New Sounds : About

Airs Sunday through Friday at 11pm on 93.9 FM and Saturday night at midnight on 93.9 FM

New Sounds provides a place for your left and right brain to unwind at the end of day. Host John Schaefer combs recent recordings for one of the most educational and enchanting hours on radio. For 30 years, he's been finding the melody in the rainforest and the rhythm in an orchestra of tin cans. The program offers new ways to hear the ancient language of song. With guest musicians from David Byrne to Meredith Monk to Ravi Shankar, Schaefer presents performances and premieres new works from the classic and operatic to folk and jazz. Tune in for the next wave or the most ancient forms of music.

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  • John Schaefer - Host, Soundcheck and New Sounds

    John Schaefer has hosted Soundcheck since the show’s inception in 2002. He has also hosted and produced WNYC’s radio series New Sounds since 1982 (“The No. 1 radio show for the Global Village” – Billboard) and the New Sounds Live concert series since 1986.

  • Caryn Havlik - Assistant Producer, New Sounds

    Caryn is a drummer and recovering pianist.  When not breathing music, she is also a softball player, biker, and kid and adult-inspirer.