Welcome to the Placitas Platter Party, hosted by Ken Aronds! Ken is new to Placitas and to New Mexico – he moved here with his wife, Jo, in 2015 from Washington, DC. Ken’s musical passions lie with the forgotten lo-fi sounds of the 1950s and ‘60s, such as Rockabilly, primitive Rock ‘n Roll and obscure Rhythm & Blues, Surf Instru-mentals, and teenage Garage Rock. For as long as he can remember, Ken has been making playlists of this glorious noise for his own enjoyment, and is thrilled to play these tunes on KUPR for all to hear. So, tune in at 10 pm Saturdays for the rockin’, rollin’, wailin’ and flailin’ sounds of Ray Gentry & His Rovin’ Gamblers, Mickey Hawks & the Night Raiders, The Rebelaires, The Trashmen, Wanda Jackson, Fat Daddy Holmes, Tooter Boatman, Jett Powers, Ersel Hickey, Bullmoose Jackson & His Buffalo Bearcats…and hundreds more!
Alan Ball brings you Blues from the Roadhouse Tuesdays at noon with some great capital B Blues music and featured artists. These programs gnaw at the roots of American music as an integral part of our cultural history. Starting as impromptu work and rhythm chants on plantations, this genre soon spread to many more popular styles. Alan is a recent transplant to Placitas, moving from Santa Fe. He has lived in New Mexico for 35 years, was a Platte River youngster in the Midwest and escaped to the Rocky Mountains as soon as possible. Alan enjoyed four years as an active DJ for a low power college station in Lincoln NE. Since the 70's his career has taken him into banking, real estate and title insurance while squeezing in a little alpine skiing and travel.
KUPR has been blessed with the archives of "Stolen Moments" from the late Simon Barley. Barley was a jazz disc jockey and concert promoter who died of liver cancer. Barley collected the best of post-war acoustic modern jazz (1944-69). He produced nearly 100 Stolen Moments programs on disc with the goal of syndication. We are working to carry on his work by reformatting as many discs as possible for airplay on KUPR every Wednesday night from 10 pm to midnight.
Bobbi Jean Bell is wild about the West! And we are wild about the vast knowledge of Western music, poetry, prose, Western Swing, Cowboy Country and more that she brings to KUPR. She hosts the Out West Hour from 4-5 pm on Saturdays. Bobbi and husband Jim moved to Albuquerque about a year ago from California where she ran a concert series. Bobbi and her Nashville-area co-host Gary Holt won the DJ/Radio Program of the Year award at the recent International Western Music Association convention in Albuquerque.
Join hosts Kitty & Mr. C in their little Tiki hut, Saturday evenings, from 5-7 pm, as they stir up the perfect sonic cocktail of sophisticated sounds from the golden & modern age of Exotica, on their show “Kitty & Mr. C’s Enchanted Tiki Hut.” Travel on a magic carpet ride to strange and mesmerizing places each week. This show incorporates exotic jungle jazz sounds, tribal percussion, Afro-Cuban, Latin rhythms, cocktail jazz, surf, Bossa nova, Kitty is an accomplished singer, having performed with Mr. C (a drummer) in jazz clubs in California. She has also performed in musical theater. Most recently she was the social media coordinator for Mr. C’s other project, a progressive rock band.
Jerry DiTata started doing radio in 2012 on WUSB in Stony Brook,NY - early mornings twice a month, filling in for other hosts, recording promos and also helping out with live sound when local performers would be featured. After relocating to New Mexico in 2014, he could be heard occasionally on KUNM during the overnight hours and since June of 2015 also has a weekly time slot on KMRD-LP in Madrid, NM. Jerry D likes to spin Jambands, Bluegrass, Americana, Album Rock that was not overplayed on commercial stations and local artists also. Happy to be part of the KUPR family, he will be interviewing local talent for the “Let’s Get Creative” show and is now hosting Saturday Afternoon Freeform at 2pm. His local artist interviews are archived here after they air.
