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What are the Blues? by KZUM Programmer, Jimmy Hudson

Listen to “Hudson Blue” Friday’s from 3-4:30pm on KZUM 89.3 FM/HD or online at!

Some thoughts from Jimmy Hudson

Recently I was asked “What are the blues?”  While this is a tough question to answer, here are some thoughts to ponder. First one must open one’s mind. My skydiving friend Cory will tell you that your mind is like your parachute, it doesn’t work unless it’s open. There are many opinions on what the blues are. I once stood before an American flag and swore an oath to defend your right to your opinion, Even if the one advocating it at the top of his lungs is someone I would spend a lifetime arguing at the top of mine. I will respect and defend your opinion. Some will say that unless it came from the Mississippi delta it’s not blues. Some will tell you that if the artists name isn’t Lightnin’ or Muddy or Howlin’ or King or Taylor it’s not blues. Is it a motorcycle only when it says Harley Davidson on the gas tank? Is it a firearm only if it says Smith and Wesson on it?

I once asked a guitar player what the blues are and he told me it is a feeling deep in his soul that comes out his fingers on the neck of Lucille. We cannot attempt to compartmentalize the genre known as the blues. In 1957 John Baldry called it boogie  woogie, An English cop on the same album said “ it is a style of music peculiar to the American Negro my Lord.”  Johnny Winter said “I make my living feeling lousy but I feel good when I play blues.” Delbert McClinton called it “blues as blues can get.” Jake and Elwood called” Briefcase Full of  Blues” master bluesmen practicing their craft.

I was at a house party at my good friend Terry’s house. I was in the basement playing pool when I heard the most amazing music coming through the floor.  I did not recognize the band but it was some great blues. I immediately sunk the eight ball, racked my cue and headed upstairs to find out who this was. I was pleasantly surprised to see a video on the big screen of some early concert footage of Led Zeppelin, but they’re a rock band aren’t they. Eric Clapton started his career as a rock and roller, but he is also a great bluesman. My point is that the music known as the blues can be that which stirs your soul. It will cause an emotional, spiritual, or physical response to the listener. It can come from any number of sources. From Lightnin’ Hopkins to Joe Bonamassa to Webb Wilder it will flow through you and leave you wanting more.  The blues is an attitude. The blues is a feeling. The blues is a mindset. With your mind open please feel free to decide for yourself what the blues are to you personally. As long as you enjoy it, the music known as the blues will ‘live long and prosper,”

Jimmy Hudson       

Hey!! Did you know that KZUM turned 34 this week? Wow! Thirty four years of the best variety in music on the air-waves! Happy Birthday, KZUM!! Thank you to all of our listeners, volunteers, members and supporters for keeping the Heartbeat of Your Community going strong all these years!
Join KZUM & NET for “Coffee & Conversation” next Thursday, Feb. 16th at 6pm. This months feature is “More than a Month” by Shukree Hassan Tilghman. NET is located at 1800 N. 33rd Street. Make sure to tune in to KZUM on Wednesday, Feb. 15th from 5-6pm. Mizb Kzum will have a special Traffic Jam interview with the filmmaker. For more information on this thought provoking documentary visit

Join “Miz B” from Da Kick It Session, Friday, February 17th for the First Annual Black & White Party, celebrating Black History Month.  This is going to be a great night filled with live performances, food, and awesome raffle prizes!  All proceeds go to KZUM 89.3 FM/HD! 

KZUM Community Radio Moving to College View!

KZUM Community Radio Plans to Move

Lincoln, NE, December 20, 2011:  KZUM, Nebraska’s only non-profit community radio station, is pleased to announce that it will be moving its on-air studios and business office to 3534 South 48th Street in the spring of 2012.  The new College View facilities will have street level access, ample off street parking, additional space for a second studio, and extra work and meeting areas for the KZUM staff and volunteers.  Situated near bus lines and on one of Lincoln’s major arterial streets will provide easy access and increased visibility for the station.

This is the first move for KZUM since 1988 when they moved into their present location at the Terminal Building in downtown Lincoln.  “We have had a good run in our present location, but the Board feels that the new location will better serve the needs of the station and the Lincoln community as we move forward through the next several years,” says General Manager Cathy Behrns.  “We are optimistic that we will continue to cultivate different types of programming, including broadcasting on the HD frequency.  We are also looking forward to remote broadcasting from across our community.”

“A Facilities Committee has been looking at various possibilities for the past 18 months, including other sites in Lincoln or even staying in the Terminal Building,” says Facilities Committee Chair Jim Smith.   “After much research, study and discussion, the committee, with the endorsement of the Board of Directors, decided on the new location.  We are excited about the potential that comes with the new site.”

Details regarding a capital campaign will be announced in the near future to help with the costs of relocation as well as purchasing new equipment and furnishings.  However, anyone who wishes to make a year–end tax deductible donation to this cause may do so at any time by check, cash or credit card by contacting the KZUM offices at 941 ‘O’ Street, Suite 1025, Lincoln, NE 68508 or calling the business office at 402-474-5086.

Want to give something unique to your loved one this Valentine’s Day?

How about the gift of an on-air mention on their favorite radio station?  For a small donation this Valentine’s Day (Monday, February 14), you can send a heartfelt message to your special someone on the airwaves of KZUM.

