Yo La Tengo’s Ira Kaplan Announces WFMU DJ Set


Ira Kaplan of Yo La Tengo will DJ on independent freeform radio station WFMU tonight, Thursday, May 7. Kaplan will take over the slot normally occupied by Dave “The Spazz” Abramson between 9 p.m. – 12 a.m. ET this evening.

“Ira The K.” is no stranger to the WFMU airwaves, as he’s spun a number of sets over the years. Additionally, Yo La Tengo famously performs all-cover sets live on the Jersey City, New Jersey-based radio station for WFMU’s annual on-air fundraising marathon. A compilation of covers YLT played between 1996 – 2003 was released as Yo La Tengo Is Murdering The Classics in 2006 with a second volume, Murder In The Second Degree put out in 2016.


Kaplan will host tonight’s show from his home. Read a statement from Ira below:

Hi everybody,

While Dave the Spazz still goes toe to toe with COVID-19, I will return to the home studio (aka the bedroom) and take to WFMU’s airwaves, broadcasting live from 9 pm to midnight EDT on Thursday. If you were on board last time I attempted this feat of radio derring-do, you’ll know it went pretty well, in that the dead air was kept to a tasteful minimum. Tune in at 91.1, 91.9 or 90.1, as well as wfmu.org, and see what tomorrow brings.


As Ira noted, the station can be heard over the air at 91.1, 91.9 or 90.1 in New Jersey, New York City and the Hudson Valley. Those worldwide can tune in via wfmu.org.