Pam DiTata started in radio by volunteering at WUSB in Stony Brook, NY- answering phones during fundraisers, and helping Jerry Di with his shows & recording promos.She always loved radio, it was playing in the house when she was growing up, tuned to an Oldies station with fun Jingles… After they moved to NM in 2014, she would help Jerry with preparing shows for KUNM overnights, and when KMRD went on the air in 2015, she would also help and be a guest on his show there. Pam also volunteers for KUPR recording promos with Jerry. She also volunteered at KUPR fundraisers and she is also Secretary of the Council and a Council Member. A mutual friend at the station heard a promo on KUPR and said “The Voice” and that is how the her show got its name. Pam is a DJ on Sunday afternoons from 3-4 PM and the show is called “The Voice” which features a different theme each week, as part of the “Women’s Voices” block running from 3-6 PM.
Tom Frouge joins us on Tuesday evenings 6-8 pm for The Strange Land. Tom began his music business career in 1988 as a radio host at free-form radio station WPKN-FM in Bridgeport, CT, where he also served as music director for eight years. Since then Tom has worked in most aspects of the music business (labels, management, promotion and marketing, publishing, record producing, presenting, songwriting) and is currently the Executive Director of Avokado Artists, a NM-based not-for-profit arts organization. He is currently a member of the NM Music Commission. We are proud to have Tom return to radio with KUPR - bringing a world of music, interviews and more to the airwaves. From the dusty back roads of the Americas to the dusty no-roads of the Sahara, from the streets of NOLA to the streets of Recife, from the Great Wall to the Great Pyramids, from the Seine to the Volga to the Ganges to the Hudson to the Rio Grande - and beyond - it’s a trip around a musical Strange Land.... Tom also helps organize concerts for KUPR, bringing Los Martinez, Rahim Alhaj and Lone Pinon to the community in recent years.
Ken Grimes hosts The Mystery Music Show every Thursday from 3-5 pm as well as occasionally appearing on KUPR's Friday Happy Hour. He also cohosts with his wife Lynn Kaskela a Sunday 9 am show, Morning Blends. A Chicago native, Ken attended Columbia College as a music major. A versatile musician who plays bass, six-string guitar, and keyboard, Ken has been in the music business from more than 45 years. His experience includes playing with various bands in Chicago and as a DJ for events at Top 40 clubs, weddings, special events - even roller rinks. Ken moved to Placitas in 2012 with his wife Lynne who provided the profile picture. Tune in every Thursday where "Spinnin' Kenny G" will reveal the next tantalizing musical mystery.
Rick Hatfield is the host of Magpies Mix, on Tuesday at 3 pm. Rick is new to radio, but has been involved with music most of his life. He currently plays in venues across New Mexico and Texas as a one-man-band. Magpies Mix will focus on Americana and blues, with ventures into world, jazz, and Celtic music, to name a few.
Dr. David Hoekenga joins KUPR Thursday evenings at 6pm beginning June 4th with Melodies from the Sandias - a selection of classical music. Following this classic music two-hours, Dr. Dave then hosts Night at the Opera and hopefully introducing you to some lesser known gems. Did you know that Dr. Hoekenga is also an author of mystery books that are available at Wild Hearts Gallery in Placitas?
Monday nights enjoy The Jazz Groove with George Koinis from 6-9pm. Tune in Sundays at 11 am. for an hour of mandolin music, Mandolin Magic, from many genres thanks to George - a mandolin player and afficionado. George is a talented musician and past president of and advisor for the New Mexico Jazz Workshop. He has also curated and currently hosts the Eddie Chelist Music Hour at 9pm Tuesdays with selection from the late Dr. Chelist's vast music collection donated to KUPR.
Ready for a music adventure? Tune in for Johnny Lawndart at 8pm, Wednesdays, with Hindsight - a weekly theme of underplayed and overlooked music.
Back when Datsuns roamed the earth, Lawndart was a collector of all music that was under the radar and off the grid. Shuffling and repackaging selections of his ever expanding collection into numerous mini-presentations, he labored over, what prehistoric man once called, "mix tapes". This passion for gathering only the overlooked gems for a themed presentation eventually led him straight to radio. His show "Hindsight" provides listeners with only the best of underplayed talent. Johnny promises to treat you to completely unprofessional on-air presence and clumsy commentary, but backed by the absolute best music you might have missed, and shouldn't live without.
