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About Us

Uptown Radio is a one-hour, weekly news magazine and podcast modelled after NPR’s All Things Considered. It is produced entirely by the students of the Radio Workshop, the most advanced audio course at the Columbia Journalism School. Uptown Radio is the school’s longest-running continuous webcast, having been webcast live each Friday at 4pm from February through May since 1996. Uptown Radio contains original feature reports as well as interviews and newscasts in service of the listeners in New York City and the world beyond. The program is also offered as a podcast and is heard on WBAI 99.5FM on Mondays mornings at 5am. 

With 21 reporters covering the city, national and international beats, Uptown Radio offers original journalism and high quality radio production comparable to that heard on the best public radio stations. The Uptown Radio newsroom is directed by Professor Daniel Alarcon, novelist and co-founder and Executive Producer of Radio Ambulante, and Kerry Donahue, director of the radio program and former executive producer at New York Public Radio. Additional reporting and production supervision is provided by adjunct instructors Sally Herships of Marketplace and Matt Collette of WNYC Studios.

For information about Columbia’s radio program, email Kerry Donahue at kerry.donahue@columbia.edu.