Table of Contents

Report to Listeners
Development Director Message

Riding Off Into the Psychedelic Sunset
Radio Highlights
Program Underwriters
List of Volunteers
Program Listings

Report to Listeners

By Richard S. Towne, KUNM General Manager

Happy February already! I want to circle back to early December of last year when I wrote extensively about modernizing the radio microwave link we use to send our broadcast signal from our studios at UNM to our main transmitter on Sandia Crest. I just love it that our work product is invisible and flies through the air at the speed of light. I sure wish you and I could do that, too.

Anyway, our modernization project for the link from our studios to the Crest replaces a 14 year-old system that has served us well over time. The modernization project costs are around $15,000.00. So, I asked you for help last December during our Giving Tuesday celebration in recognition of the solid community service KUNM provides.

Well, you did a good job in helping us out. Collectively, you and your fellow KUNM contributing listeners kicked in around $12,600.00 to support our modernization. Fantastic, really! The single big-ticket item is made by the Telos company and is called Omnia 9. Here is what it looks like.  

                  Photo - TLS Corp

This box cost us $10,716 and you are listening to it right now. The Omnia 9 is known as a final stage audio processor; its job is to make our sound perfectly delicious and nutritious right before we serve it to you. Omnia 9 just loves the heck out of KUNM because we serve up the lightest tinkle of a classical piano to the darkest crush of the heavy metal - and every possible soundscape in between. Omnia 9 is built for our full service of programming. And you deserve to enjoy diverse audio in all of its glory.

Right now, KUNM is licensing a new 11Ghz microwave band between our studios and transmitter. The FCC should issue our license in a couple of weeks and we will complete the modernization soon thereafter. All of us here thank you for keeping KUNM in such good shape.

Development Director Message

By Chanda Shaw

We are doing something totally different for our fundraiser “thank you” gifts this Spring and I am sooooo excited to share the details with you.  

KUNM wants to highlight the power of community, so this March we partnered with Independent Vehicle Service and Roadrunner Food Bank to create a community collaboration to support great radio and our neighbors in need with one donation. However, this collaboration doesn’t work without you. In fact, you play the most important role! 

Here’s why your role is the most important. 

When you donate to KUNM, meals will be given to Roadrunner Food Bank!

The number of meals provided in this community partnership depends on your donation to KUNM. When you donate at a qualifying level, Independent Vehicle Service has agreed to recognize your support of KUNM and will make a separate contribution to Roadrunner Food Bank as a part of your Spring “thank you” gift. 

This partnership with Independent Vehicle Service allows 100% of your contribution to KUNM to stay right here to support the programming you rely on. Through your support of KUNM and our community partnership, your donation today will ripple out into our community and help those in need. Now that's the power of community!   

For more information about this collaboration and to donate visit

But wait there’s more!

Donate before March 20th and have a chance to win the KUNM Early Renewal prize. Sunrise Springs donated a lovely Sunday brunch and repose soak for two. Sunrise Springs is a beautiful 70-acre resort just South of Santa Fe with intentionally designed gardens, paths, and walking trails. It's the perfect prize to win if you want to unplug, recharge and relax! 

The Early Renewal prize drawing is on March 20th, 5 pm.  
An Early Renewal donation also automatically enters you into the drawing for the KUNM Grand Prize! Two Wheel Drive in Albuquerque has donated a gorgeous Bianchi Road Bike valued at $1,040 – just in time for Spring!  

The Grand Prize drawing is on April 17th, 5 pm.   

And finally, to continue in the spirit of our Green Giving initiative to save resources and reduce waste, we are again only sending out one letter before the fundraiser. Check your mailbox for the KUNM mailer with more information about all our Spring partnerships. It should be arriving soon.  

The power of community starts with you!

With much gratitude,

Give now!

