Ron Jones

Director of Community Engagement

Ron Jones returned to KCUR in September, 2013 as Director of Community Engagement.  He leads a team that will focus on the arts, entrepreneurship, neighborhoods and community diversity. Its goal is to coordinate community conversations about important issues on-air, online and in person.

Before returning to KCUR, Jones was Program Director at WDET in Detroit, where he oversaw all programming content.  Jones worked closely with news/talk and music programming to provide an administrative structure for programming, quality control and program development.  He also managed production, on-air fundraising, promotion and broadcast operations.  WDET has received national recognition for its work with community engagement, and crowdsourcing for both content and fundraising.

Prior to his position in Detroit, Jones served as Vice President of Programming at Chicago Public Radio, where he oversaw all station programming activities, including news, music, engineering and other initiatives for WBEZ, Chicago, WBEQ, Chesterton, Indiana and WBEW, Morris, Illinois.  Under his leadership Chicago Public radio received numerous national and regional awards for programming and journalistic excellence.  In addition he provided management oversight of WLUW, an independent community station licensed to Loyola University and managed by Chicago Public Radio. 

Prior to his work with Chicago Public Radio, Jones served as Program Director at WGBH-FM in Boston.  His responsibilities included oversight of on-air staff, promotion, audience research and fundraising activities.  In addition, he has served as General Manager of WERS-FM in Boston, and Program Director at KCUR-FM in Kansas City, Missouri and KANU-FM in Lawrence, Kansas. 

Jones served on the board of the Public Radio Program Director’s Association and The World Vision Report.  He holds a B.S. degree in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Kansas.

Tell KCUR
7:35 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Tell KCUR: What Services Should Be Provided To Curb Drinking And Driving?

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Drinking and driving gets a lot of media attention. Radio, television and print advertising have raised awareness of the problem. There are even social media sites that post DUI checkpoints in the region.  Despite all the attention drunk drivers are still on the road, and being caught at an alarming rate. 

We want to know your ideas on how to combat driving under the influence.

Tell KCUR: What services should be provided to curb drinking and driving in metro Kansas City? 

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Cyprus Avenue
12:59 pm
Sat April 19, 2014

Here's Johnny!

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Cyprus Avenue host Bill Shapiro cracks open the vault to unlock some previously unreleased gems from the Johnny Cash discography.  He also features new music from other members of the Carter/Cash familyto make up an hour of great music.

Track List:

Johnny Cash - "Out Among The Stars”

Johnny Cash with June Carter Cash - “Baby Ride Easy”

Carlene Carter - “Lonesome Valley 2003”

Johnny Cash - “I’m Movin’ On”

Carlene Carter - “Little Black Train”

Johnny Cash - “She Used To Love Me A Lot”

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Cyprus Avenue
12:59 pm
Sat April 12, 2014

Notable New Releases

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According to Cyprus Avenue host Bill Shapiro, over the past few years the quality and quantity of new music is not what it used to be…but he’s found some of the best new stuff from The Holmes Brothers, Dave Mason, Beck and more...

Track List:

Peter Mulvey - "You Don’t Have To Lie To Me”

Dave Mason - “Dear Mr. Fantasy”

Beck - “Heart Is A Drum”

Peter Mulvey - “What Else Was It?”

The Holmes Brothers - “Passing Through”

Drive-by Truckers - “Prime Coat”

Uncle Tupelo - “Life Worth Living”

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Cyprus Avenue
12:59 pm
Sat March 29, 2014

Dim Lights, Thick Smoke & Hillbilly Music VI '62/'63

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Cyprus Avenue, host Bill Shapiro takes you to  the early ‘60’s country music hit parade…that’s right it’s classic country music.

Track list:

George Jones - "She Thinks I Still Care”

Patsy Cline - “She’s Got You”

Johnny Cash - “Busted”

Joe Carson - “I Got Drunk And I Sure Do Dread It”

Ernest Tubb - “Thanks A Lot”

Dave Dudley - “6 Days On The Road”

George Hamilton - “Abilene”

Little Esther Phillips - “Release Me”

Bobby Bare - “500 Miles Away From Home”

Patsy Cline - “So Wrong”

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Cyprus Avenue
12:59 pm
Sat March 22, 2014

The Rhythm of the Rhythms, V: 2007

Mavis Staples at Newport 2011
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In Part Five of this series, we take a look back at some of the best music that came along in 2007.

Track List:

Robert Plant/Allison Krause - "Gone, Gone, Gone”

Dion - “The Thunder”

Sam Baker - “Juarez”

Mavis Staples - “Eyes On The Prize”

Joan Armatrading - “Play The Blues”

Tom Waits - “Young At Heart”

Sam Baker - “Orphan”

Dion - “HooDoo Man Blues”

Mavis Staples - “Turn Me Around”

Bruce Springsteen - “Further On Up The Road”

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Cyprus Avenue
12:59 pm
Sat March 15, 2014

Prince

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Inspire Cyprus Avenue host Bill Shapiro and there's a long shot you could get an hour of radio focused on your music.  The legendary Prince certainly beat odds following his recent TV appearance on The Arcenio Hall Show.  So you will receive the reward as Prince takes to the Cyprus Avenue stage to perform some of his greatest hits, as well as some nuggets you may not have heard before.

