In honor of Black History Month, WJFF Radio Catskill is showcasing the contributions and achievements of Black individuals with special programming and interviews. Join us in celebrating and recognizing the impact of Black history.

Tuesday Nights at 7 – Black History Month on Music Emporium

Kusar Grace continues the annual tradition of honoring Black History Month on Music Emporium with stories, profiles of different historical figures, and his one-of-a-kind mix of jazz, soul, rock, and R&B music. Every Tuesday night in February.


Sunday, FEB 12 – 8pm – Oliver King’s Frederick Douglass on Sunday Stage

Hear Douglass tell his story in his own words. Actor Oliver King curates and performs excerpts from Frederick Douglass’ Autobiography, focusing on his enslavement and his fight for freedom.


Tuesday, FEB 14 – 10am – Earnest Struggle: Frederick’s Violin

We celebrate Frederick Douglass on his birthday by looking at Douglass the musician. How did he learn to play the violin while still a fugitive? Why did he enjoy songs associated with blackface and minstrelsy? Produced at WXIR in Douglass’ adopted hometown Rochester, NY.


Thursday, FEB 16 – 10am – A Celebration of Black Composers

Something Old Something New host Kit brings you two hours of classical music composed by a wide range of black composers from around the world and down the centuries.


Friday, Feb. 24 – 10am – Duke Ellington’s Black, Brown, & Beige

In 1943, Duke Ellington debuted a musical portrayal of the African-American experience at Carnegie Hall. This feature includes recordings of that performance and when Ellington revisited the piece in later years. Plus, interviews with Wynton Marsalis, Ellington’s biographer, and Duke Ellington himself.


Friday, Feb. 24 – 11am – Langston Hughes: I Too Sing America

Iconic Author Langston Hughes was also a music lover who collaborated with composers and musicians. This special dives into the songs, cantatas, musicals, and librettos he wrote. Hosted by Terrance McKnight. From WQXR.


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