Sarah Lawndart has no idea into what she has gotten herself. Her one-hour Pearls show on Sundays, 5-6 pm, is full of mixed-genre music and readings. From uber-sweet to slightly raucous, folk, punk rock, alternative, oldies, newbies, ska, with a show tune here and there, you’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll wonder why she played THAT song, and you’ll hopefully hear something that you never knew you loved.
Rick Lawrence has been listening to the MoTown and doo wop genres of music since he was a very young boy growing up in the New York suburbs. He learned to play guitar when he was 10 years old and one of his first songs was "teenager in love"! He will be sharing his 45 collection of oldies accumulated over the years. Rick played in several bands in high school and currently plays with another guitarist at nursing homes and assisted living facilities. With his sidekick Tim Trujillo, he brings two hours of Strolling Down Memory Lane to the air on Fridays, 1-3 pm. His new Sunday show, Country on Sunday at 1-3 pm, brings some fine classic country music to KUPR.
Dobro and Lap Steel artist, Marty Lepore, Dr. slide, brings his music collection and love of Slide Guitar to KUPR for a two hour show every Sunday afternoon from 1pm to 3pm. He has played Lap Steel and Resophonic Guitar for over 40 year, performing in a variety of bands, starting when he was 12 years old. He saw Josh Graves perform with Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs Reunion Band in 1974 and had to get a Dobro.It has been a lifelong passion ever since. He was a teacher with the Seattle Folklore Society, Board member of the Western Washington Bluegrass Association and soundman for the New Melody Tavern in Seattle. Winning the “Western Washington Dobro Championship” in 1995, he co-hosted the “Resomania” workshop at the award winning “Wintergrass” Bluegrass Festival in Bellevue Washington for 20 years. He has met and picked with major Dobro players from all over the world.
Moving to New Mexico in 2016, Dr. Slide brings his love and mastery of the Slide Guitar, song arranging skills, and guitar playing, to Placitas. He has a new band with fellow Placitas resident, Bill Honker. Keep on the lookout for the “Desert Mountain String Band”. Soon to be playing near you.
Veteran broadcaster Alonzo Lucero invites you to tune in for three hours of Spanish music each weekday morning from 9:00-noon. Alonzo will both entertain you and keep you up to date on what is going on in the area. Alonzo started in radio broadcasting in 1970 in Albuquerque, and is still going strong. Out of the 10 radio and TV stations he's worked at over the years, he says he enjoys working here at KUPR the most! Tune in Wednesdays at 9 am for the Bernalillo Hour and Fridays at 9 am for Al Lucero's Corridos show. (The corrido is a popular narrative song and poetry form: a ballad, story or epic.)
Recording artists A. Michael Martinez and Charlotte Perry are queuing up the hottest indigenous music in the world as they walk the Red Road on Wednesday evenings 5:30-8pm. Featuring music of the First Peoples of the Americas, World Indigenous, East/West, Latin Jazz, Traditional/Modern. It all converges during this auditory space in time where it truly is all about the human journey! Michael and Charlotte have lived in Placitas since 1984. Michael is an original member of the Native American rock band, Xit (just inducted into the New Mexico Music Hall of Fame) and recorded at the Hitsville Motown studio in Detroit. Charlotte is a UNM graduate in music, was a NM music educator, and has an extensive vocal performance background ... they now perform together as AMISTAR.
Host of The Playlist, KUPR’s eclectic variety mix show Fridays at 7 pm, Brandon "Brando" McDaniel has had a passion for radio since his childhood growing up in SE New Mexico, where he would spend every Saturday night listening to the local classic rock show, Saturday Classic Rock, from 6:00PM until 2:00AM. Brando has recently been making guest appearances as the host of the local music segment of Let’s Get Creative on KUPR. When not hosting and producing content for KUPR, Brando is active in the local performing arts community as an actor and stage-director, as well as in the local music community with his alternative rock band, Port Alice.
