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Notes 2016 September
Don't Adjust Your Dial... Blue Dog Jam Becomes Hey, Listen! On September 10
Hey Listen
A Saturday night staple for more than a decade on CapRadio, Blue Dog Jam is about to become Hey, Listen! The show’s host and producer Nick Brunner says the name better reflects his goal of introducing listeners to new music and giving them deeper insights into music they might already know. But Brunner says the name isn’t the only thing new about his popular program. “We’ll be showcasing local musicians and non-musicians in a new segment called “the guest list.” I invite a guest, usually someone fairly well known in the community, to pick three songs on a theme. We listen together, they describe how the songs illustrate the theme, and then they tell us why they love what they love.“

When asked to describe the music that will be featured on Hey, Listen! Brunner says he likes to stay “super flexible.” Hip-hop, indie, art rock, electronic, synth, folk, even a bit from the jazz spectrum by artists like Quantic and BADBADNOTGOOD, all are part of HL’s musical palette.

As for Brunner’s goals for the show: “I really hope people discover and get excited about emerging and local artists. And I hope Hey, Listen! feels comfortable. I hope it makes you at home with bands and musicians you may not have heard of before the show started that night. If you’re interested in new music but don’t have time to sort through every blog, let Hey, Listen! do that for you.”

P.S. Check out the blurb Nick wrote on folksinger Tom Brosseau for NPR Music’s Heavy Rotation.

Hey, Listen! airs Saturdays from 8-10 p.m. right after Dinner Party Download on 90.9 Sacramento, 91.3 Stockton/Modesto, 90.5 Tahoe/Reno and 88.1 Quincy

CapRadio's Jazz Humanitarian
Gary Vercelli
Jazz music director Gary Vercelli was honored last month in San Jose at the annual JazzWeek Summit, where he received the Duke Dubois Humanitarian Award, presented to an individual "whose contributions go beyond the jazz radio community to advance the art form." Vercelli also served on a panel discussing what defines success for jazz radio.

The annual JazzWeek Summit draws jazz professionals from around the country and takes place during the popular 3-day San Jose Jazz Summer Fest.

Congratulations Gary on your well-deserved award!

Quick Q & A With Classical Content Coordinator Cale Wiggins
Cale Wiggins August 2016
It’s quite a job surveying compositions written across the centuries, recordings made over several decades, and new artists and music emerging every day, but that’s what Cale Wiggins does in his role as chief curator of CapRadio’s distinctive and compelling mix of classical music. How does Cale do it? We asked.

Q: With so many great classical recordings to choose from, how do you narrow the field so that we feature the best of the best?

A: The Groves Dictionary of Music and the Penguin Guide are invaluable resources. There are important factors like sound quality, interpretation, comparison, etc. Eventually, though, it boils down to how it feels to listen to a particular piece. Mood is the most important factor in determining what gets played and what does not.

Q: Along with the masterworks, there are new compositions and performers emerging all the time. How do you balance the new with the old, the surprising with the familiar?

A: Our common musical tradition is ever evolving in a process of reevaluation from generation to generation. We pay respect to the greats of the recent past. But we also play a part in helping to define what the current interpretation is, so we make room for emerging performers alongside the well-established, and fortunately, we have the ability to feature both.

Q: Your colleague Gary Vercelli talks about “reflecting the rhythm of the day” in his approach to curating jazz. Do you do a similar thing with classical?

A: It has a lot to do with lifestyle. I try to keep things fairly buoyant when most people are starting the day or driving home from work; there is still room for the contemplative at those times, but nothing that lingers too long. In the middle of the day we feature longer works and go deeper into a composer’s catalogue. In the late afternoon we get slightly more adventurous. In the early evenings we provide that lyrical bridge to Excellence in Jazz.

Q: What words would you use to describe CapRadio’s blend of classical music?

A: Melodic, sophisticated, inclusive, expansive, evocative and transcendent.

Q: What do you love about your job?

A: It feels good to know that what we do has a positive effect on listeners’ lives. We strive to offer music that encompasses a broad range of human experience and emotion. I love the people I have the privilege of working with, and I’m always impressed by how passionate, kind and appreciative our listeners are when I meet and interact with them.

Ann Hampton Callaway: A Singer's Singer
By Gary G. Vercelli, Jazz Music Director
Ann Hampton Calloway
The first time I saw Ann Hampton Callaway cast her magical spell on an audience was in the early nineties at the legendary Rainbow Room, high atop Rockefeller Center in Manhattan. Even then, Callaway was attracting fans, such as Tony Bennett and Liza Minnelli. Yes, the intimate venue was full of stars that night, checking out the four octave range and sophisticated delivery of a star to be.

Since then, Callaway has recorded 15 albums of her own and composed over 250 songs for Broadway, television, and several vocalists, including Barbra Streisand and Carole King. Callaway continues to explore “The Great American Songbook” in concert and she has composed themes for The Nanny and Day’s End.

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Capital Public Radio Goes Back To School This Fall With A New Multimedia Reporting Project, Grit And Grace: A Year At Encina Preparatory High School
Encina High School Yellow Bracelet
High school can be hard enough for students, but with 22 languages spoken, some of the lowest test scores in the region and life’s complications in a low-income neighborhood, the students and staff face a challenging year.

For the 2016-2017 school year, Capital Public Radio’s Multimedia Producer Andrew Nixon has been assigned to document Encina Preparatory High School through photography and video. CapRadio reporters will file feature stories about improving student outcomes through Encina’s redesigned curriculum and more. And we'll offer storytelling workshops for students and staff in 2017 so they can learn to tell their own stories through social media. Over the course of the year, we’ll create many ways to share the stories of the Encina community on-air, online and in community conversations. Look for stories this month at Follow @CPR_Andrew on Twitter for weekly photos.

