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Nick Brunner

Manager: Station Imaging and Promotion / Host: Blue Dog Jam

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

  • 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.

  • Sound Advice: Blue Dog Jam

    July 23, 2015

    Did you hear that Wilco just released its latest album on the Internet for free? We’ll hear a selection from it in this week’s Sound Advice. Nick Brunner, host of Blue Dog Jam, shares some notable new music for the summer.

  • Sister Crayon Releases Video To Coincide With SCOTUS Ruling

    June 26, 2015

    The Oakland-by-Sacramento band Sister Crayon has released the video for “Ride | Die” in honor of today’s Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage.

  • Sound Advice: New Music From Sea Of Bees, Cherry Glazerr And The Go-Betweens

    June 25, 2015

    Blue Dog Jam host, Nick Brunner, joins us with new music suggestions from the world of pop music.

  • Sister Crayon's Terra Lopez On Heartbreak And The Band's New Album

    June 2, 2015

    Sister Crayon’s new album is out today. CapRadio's Nick Brunner chats with the band's vocalist Terra Lopez about the music and her life since leaving Sacramento for Oakland.

  • Sound Advice: Nick Brunner

    April 23, 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

    March 19, 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.