Funky February on WNKU

Join WNKU as we celebrate Black History Month with all things Funk

Cheri Lawson

Shawn Braley: We’ve really captured something that people want. And that’s to connect and be known and to know other people and so the best way to do that is stories. The best way to do that is personal stories.

Shawn Braley is executive director of Cincy Stories, an event started in February 2015 at MOTR pub in Over-the-Rhine. Braley says the intention was building community in the city.

courtesy Ron Esposito

Ron Esposito: I’ve been a musician for well over fifty years. I still want to remain involved with music on some level. But I wanted to have the music/sound relate to consciousness, spirituality.

Diane Coffee LIVE: A Members-only Studio 89

Feb 4, 2016

Diane Coffee  stopped in before their performance at MOTR Pub on Wednesday, February 3rd and played before a live studio audience of WNKU members.  Not a member? Join today!

Cheri Lawson

Jamie and Piper: When we first met we had the same teeth missing. Her two teeth here are curved in and mine are too. And we both like gymnastics a lot. And we like American Girl dolls.

Jamie Benassi and Piper Joseph are biological sisters but have only known each other a little over a year. The girls were separated as embryos a little more than 10 years ago .

The 9 and 10 year olds sit next to each other on Jamie’s bed in Newtown, Ohio talking about their favorite bands, spending the night and going shopping.

courtesy Cincinnati Reds

Pete Rose: “This is an honor you can’t believe how ya feel. Growing up here, always been a Reds fan, always had the most respect for all the Reds players that I was rootin’ for when I was a kid. Most all the guys in the hall of fame that are living today either played with me or against me. And a lot of them played for me.”


Jan 19, 2016


Every Friday from 6-9PM you will hear funk from around the world, brought to you by Cincinnati legend on the bass, and funk expert, Freekbass! 

WNKU Remembers David Bowie

Jan 13, 2016

Like many of our listeners, I had a rude awakening on Monday morning. As I struggled to scrape a stubborn layer of frost from my windshield, the text came in: "David Bowie died."

That didn't seem possible. Two days earlier, we were talking about his birthday and the new album Blackstar, which was already garnering rave reviews. There was something about him that seemed youthful and timeless. He couldn't be gone.

In addition to working Frank Zappa, Talking Heads, and his own band, King Crimson, Covington, Kentucky's Adrian Belew toured with David Bowie in the late 70's and again in the 90's.  Liz Felix caught up with the guitar guru to talk about his long time collaborator and friend.

courtesy Ollie Kroner, Quincy's dad

Ollie Kroner: The photo itself captures this moment. It’s a precious moment. Then news outlets picked up on it.  ABC news was calling ,Good Morning America was emailing ,CNN, Buzzfeed ,Huffington Post.


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