For information about the Grit and Grace project, contact Senior Editor for Innovation Catherine Stifter,

Capitol Weekly's California Votes: Ballot Measure Forums
Capitol Weekly California Votes Ballot Measure Forum 2016
Capitol Weekly and Capital Public Radio present California Votes: A 2016 Ballot Measure Forum, that will examine six of the most important measures on the November ballot. Notable California journalists include John Myers of the Los Angeles Times, Chris Nichols of Politifact California, Carla Marinucci of Politico, Marisa Lagos of KQED, and Daniel Weintraub of The California Health Report will moderate. Click here for more information.

Date: Thursday, September 8, 2016
Time: 9:00 AM to 4:15 PM
Location: Secretary of State Building
1500 11th Street, Sacramento, CA, 95814 (Map)

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CapRadio Reads The Race For Paris By Meg Waite Clayton
We are so pleased to be welcoming Meg Waite Clayton who will be in conversation with Donna Apidone about her latest book The Race For Paris. Ms. Clayton is the author of many wonderful books including The Wednesday Sisters and The Wednesday Daughters. The Race For Paris is a departure from her usual style. This is an historical novel as well as a story of friendship and love. Narrator Jane Tyler meets Olivia Harper in a field hospital in France in June 1944. Both journalists are there to cover the war and face huge obstacles trying to get over the sexist barriers, which otherwise would allow them to cover the action. How they accomplish their jobs is the basis of this action packed, beautiful story.

Date: Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: Capital Public Radio
7055 Folsom Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95826 (Directions)

As you know by now, our events fill up fast. To reserve your space, register by clicking here. And you can always find out more about our book club, monthly selections, discussions, and events at

Love Led Zeppelin?
Philharmonic Zeppelin Salute
An extraordinary pops concert from Sacramento Philharmonic pays tribute to the iconic rock band Led Zeppelin.

Zeppelin – A Symphonic Salute will take place Sunday, September 18th at Cal Expo’s Bonney Field, home of the Sac Republic professional soccer club. As a CapRadio member you can enjoy a 15% discount off of the General Admission price of $34.95 or the VIP price of $74.95.

Concert goers will be able to sit on the field and under the stars. Lawn chairs and blankets are allowed and food trucks will be on site!

Purchase your tickets here and save 15% with the promo code CAPRADIO

For more information and frequently asked questions about this concert, please click here.

Science Friday In Sacramento
Science Friday in Sacramento
Here’s your chance to do more than listen!

Experience a live taping of Science Friday, September 24th at the Mondavi Center.

From the science of chili peppers to the physics of the fastest swim strokes, Science Friday is your source for entertaining and educational stories about science, technology and other cool stuff. Get your tickets before they sell out.

Tickets: $25 - $55

Presented in partnership with Mondavi Center, UC Davis and Capital Public Radio.

Date: Saturday, September 24, 2016
Time: 8:00 PM
Location: Mondavi Center
One Shields Avenue, Davis, CA 95616 (Directions)

Capital Public Radio Travels To The New Orleans Jazz Festival For A Special Ken Burns Event In March 2017!
New Orleans Jazz Ken Burns
Be immersed in the magic of jazz and the culture of its birthplace, New Orleans, with filmmaker Ken Burns…five amazing days of live music, themed sightseeing and exclusive Tauck experiences. The Ken Burns Jazz Event is hosted only once every two years. CapRadio is providing an opportunity for just 24 CapRadio travelers to attend this very special event. Reservations will be based on double occupancy with a very limited amount of single reservations. CapRadio travelers will be part of a select group of Tauck clients who will all be at this special event

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Join CapRadio Travels To The Emerald Isle This October
October 22 – November 2, 2016

Journey with CapRadio to Ireland, where Irish history, literature, music and beauty meet.

"Before people were making Bucket Lists, I was dreaming of Ireland," says Lisa Cooper, the CapRadio host for this trip. "Won’t you join me as we head to the Emerald Isle? I can’t wait to meet the locals and experience the music, the Cliffs of Moher, the Killarney Valley, the Dingle Peninsula and all the history that goes along with them."

The deadline to travel to Ireland with CapRadio Travels and Earthbound Expeditions is coming up soon, so sign up today!

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Want to know more about CapRadio Travels adventures? Click here to see the full line up.

Capital Public Radio Member Discounts
$10 Tickets for Capital Public Radio Members at Crocker Art Museum Classical Concerts, September 11

$12 Tickets for Capital Public Radio Members at Crocker Art Museum Jazz Concerts, September 15


Capital Public Radio Sponsored Events
Sac State's Farm-to-Fork Guy West Bridge Fundraiser Dinner - September 14

Fiddletown's 66th Annual Fiddlers' Jam - CapRadio's Sean Bianco to emcee and judge, September 17

Sacramento's Inaugural Farm Tank Summit - CapRadio's Beth Ruyak and Julia Mitric moderate, September 22 - 23

Fairy Tale Town's Children's Book Festival - CapRadio's Donna Apidone reads, September 24 - 25

In This Issue

Blue Dog Jam Becomes Hey, Listen!

CapRadio's Jazz Humanitarian

Q & A With Cale Wiggins

Jazz Profile

Grit And Grace: A Year At Encina Prepartory High School

Capitol Weekly's California Votes 2016 Ballot Measure Forum

CapRadio Reads

Science Friday In Sacramento

CapRadio Travels to the New Orleans Jazz Festival

Join CapRadio Travels to the Emerald Isle

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