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.

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Cyprus Avenue
12:59 pm
Sat December 20, 2014

A Cyprus Avenue Christmas

Elvis Presley
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Ring in the holidays with Cyprus Avenue!  Bill Shapiro brings you his annual “The Sounds of Christmas” show… with Elvis Presley, Al Green, Darlene Love and more...

Track List:

Clyde McPhatter and The Drifters- “White Christmas”

Bob B. Soxx and The Blue Jeans- “The Bells of St. Mary’s”

Elvis Presley- “Merry Christmas, Baby”  

Wilson Pickett- “Silver Bells”  

Lowell Fulson- “I Wanna Spend Christmas with You”

The Blind Boys of Alabama, featuring Mavis Staples- “Born in Bethlehem”  

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Cyprus Avenue
12:59 pm
Sat December 6, 2014

2014's Odds And Ends

John Mellencamp
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20-14 is winding down but the great music keeps right on coming… John Mellencamp, U2, Jackson Brown and The New Basement Tapes are all featured on this week’s Cyprus Avenue...

Track List:

The New Basement Tapes (Jim James)- “Kansas City”

John Mellencamp- “The Isolation Of Mister”

U2- “Volcano”

The New Basement Tapes (Rhianon Giddens)- “Duncan & Jimmy”

Jackson Brown- “The Long Way Around”

U2- “The Crystal Ballroom”

The New Basement Tapes (Rhianon Giddens & Elvis Costello- “Hidee Hidee Ho”

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Cyprus Avenue
12:59 pm
Sat November 29, 2014

The Art of McCartney

Sir Paul McCartney
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Writing some of the world’s best-known songs takes talent and great deal of know-how.  You’ll experience the music of one of the best when Cyprus Avenue presents the Art of McCartney…

Track List:

Billy Joel- “Maybe I’m Amazed”

Heart- “Band On The Run”

Bob Dylan- “Things We Said Today”

Sammy Hagar- “Birthday”

Barry Gibb- “When I’m 64”

Dion- “Drive My Car”

Willie Nelson- “Yesterday”

Paul Rodgers- “Let Me Roll It”

Def Leppard- “Helen Wheels”

Chrissie Hynde- “Let It Be”

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Cyprus Avenue
12:59 pm
Sat November 22, 2014

Dylan- The Basement Tapes Complete

Bob Dylan
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Bob Dylan’s newest release The Basement Tapes Complete is 138 tracks on six CDs.  You won’t hear all of it this week but you’ll get a great sampling…

Track List

My Bucket’s Got A Hole In It

I Forgot To Remember To Forget

You Win Again

Big River

Folsom Prison Blues

Cool Water

Johnny Todd

Tupelo

Tiny Montgomery

I’m Your Teenage Prayer

Rock Salt And Nails

A Fool Such As I

People Get Ready

I Don’t Hurt Anymore

Don’t You Try

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Cyprus Avenue
12:59 pm
Sat November 15, 2014

Four Formidable Females

Valerie June
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Valerie June is an amazingly talented young singer, who has captured host Bill Shapiro's ear.  June is featured, along with three other talented women, in this edition of Cyprus Avenue.

Track List:

Macy Gray- “Stoned”

Valerie June- “Somebody To Live”

Marcia Ball- “Lazy Blues”

Hurray For The Riff Raff- “Good Time Blues”

Macy Gray- “Need You Now”

Marcia Ball- “Can’t Blame Nobody

Valerie June- “Shotgun”

Valerie June- “Wanna Be On Your Mind”

Hurray For The Riff Raff- “The New San Francisco Bay Blues”

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Cyprus Avenue
12:59 pm
Sat November 8, 2014

Jerry Lee Lewis- The Knox Phillips Sessions

Jerry Lee Lewis

Singer Jerry Lee Lewis says talent used to separate the men from the boys, but technology has now changed all that.  So he’s released a new CD of his early session work that clearly displays his amazing artistry.

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"Bad, Bad Leroy Brown"

"Ragged But Right"

"Room Full Of Roses"

"Johnny B. Goode/Carol "

"That Kind Of Fool"

"Harbor Lights"

"Pass Me Not Oh Gentle Savior"

"Music Music Music/Canadian Sunset"

"Lovin’ Cajun Style"

"Beautiful Dreamer"

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Cyprus Avenue
12:59 pm
Sat November 1, 2014

Rosanne Returns

Rosanne Cash

Singer Rosanne Cash has established herself as a major artist who's not limited to a single musical genre. The range and depth of her amazing talents are on display in this edition of Cyprus Avenue.

