New York Public Radio Celebrates 40 Years of “New Sounds” at Brooklyn Bowl

New York Public Radio will host its annual fundraising event at the Brooklyn Bowl on Wednesday, September 21 to celebrate 40 years of “New Sounds” with John Schaefer.

Starting at 7 p.m., the event will celebrate the radio host’s career on WNYC and his contributions to the city’s music scene.

John Schaefer. (credit: Daniel Randall)

The evening will feature performances by Brooklyn banghra fusion band Red Baraat and tropical futurism band Combo Chimbita, as well as a DJ set by Ira Kaplan of Yo La Tengo and Georgia Hubley. The fundraiser will support New York Public Radio brands such as WNYC, WQXR, Gothamist and WNYC Studios, and tickets can be found on line.

Airing nightly at 11 p.m. on 93.9 FM and, “New Sounds” first hit the airwaves in 1982. After John Schaefer had been brought to WNYC the previous year to read news bulletins from information and presenting classical music, he found his calling at the station by engaging with the city’s music scene through his now-renowned radio show.

“New Sounds” expanded to include the New Sounds Live concert series in 1986 and the Soundcheck podcast in 2002, having included prolific guests such as Mavis Staples, Mark Ronson, Norah Jones and Danger Mouse, among others.

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