Riding Off Into the Psychedelic Sunset

By Steven Emmons

On December 28 this past year, longtime KUNMer Scott MacNicholl, aka "The Doctor", signed off as host of the Psychedelic Radio Head Shoppe for the last time as he and his wife prepare to relocate to Texas this month. Scott began his 22 year long career at KUNM in 1997 volunteering behind the scenes to put address labels on Zounds! Like many of us here, his first on-air gig at KUNM was hosting overnight freeform. He continued to host Dog City Rock, and founded Psychedelic Radio Head Shoppe in 2006, which as one devoted listener from Moab, Utah describes as "a perfect mix of old psychedelic records that I love but don't hear much anymore, combined with deep tracks I may never have heard otherwise, even to this day....Jimi Hendrix doing Johnny B Goode, the Yardbirds doing "I'm a Man" with Jimmy Page... Not to mention the classic vintage comedy selections (Timmy in the science lab!)."

Scott also served as KUNM's Operations Manager from 2011 until 2016. In this role, he organized folks to answer phones for the biannual fundraiser, trained new volunteer DJs (many of which you still hear on KUNM), coordinated building issues with UNM, and sometimes covered overnight freeform when others couldn't at the last minute- the latter being probably one of the most thankless duties at KUNM. 

We wish Scott and his wife the best as they make a new life in Texas. We aim to keep PRHS going strong for many years to come. 

Radio Highlights

Sunday, February 2
11:00 am

Sunday Specials: Ida B. Wells' Battle to Uncover the Truth

Born to enslaved parents on a Mississippi plantation during the Civil War, Ida B. Wells emerged as a powerful investigative journalist. She overcame death threats and published widely in her quest to document the domestic terrorism against African Americans that came to be known as lynching. Ida Wells published the first major study of that crime. A close associate of Frederick Douglass, she helped to found the NAACP and advocated the right to vote for women and black Americans. Her amazing life story is finally gaining recognition, nearly 90 years after her death.

Sunday, February 2
6:00 pm

Radio Theatre: Shadows in the Night

Margo Parker worked for a tech company called Enochian Incorporated. When she didn’t like what she saw, Margo quit. Now she feels they’ve come after her, using subliminal mind techniques that have gone beyond mere technology.

Dixon’s Uncle Hans arrives from Munich with bionic glasses for Taylor Dixon, who is visually impaired. When the bionic glasses are activated, Dixon begins to see herself detached from her body, looking back at herself. One evening in a Manhattan restaurant, Dixon observes two translucent beings floating in the air whispering strange words to Margo as she slowly slips into a trance.  From ZBS.

Saturday, February 8
6:00 am

New Dimensions: Unleash Your Brain Power as You Age
with Michael J. Gelb, Ph.D.

Unlike our knees and hips, our brains improve with age. This dialogue includes: neuroplasticity, how improving our brain power can prevent Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, why optimism is good for the brain and enhances resilience, the benefits of challenging the brain to do something new, the benefits of meditation on the brain.

Sunday, February 9
11:00 am

Sunday Specials: Homemade Stories: The Struggle is Real

With modern scoring and skillful sound design, Detroit-raised storyteller Shannon Cason brings us stinging and side-splitting stories of life in this one-hour special, Homemade Stories: The Struggle is Real . From navigating Detroit’s overwhelmed criminal justice system, to searching for work and finding closed doors, to being a father after failing in marriage, to finding anchors in a sea of uncertainty.

Sunday, February 9
6:00 pm

Radio Theatre: The Joe Bev Valentine Treat

This is a charming self-contained magazine-style hour of stories (real and fictional) about love, hosted by veteran public radio producer Joe Bevilacqua. Among the shows are:  

  • "Who's Afraid of a Virginian's Wrath?" - a parody of the Edward Albee play, “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf: as played by George and Martha Washington. 
  • "A Mathematical Valentine" A charming short profile in which producer Joe Bevilacqua tracks down his former mathematics professor Ron Reummler to hear how math can explain lost love. 
  • "The Love of Lee the Horselogger" Joe Bevilaqcua meets a man who set out in a covered wagon in 2006 to find his childhood sweetheart and fell in love with America instead, set to music by The Red Dirt Rangers.
  • "Marian the Librarian Finds Love at the Bookmobile" The true story of love, in Marion's own words, set to the song "Marian the Librarian" from "The Music Man."
  • "Valentine Vignette" a sketch by Daws Butler, performed before a live audience, by Joe Bevilacqua and Lorie Kellogg.

