99.1 WQRT-LP IS LOCAL COMMUNITY RADIO FOR INDIANAPOLIS

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WQRT lives in Listen Hear sound art space in Garfield Park

2620 Shelby Street, Indianapolis

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. 

WHAT'S PLAYING?

Here's what kinds of music (local and otherwise) you can expect to hear on WQRT, with community programs added in as available:

WEEKDAYS

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

Saturday Surprises 8am to midnight

as many locally curated shows as we can fit in, mixed with soul, rock & hip hop

SUNDAY

Rhinestone Country 

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.

Community Conversations

As part of Big Car Collaborative, we get to meet a lot of amazing people doing amazing things. We’ll share those conversations every chance we get! Previous interviews and specials are archived here.

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Morning Meditation by Landon Caldwell

Tues at 10:30am + Sat at 8am

Kosmische, free and spiritual jazz, outsider rock, modern classical, and more.

Fiber by Elliot Thornton

Wed at 11am + Thurs at 4pm

An exploration of classical instrumentation, composers, performers, and the history of the musical threads that bind us all across space and time.

Previous episodes here.

Local Music Hour by Musical Family Tree

LIVE Thursdays at 7pm

Local non-profit and Indiana music archive spotlighting musicians, interviews, and events across Indiana.

Visit MFT’s site here.

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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.

Rich & Rare by Washboard Ben

Thurs at 9pm + Sun at 4pm

A fast-and-loose blend of everything the genre has to offer, Rich & Rare is the wide world of Country music in a glass. Bottoms up! Previous episodes here.

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Flick Fix by Anne Laker

Some Fridays 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. Previous episodes here.

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Check Up! by Tom Burris

Monthly

A learned mix of improvisational and free jazz that pushes all the boundaries. From the reviewers at Free Jazz Collective, ft. Tom Burris.

Misery and Jim by Jim Walker

Tues at 9pm + Sun at 11am

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. Thanks, Duke’s! Past episodes and playlists here. Or visit Misery and Jim MixCloud here.

Good Vibrations by Carlie Foreman

LIVE 1st + 3rd Wed at 5pm

All electronica, from ambient and synth pop to heavy bass. Previous episodes here.

Wave Theory by Jean Genie

Monthly, Thursdays at 6pm

Immersive color & sound, appropriating old, new and everything in between. Expect a thematic and eclectic musical exploration. Previous episodes here.

For Good by Central Indiana Community Foundation

Thursdays at noon

For Good highlights stories about passion, purpose and progress in Marion and Hamilton counties and is created by Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF) in partnership with WFYI Public Media. Previous episodes here.

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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. Previous episodes here.

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Girl in the Holler by DJ MomJeans

First Saturdays 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. Previous episodes here.

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Jazz Perspective by Ralph Adams

Wed + Sat at 2pm

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.

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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.

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Lovin’ Leavin’ & Lettin’ Go

by Heather Hall

Monthly

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.

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Design Minded by Lee Alig and Steve Mannheimer


Monthly

Exploring how design impacts our physical environment and quality of life in Indianapolis — sometimes for the better, sometimes for the worse.

Previous episodes here.

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Sound Lab with Oreo Jones

Last Wednesday of every month
from 7-8pm

A free-form collaborative sound project open to the public. LIVE on WQRT with Oreo Jones. Bring your experimental electronics over to Listen Hear.

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A Vagrant Hum by Pete Iverson

Biweekly Mon at 11am and the following Tues at 8pm

Your xenial xenagogue on a less-travelled path to music that is strange, wonderful, and obscure.

Previous episodes here.

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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. 

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WQRT coverage in Indianapolis
(100 watts, concentrated in Center Township)

WQRT broadcasts from an eastside Indianapolis tower, with the potential reach of nearly 500,000 residents on the FM dial, plus commuters and visitors traveling through town.

This map shows reported coverage area, with reception strongest in Center Township.


(Reception may vary depending on a listener’s antenna, large structures, topography, and electrical interference like larger broadcast towers.)