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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MCA 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 Phonte, from the recently reunited and Durham based hip hop group Little Brother tells us why he loves Jodeci.

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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Michael Buckner/Getty Images

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.'

Pigmeat Markham
Chess Records

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, Durham musician, activist, and scholar Pierce Freelon talks to us about Pigmeat Markham's 'Here Comes The Judge' and its influence on modern hip hop.

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Hopscotch Music Festival

The line-up for the 10th annual Hopscotch Music Festival in Raleigh was announced today.  The three-day music festival is September 5-7.  WUNC Music will be streaming live from the City Plaza Stage which this year features a Little Brother reunion, Sleater-Kinney, Kurt Vile, Jenny Lewis and others.

In honor of this being the 10th anniversary of Hopscotch here are 10 acts we are excited to welcome to Raleigh in no particular order.

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Demon Records

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 drummer Rob Ladd tells us why he loves Don Dixon's 'Girls L.T.D.' from the album 'Most Of The Girls Like To Dance But Only Some Of The Boys Like To.'

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Autumn de Wilde

We've teamed up with Come Hear NC on a podcast series that explores North Carolina music one song at a time. This week, former Local 506 owner and Motorco booker Glenn Boothe tells us why 'Where's Summer B.?' by Ben Folds Five brings him back to a certain time in Chapel Hill. 

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Capitol Records

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 Joe Newberry talks about the legacy of the song "Tom Dooley." It's a song that was made famous by The Kingston Trio, but has been covered by artists ranging from the Grateful Dead to the Carolina Chocolate Drops.

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Jim McGuire

We've teamed up with Come Hear NC on a podcast series that explores North Carolina music one song at a time. This week, Chatham County Line's Dave Wilson tells us why he loves 'Southbound' by Doc & Merle Watson.

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Jack Robinson / Getty Images

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, singer/songwriter Skylar Gudasz tells us about her love of Nina Simone's 'Wild Is The Wind.'

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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, writer Allison Hussey talks about 'Impressions of the Past' by the Durham based psychedelic folk band Megafaun.

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 and Grammy nominee Alice Gerrard talks about one of her heroes, Elizabeth Cotten. Alice is the subject of 'You Gave Me A Song,' a documentary that premieres at The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in Durham this weekend.

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CMA-Creative Management Associates

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, Merge Records co-founder and Superchunk bassist Laura Ballance talks to us about Roberta Flack's 'Compared To What.'

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David Holt

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 the North Carolina Arts Council Wayne Martin talks with Eric Hodge about guitarist Etta Baker. Also included on this week's episode is an exclusive performance of the song 'Crow Jane' by Etta Baker and her friend and fellow guitarist John Dee Holeman.

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UNC-Chapel Hill Libraries

We've teamed up with Come Hear NC on a podcast series that explores North Carolina music one song at a time. On this week's episode Rick Miller from the legendary Chapel Hill band Southern Culture On The Skids talks with Eric Hodge about John D. Loudermilk's 'Tobacco Road,' and the many, many times it has been covered. Be sure to stick around after the interview for a live version of Southern Culture on the Skids covering the song.

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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 week's episode Libby Rodenbough of the Chapel Hill band Mipso talks with Eric Hodge abour Randy Newman's 'The Great Debate.'

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Mike Benson

Today we have a special episode of Come Hear NC on the Songs We Love podcast.

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ABC Records

We've teamed up with Come Hear NC on a podcast series that explores North Carolina music one song at a time. This week Phil Cook talks with Eric Hodge about The Sensational Nightingales classic gospel song 'My Sisters And Brothers.'

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Julie Roberts

We've teamed up with Come Hear NC on a podcast series that explores North Carolina music one song at a time. On this week's episode Music Maker Relief Foundation co-founder Tim Duffy talks with Eric Hodge about 'Cornbread And Butterbeans' from the Grammy Award winning album Genuine Negro Jig by The Carolina Chocolate Drops.

Tift Merritt
Alexandra Valenti / Sacks & Co.

Songs We Love is a series and a podcast that looks at the stories behind some of the songs we're playing on our music discovery station, WUNC Music.

Songs We Love is a series and a podcast that looks at the stories behind some of the songs we're playing on our music discovery station, WUNC Music.

WUNC Music launches a new series this week that explores North Carolina Music one song at a time.  All year we’re asking people from the music community to come and talk about a song that they think says something about our home state.    North Carolina is home to ground breaking artists spanning gospel to indie rock, old time to metal, country to hip hop, beach music to straight ahead jazz.  We’ll bring in musicians, writers and club owners to talk about the songs they love.  You may be surprised by some of their choices.

Songs We Love is a series and a podcast that looks at the stories behind some of the songs we're playing on our new music discovery station, WUNC Music.

Songs We Love is a series and a podcast that looks at the stories behind some of the songs we're playing on our new music discovery station, WUNC Music.

Nathaniel Rateliff “Tearing at the Seams"

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Tom Carter

Old Time fiddler and songwriter Bill Hicks died this week.  He was 75 years old.   WUNC’s Program Director remembers him on this episode of the Songs We Love podcast with a close listen to his iconic song “The SOB In The Carvel Truck."

In a Facebook post announcing Bill’s passing the Red Clay Ramblers described their old friend as “...one of the finest musicians to come out of the 20th-century American South, and he leaves a great legacy of fiddling, singing, and songwriting."

WATCH "Black Woman" By Dom Flemons Video Premiere

Oct 25, 2018
Vania Kinard
Tim Duffy

WUNC is proud to present the world premiere of the video for "Black Woman" performed by Dom Flemons. The song was explained in the first episode of Season 2 of the American Songster Podcast and is included on Dom’s “Black Cowboys” release on Smithsonian Folkways.

On Veterans Day, WUNC presents stories recorded during a live storytelling event at the Airborne and Special Operations Museum in Fayetteville, NC.  The hour long broadcast is hosted by Eric Hodge. Hear these stories Saturday, November 11 at 2 p.m. on North Carolina Public Radio.

Over the hour you'll hear from active duty soldiers and veterans who share their Ft. Bragg Stories. You can listen to the broadcast online, too:

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