Wendy Wham


Though the majority of my radio experience has been in the commercial sector (from Colorado to Utah to Alaska), my radio was always tuned to the public station... I am an NPR junkie. I was blessed to work with some truly amazing and creative people in radio since my first professional job in the industry during my freshman year in college. That blessing has continued by being part of the family of one of the most incredible radio stations (and staff) in the country - KUNC.

I think that I was destined for this business, and remember being about 7 or 8 years old and editing audio tape (with SCOTCH tape, no less), on my father's old open reel recorder, you know, the kind with the big central turret mechanism that would be turned for play (the button pushed in and the turret turned again for record). My poor brother was the victim for my ‘interview’ attempts (I would spice up the tape to have him say things he never said- what a brat!), and this was the first time that I realized the importance of "incidental music" to television shows as I listened to my recordings of "The Rat Patrol." Don't know why I recorded it-- perhaps I was searching for some sort of musical epiphany. My father soon saw my love of recording as not being a phase and presented me with real splicing tape. I was off.

Besides delighting in creative music-driven radio (and long sentences), my passions are as diverse as KUNC's music. Audio editing, painting (Plein-air and studio oils), calligraphy (and illuminated manuscripts), jewelry and beadwork, music (I play mandolin, a bit of guitar, and hope once again to play the piano). The list continues with history (U.S. Studies), reading ("Hello, my name is Wendy, and I am a biblioholic"), writing, gardening, anything to do with nature, birds, & animals (especially dogs, then especially Border Collies), old airplanes, tractors, and trains (steam rules!), and of course, Baseball. I am blissfully married to mandolinist and bluegrass radio host, Jerry Mills.

It is a joy to be here!

..Oh, and to answer oft-asked questions… yes, my name is real. My parents obviously had a sense of humor, or could not resist the alliteration (or perhaps it was the pain meds they gave to women during childbirth at the time). Wham is a good Scottish name; there is even a wham.org on the internet. My grandfather, David Graham Wham, came through Ellis Island from outside of Glasgow in 1923. Though there seems to be a genealogical connection, there is no direct relation to former Colorado Senator Dorothy Wham, but I would be proud to be a close relative!



Mon May 12, 2014

Candi Staton Returns Home

Candi Staton performing at the Glastonbury Festival, 2010.
jaswooduk Flickr - Creative Commons

Alabama singer Candi Staton has crossed many musical timelines in her decades-long career, but with her newest release, Life Happens, Stanton has returned home to where her professional career started - Muscle Shoals.

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Sat April 19, 2014

Rufus Wainwright Takes A Look Back

Rufus Wainwright performing at the Primavera Sound festival in Barcelona, 2008.
Alterna2 Flickr - Creative Commons

Canadian-American singer songwriter, Rufus Wainwright’s new retrospective Vibrate: The Best Of contains what one would expect of the title, 17 of Wainwright’s finest. There's also one new song that holds an interesting story.

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Sat March 29, 2014
Weekend Audition

Thievery Corporation Revisits An Old Love With 'Saudade'

Andrezj Liguz moreimages.net

In their latest, Thievery Corporation highlights what Eric Hilton and Rob Garza call "the essence of Bossa Nova." It is a word with no easy English equivalent, saudade.

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Sat July 27, 2013
Newport Folk Festival

KUNC Music's Picks For The Newport Folk Festival

JD McPherson performs at the 2013 Newport Folk Festival Friday.
Adam Kissick for NPR

The Newport Folk Festival opened Friday with killer sets from Old Crow Medicine Show, JD McPherson, and more. The rest of the weekend expands on that promise.

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Fri July 26, 2013
Newport Folk Fest

KUNC Music's Friday Picks For The Newport Folk Festival

The Mountain Goats
DL Anderson Courtesy Merge Records

In a word, the lineup for the Newport Folks Fest is spectacular. KUNC & NPR Music are streaming the fest live all weekend.

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