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.
Saturday from 9 – 11 p.m.
You will be able to hear a variety of this genre that we call BLUES…From Chicago-style blues, Accoustic blues, Delta blues, Funk blues, Classic Rhythm & Blues, New Orleans blues and Zydecco music. Hosted by Al Dawson.
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
Showtime: Sundays at 6:30 p.m.
“The Measure of Everyday Life” is a weekly interview program hosted by Dr. Brian Southwell featuring social science researchers who endeavor to improve the human condition. It airs each Sunday night from 6:30 – 7 p.m. in the Durham listening area and a podcast of each show is available online the Tuesdayfollowing the original airing. The show is made possible by RTI International. Follow @MeasureRadio on Twitter for details and updates.
Showtime: 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.
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
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.
Showtime: 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.
Showtime: Saturday at 10 pm
NPR’s JazzSet© with Dee Dee Bridgewater is the jazz lover’s ears and eyes on the world of live music. It presents today’s best jazz artists in performance on stages around the world, taking listeners to Puerto Rico and Cuba, as well as Marciac in the French countryside and across the North American continent from Montreal to Monterey.
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Showtime: Tuesdays at 8 – 9 pm
Piano Jazz returns every Tuesday at 8pm. New host, pianist Jon Weber, has taken over the helm for Marian McPartland. A long running and popular program on WNCU, Jon will carry on the tradition that was set by Marian for over 30 years. The first 13 episodes will feature Jon and new, rising stars in the jazz scene. Piano Jazz Rising Stars, is a 13 week series which highlights the jazz legends of tomorrow, and follows the winning combination of talk and music. Each week host Jon Weber sits down with one of the leading young performers on the jazz scene today.
Guests include pianist Taylor Eigsti, guitarist Julian Lage, alto saxophonist/vocalist Grace Kelly, vocalist Sachal Vasandani, and Thelonious Monk Competition winner, pianist Kris Bowers and more. We will air Piano Jazz with Jon Weber after the special Rising Stars episodes at the same time, Tuesdays at 8p.
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