David Brower

Program Director

David Brower is the Program Director for North Carolina Public Radio - WUNC.  He helps guide the over-all sound of the radio station.

Before becoming the station's interim PD, David got up very early to write, edit and prepare news reports heard on Morning Edition as the morning News Editor for WUNC. Since coming to WUNC in 2000, David has anchored Morning Edition and reported on everything from federal tax law to fishermen. His reporting work has been heard nationally on all of NPR's newsmagazines and has garnered awards from the Associated Press, The Society of Professional Journalists, National Federation of Community Broadcasters and the Edward R. Murrow Awards.

Before WUNC, David spent 10 years working in public radio and reporting for NPR from Las Cruces, New Mexico, near the US-Mexico border. David grew up in North Carolina and now lives in Carrboro with his wife Catherine Lazorko and their four sons. He is a big fan of strong coffee, old time music and ACC basketball.

Ways to Connect

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We've teamed up with Come Hear NC on a podcast series that explores North Carolina music one song at a time. On this episode, HC McEntire joins Eric Hodge to talk about Nina Simone's 'I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free.' Like Nina Simone, McEntire grew up in Tryon, NC. She says the music Simone made often illuminates the challenges people in the South face, even to this day.

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Josh Coyle

We've teamed up with Come Hear NC on a podcast series that explores North Carolina music one song at a time. On this episode, Jacob Sharp of Mipso talks about 'Black Flower Blooming' by The Dead Tongues. He says it's a song that both speaks to living in North Carolina, and also needing to spead your wings and fly from home. 

Dom Flemons
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We've teamed up with Come Hear NC on a podcast series that explores North Carolina music one song at a time. This week, Grammy winner and American Songster Podcast host Dom Flemons talks with us about the legacy of 'Shady Grove.' He says it's a song that is synonymous with North Carolina. 

Sylvan Esso
Sylvan Esso

We've teamed up with Come Hear NC on a podcast series that explores North Carolina music one song at a time. On this episode, we chat with Durham rapper Lord Fess  about Sylvan Esso's 'Die Young.' It's a song he says speaks to him personally, and is also one with incredible production.

Tift Merritt
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We've teamed up with Come Hear NC on a podcast series that explores North Carolina music one song at a time. This week we've got MC Taylor of Hiss Golden Messenger telling us about why he loves 'Traveling Alone' by Tift Merritt - the title track from her 2012 record.

Here's a video of MC Taylor performing 'Traveling Alone' at the North Carolina Art Museum in 2017.

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Rob Amberg

We've teamed up with Come Hear NC on a podcast series that explores North Carolina music one song at a time. On our 40th episode, Executive Director of the North Carolina Arts Council Wayne Martin talks about a recording of the song "Pretty Fair Miss In A Garden" he made with fiddler Doug Wallin. He also talks about how the traditional music of North Carolina has resonated not only in our home state, but worldwide.

Mandolin Orange
Mark Maya

We've teamed up with Come Hear NC on a podcast series that explores North Carolina music one song at a time. This time, writer Allison Hussey tells us about a rare recording of the gospel standard 'Fifty Miles of Elbow Room' recorded by Emily Frantz and Andrew Marlin of Mandolin Orange with Josh Moore.

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John Vettese

We've teamed up with Come Hear NC on a podcast series that explores North Carolina music one song at a time. On this episode, musician Kamara Thomas talks about the Jonathan Wilson song 'Can We Really Party Today?' She says it's a song with dual meanings.

Jonathan Wilson plays The Arts Center in Carrboro on Friday, October 25th.

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Terry Cryer

We've teamed up with Come Hear NC on a podcast series that explores North Carolina music one song at a time. This time, Dom Flemons talks about a recording of the song 'Cindy' that Pete Seeger made with North Carolinians Sonny Terry and Brownie McGhee.

Stick around after the episode to hear Dom Flemon's 'Sonoran Church Two-Step.'

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Amanda DeCadenet

We've teamed up with Come Hear NC on a podcast series that explores North Carolina music one song at a time. This week, Merge Records recording artist H.C. McEntire talks about the Sonic Youth song 'Chapel Hill.' It's a song that paints a picture of what the indie rock scene was like in the early '90s and was a lot of people's first impression of the town.

Elizabeth Cotten
Diana Davies

We've teamed up with Come Hear NC on a podcast series that explores North Carolina music one song at a time. On this episode, folk musician Alice Gerrard talks about Elizabeth Cotten's 'Freight Train.'

On Saturday night at Red Hat Amphitheater in Raleigh, an all-star group of musicians pays tribute to the music Alice Gerrard made with Hazel Dickens. Most of the seats are free.

Chatham County Line
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We've teamed up with Come Hear NC on a podcast series that explores North Carolina music one song at a time. This time, Pinecone Director William Lewis tell us why he loves Chatham County Line's 'Living In Raleigh Now.'

The International Bluegrass Music Association Festival takes place next weekend in...Raleigh.

The Kruger Brothers
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We've teamed up with Come Hear NC on a podcast series that explores North Carolina music one song at a time. This time, musician Joe Newberry tells us why he is inspired by the Switzerland born and NC based bluegrass trio Kruger Brothers. "Carolina In The Fall" tells the story of their journey here.

