WQRT IS NOW STREAMING 24/7
Just click the pink play arrow in the box below.
You can also open the stream from this link and add it to your smartphone.
I HEAR IT. I LIKE IT. WHAT IS IT?
99.1 FM WQRT-LP is a non-commercial, experimental on-air home for contemporary art, music, and community. Licensed by the FCC with a reach of most of the city of Indianapolis, Indiana (500,000+ people), WQRT is owned and managed by Big Car Collaborative — a nonprofit arts organization and cross-discipline collective of artists. With the help of volunteers, we broadcast from Listen Hear — our sound-art space and audio studio in the Garfield Park neighborhood.
LP (low-power) means that this is a short but impressive terrestrial radio signal traveling on the airwaves. WQRT is designed to reach our local community and to be small on purpose. With the added bonus of streaming worldwide, by popular demand. We're looking forward to learning and growing together in creative ways.
While the music rolls, you'll notice that we're adding more educational, cultural and community programming. As it ramps up, we hope that it will include YOU. Contact us if you'd like to be involved, become a sponsor or underwriter, or have ideas to share.
Here's what kinds of music (local and otherwise) you can expect to hear on WQRT, with community programs added in as available:
Rhinestone Country overnight until 10am
classic country for walkin' after midnight and sitting in rush hour traffic
Mid-day Atmosphere 10am to 1pm
mostly instrumental, some experimental, acoustic, pretty chill
Soul Glow 1pm to 4pm
old school R&B, soul, funk, jazz
Cruise Control 4pm to 9pm
big time mix of local bands, rock, hip hop & more
Rhinestone Country 9pm to 10am
it's back overnight with thick smoke, dim lights and loud, loud music for your satisfied mind
Saturday Surprises 8am to midnight
as many locally curated shows as we can fit in, mixed with soul, rock & hip hop
all dang day
WHAT KINDS OF SHOWS ARE PEOPLE MAKING?
Community-produced programming is our jam. Check out what your friends and neighbors are putting on the air. Let us know if you want to get in on that, too.
The Noise Kaleidoscope by Andrew Fetter
LIVE Tuesdays at 4:30pm
A mix of old and new lo-fi, garage, fuzz rock, psychedelic, shoegaze and plenty of things in between. Blending the heavy with the hazy, the spazzy with the trippy.
Previous episodes here.
Jazz Perspective by Ralph Adams
Fri at 2pm + Sat at 10pm
Let Ralph guide you through America's great art form honoring legends like Freddy Hubbard, J.J. Johnson, Wes Montgomery, and more. PLUS a whole second hour of Rob Dixon's Mayor's Ball— packed with incredible Indy musicians—recorded at The Mousetrap.
Uncle Ted's Vintage Vinyl Hour by Ted Gregorek
Wednesdays at 8pm
WQRT studio wizard Ted hauls his record collection to our turntable to share the music you never knew you wanted to hear. Sometimes there's an epic special guest.
Last Sat monthly at 9pm
An unconventional music series showcasing bold new musical compositions, new instrumentation, and unique collaborations across space and genre. Recorded live at The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative, in partnership with UVA Arts and The UVA Music Department in Charlottesville Virginia. Learn more here.
Lovin’ Leavin’ & Lettin’ Go
by Heather Hall
The screen door slams and sometimes the only thing left is a song. On this show, Country gets a little help from Americana and Soul to tell the whole story.
Previous episodes here.
Design Minded by Lee Alig and Steve Mannheimer
Exploring how design impacts our physical environment and quality of life in Indianapolis — sometimes for the better, sometimes for the worse.
Previous episodes here.
Sound Lab with Oreo Jones
Last Wednesday of every month
A free-form collaborative sound project open to the public. LIVE on WQRT with Oreo Jones. Bring your experimental electronics over to Listen Hear.
Girl in the Holler by DJ MomJeans
Two hours of swamp boogie, blues, gospel, jazz, rock and roll, punk and garage influenced by Twinkle VanWinkle's creative roots in North Mississippi Hill Country. Previous episodes here.
Urban Sol Radio by Dr. Jarrod Dortch
Some Tuesdays at Noon
Urban Sol Radio is the intersection of Art, Music, Community and Growth bringing together these elements to provide listeners with a more diverse view of the urban landscape.
HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED?
Now that the studio is up and running, we're looking for volunteers of all kinds, including hosting original shows. Click below to fill out our volunteer interest form, and let us know what you're into.
WQRT coverage in Indianapolis
(100 watts, concentrated in Center Township)