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Nick Brunner

Host: Blue Dog Jam / Producer

Nick Brunner grew up in rural Illinois with his sister, parents and a vast amount of corn. His first run-in with radio came when he and other cast members of the yearly musical would perform scenes on 1240-AM, WSDR in Sterling, Illinois.

He discovered NPR in college when he was hired to work, part time, on the air at WGLT-FM. Over that five year period Brunner came to appreciate the alternative that NPR and its affiliates provide to a drab and predictable commercial radio landscape.

These days Nick is experiencing his first taste of what he considers adulthood. He holds delusions of sophistication that often don't match his modest lifestyle. As a result, he spends time trying to find just the right wine to accompany Tuna Helper . . . a Shiraz works well.


  • Blue Dog Jam

    Contemporary rock, local bands, live recordings and artists heard on NPR

    Stories by Nick Brunner

  • Sound Advice: Nick Brunner

    Thursday, April 09, 2015

    Blue Dog Jam is CapRadio’s Saturday night music program hosted by Nick Brunner and he’s sharing four, very diverse selection in this week’s Sound Advice.

  • Tom Brosseau: A Distinct Voice, Rambling

    Wednesday, March 18, 2015

    In 2004, musician Tom Brosseau caught the ear of the founder of Davis-based Crossbill Records. He recorded songs in our studio and spoke with Nick Brunner about his new album, Perfect Abandon and about the personal nature of his music.

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    Tom Brousseau: The Gentle Traveling Troubador's Perfect Abandon

    Tuesday, March 03, 2015

    A review of Tom Brosseau's intimate and minimalistic songwriting ahead of his appearance in Davis.

  • Interludes - Music Beds on CapRadio News

    Tuesday, February 24, 2015

    Been hearing The Kinks, De La Soul or the theme to Final Fantasy on-air lately? It's no accident. It's the first Interludes for 2015!

  • Studio 7055: Tiaras - A NorCal Power-Pop Powerhouse

    Saturday, February 21, 2015

    San Francisco group Tiaras joins Nick Brunner for a conversation and performance as the band talks about the trials of recording their debut, finding a label and more.

  • Chromatics: Toulouse-Lautrec

    Friday, February 06, 2015

    CapRadio Music & The Crocker Art Museum, present soundtracks for exhibits currently on display. This is Nick Brunner's playlist inspired by Toulouse-Lautrec and La Vie Moderne: Paris 1880–1910.

  • Sound Advice: Blue Dog Jam

    Thursday, January 29, 2015

    On Sound Advice, from Modest Mouse to Dengue Fever and even Marilyn Manson, Blue Dog Jam host Nick Brunner showcases some of the best pop offerings for January.

  • Studio 7055: Kevin Seconds, Punk As Folk

    Tuesday, January 20, 2015

    Where do Hardcore Punk and Folk music meet? Kevin Seconds certainly has an idea. Hear songs from New Year's Rulin's recorded live in our studio.

  • No Business Questioning A Thang: Another Death Grips Mystery

    Friday, January 16, 2015

    With an unexpected all-new instrumental release, the question remains: Is Death Grips really defunct?

  • 2014 In Review - Five Favorites from Nick Brunner

    Tuesday, December 23, 2014

    In advance of Blue Dog Jam's Year End Review, host Nick Brunner has a few of his favorites from 2014.