Sing Out! Radio MagazineBack to Top
The Sing Out! Radio Magazine is a weekly, hour-long “magazine format” program on 89.7FM. The show originates from long running quarterly folk music magazine toting the same name. Hosted by Tom Druckenmiller, this program features interviews with members of the folk community alongside “live” and recorded music. Listeners are engaged in a wide range of traditional and contemporary styles that fit under the umbrella of Sing Out!’s definition of folk music: Blues, bluegrass, old-time, Celtic, singer-songwriter, world music, Cajun,and much, much more. There is simply no other music magazine that comes with closer ties to the spirit of the folk community, or with as rich and deep a history, connection and understanding of what makes folk music.
So Much More: Michigan Arts & CultureBack to Top
So Much More! with Melissa Kaplan and Chad Badgero focuses on the rich and diverse culture and arts of Michigan. From performing arts to the visual arts and everything in between, Melissa and Chad talk with members of the Michigan arts scene about creative process, behind the scene perspective, and the influences of Michigan as a whole. Melissa Kaplan is the Coordinator of Fine and Performing Arts at Lansing Community College and Chad Badgero is the Arts Education Program Manager for the Michigan Council on Arts and Cultural Agencies and Artistic Director of the Peppermint Creek Theatre Company.
Sunday JazzBack to Top
Since the beginning, jazz has always been a part of WLNZ. It is a unique genre that has developed and spread around the world since its early American beginnings, drawn on many different national, regional and local musical cultures, giving rise to many distinctive styles. Ease back every Sunday as we bring music by the masters alongside the musicians of today. Jazz lovers will also want to check out Vinyl Side of Midnight and Big Band Swing.
12th Street JumpBack to Top
Where Count Basie tickled the ivories at the Reno Club and Big Joe Turner shouted the blues. Where cats like Lester Young, Mary Lou Williams, Buster Smith and the Bird lit up a strip of clubs, juke joints, and honky-tonks with their brand new sound. 12th Street Jump brings back that great era of Kansas City jazz with their weekly jazz, blues and comedy jam. Hosts Pearl McDonald and Pete Weber, musical director Joe Cartwright, vocalists David Basse and Nedra Dixon, bassist Tyrone Clark and drummer Mike Warren and some very special guests are heard weekly on 89.7-WLNZ!
Urban Groove - Starting September 21st at 1a.m.Back to Top
September 20th if you want to think of it as Saturday
night! Technically though, it gets started Sunday
morning (21st) , Solo drops the beats on Lansing with
the Urban Groove. With a primary focus on Hip Hop, Urban
Groove blends in some R&B and a touch of Electronica
into every mix. As you might expect from any LCC Radio
original program, the Urban Groove rolls out deep cuts
and underground artists that you won't hear anywhere
else alongside your well known favorites. From classics
to contemporary, get into the Urban Groove.
Sundays at 1 a.m.
Vintage VinylBack to Top
Join Jack Robbins Tuesday nights at 9 for a step back in time to the 60's & 70's vinyl classics.
This is a jazz show for and by the jazz fan...the Vinyl Side of Midnight. The show's host, Mike Stratton has been a volunteer and a part of the WLNZ team for over a decade. His dedication to the program has garnished him an international following and national syndication. Cool jazz, bop jazz, avant-garde; Mike mixes in a little bit of everything including interviews and music from the local scene.
Women in MusicBack to Top
Laney Women in Music with Laney Goodman is a weekly, one-hour radio series with an eclectic mix of the best music from female artists around the world. With over 25 years’ experience in radio,Laney is a seasoned broadcasting professional. She has hosted such diverse shows as The Women’s Music Hour, Roots of Jazz, After Dark and Sleepy Hollow. With an abundant knowledge of a variety of musical genres, as well as personal friendships with many musicians, Laney has created a distinctive environment on the airwaves with a style all her own. LCC Radio is happy to present Laney’s national recognized showcase of women musicians as a part of our weekly lineup. Women in Music offers a deep mix of musical genres from folk to world to jazz and well beyond.
Woodsongs Old Time Radio HourBack to Top
The WoodSongs Old Time Radio Hour is hosted by folk singer Michael Johnathon and features a wide range of performers from bluegrass, grassroots, Americana, Celtic, country, pop, blues and acoustic rock. Every week Michael produces this unique program from the historic Lyric Theatre in Lexington, Kentucky before a live audience. Since its inception, the show has gone from its humble roots in Lexington to a worldwide audience of over one million listeners. Guests have included Michael Martin Murphy, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Otis Taylor, and Lansing’s own Steppin’ In It!