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.
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.
August 29, 2019
Folk duo Jolie Holland and Samantha Parton talk about the inspiration and health scares that reunited them on “Wildflower Blues.”
August 16, 2019
The Shawn Thwaites Rebel Quartet has been one type of band since 2016 but in the last few months, a single alteration has changed its sound significantly. Nick Brunner host of CapRadio's Hey, Listen! tells us how.
August 6, 2019
How does Nick Brunner narrow down all the submissions for Hey, Listen!? He’s not entirely sure himself. Sometimes tracks just stand out and here’s a swath he thinks you’ll like.
July 25, 2019
Comedian Hari Kondabolu spoke with Hey, Listen! host Nick Brunner in March 2017 about how he sees his role as a political comedian while Donald Trump controls the executive branch.
June 24, 2019
Indie electronic duo Kevin and Alyssa Stefenesceu perform music from their debut “Colors EP.”