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A Day to Remember

Brief Program – Weekdays: 8 am and 5 pm

A Day To Remember is a daily journey into the treasures of history, great and small.

Researched, written, and hosted by longtime KUCO broadcaster and award-winning novelist Kent Anderson, A Day to Remember covers a wide range of topics, ranging from ancient history to the 21st century: battles and elections, inventions and adventures, art and culture, science and spirit.


Afternoons with Kent Anderson

Weekdays: 3 pm and 6 pm

Afternoons with Kent Anderson, weekdays from 3 pm to 6 pm, bring you a seasoned broadcaster with over 45 years of radio experience. Kent Anderson, a local Oklahoman and award-winning author of six novels, has spent 35 of those years at Classical KUCO, where he serves as the Music and Traffic Director. He is also the creative mind behind the daily feature “A Day To Remember” and your trusted host during your drive home. Join Kent for a delightful blend of classical tunes, engaging traffic updates, and insightful anecdotes, making your afternoon drive a musical journey.


A Joyful Noise

Sundays: 9 am

Enjoy your Sunday mornings with a balm for your spirit. A Joyful Noise explores the vast choral tradition that has soothed souls and fed spirits for centuries. Each week, Brian Lauritzen brings you works spanning a millennium, from Gregorian chant to pieces written in our own time, and plenty in between.


The Chicago Symphony

Tuesdays: 7 pm

The Chicago Symphony showcases a diverse repertoire of orchestral works, complemented by performances from esteemed soloists and guest conductors. With Lisa Simeone as the host, the program offers dynamic and innovative commentary, providing listeners with an insider’s perspective into the captivating world of music.


Classical Guitar Alive

Saturdays: 8 am
Sundays: 8 pm

Classical Guitar Alive! features great music and fascinating interviews with many of the world’s leading guitar performers and composers. Join host Tony Morris for an unabashedly enthusiastic and fast-paced romp through a vast repertoire of music ranging from Medieval through present-day solo, chamber, and orchestral music with guitar.


CMS of Lincoln Center

Sundays: 11 am

CMS of Lincoln Center showcases exceptional live performances from New York’s Alice Tully Hall, featuring commentary by Elliott Forrest and CMS cellist and Artistic Director David Finckel. The Chamber Music Society captivates audiences with its concerts, making it the leading organization in drawing people to chamber music.


Collectors’ Corner

Sundays: 5 pm

Collectors’ Corner uncovers timeless music that shaped the world. Host Henry Fogel shares a curated selection from his personal record collection, built over years of exploring global record stores. From rare repertoire to captivating performances, Fogel presents true industry classics for a wider audience to enjoy.


Composers Datebook

Brief Program – Weekdays: 7 am and 4 pm

What do Chopin and Corelli have in common with Chick Corea and John Corigliano? Listen to Composers Datebook and find out!

Composers Datebook host John Birge provides a daily two-minute program designed to inform, engage, and entertain listeners with timely information about composers of the past and present. Each program notes significant or intriguing musical events involving composers of the past and present—with appropriate and accessible music related to each.


Concert Hall Classics

Weekdays: 9 pm weekdays

Concert Hall Classics, hosted by Curt Timmons, offers two hours of stunning music, presenting extended selections from the KUCO library. The program allows KUCO listeners to indulge in their favorite masterworks as well as discover more unusual offerings.



Sundays: 9 pm

Hosted by Frank Dominguez, Concierto is the pioneering classical music program for Latino listeners. This bilingual show offers a diverse blend of classical music in English and Spanish, featuring masterpieces by renowned composers from Spain and Latin America.


Dinner and a Movie

Saturdays: 5 pm

Join host Dave Carty for a weekly one hour show exploring music for movies, both recent and classic, by well known and not-so-well known composers.
Film music you remember … even if you’ve forgotten the film.


Early Music Now

Sundays: 10 am

Early Music Now presents a diverse range of music from the Middle Ages, Renaissance, and early Baroque, including medieval chant, Renaissance madrigals, dances, consort music, baroque cantatas, and keyboard pieces. Hosted by Sara Schneider, the show offers a captivating journey through seven centuries of music history with knowledge, charm, and passion.


