American Routes is a weekly two-hour public radio program produced in New Orleans, presenting a broad range of American music — blues and jazz, gospel and soul, old-time country and rockabilly, Cajun and zydeco, Tejano and Latin, roots rock and pop, avant-garde and classical. Now in our 15th year on the air, American Routes explores the shared musical and cultural threads in these American styles and genres of music — and how they are distinguished.
Linx Mix follows the musical journey of Mixmaster Linc from prog, art, and classic rock through electric blues, blues-rock, jazz-rock and beyond. Focusing on music that is melodically and compositionally more sophisticated, rather than simple or repetitive. The show brings a balance of familiar and unfamiliar tunes, so that the show can both be a learning experience, and can also bring the reverie of the classics from back in the day.
Our 6-String World is rock, blues-rock, country-rock and any other genre that features a master of the guitar that catches my ear. While it features mainly younger artists under the age of 40, it also features groups that have been around for any length of time that are still releasing new material.
River Trade Radio is an on-air radio program dedicated to the song trade routes that flow through Kansas City. Featuring Real! Live! Touring and local guests in-studio, as well as hand-selected music from our own collections of Americana, Folk, Blues, Bluegrass, Roots, Country, World, Jazz and more.
The "Tasty Brew" is an eclectic mix of American roots based music genres regardless of the nationality of the performer. Americana music is difficult to define.
Wednesday MidDay Medley plays with themes and special events. Tim Finn, Music Writer for The Kansas City Star and Ink, wrote that Wednesday MidDay Medley was the "Best Place To Hear Local Music On The Radio: The place to listen to new local music and often hear performers talk about it." (December 4, 2013). The show features new releases, local artists, glam, indie, punk, funk, folk, hip hop, classic country, jazz, lo-fi, electronic, soul, latin, broadway, cuban, african, ambient, and live in-studio performances from area musicians, performers, and writers. Specials include our ongoing "New & Local Releases," "A Story in a Song," our four-week December series: "The 100 Best Recordings of the Year," and our quarterly programs produced & hosted by Maria Vasquez Boyd and Marion Merritt.