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Asst. Program Director, Modern Music Director
Nick Brunner grew up in rural Illinois with his sister and parents within a vast expanse of corn. He discovered NPR in college when he was hired to work at WGLT-FM in Normal, Illinois (the real name of a real town). That’s where he came to appreciate the colors public radio painted amid a drab and predictable broadcast landscape.
Nick's delusions of sophistication often don't match his modest lifestyle and as a result, he spends time trying to find just the right wine to accompany Tuna Helper ... a Shiraz works well.
Cutting edge bands local, national and worldwide. Whether you’re looking to start your record collection or touch up the fringes, Nick Brunner leads you through two hours of Modern Music Discovery.
June 4, 2021
Modern Music Director Nick Brunner spoke with I Am Strikes (aka Kelly Rosenthal) to talk about her musical inclinations as a child learning songs on a one-string ukulele, and why being yourself as an artist and a person is so important.
May 21, 2021
Best Move just recently released their new five-song EP Mirror Image Twins on May 7. Back in February, Modern Music Director Nick Brunner sat down with two-thirds of the Sacramento-based trio, Kris Anaya and Joseph Davancens.
August 7, 2020
It turns out adding a few more cooks in the kitchen can work out after all.
May 28, 2020
Modern Music Director Nick Brunner gathered a panel of Sacramento music fans to highlight their favorite local Tiny Desk Contestants. Full bands to duos, hip-hop to classical, here are a few groups to enjoy while you're at least six feet apart.
January 17, 2020
Schuyler Petersen is a Sacramento musician known as Makebelief who warps his very human experiences with otherworldly sounds. He joined CapRadio's Nick Brunner to talk about his debut record "Confusion Fruit" and perform live in our studio.
January 10, 2020
Hey Listen! Host Nick Brunner dives into the sands of Napa's Bottlerock music festival looking for diamonds in the rough.
September 13, 2019
For five years, a venue tucked away in Midtown has been making some of the most dynamic, challenging and fun events you’ve never heard about. Saturday brings its third annual fundraiser and the co-founder talks with us about what’s in store.
September 12, 2019
Songwriter Jordan Irvin Dally shares the inspiration behind “ep 19” and talks about returning to the Sacramento music scene.
September 5, 2019
Jim Rivas shares music from Sacramento's first Popfest. From lo-fi to janglepop, find out about what's in store at Old Ironsides.
August 29, 2019
Steel drummer and bandleader Shawn Thwaites shares how a new collaboration with singer Camilla Covington grew out of a chance encounter at the grocery store.