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Nick Brunner

Host: Hey Listen!

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.


  • Hey, Listen!

    Weekly playlists and interviews featuring cutting edge bands and their influential roots. Whether you’re looking to start your record collection or touch up the fringes, Nick Brunner leads you through two hours of CapRadio’s curated new music mix.

    Stories by Nick Brunner

  • Cody Drabble, Nick Brunner

    Live At CapRadio: Jolie Holland And Samantha Parton

    November 17, 2017

    Two car crashes, brain surgery and the challenges of toxic masculinity haven't slowed the founders of The Be Good Tanyas. Hey, Listen! host Nick Brunner talks with Jolie Holland and Samantha Parton.

  • Sound Advice: Hey Listen!

    October 5, 2017

    Hey Listen! host Nick Brunner shares Sound Advice picks from NorCal Noisefest, the late Tom Petty, Kurt Vile & Courtney Barnett, Mount Kimbie with King Krule, and Dirty Projectors.

  • Sound Advice: Hey Listen!

    July 27, 2017

    A pioneering, Ohio indie rock celebrates its 25th album, a string based trio and two records that tell the story of an extraterrestrial view of life in America. Hey, Listen! host Nick Brunner brings us the best unheard pop for Sound Advice.

  • Comedian Hari Kondabolu Brings His Sharp Political Commentary To Sacramento

    March 23, 2017

    Hari Kondabolu speaks out about the political climate in his latest album "Mainstream American Comic."

  • Nick Brunner / Capital Public Radio

    New Music From Foxtails Brigade

    April 19, 2016

    If Rube Goldberg designed a cuckoo clock, the music it would play each hour would be Foxtails Brigade. Intricate. Literate. Covered in Tweed.

  • Nick Brunner / Capital Public Radio

    New Music From Foxtails Brigade Band

    April 8, 2016

    We meet Sacramento band Foxtails Brigade and hear new music recorded live in our studios.

  • Chino Moreno Reflects On Nearly Three Decades Of Deftones

    October 23, 2015

    Chino Moreno has been the lead vocalist and guitarist for the Deftones since the Sacramento band's beginnings in the late 80s. After nearly three decades how has the band changed and what does the singer have planned for the future?

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    Sound Advice: Blue Dog Jam

    October 22, 2015

    Insight has Nick Brunner's conversation with Chino Moreno from Deftones for this week's Sound Advice.

  • Interludes: Fall 2015

    October 9, 2015

    From Aphex Twin, to Earl Sweatshirt to Henry Mancini, here's the latest batch of music you hear between stories and programs on CapRadio.

  • Matt Draper

    Get To Know: Nick Waterhouse

    September 9, 2015

    How does a swinging, early rock/R&B style get worldwide attention? Meet Nick Waterhouse and find out.