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Are you ready to tailgate but stay Toasty-Warm? Then join us on Saturday, November 30th at Woodlands Tavern on 3rd Avenue in Grandview for our annual "Beat Michigan" party! The game will be powered up on multiple big screen tv’s (inside and outside)! Watch the BIG-GAME rivalry between O-S-U and Michigan with us and enjoy free catering from Shiny Penny for brunch, as well as Barrel & Boar for lunch later. There will be half-time trivia with prizes and great raffle items as well!

Doors open at 9AM with the game kick-off at noon!

AHI w/ Hebdo  - Fri. Nov. 1st @ The Basement
Sleater-Kinney - Fri. Nov. 1st @ The Newport

David Wax Museum - Sat. Nov. 2nd @ Rumba Cafe

The Japanese House - Sun. Nov. 3rd @ The A&R Music Bar

Marcia Ball - Wed. Nov. 6th @ Natalie's

Liza Anne - Fri. Nov. 8th @ The Basement

Ida Mae - Fri. Nov. 8th @ Rumba Cafe

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Brent Cobb - Wed. Oct. 2nd @ A&R Music Bar

Lily & Madeleine - Fri. Oct. 4th @ Rumba Cafe

Noah Gunderson - Sun. Oct. 6th @ A&R Music Bar  Bon Iver/Feist - Tues. Oct. 8th @ Schottenstein Center

Austin Plaine - Wed. Oct. 9th @ Rumba Cafe

Jennifer Knapp - Thurs. Oct. 10th @ Rumba Cafe

Dark Star Orchestra - Fri. Oct. 11th @ Express Live

Benjamin Francis Leftwich - Sat. Oct. 12th @ The Basement

The Clarks/The Vindys - Sat. Oct. 12th @ Rumba Cafe

Shonen Knife - Mon. Sept. 9th @ Rumba Cafe

Luke Temple (Here We Go Magic) - Wed. Sept. 11th @ Ace Of Cups

Huntertones - Thurs. Sept. 12th @ Athenaeum Theatre

Daniel Romano - Thurs. Sept. 12th @ Rumba Cafe

Ronnie Baker Brooks - Fri. Sept. 13th @ Natalie's

Twin Peaks - Sat. Sept. 14th @ The Newport

Derek Webb - Sat. Sept. 14th @ Rumba Cafe

Lola Kirke - Tues. Sept. 17th @ Ace Of Cups

Reckless Kelly - Wed. Sept. 18th @ Rumba Cafe

Jenny Tolman - Thurs. Sept. 19th @ Ace Of Cups

This weeks WAV song of the week is Fear Not. It was written and produced by a group of students from SMART Summer Program inside of Mt Olivet Baptist Church.

 The idea for the song began with a conversation about the obstacles in life that keep you from achieving what you’re capable of. The students decided that fear was the biggest obstacle, so they wrote their song about overcoming their fears.


Please note that the concert events on this page have been updated as of August 1, 2019. The previous list was incorrect. We apologize for any inconvenience.


VIP Shows Listed for August:


Illiterate Light - Thurs. Aug. 1st @ The Basement


Nick Dittmeier & The Sawdusters - Fri. Aug. 2nd @ Woodland's Tavern


Yellowman - Sun. Aug. 4th @ Woodland's Tavern


JD McPherson - Wed. Aug. 7th @ Woodland's Tavern


Updated 7/15/2019 11:30 AM

WCBE experienced a critical power outage this morning that continued for several hours.  AEP reported that the power grid along Columbus State and Fort Hayes in downtown Columbus has been affected by the power outage as well.  The back-up generator failed to start due to a faulty part. The on-air signal and webstream were both restored at approximately 11AM.

Thank you for your patience and continued support!

Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown w/ Temperance Movement - Fri. July 5th @ The Basement

Patrick Sweany - Fri. July 12th @ Rumba Cafe

Black Pumas - Fri. July 12th @ The Basement

Florist - Fri. July 12th @ Ace Of Cups

Ghost Of Paul Revere w/ Hocking River String Band - Tues. July 16th @ Woodland's Tavern

Lindsay Beaver - Wed. July 17th @ Natalie's

The Farmer & Adele - Thurs. July 18th @ Natalie's

Liz Coopoer & The Stampede - Fri. July 19th @ The Basement

Charley Crockett - Sat. July 20th @ Rumba Cafe

During our on air Spring 2019 Fund Drive, WCBE staff members dedicated themselves to perform five random acts of kindness individually once we received over 1,000 donations from our kind listeners. 

Today on Friday, June 7th, WCBE will down at the Columbus Arts Festival on W. Rich St @ Belle St. along the Scioto Mile. Come over to our booth and say hello to staff and some of our independent show hosts!

