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12 – 4 pm

8 Track Flashback

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.

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10pm – 12am

Blues Unlimited

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.

4 – 6 pm

Bonjour Africa

Host Bouna Ndiaye, a native of Senegal, brings music from the motherland. Bouna plays new and traditional sounds from each country in Africa.

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Mon – Fri
11am – 2 pm

Bops, Blues and Ballads

Host Aasim Inshirah

7 – 7:30 pm

Cambridge Forum

Cambridge Forum is a lively half-hour program dealing with the issues and ideas shaping contemporary society. Programs feature prominent scholars, writers, and artists engaging in a stimulating and focused exchange with a challenging audience representing diverse points of view. Discussions are recorded live in Harvard Square, a veritable marketplace of ideas. Recent programs examined topics related to the ecological imagination, the state of public schools left, the decline of the middle class, Bob Dylan’s poetry, the history of baseball and the contribution to peace made by artists. Speakers have included cultural critic Christopher Ricks on "Bob Dylan: Artist," educator Jonathan Kozol discussing "Children in the Years of Hope," poet Mark Doty exploring "Objects and Intimacy," and economist Robert Reich addressing "Who Benefited from the 90s Boom?"

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11 – 2 pm

Close to Thee

Join your host, Carolyn Satterfield, for two hours of great and inspiring gospel music by some of the most beloved artist of all times. The show will include quartets, choirs and music from new and traditional artists.  Contact Carolyn Satterfield by clicking here.

Mon – Fri
6 -7 pm

Democracy Now!

Hosted by award winning reporter Amy Goodman, Democracy Now! is one of the hottest national daily radio programs on the air today. Started as an election year show in 1996, Democracy Now! expanded into a hard-hitting investigative news magazine. Democracy Now! provides the kind of news and information that is crucial to public participation in the political life of the country. With cutting edge reporting and challenging views, Democracy Now! aims to hold those in positions of power accountable for their decisions and to inspire grassroots action for social change.

7 pm

Eagle Talk Leadership

The Eagle Talk Leadership Radio show was conceived to promote the concept that “Learning never stops and there is power and purpose in every person and all actions should be guided by honesty and integrity”. Our mission is to provide insightful information to our listeners. This radio program is the platform that allows the community, the state and national figures to have their say. Our goal is to provide you the audience with exposure that enhances your knowledge base and makes you a better spokesperson for all the issues that concern you.

Presented by North Carolina Central University’s Department of Public Administration.

8 – 9 pm

8 – 9 pm

European Jazz Stage

From the great stages of Europe, Radio Netherlands Worldwide brings you this year’s European Jazz Stage with host Benjamin Herman.

13 hours of 2012 performances beckon from venues across the continent including the acclaimed North Sea Jazz Festival. WNCU will also broadcast previous performances from 2011 and 2010.

And we’ll bring jazz names you may not have heard: Han Bennink, Fay Claassen, Till Brönner and more. Don’t let the consonants and accents faze you — these musicians swing.

A Radio Netherlands Worldwide production in association with Murray Street.

6 – 11 am

Hallelujah Praise

Carolyn Pettiford Ryals and Walter “Country Boy” Hatcher present Hallelujah Praise, three hours of traditional gospel, from quartets to large choirs, from classic favorites to new releases and an extra added special, church news.

9 – 11 pm

Hudson’s Hideaway

Chicago style and funky electric blues, acoustic blues and zydeco. BB King, T-Bone Walker, Muddy Waters, Buddy Guy and Junior Wells, KoKo Taylor and Clifton Chenier are some of the musicians you can expect to hear. BH, a long time blues musician herself, gets back to her roots and rocks out for two hours with all the classics from the WNCU library and brand new releases from labels like Alligator Records, Delmark and more.

8 – 9 pm

7 – 8 pm

Jazz at Lincoln Center Radio

Jazz at Lincoln Center Radio is dedicated to inspiring and growing audiences for jazz. Through concerts and education, they share the depth of feeling and improvisational vitality of this democratic music in their home, The House of Swing, and all over the world.

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8 – 9 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.

Mon – Sat. Overnight

Jazz with Bob Parlocha

Jazz with Bob Parlocha is a satellite-delivered jazz program provided by the Jazz Satellite Network. The program is hosted by the legendary jazz expert Bob Parlocha. Parlocha entertains listeners with a creative, engaging musical mix and a brief, but friendly conversational rapport. For more information about the host and/or playlists for this program, please contact Bob Parlocha by clicking here.

6 – 7 pm

Mastering Your Money

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.

Mon – Fri
7 – 11 am

Morning Jazz

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

6:30 – 7 pm

Radio Skywriter

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.

2 – 4 pm

Reggae Scene

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

8 – 9 pm

Smiley West Show

Prepare to be enthralled. Each week, the incomparable Tavis Smiley and Cornell West welcome a variety of guests to be part of a high-energy exchange of views, information, and insight.

The Smiley/West Show offers a unique blend of news and newsmakers in expanded conversations on topics ranging from presidential power to reparations for slavery, from campaign finance reform to miscegenation in music videos — all with a special focus on black America.

7 – 8 pm

Snap Judgment

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

Mon – Fri
7 – 8 pm

‘Tell Me More’ with Michel Martin

“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.

4 – 7 pm

The Funk Show

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.

8 – 9 pm

9 – 10 pm

The New Jazz Archive

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.