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. We're looking forward to learning and growing together in creative ways. As things evolve, we'll add new features like internet streaming and more!
While the music rolls, you'll notice that we're introducing educational, cultural and community programming a little at a time. 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
Soul Glow 9am to midnight
old school R&B, soul, funk, jazz
all dang day
*STAY TUNED FOR PLAYLISTS AND ONLINE STREAMING SOON*
WHAT KINDS OF SHOWS ARE PEOPLE MAKING?
Community-produced programming is rolling out in 2018. Check out what your friends and neighbors are putting on the air. Let us know if you want to get in on that, too.
Inter-Dimensional Music by Daniel Chamberlin
Fri at noon + Mon at 8pm
ID Music is heavy music for mellow people that travels from yin to yang and back again. Dig psychedelic dirges and long-form heavy metal combos with Cosmic Chambo.
Urban Sol Radio
by Dr. Jarrod Dortch
Biweekly Tues 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.
Thursdays at 8pm
The music of LGBTQ+ artists of all genres and identities spin and mix for a broader perspective of what it's like to be queer.
Misery and Jim
by Jim Walker
Tues at 9pm + Sun at 11am
As part of the Rhinestone Country experience on WQRT, enjoy an extended mix of music and stories on a new country theme each week. New shows run on Tuesday nights, with a kicked back rebroadcast on Sunday mornings.
A Vagrant Hum
by Pete Iverson
Premiering Mon Aug 13 at 11am
Your xenial xenagogue on a less-travelled path to music that is strange, wonderful, and obscure.
by Anne Laker
Next show: Fri Aug 17 at 11:30am
You know you need it. Get your flick fix with Anne Laker and guests as they muse on movies new and old.
Girl in the Holler by DJ MomJeans
Next show: Sat Sept 1 at 11am
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.
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.
Sound Lab with Oreo Jones
Last Wed 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.
by Dwuan Watson
An engaging collection of information and short interviews to help you understand when your Needs go Met or Unmet, so you can achieve an empowered connection with yourself and others. Hosted by Dwuan Watson.
Morning Meditation by Landon Caldwell
Take a long stroll through a quiet mind with sonic zones, spiritual jazz, and extended drones collected and presented by Landon Caldwell.
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)