John McNerney (who is also an engineer for the station along with Larry Wilson and Jerry DiTata) shows up Mondays at noon for two hours of Early Rock and Roll. John retired from state service in New England and moved back to his native New Mexico recently. While he was here as a young man, he was an "Announcer" on KUNM when both studio and transmitter were in the basement of the UNM Student Union and the antenna was on the roof. It broadcast on 90.1 FM. That was in the late 1960s and early 1970s. "Announcer" was euphemism for DJ; somehow DJ implied popular AM Radio in those days, an anathema to KUNM, which viewed itself as more avante guarde and played Rock and Roll, mainly tunes that you would not likely hear on AM Radio. He lives in Placitas with his wife of many years. She is a trained classical musician, but has come to appreciate some of the Rock and Roll of those days. He is also engaged in volunteering around Sandoval County, providing services similar to those he provided in his career.
Casey Mortensen joined KUPR from 8 to 10 on Friday nights as host of the two hour Roots of Indie - past and present indie music with some rock, bluegrass, and folk artists past and present deserving of radio time. Casey grew up in the country outside Idaho Falls surrounded by potato farms, although his dad was an engineer and his mother a nurse. He joined the Navy and was in Japan and California. Now he attends UNM studying archaeology, enjoys traveling and playing music. Casey says he is enjoying working with the KUPR team
Tom Traynor, host of the Eclectic 180, Wednesdays at 2 pm is a DJ rookie. He spent his entire career in and around the communications industry…radio stations, TV, recording studios, production facilities, film production, commercials, etc…. as the owner of advertising and marketing firms working with brands such as McDonald’s AT&T and others. Over the last 15 years, he ran (with two partners) an international association of marketing firms with accredited members certified as brand development specialists. He and his wife, Rosemary Breehl (Ro), are moving back to Cleveland soon, but will continue to contribute to KUPR's programming. Tom is a native of Detroit and grew up to the sounds of Motown. Tom and Ro have three beautiful daughters and six great grandkids. Tom volunteered to be a KUPR DJ after a life-long love affair with music, live concerts and a huge crush on Janis Joplin. His tastes are wide-ranging from zydeco to hip hop, to jazz and folk, rock and roll and bluegrass, the blues and guitar jams...and thus the eclectic theme of his radio shows.
After an almost 20 year absence from the airwaves, Sal Treppiedi is returning with Sounds From The Superhighway Tuesday and Thursday mornings 7-9 am. STSH is a hybrid of musical styles and genres pieced together by a common thread. Sal was born to Italian immigrant parents and raised in Brooklyn, NY. He’s worn many hats within the music business including publicist, road manager, writer and blogger. In 1981, he got his start in college radio. After moving to Albuquerque, he continued his radio days at a local sports radio station. These days, he teaches Rock & Roll History at an Albuquerque high school.
Tim Trujillo joins Rick Lawrence on Friday at 1 pm for a Stroll Down Memory Lane and sometimes shows up as a guest host and host for KUPR's Happy Hour. He also airs at noon Fridays with a jazzy hour titled Straight No Chaser. Born and raised with pride in the Lincoln Heights neighborhood of the east side of Los Angeles, Tim now proudly calls the Land of Enchantment home, as his ancestors have done for centuries before him. A love of great music flows through this bloodline, most notably from his great, great grandfather, a remarkably…fruitful blind fiddler in Taos.
A new addition to KUPR, Nick Upton and his wife Leanna moved to Placitas in May of 2020 from San Diego, California. Nick’s Lounge, heard Saturdays from 7-8pm features Lounge favorites, classic pop, rock and jazz instrumentals and who-knows-what-else! Nick comes from a 45-year career in commercial radio, spent entirely in San Diego County, on Adult Contemporary, Country and 80’s stations. Nick was Music Director for legendary Country station KSON for 14 years and Digital Manager for the station group for 25 years. Now in The Land of Enchantment, Nick and Leanna continue their quest to find new and interesting places to RV, camp and off-road.
Patrick Vanderwyden joins KUPR to host "Hidden Gems of the 21st Century" Saturday mornings from 8am to 11 am. Patrick is a New Mexico transplant from Florida in 2017, moving to Placitas in March of 2020. He has always enjoyed listening to music on the radio, and looks forward to introducing you to music he enjoys, but is missing from the playlists of most radio stations.
