KNCJ is on the air at 89.5 FM for Reno and Sparks
KUNR-Reno Public Radio just launched a new radio station dedicated to classical music and weekend jazz, filling a musical and cultural void on the local radio dial. It's listener-supported KNCJ at 89.5 FM, serving Reno and Sparks with 24-hour classical music weekdays and weekend jazz. The Metropolitan Opera airs live from New York on Saturday mornings December through mid-May. From mid-May to December, KNCJ features the American Opera Radio Series each Saturday morning.
While KNCJ's coverage area is limited to the Reno-Sparks valley and the periphery, at least to start, it is streaming online and on mobile devices everywhere.
89.5 KNCJ's program schedule highlights
- As the audience grows and funding increases, the station management hopes to add more university and local performance broadcasts and other classical and jazz programs.
- Classical music with live, real-time hosts from American Public Media's C24 service will be broadcast daily, including 24 hours from Sunday night through Friday night, with daytime classical music on weekends.
- Hourly NPR newscasts keep listeners connected to the world while enjoying the music that is not currently available from any other 24-hour dedicated station on the Reno-Sparks radio dial.
- From the Top (showcasing the top young classical musicians each week) airs at 7 p.m. on both Tuesdays and Sundays.
- Sunday Baroque airs from 8 a.m. to noon Sundays
- Jazz programming airs each weekend, from Friday at 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Saturday, and from 6 p.m. Saturday to 6 a.m. Sunday.
- Reno Public Radio's local show, Saturday Night Jazz, airs from 6 to 10 p.m. each Saturday night hosted by northern Nevada's own Dallas Smith and Scot Marshall.
- The Metropolitan Opera’s live Saturday broadcasts December - early May.
- Listeners will also stay connected with on-air calendars and periodic interviews about upcoming events and performances.
To provide a greater service to the Truckee Meadows, KNCJ offers premium broadcasts of 24-hour weekday classical music and weekend jazz over the airwaves of 89.5 KNCJ whose call letters stand for Nevada Classical and Jazz. A vibrant classical and jazz music station provides additional arts and cultural offerings to northern Nevada.
Reno Public Radio obtained the FCC license from Truckee Meadows Community College and with help of individuals and generous grants from The E.L. Cord Foundation, The Robert Z. Hawkins Foundation and The Roxie and Azad Joseph Foundation, raised startup costs for equipment and engineering for the new music station. Like KUNR, KNCJ is licensed to the Board of Regents of the University of Nevada, Reno and broadcasts from the campus of the University of Nevada, Reno.
KUNR: stepping up for our community
Reno-Sparks is a community on the rise, not just economically but culturally. The community’s interests and expectations for arts and culture are higher than ever before—the most visible symbols of which are Artown, Midtown, The Reno Philharmonic and University of Nevada-based performances.
KNCJ is a station that mirrors the community’s commitment to and support of the arts and culture in our region. KUNR is applying its nonprofit stewardship model of operating a cost-effective station, leveraging the community's investment with a significant gain to serve its listeners and elevate the cultural profile of the Truckee Meadows.
The broadcast coverage serves primarily the Truckee Meadows and a few miles outward. KNCJ streams all programs live over the Internet and mobile devices, and will soon be streaming on the new KUNR mobile app.
Over time, it is hoped that additional translators can be obtained as funding and frequencies become available to serve the Lake Tahoe/Truckee region, more of Carson City and the Carson Valley and the Eastern Sierra.
If you have questions about KNCJ, email here.