The Engines of Our Ingenuity

Brief Program – Weekdays: 6 am and 3 pm

The Engines of Our Ingenuity tells the story of how our culture is formed by human creativity. From cable cars to Civil War submarines, from the connection between Romantic poets and Victorian science to the invention of the bar code, host John Lienhard reveals the way art, technology, and ideas have shaped us.


Exploring Music

Weekdays: 6 pm

Exploring Music is a captivating adventure through the world of classical music, led by guide Bill McGlaughlin. Each week, we explore a different theme and follow the music wherever it takes us, immersing ourselves in genres, music festivals, and classical themes.


Folk Alley Radio Show

Saturdays: 7 pm

Embark on a two-hour musical journey with Folk Alley Radio Show, hosted by Elena See. Explore the diverse realms of traditional folk, contemporary singer/songwriters, roots, blues, bluegrass, Americana, and Celtic music. Each week, experience an eclectic mix of handcrafted tunes, featuring both the latest voices and timeless classics in the folk scene.


Footlight Parade

Saturdays: 4 pm

Footlight Parade: Sounds of the American Musical offers a front-row experience to celebrate the magic of Broadway and Hollywood musicals, from early 20th-century classics to current hits by renowned composers. Hosted by Bill Rudman, this lively and fast-paced program shines a spotlight on captivating recordings that steal the show.


Hearts of Space

Fridays: 11 pm
Saturdays: 7 am

Hearts of Space began as Stephen Hill’s fascination with ambient and contemplative music and has grown into the most popular contemporary music program on public radio. It features a unique blend of ambient, electronic, world, new age, classical, and experimental music, making it a premier showcase for contemplative music worldwide.


Mid-Morning Recital

Thursdays: 9 am

Hosted by Curt Timmons, Midmorning Recital is a delightful show that brings you exceptional chamber music performances. With its enchanting melodies, it creates the perfect soundtrack for midmorning listening pleasure.


Mornings with Paul Nesper

Weekdays: 6 am – 9 am

Host Paul Nesper, a seasoned musician and arts educator, curates a seamless blend of the latest weather, traffic updates, and the finest classical music from 6 am to 9 am each weekday. With a friendly smile each weekday morning, Paul ensures that your internal weather stays sunny, even on cloudy days. Join “Mornings with Paul Nesper” as he sets the perfect tone for the day ahead.


Music and the Spoken Word: Tabernacle Choir

Sundays: 8 am – 8:30 am

Since 1929, Music and the Spoken Word has showcased the world-renowned talents of the Tabernacle Choir, serving as a beacon of peace, hope, and inspiration to audiences worldwide. Experience the choir’s unwavering commitment to musical excellence—a source of touching hearts and uplifting spirits each week.


New York Philharmonic This Week

Mondays: 7 pm

The New York Philharmonic This Week showcases recent performances and commercial recordings, accompanied by artist interviews and highlights from the NY Phil’s archives. Hosted by Alec Baldwin, this nationally acclaimed program has received numerous awards and enlightens millions of listeners annually.


Opera: The Metropolitan Opera

Saturdays: Noon

KUCO is proud to carry The Metropolitan Opera Saturday matinee broadcasts each season. The Met is the longest-running continuous classical music program in radio history. Listeners can hear thrilling performances by today’s most celebrated artists as well as legendary singers from the company’s past.

All broadcasts of The Metropolitan Opera are broadcast at 12 p.m. (noon) Central Time.


Opera: The WFMT Opera Series

Saturdays: Noon

When The Metropolitan Opera has concluded its season, KUCO provides listeners with the WFMT Opera Series. From Milan to New York, Barcelona to Chicago, WFMT provides a front-row seat to performances from some of the world’s greatest opera companies and performers.


Overnights with Peter Van de Graaff

Saturday – Thursday: 11 pm – 6 am

At 11 pm, Saturday through Thursday, Overnights with Peter Van de Graaff invites you to delight in the enchanting world of classical music. Host Peter Van de Graaff curates a diverse selection spanning all eras on the overnight program. From the intricate compositions of the Baroque era to the timeless masterpieces of the Classical and Romantic periods, Peter weaves a musical tapestry that transcends time. Whether he’s presenting a soothing collection of lullabies or exploring pieces inspired by Shakespearean plays, each evening promises a captivating journey through the vast realm of music.