Friday, February 14
8:00 am

The Well Woman Show

This month on the show I interview Ana Consuelo Matiella, MA, a storyteller and bilingual and bicultural health communications and social marketing expert. She is co founder and content director of De Las Mías, a bilingual healthy lifestyle platform and community for Latinas. Ana Consuelo splits her time between New Mexico and Oregon.

Saturday, February 15
6:00 am
New Dimensions: The Creative Process: A Visit With a Writer
with Mary Mackey, Ph.D.

Mackey writes both prose and poetry and has published many novels and books of poetry. She reveals her writing and creative process and how each kind of writing requires a different approach and describes her process of “creative trance” that helps her to move into her own unconscious. She takes us from Western Kentucky to the Brazilian Rainforest.

Sunday, February 16
11:00 am

Sunday Specials: Say it Loud: Great Speeches on Civil Rights and African American Identity

Say It Loud traces the last 50 years of black history through stirring, historically important speeches by African Americans from across the political spectrum. The documentary illuminates tidal changes in African American political power and questions of black identity through the speeches of deeply influential black Americans. With recordings unearthed from libraries and sound archives, and made widely available here for the first time, Say It Loud includes landmark speeches by Malcolm X, Angela Davis, Martin Luther King Jr., James Cone, Toni Morrison, Colin Powell, and many others.

Sunday, February 16
6:00 pm

Radio Theatre: The Fina Mendoza Mysteries - Hour One

Legend has it: anyone who sees the Demon Cat of Capitol Hill will be cursed with bad luck. 10-year-old Fina Mendoza just saw it. And the last thing her family needs right now is more bad luck. Fina’s mom just died. So she and her older sister Gabby just moved to Washington, D.C. to live fulltime with Papa, a congressman from California. Fina loves exploring the U.S. Capitol, walking congressional dogs, and especially spending more time with Papa – even though he’s always on the phone.  But after Fina encounters a mysterious cat, a string of disasters follows. Jars of spaghetti sauce explode. Her beloved abuelita breaks her leg. And Fina’s only friend in Washington, a congressional dog named Senator Something, becomes the target. The only way for Fina to save her family from future “cat”astrophes is to solve the mystery of the Demon Cat of Capitol Hill.

Saturday, February 22
6:00 am

New Dimensions: Reclaiming Illness and Death as Natural Parts of Life with B. J. Miller, M.D.

Next to birth, death is one of our most profound experiences. Dying is not without its pain but it can be meaningful and we can decide to be more aware and more conscious in how we orient ourselves toward the inevitable end of our lives. Dr. Miller advises us to be clear on our “goals of care” and to “participate.”

Sunday, February 23
11:00 am

Sunday Specials: The Freed People

Written and produced by David Freudberg, this one-hour documentary examines a time when the United States faced an unprecedented refugee crisis: 4 million slaves had been emancipated, primarily from plantations where they’d been held captive, following the bloody Civil War. Most possessed no more than the clothes on their backs and were now suddenly homeless and jobless. Where would they go? How would they reunite with loved ones, who may have been sold to a distant owner and never heard from again? How would people who’d been abused – sometimes savagely – and cheated out of compensation for their labors, and even legally prohibited from learning to read and write, now make the transition to a free life? 

