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March 8th: Steve Kirby Guitarist, composer, educator Steven Kirby is known for performing exciting, melodic, lyrical, and expressive jazz, as well as being active in other contemporary styles. He has appeared on multiple recordings, including three as a leader: “Point Of Balance” and “North Light”  with Challenge Records and “Illuminations” with WCS records. “Illuminations” was Downbeat […]

August 19th, 2022 @ 6:30 PMDowntown Worcester, Behind The Hanover Theatre for Performing Arts. Grace Kelly announces “Good To See You Again” Tour of her new album starting in New England on August 19. The Hanover Theatre & Conservatory and 90.5 WICN Public Radio, in collaboration with Downtown Worcester Business Improvement District, are pleased to present Jazz […]

Wednesdays at Noon, May 4th & 11th, June 8th & 15thFree Admission Mechanics Hall321 Main Street, Worcester, MA, 01608; 508-752-5608Broadcast live on WICN 90.5 FM and streaming at For over 35 years, Mechanics Hall and WICN have been proud to provide quality live performances free to the general public! Every concert begins at noon […]

New England Conservatory in Boston is recognized as one of the top music schools in the country, and at the forefront of leadership in educating and training musicians of all ages from around the world. NEC’s music students represent more than 40 countries, and per its mission statement, it “cultivates a diverse, dynamic community for […]

On November 26, 2021, WICN Public Radio, licensee of 90.5FM, Worcester, Massachusetts, filed an application with the Federal Communications Commission for the renewal of its broadcast license. Members of the public wishing to view this application or obtain information about how to file comments and petitions on the application can visit

What brought you to hosting a show on WICN? Why do you love being on the air? In 2004, I was doing a WICN Brown Bag Lunch concert at Mechanics Hall with my band, Evil Gal. GM Brian Barlow and I were standing onstage talking about the late Mai Cramer (beloved blues show host on […]

1) What brought you to hosting a show on WICN? Why do you love being on the air? For example, were you a regular listener and/or member? Did you have a background in radio previously?  I discovered WICN in 1999 on my way home from my “day job” (more on that in question 4) in […]

Liz Fay Correspondent for Worcester Magazine At his HHiL recording studio, Dante Babb has had a front-row seat to both the talent and ambition of Worcester’s music community.  As the owner and chief audio engineer at HHiL, Babb is a popular go-to among current artists, particularly for creatives coming up in the hip-hop and pop genres. As […]

What brought you to hosting a show on WICN? Why do you love being on the air?I moved into Worcester proper in the summer of 2007. I had been listening to The Folk Revival on WICN on and off—I love folk music and I was working on a book about folk music. I had known […]