Bob Witter is the host of The Mix, Sunday evenings from 6-8 pm. Bob is a long-time resident of New Mexico and is a graduate of NMSU. While at NMSU, Bob joined KRWG-AM and FM as a DJ and also served as sports director. He mostly enjoyed broadcasting Aggie basketball games.
Bob’s career started as an engineer with electric utilities, then evolved into a consulting practice. He became a nationally-known forensic engineer and instructor of utility codes. While living in the Jemez Mountains, Bob was a firefighter, Battalion Chief and EMT for the Sandoval County Fire Department (District 5). He and his wife, Kathy, moved from Jemez to Bernalillo in 2013. Join Bob on Sunday evenings for two hours of oldies rock ‘n roll, big band music and doo wop. And maybe a few surprises here and there.
On the air on Mondays from 3 pm to 5 pm with Indigenous Brilliance, contemporary Native American music, is Lyle Toledo Yazzie. Lyle is a former Park Ranger and sales clerk at Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site and now calls Placitas home where he creates a line of jewelry exhibited across the world as well as in prestigious shows like IFAM and The Heard Museum's Indian Market. We appreciate his bringing the Diné perspective to our KUPR listening audience and also learning that he is every bit as much at home with Rock and Roll as Native American music.
Pat Allan is one of the smooth voices you hear in our station ids and promos. He is also a previous winner of the Newscaster of the Year award by the New Mexico Broadcaster's Association and KUPR is proud to have his talent and expertise. He is the voice behind many of our KUPR station breaks and announcements. Pat also does an occasional interview just for KUPR. Listen to a conversation on April 24 with Diana Hadley, president of the Northern Jaguar Project about their bi-national big cat conservation programs.
Matthew Bronson brings to KUPR his willingness to rove about our listening area in search of interviews and stories. There are some regular spots with elected officials plus cultural features, interviews with wildlife experts and others in our community working on issues and projects important to us. click to view Matthew's archived interviews.
Jerry DiTata is a great addition to the KUPR family (read more about him under "Music"). He hosts Home Country with Slim Randles on Saturdays, interviews local talent for the “Let’s Get Creative” show and will also pop in as a fill-in host from time to time. And, in his spare time he backs up our KUPR engineers. His local artist interviews are archived here after they air.
Our good friend and regular poet Jim Fish left this world doing what he loved - hiking - and the loss is a huge shock to this community.
Larry Goodell was born in Roswell, NM and has been in Placitas since 1963. He learned from USC in LA, studied with Robert Creeley in NM, went to the Vancouver Poetry Conference of '63 to study with Olson, Ginsberg, Duncan, Whalen, went to the Berkeley Poetry Conference in '65, and married photographer/artist Lenore Goodell in '68. He fabricated then staged his first event poems at the Thunderbird Bar in Placitas and at UNM. In 1972 he toured the country doing poetry performances with Stephen Rodefer. He has organized poetry readings for years, most recently at Silva's Saloon and the Duende Poetry Series at Anasazi Fields Winery. Needless to say, KUPR is thrilled to have Larry carry on the tradition of original poetry readings on KUPR - Thursday afternoons at 5pm.
Ken Jones comes to KUPR from the Pacific Northwest where for four years he led the Radio-On-The-Air series of on-stage, live radio-play productions
at the Jewel Box Theatre in Poulsbo, Washington. A new resident of the Village of Placitas, Ken joins KUPR as the host of the weekly show The Old Time Radio Theater on Saturday nights. Calling himself “The Old Time Radio Buff” he’ll present each week two or three classic OTR shows and/or movie radio-plays from the 30s, 40s, and 50s. And in addition he’ll be providing background information on the actors, writers, directors, and production teams for these shows.
