WUNC to Incorporate More Bluegrass during IBMA's World of Bluegrass in Raleigh


News programs on WUNC will have a little more twang when the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) returns to Raleigh in late September.

In honor of the event, WUNC will be mixing up the music played coming in and out of news reports and interviews.  For the week of September 28, bluegrass will be the focus of the music listeners hear on popular programs like Morning Edition, The State of Things, and All Things Considered.

“IBMA Raleigh is such a great event for the Triangle,” says Connie Walker, President and General Manager of WUNC. “This is our way of being a part of it.  It’s going to be a fun week for us.”

In addition to highlighting some iconic musicians, WUNC will focus on music from IBMA Award nominees and regional artists like Balsam Range, Steep Canyon Rangers, and Chatham County Line.

“Bluegrass has always had a home on WUNC,” added David Brower, Program Director at WUNC.  “Ever since our early days we’ve made this good-time music a part of our sound – this week we’re taking it a step further.”

A complete playlist of the music used on WUNC during IBMA week will be available at WUNC's website (wunc.org).  In addition, WUNC’s daily interview program The State of Things will be broadcasting live from the Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh on October 1 and 2.  IBMA’s World of Bluegrass will be the focus.

ABOUT WUNC: North Carolina Public Radio - WUNC is the most listened to public radio station in the state and one of the most successful in the country. It serves an estimated 300,000 listeners with a network of seven stations that stretch from the Piedmont to the Sandhills and on to the Outer Banks. Primarily a NPR News and Information station, WUNC also features bluegrass and other forms of contemporary and traditional folk music Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights on the program Back Porch Music.