Sunday, February 23
6:00 pm

Radio Theatre: The Fina Mendoza Mysteries - Hour Two

Legend has it: anyone who sees the Demon Cat of Capitol Hill will be cursed with bad luck. 10-year-old Fina Mendoza just saw it. And the last thing her family needs right now is more bad luck. Fina’s mom just died. So she and her older sister Gabby just moved to Washington, D.C. to live fulltime with Papa, a congressman from California. Fina loves exploring the U.S. Capitol, walking congressional dogs, and especially spending more time with Papa – even though he’s always on the phone.  But after Fina encounters a mysterious cat, a string of disasters follows. Jars of spaghetti sauce explode. Her beloved abuelita breaks her leg. And Fina’s only friend in Washington, a congressional dog named Senator Something, becomes the target. The only way for Fina to save her family from future “cat”astrophes is to solve the mystery of the Demon Cat of Capitol Hill.

Friday, February 28
8:00 am

Peace Talks Radio: Resolving Conflict around Perceived Mental Illness

This Peace Talks Radio program discusses lessening the stigma around commonly named mental illnesses such as depression, schizophrenia, and psychosis, as well as how to support someone appearing to have a mental health challenge in public, for example, on the street, in a building, or on a bus.

The program also looks at the conflict in mental health care over the diagnosis and treatment of the 450 mental disorders listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). This standard reference from the American Psychiatric Association lists caffeine-induced sleep disorder, Alice in Wonderland syndrome, and mathematics disorder, among others, as ‘mental illnesses.’ Are they?

Saturday, February 29
6:00 am

New Dimensions: The Essence of Erosion and Evolution
with Terry Tempest Williams

Here we stare down our present situation without flinching but with radical hope as Williams reminds us that love and beauty is felt in chaos and heartbreak. Healing is going beyond anger; It’s a process of eroding and evolving at once. We must let go of our certainty to come back into a place of communion and communication with each other and with the earth.

Radio Board Meeting
Tuesday February 4, 2020, at 6:00 pm
Oñate Hall, Room 133

Licensee’s Meeting
KUNM is licensed by the FCC to the Regents of the University of New Mexico. The Regents’ meetings are open to the public.
For a schedule of Regents’ meetings, please click here
Program Underwriters

The Amish Connection
1009 Juan Tabo Blvd NE

Canteen Brewhouse
417 Tramway Blvd NE
Fan Tang
3523 Central Ave NE

Fred & Sandra Creek, Realtors
6565 Americas Pkwy NE Suite 200

Glass-Rite Window Installation Service
808 Gibson Blvd SE

1121 4th St NW

Hospice of New Mexico
2900 Louisiana Blvd NE Suite 100

Independent Vehicle Services 
312 Kinley Ave. NW

Jim’s Automotive
4401 Lead Ave SE

6916 Montgomery Blvd NE

Loren Testa  - Advisor
Edward Jones
1660 Old Pecos Trail Suite I
Santa Fe

Organic Books
111 Carlisle Blvd SE

Park It Place

Positive Energy Solar
3600 Pan American Fwy NE

Pregenzer, Baysinger, Wideman & Sale PC
2424 Louisiana Blvd NE # 200

8019 Menaul Blvd NE

Shelton Jewelers
7001 Montgomery Blvd NE

1300 2nd St NW

Ric Tredwin - Advisor
Edward Jones
1700 Louisiana Blvd NE Suite 330
UNM Health

Vein Center of New Mexico
801 Encino Pl NE # C12

Vessel Health
10601 4th St NW

Weekly Alibi
Albuquerque’s news and entertainment weekly, free every Thursday at more than 800 locations

Whiting Coffee Company
3700 Osuna NE

Women’s Specialists of New Mexico


The Independent
2005A Rte 66


Shelly Wiemann- Advisor
Edward Jones
555 Oppenheimer Dr.
Suite 206
Los Alamos


Green Fire Times
Newspaper dedicated to a diverse and sustainable green economy.

