David Olney

Singer/songwriter David Olney talks with James Moore about his storied career and upcoming special 2pm concert in Fairfield coming up Sunday 21st at Hickory Highlands, an Intimate Farmhouse Concert in Fairfield, IA. For more details call 641-451-0438.

Click on the pic for more concert details,

  • Tue
    Feb 09
    5:00 pm -
    6:00 pm
  • Wed
    Feb 10
    11:00 pm -
    12:00 am

Best of 2015: Rap & Hip-Hop

Alright folks this is the last one--the last of my "Best of 2015" series. I started out with my favorite instrumental hip-hop and now we've come full circle and it's time to bring out the rappers.

I'm a sucker for that old school boom-bap sound and 2015 was another great year for bringing back the boom-bap. We had new albums by classic rappers like Ghostface Killah, Blackalicious and Slum Village. Plus a whole set of new artists, like Sugar Tongue Slim, Myke BoganOddissee, and Chance the Rapper, keeping the tradition alive.

Stream it all live February 9th, 5pm-6pm CST right here on KRUU radio.


Steven Druker author of Altered Genes Twisted Truth: How the Venture to Genetically Engineer Our Food Has Subverted Science, Corrupted Government, and Systematically Deceived the Public.

Stella by StarlightThe flu got me down this week, so we are going into the archives for a great interview, perfect to honor Black History Month.

Sharon Draper was a middle and high school English teacher for 25 years.  In fact, she was named National Teacher of the Year in 1997.  Her first book for young adults, "Tears of a Tiger" was published in 1995 and named one of the top 100 books for young adults for the millenium.

Writers' Voices host Caroline Kilbourn, herself a former high school English teacher, says "Stella By Starlight" should be required reading for all school children.  Inspired by the childhoold journal of Draper's grandmother Estelle, who had to quit school in the fifth grade to work on the family farmSharon Draperbut continued to write late at night, "Stella by Starlight" is set in 1932 in the fictional town of Bumblebee, NC.  Like many of Draper's books, it deals with difficult subjects; the Depression, segregation, the Ku Klux Klan, and voting rights, but told in a way that readers don't even realize they are learning history.

Join us this week on Writers' Voices to learn how this book came to be and why it is so important, why Draper writes for young adults and middle readers, and how she got her first book published.  Originally broadcast 1/23/15.


Joseph "Duane" Mottet

I am saddened to report the passing of my Uncle Joseph "Duane" Mottet who died February 5th at the age of 85 at the Halcyon House in Washington.

Duane was my dad's baby brother. And he was a true Mottet---a talker, a thinker, a storyteller. He was a real cut-up who made everyone laugh.

He and my Aunt Carol raised four great kids in a house just outside of Brighton, a house where I stayed while my folks went on vacation in the late sixties.

I'll always remember his voice. I'll always remember his walk. I'll always remember his good nature.

Obvious World ~ Sunday Nights ~ 9e/8c/7m/6p ♥

Bob MosesWant to get caught up on what has been kicking around in Andy Bargerstock's brain during 2015??  Well, here is the time to do it!  On this once per year program, DJ Andy shares his Crispy Awards playlist of 27 songs selected from over 400 new releases played on Fringe Toast during 2015.  The spotlight shines on the Brooklyn, NY based duo Bob Moses (originally from Canada; image left) with their splendid tracks on our Album of the Year called Days Gone By. Check out the Crispy Award's article published in the Laura Marling smilingIowa Source February issue.

In the second hour Chill Session, you will hear why so many ears are turning towards 25 year old UK singer-songwriter Laura Marling (photo right).  Spread the word to others who seek the "best source of new music available anywhere."   Click here for playlist... print and plunder it abundantly. 

"The best music you never hear ... unless you are tuned to Fringe Toast."




On tonight's edition of After Hours I'll be playing my favorite afrobeat, brass and jazz-funk from 2015. Stream it live February 6th, 10pm-12am CST right here on KRUU radio.



Earth, Wind and Fire's Maurice White has transitioned.

RIP to a shining star.


"Shining star for you to see,

what your life can truly be."


KRUUfm.com will be doing a musical tribute tonight Thu, Feb 4 at 7pm CT. Friday at 2pm I'll talk with KRUU's Duane Jones who grew up down the street from the Whites in Chicago and was inspired by Verdine White's amazing bass playing to take up the bass himself.

"Do you remem-bah?"

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