Ages And Ages - Sat. June 1st @ Rumba Cafe

Mason Jennings - Sun. June 2nd @ Rumba Cafe

The Suitcase Junket - Fri. June 7th @ Natalie's

Freekbass - Sat. June 8th @ Woodland's Tavern

Tinsley Ellis - Sun. June 9th @ Woodland's Tavern

Hiss Golden Messenger  - Tues. June 11th @ The Basement

Cirlces Around The Sun - Tues. June 11th @ Woodland's Tavern

James McMurtry w/ Bonnie Whitmore - Wed. June 12th @ Skully's

Nikki Hill - Thurs. June 13th @ Natalie's

Erika Wennerstrom - Fri. June 14th @ Ace Of Cups

Lucius w/ Pure Bathing Culture - Thurs. May 2nd @ Columbus Athenaeum

Todd Burge Trio w/ Don Dixon - Thurs. May 2nd @ Natalie's

Emily King - Fri. May 3rd @ A&R Music Bar

Willie Watson - Sat. May 4th @ Woodland's Tavern

The Felice Brothers - Sat. May 4th @ Rumba Cafe

Sasami - Sun. May 5th @ Rumba Cafe

Wilderado - Mon. May 6th @ The Basement

TAUK w/ Goose - Thurs. May 9th @ Woodland's Tavern

Diane Coffee - Thurs. May 9th @ Rumba Cafe

Sam Baker - Fri. May 10th @  McConnell Arts Center

TEEN - Fri. May 10th @ Rumba Cafe

Thank you for supporting central Ohio's original NPR station! If you made a donation during our Spring Fund Drive (April 1st-9th, 2019) you may have opted to receive a gift. Below is an approximent timeline for fulfillment by incentive.

LEAGUE OF LEADERS Level ($83.34 per month Sustaining Membership) or (One time $1,000 +)

The music festival season is approaching! Are you ready!? Each Ohio music festival allows to you gain memorable experiences -- from the multiple stages with a variety of bands to making new friends. One of the closest musical party is a quick drive from Columbus proper: the Nelsonville Music Festival. WCBE would like to send you there! When you make a donation at any level today, you’ll be automatically entered to win a pair of tickets to the Nelsonville Music Festival!!

 You have the chance to WIN a pair of passes to the upcoming Dark Star Jubilee! All you have to do is donate ANY amount at between now & 3pm. 

Duck Creek Log Jam Festival is an annual two-day music festival located in Ohio’s beautiful Hocking Hills in Athens, Ohio. The festival is held at the Duck Creek Camping and Outdoor Events Area. Duck Creek is nearly 100 acres of beautiful landscape in the Hocking Hills. Diverse stands of trees, including the bald cypress grove, abundant wildlife, and a secluded feel make Duck Creek the perfect setting for any outdoor event.

WCBE brings you a collection of eclectic music each day! Now, experience that music live with this special VIP package only available today! Donate at the VIP level & choose the Leon Bridges Package. When you donate at that premium level of $181, you'll receive: 

-A pair of tickets to the SOLD OUT Leon Bridges Show

-Digital copy of his latest release Good Thing

-WCBE Branded T-shirt

Novo Amor - Mon. April 1st @ Columbus Athenaeum


Jeremy Loops - Fri. April 5th @ The Basement


Hebdo & Pogun:  A Song For Bowie - Sat. April 6th @ Rumba Cafe


The Wild Reeds - Sun. April 7th @ Skully's


Tropidelic - Thurs. April 11th @ A&R Music Bar


Ghost Light - Thurs. April 11th @ Woodland's Tavern


Durand Jones & The Indications - Fri. April 12th @ A&R Music Bar


Popa Chubby - Wed. April 17th @ Natalie's

Click on any level to be redirected to our donation page to make your gift!

LEAGUE OF LEADERS Level ($83.34 per month Sustaining Membership) or (One time $1,000 +)

 Donors of $1,000 or more – one-time or throughout our fiscal year (July 1 through June 30)

 Got a song you want the world to hear? The 2019 Tiny Desk Contest is now open! If you're an unsigned musician, you could win a chance to play the Tiny Desk at NPR headquarters and tour the country with NPR Music!















 “Welcome to today’s edition of Front Row..with your host, Caitlin Farkas…”

 We’re taking it way back this Wednesday to the fall of 2011, when I first joined the WCBE family. Although I had been a long time weekend listener to 90.5 FM, I was unaware of internship opportunities until I entered the professional writing minor program at The Ohio State University.

The 13th Townes Van Zandt Tribute Night takes place on Thursday, March 7 at Dick's Den. We invitie you to a night of of local musicians celebrating the late Van Zandt's birthday, covering his best tunes. Eric Nassau, The 'CBE String Band, Two Old Hippies and many more will play, with the show starting at 6pm. Ticket's are $5 at the door, and all proceeds go to benefiting WCBE, 90.5 FM.

Here is the full list of musicans performing:

Eric Nassau
Rob Maccabee
Brian Clash
Bim Walker
Jeff Straw
Tristan Huygen and Mario Traina
Zach Whitney

I first came to WCBE as an insomniac teenager.

Flipping through the radio one sleepless night when I was 15, I found a program with soothing music, way down on the left-hand side of the radio dial. Echoes did the trick, and I got hooked on public radio. At 16, I enrolled in the Radio and Television program at Fort Hayes. We produced a monthly show called Veracity that aired on WCBE. I saw the impact of public radio, giving our class a voice and an outlet.

Updated: 2/13/2019

WCBE's 106.3 FM signal has been restored. Our engineer replaced a damanged component of the transmitter this morning. We appreicate our Newark listener's ongoing support and patience!

Updated: 2/9/2019

WCBE's 106.3 FM transmitter in Newark will begin to have repair work done next week. Our engineer has discovered that a critical component of the transmiter, the translater, underwent heavy damange recently, and needs to be replaced. Repair work will begin on Tuesday, February 12th. 

Updated: 2/4/2019

The Newark signal 106.3 FM is currently being worked on. The estimate time of establishing signal will be Monday. Thank you for your patience! You can always stream us online at