Programs A-Z

Discover new music that doesn't get a lot of airplay anywhere else. The acclaimed (and Emmy-nominated, Webby-winning) program features roundtable discussions about new music, reviews, live concerts, artist interviews, guest DJ appearances and...

Broadcasting live recordings of Memphis music and its derivative forms. Each Beale Street Caravan program presents seasoned veterans alongside up and coming artists recorded at...

A nationally syndicated classical music service dedicated to live classical music programming. View our playlist below or visit the Classical 24 page for more information.

Friday Excursions airs a mix of new, unique, and interesting music without regard for genres and categories. A place to discover new music since 2001.

Ken Knauer brings a lifetime of love for jazz music to his Friday night hour of straight-ahead jazz and informed, enthusiastic commentary.  The emphasis is on great performers, both classic and contemporary.

Harmonia takes listeners back in history to the cathedrals, fairs, and stages of the past, teaching listeners about history as documented by musicians of the periods.

A mix of ambient, electronic, world, new age, classical and experimental music; recognized as the original, most widely heard, premiere showcase for "contemplative music, broadly defined." Read more about programs and news from the show on its ...

Geoff Green brings you the best of acoustic and instrumental jazz. He features studio and live recordings by small groups from the late ‘60s to now. You’ll hear some old standards by the jazz greats and lots of new releases by up and coming...

JazzWorks is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week on KSMU's HD-2 service. This program offers classic recordings from many of the American legends of the genre, as well as new music by emerging jazz artists. Listen to JazzWorks by...

Come as we explore the music of the great jazz artists of the 1950s and 60s.  Along the way we’ll hear music from some of the most important recording labels such as Blue Note, Prestige, and Em Arcy, among others.  We’ll follow the jazz...

Sit back and enjoy great jazz each Monday night, as you may discover something new or rediscover a classic. We'll cover a wide range of artists from the up-and-coming to class jazz legends.

The blues in all its forms, from early acoustic Delta blues to the giants of Chicago blues and today's leading blues artists--John Darkhorse features it all in this two-hour Saturday night show. See our playlist below, and check out the Route...

Randy Stewart hosts three hours of concert music--orchestral, chamber, solo, choral, vocal, you name it.  The emphasis is on new and recent releases, but Randy frequently digs up gems from the KSMU CD library--sometimes even vinyl!

Seldom Heard Music began its first broadcast of Bluegrass on KSMU in August 1982. Co- Hosted by its originator Mike Smith and, since 2002, Harry Moore, Seldom Heard Music features new releases and historic recordings of Bluegrass and acoustic...

Uncover the intimate journey singers and songs take with one another. View its website for past Song Travels guests and stories.

Hear songs from local musicians as they perform live from the KSMU studios. This hour-long event, held at noon one Friday out of each month, mixes conversation with performance. We'll learn more about these musicians and their love for music,...

Producer DJ Imperial offers a mix of club/dance, hip-hop, R & B, soul--in fact, just about anything with a danceable groove.

Randy Stewart hosts a Sunday-morning hour showcasing more than five centuries of great choral music from both the secular and liturgical traditions.

Since 1982, Lee Worman has brought his love for music to the KSMU audience. His approach to programming "The Gold Ring" has been "Less Talk - More Music," and listeners can always be confident that they will hear 50+ minutes of traditional...

Local singer-songwriter Emily Higgins hosts this weekly hour of, as she likes to say in the program's intro, "eclectic musical selections from singer-songwriters, and musicians of various folk and folk-pop genres."

You'll hear a selection of jazz classics each Wednesday evening. Plus, tune in for the latest, as well as the hidden gems of this popular genre.

"World beat" is a highly inclusive and eclectic musical category--it's a  mixture of Western pop and rock with world folk-music traditions.  And you'll hear plenty of both on KSMU's long-running Friday night program.  Anything with a beat is...

Compelling performances from top American and international opera companies.