The sounds of Cyprus Avenue have filled this station’s airwaves for three and a half decades now, and host Bill Shapiro is still going strong.
In the second part of Wednesday's Up to Date, we talk with him about how he got plugged in to do the show, some of his best memories of Cyprus Avenue’s 35 years and take a look at his five favorite artists.
This fall marks a milestone for Kansas City radio and the metro’s many fans of rock, gospel, country and reggae. The now-iconic Cyprus Avenue program premiered on KCUR in October 1978. Piloting the program from the beginning was an eager, well-informed, dedicated host who was opportunely equipped with both an ideal voice for radio and a passion about the music he played.
This episode of Cyprus showcases some of host Bill Shapiro's top picks of 2011. With new releases from Hugh Laurie and Paul Simon, along with a partly-posthumous duet from Tony Bennett & Amy Winehouse, 2011 was a good-sounding year. And, since we can't provide you with the show's audio because of recording industry restrictions, below find some YouTube videos of Cyprus' chosen songs.