Friday, July 18, 2014

Hot Summer Tip #1: Music

Whatever you're doing this summer will be even better if you've got the right music. I listen to independent radio and my favorite station is Lincoln, Nebraska's KZUM.

KZUM is heard locally at 89.3 FM and - thanks to live streaming - on the web at Staffed entirely by volunteers, it's Nebraska's only independent radio station and offers what is perhaps the most eclectic variety of music, news, and discussion you'll ever find in one place. Here's a short list of some of my favorite shows (all times listed are Central Time):

  • Saturday 5:00-7:00 p.m. - Mundo Latino (Latin Music)
  • Monday 8:00-10:00 a.m. - Dance Bands (Big Band Music)
  • Monday 1:00-3:00 p.m. - Buenos Tangos (Tango Music)
  • Wednesday 6:30-7:00 p.m. - Canine 360 (a talk show about dogs)
  • Thursday 6:00-7:00 p.m. - Juke in the Back (1940s and '50s R&B)
  • Friday 6:00-8:00 a.m. - Morning Breath (a variety of music)

And last, but certainly not least, KZUM plays the blues in all its varieties every weekday afternoon from 3:00-6:00 p.m. On any given day, you may hear classics from the archives, brand new recordings, or interviews with blues artists. Every day is something different.

Visit their website at for the program guide and you'll find a lot to choose from.