227 Don Gaspar Ave

Local Flavor 
117 N Guadalupe St Suite C 

Meow Wolf
1352 Rufina Circle

Santa Fe Reporter
P.O. Box 2306

Weird News
P.O. Box 5588 
Santa Fe, NM 87502


Il Vicino Oven Pizza & Brewery
Albuquerque & Santa Fe

Law Firm of Rothstein & Donatelli
Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Taos, Phoenix   

Plants of the Southwest
6680 4th St NW, Albuquerque
3095 Agua Fria St, Santa Fe
Volunteers of KUNM

Click here to view a list of current KUNM volunteers
Program Listings
Afropop Worldwide
Fri. 10 p.m. Music with an African influence from around the world.

All That Jazz
M-F noon. Jazz, straight ahead to fusion.

All Things Considered
M-F 5 p.m., Sat. & Sun. 5 p.m. Award-winning news magazine from NPR.

Alternative Radio
Sat. 6 p.m. The view from the other side, from some of the most progressive writers, thinkers and activists of our time.

Art of the Song 
Wed. 10 p.m. Art of the Song explores songwriting and the creative process, featuring New Mexico talent and internationally acclaimed performers.
The Blues Show 
Wed. 7 p.m. The spectrum of blues music, plus interviews, live performances, and blues news.

Call-In Show 
Thur. 8 a.m. Live interviews with community leaders; call in your comments and questions at 277-KUNM.

CCNS Update 
Sat. 7 p.m. Concerned Citizens for Nuclear Safety presents the latest local, national and international news about nuclear issues.

The Children’s Hour
Sat. 9 a.m. Enriching, educating, enlightening, and entertaining radio for kids of all ages.

Coffee Express
Fri. 1-3 a.m. Live, improvised music, voice, effects and sound collages, combined with on-air phone callers, CDs and records, tape loops, internet audio, etc. It’s not jazz, but it is caffeinated.

Corazón Tanguero
1st and 3rd Saturdays, 4:15-4:45 p.m. Music/Culture program on Argentine Tango, featuring works from the Old Guard of the 1920s through the Golden Age of the 30s and 40s and beyond.

Tues. 8:30 a.m. A critique of the week’s news coverage by other media, from FAIR.

Democracy Now 
M-F 4 p.m. From Pacifica, diverse commentators focus on the issues affecting individuals and society.

Ear to the Ground 
Sat. 7 p.m. Alocal music showcase, featuring live performances by local talent.

Espejos de Aztlán 
Mon. 7-7:30  p.m. Bilingual arts and public affairs program with interviews.

Folk Routes 
Sat. 10 a.m. A weekly sampling of the best in folk, blues to bluegrass and beyond.

Music M-F 1:30-4 p.m.; overnights. A diverse showcase of KUNM’s music library, uncovering common roots in music from different places and times.

Thu. 10 p.m. New Mexico’s international electronic and “new” music program featuring guest composers, artists and interviews.

Global Music 
Mon. 10 p.m.
Exploration of music from around the world.

Grassroots New Mexico
A weekly social justice radio calendar from the Albuquerque Center for Peace & Justice.

Home of Happy Feet
Tues. 7 p.m. Folk music in the broadest sense of the term. Bluegrass, blues, cajun, zydeco, western swing, rockabilly, Tex-Mex, and more!

House that Jazz Built 
Sun. 11 p.m. Uncompromising creative music from the past 30 years.

Iyah Music 
Thur. 7 p.m. Reggae and roots; a spectrum of African-influenced music.

KUNM Specials
Sun. 11 a.m. From public affairs to holiday specials, the latest and best in local and national production.

Latino USA
Mon. 8:00 a.m. English-language radio journal of Latino news and culture.

Living on Earth
Wed. 8 a.m.    Weekly environmental news and information program, from NPR.

Morning Edition 
M-F 5-8:30 a.m. Award-winning morning news magazine from NPR.

