WBAR (college radio)

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WBAR is the college radio station of Barnard College in New York City. Currently airing online-only, WBAR was developed as a freeform alternative to WKCR-FM on the Columbia University campus. In addition to broadcasting an array of shows, WBAR hosts several live concerts per year in Morningside Heights, including the WBAR-B-Q, a free, all-ages, day-long showcase of bands and food, as well as a goth- themed event in the winter. Recent performers have included Real Estate, Gavin Russom,[1] Cold Cave, Gang Gang Dance, and more.

City New York, New York
Branding WBAR Barnard College Radio
Frequency 87.9 MHz
First air date April 1, 1993
Format College radio
Transmitter coordinates 40°48′32″N 73°57′49″W / 40.80895°N 73.96354°W / 40.80895; -73.96354Coordinates: 40°48′32″N 73°57′49″W / 40.80895°N 73.96354°W / 40.80895; -73.96354
Callsign meaning W B A Rnard College Radio
Owner Barnard College
Webcast WBAR Stream
Website WBAR.org


WBAR was formerly located in Barnard College's McIntosh Hall before it was moved by the administration to the basement of Sulzberger Hall in the spring of 2007, pending demolition of McIntosh.

WBAR used to host Radiothons, a fund-raising week-long series of live shows, interviews and give-aways, held in the WBAR studio. Alcohol was served. Dirty Projectors headlined 2005's Radiothon closing show,[2] supported by Akron/Family, Other Passengers, R. Stevie Moore and The Shot Heard Round the World. The show was held at The West End Basement.

WBAR and NYU also held a Battle of the Bands on October 25, 2002.

Notable shows

WBAR has a history of putting on shows that feature up-and-coming live acts, as well as on-campus talent. Among past performers include Ari Up, Bikini Kill,[3] and Daniel Johnston.[4]


WBAR puts on its annual WBAR-B-Q each April. Held outdoors on Barnard College's Lehman Lawn, the day-long show is free, all-ages and open to the public. Food is usually available, and in the past, alcohol has been served. Past line-ups have included Vampire Weekend, Liturgy, Cold Cave and Real Estate.

2006: Fixations, YACHT, E*Rock, Bobby Birdman, King Kong Ding Dong, O'Death, Lucky Dragons, Midnight Hours, Man Man.[5]
2007: ONEIDA, Dark Meat, caUSE co-MOTION!, Public Record, Soiled Mattress & the Springs, Vampire Weekend, Nat Baldwin & Sam Rosen, The Shot Heard Round the World, Yan Yan.[6]
2008: Wizards of the Coast, Bear, Food Will Win the War, Liturgy, Thee Yetis, Les Sans Culottes, MegaFaun, Takka Takka, Tickley Feather, Crystal Stilts, Cause Co-Motion, Awesome Color, The Skaters, Videohippos, Japanther.[7]
2009: Fitz, Jerome Ellis, Acrylics, Liturgy, Metalux, Xeno & Oaklander, Free Blood, PackFM, Soft Circle, Gang Gang Dance.[8]
2010: Cold Cave, Blues Control, Liturgy, Burning Star Core, Jana Hunter, Twin Stumps, U.S. Girls, Think About Life, Prince Rama Of Ayodhya, Old Men.[9]
2011: Real Estate, Blondes, The Crystal Ark, Arp, Laurel Halo, Big Troubles, Grooms, Beige, Julianna Barwick.[10]
2012: Dam Funk, Bush Tetras, Widowspeak, Mike Slott, Pete Swanson (ex-Yellow Swans), Forma, Archie Pelago, Night Birds, Midtown Dickens

Notable staff


  1. ^ "Rock out to indie beats at 18th annual WBAR-B-Q", Columbia Daily Spectator. Retrieved 13 Nov 2011.
  2. ^ "echoplex: in the belly". echoplex.blogspot.com. Retrieved 21 February 2017.
  3. ^ "bikini kill live studio guide". tigerbomb.net. Retrieved 21 February 2017.
  4. ^ "The Heads of Radio". columbiaspectator.com. Retrieved 21 February 2017.
  5. ^ "2006 WBAR BBQ w/ Man Man @ Barnard College". brooklynvegan.com. Retrieved 21 February 2017.
  6. ^ "((Features)) - Oh My Rockness". ohmyrockness.com. Retrieved 21 February 2017.
  7. ^ "the WBAR BBQ is today (15+ bands) (free) (12:30pm – ??)". brooklynvegan.com. Retrieved 21 February 2017.
  8. ^ "2009 WBAR-B-Q announced w/ Gang Gang Dance headlining". brooklynvegan.com. Retrieved 21 February 2017.
  9. ^ "17th Annual WBAR-B-Q lineup (w/ Cold Cave, Blues Control, Liturgy, Burning Star Core, more)". brooklynvegan.com. Retrieved 21 February 2017.
  10. ^ "Photos: WBAR-B-Q - Pitchfork". pitchfork.com. Retrieved 21 February 2017.
  11. ^ "Vampire Weekend" Archived May 29, 2010, at the Wayback Machine., "Coup De Mayin Magazine". Retrieved 27 May 2010.

External links

  • Official website
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