Shows: International

From the oldest field recordings of isolated cultures to high-production-value commercial world-music CDs, our international DJs bring you wonderful sounds from around the globe. It might be Australian aborigine, classical Chinese, Polish political, or Yemeni youth-ritual—a sampling of many kinds of music of a particular place, or the details of one specific style. DJs explore the cultural and social context of the music, the performers, the instruments, and the meanings of the lyrics.

Tune in for information about Chicago-area performances and announcements about related arts events. Interesting guests and ticket-giveaways are frequent features.


Start Stop Show DJ  
4:00pm 5:00pm

Voces de la Canción Mexicana

Enjoy the many sounds of our neighbor to the south: the best vocalists and instrumentalists performing a variety of regional and historic styles to present you the beauty, the stories, and the feelings of Mexico.
Adolfo “el Dragón”
5:00pm 6:00pm

Afro-Caribbean Connections

6:00pm 7:00pm

Relentless Reggae

Running the roughest cuts from yard. With a moral obligation to raise the consciousness with a groove, Microphone Bill runs cuts from Studio One to Exterminator, Bob to Sizzla, and Augustus to Mad Professor.
Microphone Bill


2:00pm 5:30pm

Radio Salsa Clásica / El Tornado Tropical

“El Caobo” spins the very best of danceable salsa and cha-cha-chá; both classic and contemporary, with periodic interviews of renowned artists, dancers and other industry professionals. The music of this show is for the discriminating dancer and casual listener!
El Caobo
5:30pm 7:00pm

Music Around the World

Marta's meandering musical magical-mystery mind weaves together the sounds of (and interesting facts about) all sorts of music from all over the globe -- from rare field recordings of long-ago isolated tribes in faraway places to contemporary urban pop songs from all continents. Sometimes she has in-studio or phone chats with musicians, composers, producers. Also word about live performances in the Chicago area (and often offers of free tickets) plus info about ethnic festivals, films, exhibitions, and other presentations.


1:00pm 3:00pm

Roots Revival Fridays

Listen in for a contemporary union of deep rhythms and exotic harmonies as DreadRock mixes a live studio set. Electro, traditional musics, and heavy beats come together on an international scale every Friday at 1-3 pm central time.
Selecta T
3:00pm 5:00pm

Soca Diner

Mr Mongoose
5:00pm 7:00pm

Rendezvous Afrika

A whirlwind tour of the continent—East, West, South, and Central—with musical guide Isaac of Ghana. You won’t be able to sit still!


2:00pm 7:00pm

Calypso Cavalcade

Calypso Cavalcade, Music of Trinidad & Tobago West Indies, is Chicago's only and longest to date Soca/Calypso radio show. A blend of Soca/Ragga/Calypso/Chutney/Rapso/Social Comentary/Steel Drum, the music presented in a non stop party format. More music less talk -- definitely setting the mood for all night partying.