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Program of the Week, July 30: Blues Unlimited

Saturdays from 7 – 9pm

Hosted by “Sleepy Boy” Hawkins

Blues Unlimited has already been called the best radio show of its kind, and has established a loyal, worldwide audience.

Blues Unlimited is a two-hour weekly radio show devoted to the wonderful world of the blues, and its history, heritage, and rich cultural traditions. Each installment of Blues Unlimited is typically designed to be a self-contained episode, and explores some topic or aspect of the blues universe – piano players from New Orleans, harp blowers from Chicago and Los Angeles, the blues revival of the ’60s, or the origins of famous blues songs – while other shows focus on regional styles: Detroit, Memphis, the Mississippi Hill Country, Shreveport, Texas, and the East Coast. Profiles of classic record labels like Imperial, Sun, Chess/Checker, Arhoolie, etc., are also included

Important historical milestones are often recognized – such as a two part-series on the American Folk Blues Festival Tours and an unprecedented four-part series on the Newport Folk and Jazz Festivals. Sometimes, a series of albums are featured – such as Harry Smith’s “Anthology of American Folk Music,” or “Chicago/The Blues/Today!” – produced by Sam Charters for Vanguard in the mid 60s.

Steve Franz (who is known on the airwaves as Sleepy Boy Hawkins) has been a blues fanatic, researcher, historian, radio programmer, and scholar for 30 years. He is the author of the critically acclaimed book, “The Amazing Secret History of Elmore James,” having earned his Master’s Degree in Ethnomusicology from the University of Memphis.

Program of the Week, July 23: 8 Track Flashback

Showtime: Saturday’s from 12 Noon – 4 p.m.

Host Jim Davis is a veteran announcer with an amazing library of songs from the late 40’s to the early 60’s. Some of the best R&B you ever heard, including original versions of your favorites. Jim also follows the billboard charts for the hits of the era.

Visit the show’s website: www.8trackflashback.com

Program of the Week, July 16: The New Jazz Archive

Wednesdays from 8 – 9pm

Hosted by Jeff Haas, from Interlochen radio

Curious about jazz but don’t know much about it? If so, this show is for you.

We understand that jazz often needs a proper introduction and Jeff seeks to open people’s ears to the music not just by spinning discs, but by showing how jazz connects to the things that already matter to us: from movies, television and pop culture, to important social issues, to the economy and technology, to other forms of music. In other words, we don’t just assume jazz is important—we show you why through compelling interviews with some of the music’s big thinkers, vibrant storytelling, and music that represents the full gamut of jazz’s rich history. And because we use storytelling as our approach to the music, if you’re a person who likes a good story, you’ll probably like this show.

Program of the Week, July 9: The Funk Show

hburchette_lg.jpgShowtime: Saturdays from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Host Howard Burchette plays a blend of pop hits from the 70’s with some deep funk. Detailed information on musicians, bands and happenings on the funk scene during the 70’s.

To e-mail Howard Burchette, click here.

Program of the Week, July 2: ‘Tell Me More’ with Michel Martin

tmm120x601.gifShowtime: Monday – Friday  from 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.

“Nothing is assumed.” That’s the unofficial motto of Tell Me More, the new Monday-Friday talk show with host Michel Martin. Grounded in lively interviewing and compelling storytelling, the program seeks to present diverse new voices, cross borders, challenge conventional wisdom and discover how other people think.

Program of the Week, June 25: Snap Judgment

Sundays from 7 – 8pm

Host and executive producer, Glynn Washington: Winner of the public radio talent quest

Before creating the Snap Judgment radio show, Glynn worked as an educator, diplomat, community activist, actor, political strategist, fist-shaker, mountain-hollerer, and foot stomper. Glynn composed music for the Kunst Stoff dance performances in San Francisco, rocked live spoken word poetry in Detroit, joined a band in Indonesia, wrote several screenplays, painted a daring series of self portraits, released a blues album, and thinks his stories are best served with cocktails.

Meet the Snap team: www.snapjudgment.org/about-us

Program of the Week, June 18: Reggae Scene

Showtime: Sundays from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Host DL spins traditional and modern reggae and dance hall mixes. Reggae is one of the most popular shows on WNCU.

Program of the Week, June 11: Radio Skywriter

pmurray_lg.jpgShowtime: Sundays at 6:30 p.m.

The Radio Skywriter is a 30 minute community magazine show. The goal of the program is to connect the listeners in Durham and its surrounding area to community service agencies and civic organizations in the region. Patricia Murray hosts the Radio Skywriter.

To e-mail Pat Murray, click here.

Program of the Week, June 4: Morning Jazz

bhudson_lg.jpgShowtime: Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Host BH Hudson blends classic straight-ahead jazz, Latin jazz, and blues tracks with mainstream jazz from emerging talent.

Program of the Week, May 28: Mastering Your Money

efulbright_lg.jpgShowtime: Sundays at 6 p.m.

Mastering Your Money, hosted by Ed Fulbright, seeks our local and national resources to help educate people about money management. This show challenges listeners to think about spending in terms of their net income. Mastering Your Money covers all aspects of money management, from repairing credit, dealing with the IRS, starting a business, stretching advertising funds, to estate planning.

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