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).

Personal website

American Songster Podcast host Dom Flemons with Bill Ferris in the WUNC Chapel Hill Studios
WUNC

Bill Ferris is an author and scholar and former chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Currently, he's Senior Associate Director of the Center for the Study of the American South, professor of history, and adjunct professor in the Curriculum in Folklore at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Dom Flemons and Ketch Secor
Ketch Secor: Michael J. Farrand

American Songster Radio is a monthly look at the roots of American Popular music. It’s hosted by world renowned musician and folklorist Dom Flemons who playfully refers to himself as The American Songster.

For Episode 1 Dom calls on Ketch Secor of Old Crow Medicine Show fame for a chat about their shared passion for music and about being  "hardcore Bob Dylan fans."

The program also features Dom playing  two Leadbelly Tunes: "Poor Howard" and  "Goin Dig A Hole to Put the Devil In."

Meet Dom Flemons: American Songster Radio Podcast Episode 0

Jul 4, 2016

Welcome to WUNC's new podcast called American Songster Radio. Every month host Dom Flemons, a.k.a. The American Songster, will present a new take on traditional music.

Dom, a co-founder of the Grammy Award-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops, will be inviting a variety of guests to join him in a journey of discovery through the worlds of traditional folk song.

We're back On The Lawn June 16 with another evening of music and family fun at American Tobacco in Durham. 

Billy Strings plays bluegrass with the energy and vigor of a grimacing, growling, full-on raging punk rock band.  It’s acoustic music that shreds.   He’s joined by the straight ahead, hard-driving Carolina bluegrass band Town Mountain.   

Songs from both performers:

The Old Ceremony
Daniel Coston / http://www.theoldceremony.com/

WUNC's Back Porch Music on the Lawn series kicks off another season of free concerts at American Tobacco in Durham with Thursday night's show featuring The Old Ceremony and The Backsliders. The concert is at 6 p.m. and is family and pet-friendly.

IBMA World of Bluegrass Raleigh
IBMA / IBMA

Tonight's the night the spotlight shines on the best and the brightest from the world of bluegrass music.

IBMA World of Bluegrass Raleigh
IBMA / IBMA

You might notice a slightly different sound during Morning Edition, Here and Now and throughout the evenings this week on WUNC.  With all the bluegrass flurry happening in Raleigh this week we thought we'd sprinkle in just a bit of bluegrass with the music interludes we play during announcements and between programs this week.

This month's Movies on the Radio is a live event at the Hunt Library at North Carolina State University.  The State of Things host Frank Stasio will join Marsha Gordon of NC State University's Film Studies department and

Nicole Kibert / elawgrrl / Flickr

Two bands from the Triangle take to the Lucky Strike stage Thursday evening in the next-to-last double-bill  of our summer concert series. The free Back Porch Music on the Lawn concert begins at 6 p.m. Concert-goers are welcome to bring a picnic and coolers, but please leave any glass at home.

American Aquarium

An image of Sammy Bananas playing at Moogfest in Asheville, 2014
Moogfest

Cue the electronic swishes, fanfares, musical washes and swirly sounds, as Moogfest announces that it will be held in Durham, NC, next year. 

Leaders from civic organizations, cultural institutions, government and business announced on Tuesday that Moogfest, a festival of music, art and technology, will be hosted in Durham  in May 2016.

Kicking Off The Final Round of "Mad Men Mondays"

Apr 7, 2015
Mad Men Mondays
John W. Hartman Center, Duke University Rubenstein Library

It's time again for "Mad Men Mondays," a series of observations, reviews, and reflections on AMC's Mad Men series published by folks from the Hartman Center. A part of Duke University's Rubenstein Library, the Hartman Center studies advertising history, and each Monday they dig through their archive to find ads for items referenced in the latest Mad Men episode.

File this first one under "better late than never" as we go to press on Tuesday with this next installment of Mad Men Mondays.

Back Porch Music on the Lawn Logo
WUNC / American Tobacco

Thursday evenings mean music and family-fun in Durham.

The Back Porch Music On The Lawn series of concerts returns with eight shows at the American Tobacco Historic District.

The free concerts run May through September on the lawn under the Lucky Strike water tower.

The shows start at 6 p.m. and most feature two bands. Picnics and coolers are welcome, but no glass, please. Food and beverages are available at American Tobacco restaurants that surround the American Tobacco Amphitheater.

Shad (Shadrach Kabango)
CBC

Award-winning Canadian hip-hop artist Shad (aka Shadrach Kabango and Shad K.) is the new permanent host of Q, the arts and culture program from the CBC. The show airs Monday through Thursday at 9 p.m. on WUNC. Shad will take over as the new host on April 20.

Shad has released four albums and numerous singles and EPs since his recording debut in 2005. His lyrics have been critically praised for their focus on social issues and for their humor.

On The Media logo
NPR

Sunday's episode on February 22, 2015, of On The Media focused largely on issues surrounding the Chapel Hill shootings that left three young Muslims dead.

The show examined the divisive language of terrorism, reporting on media coverage and charges of double standards in that coverage, and at responses on social media.

You can listen to the whole program and selected excerpts below.

President Obama
Pete Souza

President Obama is renewing his support for Muslim-Americans in the wake of the shootings that killed three students in Chapel Hill last week.  The White House is hosting a  three-day summit on countering violent extremism.  The President said yesterday the country continues to face challenges to its security.

The President says the nation is not at war with Islam, but at war with terrorists.

Watch the President's address at the summit:

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