KUCR’s Music Library: The Best in the West
KUCR History is Good to Know
How do you create a music library from nothing to serve the needs of the thousands of student DJs who have participated at KUCR over the 50 years of its existence? You work at it. And continue working at it. Every item in the collection of over 100,000 physical titles was processed and catalogued by a UCR student. The motivation? Love of music, pure and simple. To know it completely and to be utterly immersed in it. And to contribute to a collection that was to become one of the largest, if not the largest, at any radio station on the West Coast. KUCR programming has been diverse since before UCR considered diversity to be a virtue. So what genres are represented? Many. The largest is pop/rock (incorporating artists from the ’50s through today, and sub genres, such as punk, new-wave, alternative, metal, soul, R&B, rap, hip-hop, and more). Another major collection is jazz, which has served the programming needs of generations of DJs on KUCR’s “Jazz Tuesday.” Other collections include blues, reggae, country & western, classical, electonica, world, spoken word, film soundtracks and more. Digital collections complement physical media to expand the collection to hundreds of thousands of unique titles. Keeping track of it all and maintaining the KUCR collections has been the purvue of the station’s music department, managed by a series of MDs (Music Directors) and a staff who curate as well as host their own music programs. Great college radio in general and KUCR in particular has a reputation for anticipating music trends well in advance of their popularity. It is the love of music and sharing it that makes it happen.