Tommy Thompson, the voice behind many of KUPRs station breaks and announcements, has more than two decades of experience as a speaker, announcer and voice artist, including four years as a radio personality. Prior to moving to New Mexico from the East Coast in 2010, he was the “voice of the theater” for Capital Repertory Theater in Albany, New York, an Actor’s Equity-affiliated company. As well as house announcements before every Capital Rep show, he added his voice talents to a number of its productions, including “Moonlight and Magnolias”, “Rounding Third”, “The Technology Plays” cycle, and “An Alien’s Guide to Planet Earth”. He has also been heard in several radio commercials and Internet-based promotions, and seen as an extra on episodes of “In Plain Sight”, “Vegas”, “The Messengers”, and “Better Call Saul”. His film extra roles include “We’re the Millers” and “Independence Day 2”. Tommy and his wife Jane live in Bernalillo.
At a time when concerts and gatherings on the West Coast gave birth to 1967’s infamous “Summer of Love,” New Mexico was experiencing its own social and environmental revolution depicted in Voices of Counterculture in the Southwest, an exhibition at New Mexico History Museum in Santa Fe in 2017-18.
Placitas has its place in this history and some Placitans' stories were recorded as part of the culmination of this project. You can listen to them here.
John Dillon is a singer-songwriter, performer and guitar maker. Along with his wife, noted actor Vivian Nesbitt, John launched Art of the Song over a decade ago. This one-hour, listener-supported weekly radio program is heard on over 150 stations across North America. John has interviewed some of the biggest names in the industry with a focus on the universal truths common to all creative expression.
An award winning series features the compelling voices of the leading scientific and social innovators of our time. Each program highlights visionary solutions for restoring the Earth and human communities.
The Children's Hour is a weekly radio show and podcast produced with kids who are part of all aspects of the program. The program offers educational, enriching and engaging content that appeals to all ages, and covers an incredible diversity of themes using interviews, storytelling, poetry, music, discussion, and scripted content. KUPR is thrilled to be offering The Children's Hour every Sunday at noon beginning May 4.
Katie Stone is the Executive Director of The Children’s Hour Inc. and has been the volunteer producer of The Children’s Hour radio show and podcast for more than 17 years. Katie got her start in radio as a volunteer programmer on her high school station. She lives and works on a solar powered organic farm near the Rio Grande.
Global Village - a fresh, inventive mix of global sounds and styles and a welcoming presentation, this award-winning show speaks to the joys of musical discovery and smart entertainment with diverse and engaging world music that appeals to a broad audience.
Home Country with Slim Randles is an hour-long show airing Saturdays at 1 pm and featuring classic country music, stories and fun. Slim is an old High Sierra mule packer and familiar newspaper columnist whose country humor is never out of style. Home Country is produced by long time Albuquerque radio personality Larry Ahrens.
One hour music documentaries produced by Paul Ingles air at noon Wednesdays. On Fridays at 3 pm tune in for Paul's award-winning Peace Talks Radio. He also tunes in Thursdays at 1 pm with 10,000 Good Songs, two hours of great music. Paul has been in broadcasting since 1975 and has experience as a producer, news and sports reporter, recording engineer, editor, on-air personality, consultant, trainer and manager. We are grateful for his support of KUPR.
Now in its sixth year, The International Americana Music Show remains the only radio show to exclusively feature Americana music made solely by non-American artists. Each hour-long show is presented by experienced, New York based, Scottish presenter, Michael Park and includes occasional interviews with the international musicians whose music appears on the program.
We are proud to join over 140 NV1 affiliates (from reservation and village-based stations to top urban stations throughout the US and Canada). Native Voice One (NV1) is the distribution division of Anchorage-based Koahnic Broadcast Corporation. They bring Native voices to Alaska, the nation, and the world. NV1 content educates, advocates, and celebrates Indigenous life and values. We air Reclaimed on Mondays, 2pm - at 11 am Saturday and 8 pm Sunday enjoy Undercurrents. a free form music show hosted by Gregg McVicar (Tlingit).
Sounds from the Mother Road is a weekly exploration of the last 70 years of American Roots Music, featuring western swing, country, rockabilly,cowboy tunes and the artists who continue those traditions today.
Jared Ingersol hosts the syndicated radio program “Wandering Minstrels with Jared Ingersol”. The show spotlights a wide variety of folk music, from the traditional, to the contemporary, to the cutting edge; all its offshoots and branches — music from all around the world. We are airing this prerecorded show on Sunday nights at 8pm.