Track List:

Rosanne Cash - "A Feather’s Not A Bird"

Rosanne Cash - " Black Cadillac "

Rosanne Cash - "50,000 Watts"

Rosanne Cash - "Radio Operator "

Rosanne Cash - "Real Woman"

Rosanne Cash - "World Of Strange Design"

Rosanne Cash - "Western Wall"

Rosanne Cash - "Dreams Are Not My Home"

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Cyprus Avenue
12:59 pm
Sat October 25, 2014

A 30-Year Tribute to Born In The U.S.A.

Bruce Springsteen

It’s hard to believe that Bruce Springsteen’s Born To Run album is 30 years old?  Well,"the Boss" is back and Cyprus Avenue host Bill Shapiro pays tribute to his iconic recording, and you’re invited to the birthday party.

Track List:

Bruce Springsteen - "Born In The USA"

Dead Man’s Town - " Born In The USA "

Bruce Springsteen - "Cover Me"

Dead Man’s Town - " Cover Me "

Dead Man’s Town - "I’m On Fire"

Bruce Springsteen - " I’m On Fire "

Bruce Springsteen - "No Surrender"

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Cyprus Avenue
12:59 pm
Sat October 18, 2014

Leonard Cohen Lives On

Leonard Cohen
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Leonard Cohen’s new release Popular Problems is described as a smoky, late night concoction…and it has all the ingredients for another great edition of Cyprus Avenue…

Track List:

"Slow"

"Almost Like The Blues"

"Everybody Knows"

"My Oh My"

"I’m Your Man"

"Samson In New Orleans"

"Hallelujah"

"You Got Me"

"Suzanne"

"Nevermind"

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Tell KCUR
4:16 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Tell KCUR: Have Your Views On Same-Sex Marriage Evolved Over The Past 10 Years?

Have your views on same-sex marriage evolved over the past 10 years? Why or why not? Tweet your answer with the #TellKCUR hashtag.

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling that opened up the question of gay-marriage in many more states reverberated in Kansas last week.

In Johnson County, a judge allowed clerks to accept applications for marriage licenses. But couples were soon disappointed when the Kansas Supreme Court put a temporary halt to those licenses Friday.

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Cyprus Avenue
12:59 pm
Sat October 11, 2014

Southern Sounds of Lucinda Williams and Marty Stuart

Lucinda Williams
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Both Marty Stuart and Lucinda Williams are country music stars, each in their own right.  They are both extremely gifted musicians, and their talents extend beyond the country music's boundaries without losing that country flavor.

Track List:

Lucinda Williams - "Compassion"

Marty Stuart - "I’m Blue I’m Lonesome"

Lucinda Williams - "Walk On"

Marty Stuart - "Long Walk To Heaven"

Marty Stuart - "Talking To The Wall"

Lucinda Williams - "Something Wicked This Way Comes"

Marty Stuart - "Life Has Its Little Ups And Downs"

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Cyprus Avenue
12:59 pm
Sat September 13, 2014

Smokey Robinson Then And Now

Smokey Robinson
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Talent and longevity are the key elements of greatness. Smokey Robinson enjoys both, with a career spanning over 50 years, and he’s still going strong.  It’s Smokey Then and Now, on this edition of Cyprus Avenue.

Track List:

Smokey - "Tracks Of My Tears”

Smokey and Elton John - “Tracks Of My Tears”

Marvin Gaye - “Ain’t That Peculiar”

Smokey and James Taylor - “Ain’t That Peculiar”

Smokey & The Miracles - “You Really Got A Hold On Me”  

Smokey and Steven Tyler – “You Really Got A Hold On Me”

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Cyprus Avenue
12:59 pm
Sat September 6, 2014

Sam Baker's Coming To Town (Encore)

Singer-songwriter Sam Baker is a man of few words…but when he puts them to music it’s something special.  Combine his music with singer Mary Gauthier (Gau-THEE-aye), it becomes a hour of radio to remember, and a concert to you don't want to miss. 

Track List:

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Sam Baker - "Say Grace”

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Cyprus Avenue
12:59 pm
Sat August 30, 2014

It's Time For Some New Tunes

Tom Petty Walk of Fame
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Labor Day may mark the unofficial end of Summer…but Bill Shapiro continues to bring the heat with new music from Tom Petty, Spoon and Puss n-boots and more...

