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.

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Arts & Culture
11:00 am
Sat December 15, 2012

Pop-Up Music Club: Kevin Roughton

For more than 25 years, Kevin Roughton has made his living singing and playing guitar in the bars of North Carolina's Outer Banks
Credit Biff Jennings, copyright Shooters at the Beach

Last Saturday, we launched an experiment we’re calling WUNC’s Pop-Up Music Club. It’s a series made possible by a grant from the North Carolina Humanities Council – a statewide non-profit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Arts & Culture
11:00 am
Sat December 8, 2012

Pop-Up Music Club: Tshombe Selby

David Schulman, Mother Creecy, Tshombe Selby, Barbara Garrity-Blake
Bryan Blake

This weekend and next, we’re trying something new here at WUNC. We’re calling it the Pop-Up Music Club. It’s a kind of mobile performance adventure, where we hit the road to hear from working North Carolina musicians — up-close and in their element.

We’ll hear them play impromptu gigs on their home turf. We’ll hear the stories they tell in church, and at the bar. And we’ll hear how the culture of the places they call home shapes their music.

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Arts & Culture
9:27 am
Sat December 8, 2012

Pop-Up Music Club: Tshombe Selby

Selby, Schulman, Garrity-Blake
Bryan Blake
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Education
3:00 am
Fri September 7, 2012

Youth Radio Institute: Fontezia Walker

Fontezia Walker

Our series from the WUNC Youth Radio Institute concludes this morning with a story from Fontezia Walker. She's 19 and had a number of setbacks while working towards her high school diploma. As you'll hear in this report, she and her sister struck out on their own -- by deciding to stay home.

Fontezia Walker: I live in a 3-room apartment in North Durham. Our home is filled with squeaky stairways, and the sounds of noisy neighbors. I live with my older sister, her son - and the memory of my mother.

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Education
5:40 am
Fri August 31, 2012

Youth Radio Institute: Akib Khan

Akib Khan

On Fridays we've been listening to a series produced by young people involved in WUNC's first ever Summer Youth Radio Institute. This week 15-year-old Akib Khan tells the story of his sister, who decided to start wearing the hijab, the traditional Islamic headscarf, when the family immigrated to the United States from Bangladesh. As our youth reporter tells us it's a decision that was met with some skepticism.

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Arts & Culture
7:58 am
Thu June 21, 2012

Vince Gill Looking Forward To Playing Bluegrass In NC

Vince Gill
Durham Performing Arts Center

Country legend Vince Gill plays the Durham Performing Arts Center this Sunday night. After nearly 20 records, 14 Grammys and a truckload of Country Music Association Awards, he's back playing bluegrass again. And Gill tells WUNC's Eric Hodge it feels right to be doing it in North Carolina.

Education
10:32 am
Fri June 8, 2012

American Graduate: Poetic Justice Part 2 - Graduation Day

Aaron Jones

WUNC is a part of the American Graduate Project. It's a public media initiative looking at the drop out crisis across the country. As a part of this project we commissioned slam poets Kane Smego and Will McInnerney to teach a writing workshop at Northern High School in Durham. Over the last 10 weeks, Kane and Will taught a group of students how to use poetry to tell their own stories. Today is graduation day at Northern and three of the students from our workshop will be receiving their diplomas.

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Arts & Culture
10:15 am
Thu June 7, 2012

The dB's Are Back

Db's
Credit www.bar-none.com

The dB's are back. This week, the legendary band releases Falling off the Sky. It's their first studio album in more than 30 years. The dBs began life in the late 70s in New York after growing up in Winston Salem. After several critically acclaimed records, members of the band went their separate ways -- but the music they recorded continued to influence fellow musicians.

Arts & Culture
7:43 am
Wed May 30, 2012

Music Legend Doc Watson Dead At 89

Doc Watson
Sugar Hill Records

Musician Doc Watson died on Tuesday. The 89 year old guitarist from Deep Gap, North Carolina, had been in a Winston-Salem hospital recovering from a fall and other ailments. Watson was an iconic North Carolina musician, he broke new ground in bluegrass, country and gospel. His legacy has fueled a generation of musicians.

Doc Watson: In the summer of 1934, papa made my first musical instrument, a little five string fretless banjo and he played me a tune on it.

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Arts & Culture
11:01 am
Tue February 21, 2012

Fiddler Joe Thompson Dies at 93

Old Time Fiddler Joe Thompson has died at the age of 93. Thompson was one of the last of a generation of African American string band musicians in North Carolina. As a young man he played for square dances in Orange and Alamance Counties. Thompson told WUNC in 2008 that those dances got wild at times, and made him question whether a good Christian should be playing this kind of music.

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