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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The gospel music that came out of the little known Memphis-based label Designer Records has been described as “soul without the sex…and if you listen to this week’s Cyprus Avenue, you’ll swear you’ve heard the tunes before, just with different lyrics.

Track List:

The Melody Kings - “I Know It’s Jesus”

George Shields & His Gospel Singers-  “God ‘s Word Will Never Pass Away”

The Mighty Blitheville Aires- “It May Be Your Last”

O’Neil and the Dean Brothers-  “The ABCs”

Sister Carrie Daniels- “This Joy I Have”

McMurtry And Earle

Mar 14, 2015
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Singer-songwriters James McMurtry and Steve Earle are known for songs with strong narratives that blend country and blues.  Both have new albums that are featured on this week’s Cyprus Avenue.

Track List:

James McMurtry - “She Loves Me”

Steve Earl - “Baby, Baby, Baby, (Baby)”

James McMurtry - “Painting By Numbers”

Steve Earl  - “Guitar Town”

Steve Earl - “Tennessee Kid”

James McMurtry - “How’n I Gonna Find You Now”

Steve Earl - “Copperhead Road”

James McMurtry - “Out Here In The Middle”

Marty Stuart Returns

Mar 7, 2015
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Singer-songwriter Marty Stuart’s coming to Kansas City on Friday, March 20th, as part of the KCUR presents Cyprus Avenue Live at The Folly Theater series. Coming up on this edition of Cyprus Avenue…the music of Marty Stuart.

Track List:

"Crying, Waiting, Hoping” (with Steve Earle)

“Doin’ My Time” (with Johnny Cash)

“Here I Am”

“The Gospel Story of Noah’s Ark”

“No Hard Times Blues”

“The Weight” (with The Staple Singers)

“It’s Time to Go Home”

“Farmer’s Blues” (with Merle Haggard)

New Singers New Songs

Feb 28, 2015
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How’s your winter music stash holding up?  Is it getting stale?  Need some freshening?  Bill Shapiro’s got some great new music for you to check out on this week’s Cyprus Avenue.

Track List:

Rhiannon Giddens - “Last Kind Word”

F.J. Misty - “Love You Honeybear”

Diana Krall - “California Dreamin’”

St. Paul & The Broken Bones - “Don’t Mean A Thing”

Rhiannon Giddens - “Water Boy”

F.J. Misty - “Strange Encounter”

St. Paul & The Broken Bones - “I’M Torn Up”

Diana Krall - “Yeh Yeh”

Zooey Deschanel and "M" Ward
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Have you noticed the growing trend of your favorite artists covering classic songs?  Bill Shapiro has and he presents "something new and something old" as a Valentine’s Day gift to you, on this week’s Cyprus Avenue.

Track List:

Willie Nelson & Sister Bobbie - “Alexander’s Ragtime Band”

Bette Midler - “Baby It’s You”

She & Him - “It’s Not For Me To Say”

Willie Nelson & Sister Bobbie  - “What’ll I Do”

She & Him - “Stay A While”

Willie Nelson & Sister Bobbie - “Sad Songs And Waltzed”

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It’s the season for romance.  If you are lucky, finding your soul mate can be simple, but more often than not it can be awkward, and downright tedious. 

Stop and think for a minute … how many hoops have you jumped through in an attempt to land your special Valentine?  In the digital age online dating and matchmaking sites have encouraged us to scrutinize profiles and backgrounds to find our ideal match. They are designed to make finding romance easier, but can algorithms really lead to finding meaningful relationships or nightmarish breakups? 

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If you missed Kelley Hunt last month on Cyprus Avenue you’ve got a couple more chances to hear the talented Kansas City singer…one on this week’s edition of the show… followed by next week's Cyprus Avenue Live at the Folly Theater...

Track list:

Kelley Hunt - “Talk To Me”

Kelley Hunt - “Crawl Through Kansas”

Kelley Hunt - “Emerald City”

Kelley Hunt  - “Music Was The Thread”

Kelley Hunt - “The Land Of Milk And Honey”

Kelley Hunt - “In The End”

Kelley Hunt - “When Love Is At The Wheel”

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If you were a fan of Woodstock you probably remember the riveting performance by Joe Cocker.  That appearance catapulted him into the consciousness of mainstream rock & roll fans in America and abroad. On  this edition of Cyprus Avenue, a tribute to the iconic singer who passed away last December...

