Keith Weston

Web Producer & Back Porch Music Host @keithweston

Keith Weston was born and raised in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He attended UNC-CH  where he earned a BA in English and Philosophy in 1984. His family (both sides) can trace roots in NC back to the 1770s and 80s.

Keith has always had an interest in radio. He built an AM transmitter from a Radio Shack kit when he was 7 and began broadcasting to his neighbors.  For more than 12 years, Keith also ran an alternative music on-line radio station, Deeper Into Music.

Keith Weston listening to a record player in his parents' living room circa late 1964/early 1965.
Credit Pat Weston

  Since then he's worked in both commercial and non-commercial radio - from classic rock to country music - landing at WUNC in 1987.

Keith hosted classical music and co-hosted the afternoon mix of jazz, classical, folk, and news on WUNC until 2001. Since then he's been a producer/director for The State of Things and currently is the station's web master and Back Porch Music host on Sunday evenings.

In his early teens he collected QSL cards by listening to shortwave stations broadcasting from Holland, Australia, USSR, South Africa, Canada, China, and dozens of other locations. He still dusts off his shortwave set from time to time to try to pull in a distant station.

Here's a video of Keith pulling in Radio Australia one morning in his home office:

Keith is interested in a wide range of music, from Gyorgi Legetti to Yo La Tengo and collects obscure 1960s psychedelic recordings. He owns a guitar - but hasn't yet fully captured the nuances of "Smoke on the Water."  He admits to being an Internet addict, reads too much E. A. Poe (his favorite) and likes watching movies by his distant relative, Oliver Hardy (of Laurel and Hardy fame).  

Keith's radio resume includes stints spinning adult contemporary hits at WCHL (Chapel Hill), playing hot country music at now-defunct WRBX (Durham), spinning "North Carolina's BEST rock" at WKZL (Winston-Salem), college radio DJing for WXYC (Chapel Hill). He also briefly played classical music at WFDD (Winston-Salem) and spun tunes at college radio station WXDU (Durham).

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Kate Bowler's 'Everything Happens' Is Now A Podcast

Feb 5, 2018

Everything Happens, A Podcast with Kate Bowler

Ft. Bragg Stories uses personal narratives to explore life on and around this country's largest military base.  And, now it's available as a podcast on iTunes, Google Play and Stitcher

A reimagining of the language of the Great American Songbook, where jazz meets pop against a backdrop of a 1960s Manhattan love story, returns this year with a new ending, new songs and new performances in Chris Stamey's "Occasional Shivers."   Here's a preview of the program and the podcast.


In which Bags Benmont, leader of the Satin and Sparkle orchestra, encounters a surprising figure in front of NY’s Plaza Hotel, on a snowy New Years Eve day, 1963.


In which Bags and newcomer Will Cassidy arrive at Birdie McDavenish’s holiday party and meet a group of unusual characters. A song is commissioned, and a scuffle narrowly avoided.


In which legendary songwriter Paul Carter expounds on the whys and wherefores of "In-tox-cho-cli-fi-ca-tion."


In which songstress Jennifer Delancey’s casual remark in Central Park inspires Will; a late-night phone call then reveals a concern.


In which Paul details some ancient history. Then all protest a threatened calamity.


In which Will and Paul explore the nature of the muse, a secret is discovered, and a rainy-night visit to the Village Vagabond illuminates the theft of a song.


In which life grows complicated for the young lovers, at a meal at the Palm Court. Several letters arrive, followed by a mass dissolution and a sad separation.


In which a year has passed. Famed radio show You Pick the Hits’ winter song contest unveils the top three winners for 1965, with unexpected consequences.


In which Bags sets out for another party as snow blankets the city. A song is heard in the distance.


The podcast concludes with the full radio edit of Occasional Shivers.


Postcard: To Granny From Skylar

Sep 22, 2017

Postcards from Madison County is a special series from WUNC and The Partnership for Appalachian Girls' Education that features personal storytelling from a unique summer program for Appalachian youths.

Skylar Shelton is entering 6th grade at Madison Middle School. She is from the Spillcorn community in Laurel. Skylar’s digital story is about her love for her Mamaw, and its title is "My Whole World."


Postcard: Trucking With Dad

Sep 21, 2017

Postcards from Madison County is a special series from WUNC and The Partnership for Appalachian Girls' Education that features personal storytelling from a unique summer program for Appalachian youths.

Preslea Harwood is entering 6th grade at Madison Middle School. She is from the Marshall community. The title of Preslea’s digital story is "Coming Back Home."