Music to Soothe the Savage Beast
Tues. 10 p.m. Progressive and indie rock culled from new releases you’re not likely to hear anywhere else. Plus live and recorded local music.
Native America Calling 
M-F 11a.m. The nation’s first live daily call-in program by, for, and about native people. 1-800-99NATIVE.

National Native News 
M-F 11:01 a.m. 5-min. newscast focusing on Native American issues.

New Dimensions 
Sat 6 a.m. Dialogues presenting a diversity of views from many traditions and cultures, with practical knowledge and perennial wisdom for a more healthy life of mind, body and spirit.

New Mexico People Places and Ideas
1st Friday of the Month at 8 a.m. Stephen Spitz hosts this monthly talk show featuring in-depth interviews with people who have an impact on New Mexico history, politics, public policy and culture.

News at Noon
M-F noon. News update from NPR.

Other Voices, Other Sounds 
Sun. 9 p.m. Contemporary music & sound art with an international perspective.

Peace Talks Radio
Last Friday of the Month at 8 a.m.Peace Talks Radio is a monthly series on peacemaking and nonviolent conflict resolution. Collaborative hosting with Paul Ingles, Suzanne Kryder, Megan Kamerick, Hannah Colton, and Sarah Holtz.

Performance Today 
M-F 9 a.m. A two-hour program of classical music performances, recorded live; from NPR.

Psychedelic Radio Head~Shoppe
Sat. 10:30 p.m.  Deep tracks from the rock ‘n’ roll underground.  Electric music for the mind and body from the ‘60’s & ‘70’s. 

Radio Theatre 
Sun. 6 p.m. From traditional to experimental, set in the theater of the mind.

Mon. 7 p.m. & Sat. 2 p.m. Latin American Freeform music, all genres of Hispanic music.

Route 66 
Sat. 8 p.m. “Oldies,” commentary, dedications & requests, and special guests.

Salsa Sabrosa
Fri. 7 p.m. Afro-Caribbean-influenced music.

Singing Wire 
Sun. noon. Native American music, traditional to today’s sounds of folk, C&W, rock.

Spoken Word 
Sun. 8 p.m. You know the power of words; now hear the power of poetry. Y mas!

M-F 7 p.m., Sat. & Sun. 6 p.m. Two-minute travelguide to the universe. What to look for in the night sky, tales of ancient skylore.

Street Beat 
Fri. 11 p.m. New Mexico’s source for live turntablism, mixing and scratching a variety of rare funk, rock, jazz, and soul breaks, from the old to the new.

Sub Sequence/Soul Delux
Sat. 1 a.m. The thinking perosn's Club music.

This American Life
Sun. 4 p.m. A quirky look at modern life through fact, fiction and found tape.

This Way Out
Fri. 8:30 a.m. International lesbian and gay news magazine.

Tombstone Rock 
Wed. 11 p.m. Ear-shredding metal music other stations are afraid to play.

Train to Glory 
Sun. 6 a.m. Sunday morning Black gospel music featuring traditional, contemporary, and local church choirs.

4th Friday on a Five Friday Month at 8 a.m.
Highlights narratives around immigrants, undocumented youth, and the intersection of culture and acade

University Showcase
3rd Friday of the Month at 8 a.m. Megan Kamerick interviews with students, teachers and researchers doing interesting work at the University of New Mexico.

Voces Feministas 
First Sat. every month, noon. Features the voices of third world      women, and women of color.

Weekend Edition
Sat. 7 a.m., Sun. 9 a.m. Weekend news magazine from NPR.

Well Woman Show
2nd Friday of the Month at 8 a.m. Giovanna Rossi interviews women leaders, executives and entrepreneurs about their lives and their road to becoming successful.

Women’s Focus 
Sat. noon. Women’s magazine on politics, art, culture, news, and information.

Youth Radio/Generation Justice 
Sun 7 p.m. The voices of NM teens via news, commentary, interviews and music.
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