Tracks List:

"Gotta Broken Heart Again”

“Controversy”

“Little Red Corvette”

“Let’s Go Crazy”

“When Doves Cry”

“Kiss”

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Cyprus Avenue
11:02 am
Wed March 12, 2014

Mike Bloomfield- The Lost Legend

On this edition of Cyprus Avenue host Bill Shapiro shines the spotlight on a nice Jewish kid from Chicago. Mike Bloomfield discovered R&B, blues and jazz at an early age.  So obsessed by what he heard, he literally dropped everything and dedicated his life to become one of the most incredible blues guitarists ever to take the stage.  He performed with many legendary musicians like Bob Dylan and Muddy Waters, and all would agree that Mike Bloomfield played a mean guitar.

Track List:

"I’m A Country Boy”

“I Got My Mojo Workin’”

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Cyprus Avenue
12:59 pm
Sat March 1, 2014

The Singer And The Songwriter

Townes Van Zandt
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Inspired by the recent International Folk Alliance Convention held recently in Kansas City, host Bill Shapiro features a group of singer-songwriters that all share the same quality.

And it goes beyond the obvious fact they all have composed and performed great songs. 

It's that those great songs put listeners in touch with their feelings. This week's edition of Cyprus Avenue showcases the work of Bob Dylan, Sam Baker, Townes Van Zandt and others.

Track List

Sam Baker - "Baseball”

Tony Joe White - “Willie and Laura Mae Jones”

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Cyprus Avenue
12:59 pm
Sat February 22, 2014

The Brill Building Teams

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In the '50s and '60s, New York City's Brill Building was known as a place where you could write a song; shop it to publishers; book some studio time to cut a demo; hire some of the musicians and singers; cut a demo; then present it to building to record companies, publishers, artist's managers or even the artists themselves. It was a "one-stop shop" that produced some great music known as the "Brill Building Sound."  On this edition of Cyprus Avenue, host Bill Shapiro features the music written by two of the great writing teams from the Brill Building.

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Cyprus Avenue
12:45 pm
Sat February 15, 2014

New Releases: Rosanne Cash, Bruce Springsteen And Others

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This week on Cyprus Avenue host Bill Shapiro samples new music featuring Rosanne Cash and her release The River's The Thread.  The "Boss: is back-- Bruce Springsteen with High Hopes, and a new release from Billy Joe Armstrong and Norah Jones titled Foreverly that celebrates music of the Everly Brothers. 

Track List:

Rozanne Cash- "A Feathers Not A Bird”

Bruce Springsteen- “High Hopes”

Rozanne Cash- “Etta’s Song”

Billy Joe & Norah Jones- “Roving Gambler”

Rozanne Cash - “World Of Strange Design”

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Film
5:00 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Wilt Chamberlain Featured In Kevin Willmott's 'Jayhawkers'

Wilt Chamberlain played for the University of Kansas from 1955 to 1958.
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At the outset and in the spirit of full disclosure, let me just say that I am a graduate of the University of Kansas and a huge fan of Wilt Chamberlain, aka “Wilt the Stilt," and “The Big Dipper.” He is widely considered one of the greatest basketball players of all time. Wilt Chamberlain also happened to play at KU.  He was a Jayhawk.

A new movie about Chamberlain’s brief time at KU is the subject of a film by Kansas filmmaker Kevin Willmott, premiering this weekend. It’s called Jayhawkers.

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Music Shows
1:00 pm
Sat February 8, 2014

The Incomparable Otis Redding

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Otis Redding's Sittin' On The Dock of the Bay is one of those songs that gets stuck in your head...and with good reason.  It was the first posthumous number one hit for an artist...and it was recorded only three days before his untimely death in 1967.  On this edition of Cyprus Avenue, host Bill Shapiro chronicles the life of Otis Redding, a dynamic performer with a magnetic personality.

Track List

"These Arms of Mine”

“I’ve Been Loving You Too Long”

“My Girl”

“I Got The Will” -- Etta James

“Try A Little Tenderness”

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Cyprus Avenue
1:00 pm
Sat February 1, 2014

The Beatles' 12 Greatest Hits

Last week’s Grammy Awards featured a reunion of Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr.  The former Beatles received a lifetime achievement award …and  on this edition of Cyprus Avenue an encore of the Beatles’ 12 greatest hits. 

Playlist:

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Cyprus Avenue
1:00 pm
Sat January 18, 2014

Instrumental Hits

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When you think of instrumental rock ‘n roll, classics like Green Onion and Honky Tonk probably come to mind…but Bill Shapiro serves up some other gems worth a listen.

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