Track List:

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - "Full Grown Boy”

Puss n Boots - “Down By The River”

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - “American Dream Plan B”

Kris Kristofersten - “The Ballad OF Ira Hayes”

Spoon - “Outlier”

Puss n Boots - “Don’t Know What It Means”

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – “Shadow People”

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Cyprus Avenue
12:59 pm
Sat August 23, 2014

The Quiet Influence Of J.J. Cale

J.J. Cale
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How can you be called one of the single most important figures in rock history and not be a household name?  Try not being bombastic…J.J.Cale did, and he’s the focus on Cyprus Avenue this week.

Track List:

J.J. Cale - "Magnolia”

J.J. Cale - “After Midnight”

J.J. Cale - “Call Me The Breeze”

J.J. Cale - “Call Me The Breeze”

J.J. Cale & Eric Clapton - “Sporting Life Blues”

J.J. Cale - “Songbird”

J.J. Cale – “Crazy Mama”

J.J. Cale & Eric Clapton – “Dead End Road”

J.J. Cale – “Sensitive Kind”

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Cyprus Avenue
10:24 am
Mon August 18, 2014

Two Singer-Songwriters Heading Your Way

Sam Baker
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Singer-songwriter Sam Baker is a man of few words…but when he puts them to music it’s something special.  Combine his music with singer Mary Gauthier (Gau-THEE-aye), it becomes a hour of radio to remember. 

Track List:

Sam Baker - "Say Grace”

Mary Gauthier - “Last of the Hobo Kings”

Sam Baker - “Waves”

Mary Gauthier - “O Soul”

Sam Baker - “Juarez”

Mary Gauthier – “Mercy Now”

Mary Gauthier - “Falling Out Of Love”

Sam Baker – “Ditch”

Mary Gauthier – “I Drink”

Sam Baker – “Isn’t Love Great”

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Cyprus Avenue
12:59 pm
Sun August 10, 2014

One More Moondance

Van Morrison
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The legendary Van Morrison is back with some alternate takes from his classic recordings.

Track List:

"Into the Mystic"

"And It Stoned Me"

"Brand New Day"

"These Dreams of You"

"Caravan"

"Moondance"

"Come Running"

"Crazy Love"

"Glad Tidings"

"I Shall Sing"

"Into the Mystic"

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Cyprus Avenue
12:59 pm
Sat August 2, 2014

More Great Hits From The Brill Building

The Drifters in 1964
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New York City's Brill Building was known as a "one stop shop" that produced some great music in the '50s and '60s.  Last February, Cyprus Avenue host Bill Shapiro focused on music written by two of the great writing teams from the building.  This time around, he focuses more on the great music that originated from the hit factory that the Brill Building became.

Track List:

Drifters - "This Magic Moment”

Shirelles - “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow”

Dion - “Dream Lover”

Everly Brothers - “Cryin’ In The Rain”

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Beyond Our Borders
11:11 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Troost Project Is A Walk Down Memory Lane

Ron Jones and his dad, George Jones.
Credit Courtesy / Ron Jones

KCUR’s Beyond Our Borders project has kicked off a year-long examination of the geographic lines that separate our region. 

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Cyprus Avenue
12:59 pm
Sat July 26, 2014

New Artists New Sounds

Sturgill Simpson
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Looking for some new music?  Cyprus Avenue host Bill Shapiro has some great ideas this week from artists you may not even know. 

Track List:

Sturgill Simpson - "Life Of Sin”

Jeremy Loops - “Sinner”

Chris Smither - “Rosalee”

Sturgill Simpson - “Voices”

Jeremy Loops - “Higher Stakes”

Chris Smither – “Seems So Real”

Jack White - “Just One Drink”

Jeremy Loops – “Mission To The Sun”

Sturgill Simpson – “Living The Dream”

Jeremy Loops – “Power”

Chris Smither – “Love You Like A Man”

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Cyprus Avenue
12:59 pm
Sat July 19, 2014

Great Singers, Great Songs With A New Twist

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What do the recent World Cup and Cyprus Avenue have in common?  If you guessed Brazil you’re a borderline genius. It’s an hour of some great songs and great singers with a Brazilian twist.

Track List:

Bill Withers - "Lovely Day”

Aretha Franklin - “Walk On By”

Marvin Gaye - “Sexual Healing”

Billie Holiday - “You’ve Changed”

Sly & The Family Stone - “Family Affair”

Mel Torme – “I’ve Got You Under My Skin”

Nina Simone - “I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free”

Johnny Nash – “I Can See Clearly Now”

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Cyprus Avenue
12:59 pm
Sat July 12, 2014

Get Down With Some Country Funk?