For example, John Smith wants to wish his wife Mary a Happy Valentine’s Day during Dance Bands and Roll Out the Barrel.  On the big day, hosts Con Good and John Sens will read this:  ”We have a special message to listener Mary Smith this morning; Mary, John wishes you a Happy Valentine’s Day.”

To receive FIVE on air announcements, please return the information below with a $50 donation.  As a Valentine’s Day gift to you, we’ll give you an extra announcement FREE. That’s SIX “Happy Valentine’s Day” mentions for just a $50 donation. Additionally, availability of announcements is limited, so contact us today to reserve your spot!

1. Select one of these 3 hour programming blocks when you would like to have your live mentions aired:
    a. 6-9 a.m.:  Sleepy Head, Canine 360 and Dance Bands
    b. 9 a.m.-Noon:  Dance Bands, Roll Out the Barrel
    c. Noon-3 p.m.:  Democracy Now and Buenos Tangos
    d. 3-6 p.m.:  World Gone Wrong Blues
    e. 6-9 p.m.:  Our Street, Hotter Than That, and Out of the Shadows    

2. Include pertinent information, including your name, the person to whom you’re sending the greeting, and a phone number or e-mail address.  Please note, we will only read your last name if you provide it to us here.

3. Arrange donation.  a) You may submit your Visa, MasterCard, or Discover card number, expiration date, and security code (on the reverse of the card) in an e-mail or over the phone.  b) A second option is to click the “donate” button above, and submit payment via PayPal (who accepts American Express in addition to the aforementioned cards).  c) You may submit a check, made out to KZUM, 941 O Street, Suite 1025, Lincoln, NE 68508, but it must arrive by Friday, February 11, 2011.

Submit all three portions in an e-mail to development@kzum.orgThis e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 402-474-5086 extension 6.

Deadline is Friday, February 11, 2011 at noon.

Community Advisory Board Meets January 18

KZUM’s Community Advisory Board will have its quarterly meeting Tuesday, January 18th at 7 p.m. at Meadowlark Coffee and Espresso. The Community Advisory Board reviews the current programming goals, community service, and community impact of the station. It also advises KZUM of how it can better meet the educational and cultural needs of the community. The board is currently seeking new officers and general members who are avid listeners of KZUM. If you’re interested in participating, please attend the one hour meeting at Meadowlark, located on South St. between 16th and 17th, next door to Open Harvest.

KZUM T-Shirts Are Now Ready for Pickup!

The 2010-2011 t-shirts are now available at the KZUM business office. We’re now distributing all sizes (Medium through XXXL). If you pledged $60 or more during the Fall 2010 Pledge Drive and have paid your pledge in full, you’re entitled to pick up a complimentary shirt. The new shirts are also available to anyone for $15. Stop up at the KZUM business office anytime Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to pick one up.

We also have a limited number of 2009 KZUM t-shirts (brown shirts with programmers’ signatures) and Blues, Brews, and Bowling Poker Run t-shirts (black shirts with event information) for $10 each or 2 for $15.


BANDING TOGETHER FOR HEALTH, a battle of the bands event where local area high school and college bands with a wide range of musical styles will compete for the title of “Best Band”. Banding Together for Health will be held at Seacrest Field in Lincoln on Saturday, August 21, 2010. Bands perform noon-midnight.





For those in the Lincoln/Omaha area, today is the last day to get all-access passes to Lincoln Calling 2010 for $20; next week the price jumps to $30, then to $40. The music festival runs Sept. 28 to Oct. 2 and will feature more than 80 bands.

Tickets can be purchased at the Black Market, 1033 O St., or online.

Click here to download a compilation of 26 featured artists, including Masses, The Allendales, Sea Wolf and the Machete Archive.

List of acts confirmed:

The Allendales (Lincoln)
Bandit Sound (Lincoln)
Bear Country (Omaha)
Brimstone Howl (Omaha/Lincoln)
Capgun Coup (Omaha)
Christian Mistress (Olympia, WA)
Conchance (Omaha)
Cowboy Indian Bear (Lawrence)
Deerpeople (Stillwater)
Diamond Kazzoo (Lincoln)
Honeybee (Omaha)
Ideal Cleaners (Lincoln)
The Kickback (Chicago)
Life of a Scarecrow (Lincoln)
LookBook (Minneapolis)
loom Weaves Lincoln Calling (Omaha)
The Love Language (Raleigh, NC)
Manny Coon (Lincoln)
Mercy Rule (Lincoln)
Mezcal Brothers (Lincoln)
Noah’s Ark Was a Spaceship (Omaha)
Patrick Park (Los Angeles)
Poison Control Center (Ames)
The Prids (Portland)
Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers (Phoenix)
Sea Wolf acoustic (Los Angeles)
Sera Cahoone (Seattle)
Shaun Sparks and the Wounded Animals (Lincoln)
The Song Remains the Same (Omaha)
Talking Mountain (Omaha)
Techlepathy (Omaha)
Third Men (Omaha)
Thrones (Salem, OR)
Those Darlins (Murfreesboro)
Thunder Power! (Omaha)
Turbo Fruits (Nashville)
Union Line (San Juan Capistrano)
Wagon Blasters (Omaha)

The Hood Internet (Chicago)
Brent Tactic (KC)
Moneypenny (Chicago)
Team Bayside High (Chicago)
Konsept (Chicago)
Moon Motel
Nick the Quick
Ponce de Leon
Matty Fresh
James Erhman
Dr. Zhivago
Ol Moanin Corpse

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