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Marc Krause

We've teamed up with Come Hear NC on a podcast series that explores North Carolina music one song at a time. On this episode, Loamlands founder and Pinhook owner Kym Register talks Des Ark and their song 'Carolina Girls.'

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Jive Records

We've teamed up with Come Hear NC on a podcast series that explores North Carolina music one song at a time. This time, Hopscotch Music Festival director Nathan Price joins Eric Hodge to talk about Petey Pablo's classic 'Raise Up' and what it meant to him growing up in North Carolina.

This year marks 10 years of the Hopscotch Music Festival, which takes place September 5-7 in Raleigh. WUNC Music will be live streaming from the event.

Doc Watson
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We've teamed up with Come Hear NC on a podcast series that explores North Carolina music one song at a time. This week, Jacob Sharp of Mipso tells us why he loves Doc Watson & David Grisman's version of the Gershwin classic 'Summertime.'

Mipso plays a homecoming show at the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh on Saturday, August 31st.  

On Thursday September 12 WUNC Music presents HC McEntire, Alice Gerrard, John Howie Jr, and Tatiana Hargreaves previewing Ken Burns’ new documentary series "Country Music" at Cat’s Cradle Main Room located at 300 East Main St, Carrboro, NC.

The event is free. Doors open at 6 p.m. with the 30-minute preview starting at 7 p.m. followed by a songwriters in-the-round session.

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Hopscotch Music Festival

WUNC Music will broadcast live from the City Plaza Stage during the 10th Annual Hopscotch Music Festival September 5-7 in downtown Raleigh. Hopscotch is one of this region’s most important modern music festivals and this year features a broad and adventurous lineup. There will be more than 140 bands playing over three days. The complete schedule is here.
 

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Brad Bunyea

We've teamed up with Come Hear NC on a podcast series that explores North Carolina music one song at a time. This week, musician Molly Sarlé talks about Jake Xerxes Fussell's version of 'Have You Ever Seen Peaches Growing On a Sweet Potato Vine?'

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Trilby Berger

We've teamed up with Come Hear NC on a podcast series that explores North Carolina music one song at a time. On this episode, Motorco's Glenn Boothe talks The Popes, their role in the late 80's North Carolina pop scene, and their great lost major label debut.

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Sylvan Esso

We've teamed up with Come Hear NC on a podcast series that explores North Carolina music one song at a time. On this episode, Kamaya Truitt-Martin is in for Eric Hodge again. She talks with Da’Mon James, Emma Pollard, Victor Amaya, and Director Allison Swaim of WUNC's 2019 Youth Reporting Institute about songs that inspire them and say something about North Carolina.

Chatham County Line
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We've teamed up with Come Hear NC on a podcast series that explores North Carolina music one song at a time. This time, Yep Roc recording artists Mandolin Orange stop by to talk with Eric Hodge about why they love Chatham County Line's 'Crop Comes In.'

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Merge Records

We've teamed up with Come Hear NC on a podcast series that explores North Carolina music one song at a time. Eric Hodge is back this week, and on this episode he chats with Laura Ballance of Merge Records about one of the labels early singles from the Raleigh band Angels of Epistemology.

Merge Records celebrates their 30th anniversay with a series of concerts in Durham and Carrboro July 24-27.

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Lindsay Metivier

We've teamed up with Come Hear NC on a podcast series that explores North Carolina music one song at a time. On this episode, Kamaya Truitt-Martin is in for Eric Hodge. She talks with four of WUNC's 2019 Youth Reporters about songs that inspire them and say something about North Carolina. Some of their choices might surprise you.

WUNC’s Youth Reporting Institute hosts its annual public listening party on Thursday August 8 at 7 PM at Motorco in Durham.  This is a free event and will feature the first public airing of 7 new stories produced by WUNC’s Youth Reporting Team.

Come Hear NC On Songs We Love: G Yamazawa

Jul 6, 2019
Poet and Emcee G Yamazawa
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We've teamed up with Come Hear NC on a podcast series that explores North Carolina music one song at a time. On this episode, Kamaya Truitt-Martin is in for Eric Hodge. She talks with the WUNC Youth Reporting Team about G Yamazawa's 'North Cack.'

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Jimmy Williams

We've teamed up with Come Hear NC on a podcast series that explores North Carolina music one song at a time. This week, director of the Festival For The Eno Greg Bell talks John Dee Holeman, who has performed at the festival all 40 years it's been held.

We've teamed up with Come Hear NC on a podcast series that explores North Carolina music one song at a time. On this episode, Marvin Levi of The Veldt tells us about the impact that the metal band Corrosion of Conformity had on Raleigh and beyond in the 1980's.

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We've teamed up with Come Hear NC on a podcast series that explores North Carolina music one song at a time. This week, Executive Director of Pinecone William Lewis talks with us about the legacy of Earl Scruggs and his song 'Foggy Mountain Breakdown.' It's a tune that is as relevant at bluegrass festivals today as it was when it was written in 1949.

Jack Spencer

We've teamed up with Come Hear NC on a podcast series that explores North Carolina music one song at a time. On this episode, Chapel Hill honky tonker  John Howie Jr. tells us why he loves Emmylou Harris' 'When I Was Yours.'

Stick around after the episode to hear 'Back When I Cared' from John Howie Jr.'s latest album 'Not Tonight.'

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