Tommy Joe White
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Country Funk is an inherently defiant genre, encompassing gospel, blues, country hoedown harmony, and inner city grit.  It’s also a slow-jammin’, booty-shakin’ good time on Cyprus Avenue.

Cyprus Avenue
12:59 pm
Sat July 5, 2014

Nelson & Parton (Not A Law Firm)

Willie Nelson
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How does 81 year old Willie Nelson keep life interesting?  By doing what he's done repeatedly for the past 58 years, composing and performing some of the best country music ever.  Nelson, who's written over 2,500 songs and released nearly 300 albums, has a new recording called Band of Brothers.  It's been critically acclaimed as his best album in a decade.  The album is featured along with anothernew release from the legendary Dolly Parton titled Blue Smoke.  Nelson and Parton make sweet music together on this edition of Cyprus Avenue.

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Cyprus Avenue
12:59 pm
Sat June 28, 2014

A Tribute To An American Icon: Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan
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Twenty-two years ago a proverbial "who's who" group of  pop musicians gathered in Madison Square Garden to celebrate Bob Dylan's 30th anniversary.  MSG was sold out that night, so just in case you missed it, Cyprus Avenue host Bill Shapiro takes you back to that event via the recent release of The 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration.

Track List

Willie Nelson - "Was It What You Wanted”

John Mellencamp - “Leopard Skin Pillbox Hat”

June Carter Cash & Johnny Cash - “It Ain’t Me”

Richie Havens - “Just Like A Woman”

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Cyprus Avenue
4:54 pm
Sat June 21, 2014

Rock And Roll Is Back

Led Zeppelin
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If you’re fan of '60s and '70s rock & roll, this episode of Cyprus Avenue will absolutely blow you away.  It’s the return of Led Zepplelin …

Track List:

Led Zeppelin - "Your Time Is Gonna Come”

Led Zeppelin - “Babe I’m Gonna Leave You”

Led Zeppelin - “Good Times Bad Times”

Led Zeppelin - “I Can’t Quit You Baby”

Led Zeppelin - “I Can’t Quit You Baby (Live)”

Led Zeppelin - “Heartbreaker”

Led Zeppelin – “Dazed and Confused”

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Cyprus Avenue
12:59 pm
Sat June 14, 2014

Need Help Finding Good New Music?

There's an abundance of new music to be found, but the problem is finding the time to sift through it all.  Host Bill Shapiro is a music head, which means that a big part of his life is spent in the pursuit of good music.  On this edition of Cyprus Avenue, he shares some new releases from Dave and Phil Alvin, Robert Ellis and Joe Henry.  Consider it Bill's form of public service.

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Cyprus Avenue
12:59 pm
Sat June 7, 2014

The "Wicked" Mr. Wilson Pickett

Soul singer Wilson Pickett was a major player in the world of R&B.  His distinctive voice and showmanship thrilled audiences and led him to a Grammy Award and subsequent induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  On this edition of Cyprus Avenue, host Bill Shapiro features the work of the the artist known as the "Wicked" Wilson Pickett.

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Cyprus Avenue
12:59 pm
Sat May 31, 2014

Rodney Crowell's Coming to Kansas City

Rodney Crowell
Credit Photo by Laura Fedele

Singer-songwriter Rodney Crowell is scheduled to perform live in Kansas City on Friday, June 6th.  It's part of the series KCUR Presents Cyprus Avenue Live at the Folly Theater.  On this edition of  Cyprus Avenue, host Bill Shapiro presents the musical artistry of Rodney Crowell.

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Cyprus Avenue
12:59 pm
Sat May 24, 2014

Survey: New Music from 'The Girls'

Kelley Hunt
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Kansas City native Kelley Hunt does it all...roots music, R&B, Americana.  She's a singer/songwriter, piano player and guitarist.  Hunt's the featured artist as host Bill Shapiro surveys recent releases from some amazingly talented women.

Cyprus Avenue
12:59 pm
Sat May 17, 2014

I Heard The Angels Singing

Home of Nashboro Records
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Back in the '50 and '60, Nashboro Records was one of the leading gospel labels.  According to NPR's First Listen, "...Nashboro's bread was buttered by vocal quartets that typically paired a gritty lead singer with sweet harmonies.  Born in Ernie's Record Mart in Nashville, Tennessee, the label's glory days are captured on a new 4 disc box set.  When Cyprus Avenue host Bill Shapiro got his hands on it, he felt the spirit, and now he takes us to church...

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