Track List:

Joe Cocker - "With A Little Help From My Friends”

Joe Cocker - “She Came In Through The Bathroom Window”

Joe Cocker - “Honky Tonk Woman”

Joe Cocker - “Feelin’ Alright”

Joe Cocker - “Girl From The North Country”

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They called him “Mr. Pitiful,” but singer Otis Redding’s moniker doesn’t fit the impact he had on popular music in the 60’s and beyond.  It’s the music of Otis Redding on this edition of Cyprus Avenue.

Track List:

Otis Redding- "These Arms of Mine”

Otis Redding- “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long”

Otis Redding- “My Girl”

Etta James- “I Got The Will”

Otis Redding- “Try A Little Tenderness”

Percy Sledge- “I’ve Got Dreams To Remember”

Otis Redding- “Mr. Pitiful”

Elvis Lives

Jan 17, 2015
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The “King of Rock & Roll” continues to live in the minds of many of us…including Cyprus Avenue host Bill Shapiro…who presents some Elvis music you may not have heard before…

Track List:

Elvis - “Reconsider Baby”

Elvis - “Hi-Heel Sneakers”

Elvis - “Cindy Cindy”

Elvis - “So Glad You’re Mine”

Elvis - “You Asked Me To”

Elvis - “Memphis Tennessee”

Elvis - “Little Sister”

Elvis - “If I Were You”

Elvis - “I Washed My Hands In Muddy Waters”

Elvis - “Good Time Charlie’s Got The Blues”

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In his 36 years of hosting Cyprus Avenue, Bill Shapiro has never featured a Kansas City artist…but that’s about to change.  The talented Kelley Hunt breaks the streak, on this edition of Cyprus Avenue.

Track List:

Kelley Hunt - “Talk To Me”

Kelley Hunt - “Crawl Through Kansas”

Kelley Hunt - “Emerald City”

Kelley Hunt  - “Music Was The Thread”

Kelley Hunt - “The Land Of Milk And Honey”

Kelley Hunt - “In The End”

Kelley Hunt - “When Love Is At The Wheel”

Kelley Hunt - “Let It Rain”

Kelley Hunt - “Gates Of Eden”

2014 Favorites

Jan 3, 2015
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As we look forward to what 2015 will bring, we’ll take one last listen to Cyprus Avenue’s music of 2014 with Bill Shapiro’s favorites.

Track List:

Rosanne Cash- “ A Feather’s Not A Bird”

Jerry Lee Lewis- “Johnny B. Goode/Carol”

Jerry Lee Lewis - “Rock & Roll Time”

Billie Joe and Nora Jones- “Roving Gambler”

Nicole Atkins- “Dancing In The Dark”

Leonard Cohen- “Slow”

Bob Dylan- “Things We Said Today”

Willie Nelson- “Hard To Be An Outlaw”

Sly & The Family Stone- “Family Affair”

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Start the New Year celebration early with Cyprus Avenue!  Bill Shapiro brings you his annual party of live concert recordings. James Brown, Bruce Springsteen, Bob Marley and more. 

Track List:

Jerry Lee Lewis- “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On”

Otis Redding - “Can’t Turn You Loose”

James Brown - “Brother Rapp / Ain’t It Funky Now”

Jimi Hendrix - “Like a Rolling Stone”

Bob Dylan - “Highway 61 Revisited”

Bruce Springsteen - “Cadillac Ranch”

Neil Young - “Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black)”

A Cyprus Avenue Christmas

Dec 20, 2014
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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”  

2014's Odds And Ends

Dec 6, 2014
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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”

The Art of McCartney

Nov 29, 2014
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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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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

Four Formidable Females

Nov 15, 2014
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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”

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.

TRACKS:

"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"

Rosanne Returns

Nov 1, 2014

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"

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"

Leonard Cohen Lives On

Oct 18, 2014
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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"

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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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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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”

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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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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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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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”

One More Moondance

Aug 10, 2014
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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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