Postcard: Blueberries For Papaw From Megan

Sep 20, 2017

Postcards from Madison County is a special series from WUNC and The Partnership for Appalachian Girls' Education that features personal storytelling from a unique summer program for Appalachian youths.

Megan Anderson is entering 6th grade at Madison Middle School in Marshall. She lives in the Laurel community. The title of Megan's digital story is "For Papaw."


Postcard: "Happy Feet" Clogging With Katlyn

Sep 19, 2017
Katlyn Lewis in Western North Carolina
Mikalah Creasman

Postcards from Madison County is a special series from WUNC and The Partnership for Appalachian Girls' Education that features personal storytelling from a unique summer program for Appalachian youths.

Katlyn Lewis is entering 6th grade at Madison Middle School in Marshall. Katlyn’s digital story, "Happy Feet," is about clogging and her relationship with her brother, Shane. She has always looked up to him and the two have watched SpongeBob SquarePants together since they were little.


American Songster Radio Episode 15
Diádoco / Flickr

When Dom Flemons visited a legendary fried chicken joint in Nashville, inspiration struck him like a wave of cayenne heat:

Wrenn Treadway
Mikalah Creasman

Postcards from Madison County is a special series from WUNC and The Partnership for Appalachian Girls' Education that features personal storytelling from a unique summer program for Appalachian youths.

Our first story is by Wrenn Treadway. Wrenn is from the Walnut community in Madison County, and is entering 7th grade at Madison Middle School in Marshall. Wrenn’s story is about keeping alive one of her favorite family traditions. It’s called "Our Family Secret." It involves doughnuts and a family recipe.


Alice Gerrard
Alicegerrard.com

We're back On The Lawn for another free concert at American Tobacco in Durham. Join us for a music double bill under the Lucky Strike tower starting at 6 p.m., June 29.

Tellico & Skylar Gudasz in concert
Tellico / Skylar Gudasz

WUNC's Back Porch Music On The Lawn series continues Thursday evening with exceptional North Carolina-based artists.

Front Country band
Big Hassle

Grab your picnic blanket and round up the kids because it's time for the start of Back Porch Music on The Lawn at American Tobacco in Durham.

Thursday night Front Country rolls into town with their genre-busting brand of roots music.  This is the first of eight in a series of concerts. 

Friday night at the Carolina Theatre in Durham, the Cat's Cradle presents the North Carolina premiere of the concert film "Thank You, Friends." The movie's name comes from a Big Star song from Third (the band's third album). The movie documents an on-going, star-studded tribute to the band.

On Episode 8 of American Songster Radio, host Dom Flemons speaks with his recent musical collaborator, the legendary English guitarist Martin Simpson. 

Dom Flemons and Martin Simpson have worked together since 2014, when the pair received a joint commission from the English Folk Dance and Song Society. Since then, they’ve completed multiple duo tours and released Ever Popular Favourites, an album that celebrates the longstanding mutual influence of British and American music.

Jake Fussell Playing Guitar
Brad Bunyea

Jake Fussell didn’t have to look far for musical inspiration in his home state of Georgia.  Even before he picked up a guitar, he was surrounded by some of the region’s most storied performers and committed documentarians.  Fussell grew up in the town of Columbus, GA, the son of parents whose passion was studying, teaching, and presenting regional culture.  For Fussell, an American folk song like “Raggy Levy” isn’t just an archival find.  It’s a part of his lived experience. 

Dom Flemons with good friend and mentor Bill Ferris
WUNC

Meet Bill Ferris

On the first Sunday of every month, Bill Ferris attended an African-American church on the farm where he grew up. Over time Ferris, a white child, became a routine presence at the church. He especially loved participating in the church’s communal singing. "I learned the hymns, and I just felt very emotionally close to that world," Ferris tells American Songster Radio host Dom Flemons.

While still a very young person, Martin Fisher fell in love with a very old machine. It was Christmas in Tennessee, and Martin's parents kept pestering him to submit his list. Martin remembers that his quirky, nine-year-old self wasn't all that interested in gifts. But his parents persisted, and Martin came up with a response: "I finally said, 'Ok. I'm gonna call their bluff.' And I said, 'have the elves hook up a cylinder player.'"

North Carolina-based Balsam Range raked in the second-most nominations for IBMA Awards Wednesday night.
Balsam Range

This week we're welcoming the IBMA's World of Bluegrass back to Raleigh with music highlights heard between our news stories.

Over the last year, Chapel Hill-based songwriter and producer Chris Stamey has been working on a narrative song cycle set in Manhattan in the early 1960s. Called Occasional Shivers, it centers around a circle of jazz theater performers and their experiences.

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