Performance Oklahoma

Thursdays: 7 pm
Saturdays: 9 am

Performance Oklahoma, with host Paul Nesper, is a weekly showcase of beautiful stunning performances selected from concert venues throughout Oklahoma.



Sundays: 6 am – 8 am

Pipedreams is the only nationally-distributed radio program focused on the art of the pipe organ. Hosted by Michael Barone, Pipedreams has garnered recognition for its outstanding contributions.


Reel Music

Fridays: 2 pm
Saturdays: 11 am

Reel Music takes you on a weekly cinematic journey, featuring orchestral themes from the finest film scores. Hosted by Matt Rogers, this hour-long show is infused with the occasional vintage snack bar announcement, providing a delightful and nostalgic experience for all.


The Retro Cocktail Hour

Saturdays: 9 pm – 11 pm

Experience the vintage sounds of The Retro Cocktail Hour, a weekly blend of ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s music. Hosted by an eclectic mix of “bachelor pad” tunes, exotica, jazz, and pop, the show features obscure Italian B-movie soundtracks, bossa nova, and contemporary bands like Don Tiki and the Tikiyaki Orchestra. Sip on the nostalgic charm of this lively musical journey.


Sing for Joy

Sundays: 8:30 am – 9 am

Sing For Joy, produced by St. Olaf College, explores sacred choral music. Hosted by Rev. Alexandra M. Jacob, listeners from divergent backgrounds appreciate the insights and repertoire this beautiful music provides.


Spotlight on the arts

Thursdays: 10 am

Spotlight on the arts is KUCO’s weekly program celebrating Oklahoma’s vibrant arts community, offering interviews with guests, exploring individual artistic endeavor, upcoming concerts, events and exhibits, and learning more about the arts organizations that serve our community.



Brief Program – Weekdays: Noon

StarDate tells you what to look for in the night sky, and explains the science, history, and skylore behind these objects. It also keeps informs on the latest research findings and space missions. And it offers tidbits on astronomy in the arts and popular culture, providing ways for people with diverse interests to keep up with the universe.



Fridays: 7 pm
Sundays: noon

SymphonyCast, with host Julie Amacher, is a two-hour weekly radio program featuring a full-length concert by a major orchestra. Material is drawn from Europe’s premier symphony orchestras, along with U.S. orchestras such as the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Nashville Symphony and the Cleveland Orchestra.


The WFMT Orchestra Series

Wednesdays: 7 pm
Sundays: 2 pm

Embark on a global journey with The WFMT Orchestra Series, exploring the finest ensembles worldwide. Every Wednesday evening, experience exceptional highlights from top-tier orchestras such as the London Symphony Orchestra, the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and many others, showcasing unique programming and superb performances.


Wind & Rhythm

Sundays: 4 pm

Wind and Rhythm is the ultimate gathering place for over 38 million band music enthusiasts, featuring a vibrant mix of wind ensembles, symphonies, concert bands, and small brass, reed, and percussion ensembles. From spirited marches to the timeless compositions of Holst and Vaughan Williams, we celebrate the diverse and inclusive culture of wind music.


With Heart and Voice

Sundays: 7 pm

With Heart and Voice is a weekly program that explores sacred choral and organ music, encompassing diverse denominations, cultures, and over a thousand years of celebration. Hosted by Peter DuBois, the show celebrates the richness and beauty of sacred music, focusing on the seasons of the liturgical year.


WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour

Saturdays: 6 pm

WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour is an all volunteer, live audience celebration of grassroots music and the artists who make it. The show airs on 537 radio stations from Australia to Oklahoma City to Dublin, Ireland, on American Forces Radio Network twice each weekend in 177 nations, every military base and US Naval ship in the world. WoodSongs is recorded LIVE at the Lyric Theatre in downtown Lexington, Kentucky.