David Kunian

David Kunian at Chazfest, 2007
David Kunian at Chazfest, 2007

About David Kunian

David Kunian has been producing radio for almost 20 years.  His base of operations since 1992 has been New Orleans, where he works with the community radio station WWOZ-FM.  In that time, he has produced seven radio documentaries about New Orleans artists. 

They include the Silver Reel-winning James Carroll Booker III:  The Life, Music, and Mystique of the Bayou Maharajah;  Come On, Baby, Let the Good Time Roll:  The Stories and Music of Earl King; the Silver Reel-winning Meet All Your Fine Friends: The Dew Drop Inn in New Orleans; He Was A Mess: The Short Life of New Orleans Poet Everette Maddox; The Things I Used To Do: The Legend Of Eddie “Guitar Slim” Jones; Guardian of the Groove: New Orleans Drummer and Composer James Black; Total Funk Shenanigans: Michael Ward; and Do You Know How to Pony: the Story of Chris Kenner.  

These documentaries have been played by over 150 radio stations across the country.  Mr. Kunian produced 1995's WWOZ Billy Delle Mardi Gras Show, which won a Golden Reel from the National Federation of Community Broadcasters.  He also co-produced the short series The Classic Mardi Gras Songs Profiles.  

He has been awarded grants from the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, the Louisiana Division of the Arts, the Louisiana Decentralized Arts Program and the Hennessey Foundation.  Mr. Kunian has won awards for his radio work from the National Federation of Community Broadcasters, the Communicator Awards, the American Association for State and Local History and the New Orleans Press Club.

Currently David Kunian is working on a program about the New Orleans guitarist, composer and band leader Jonathan Freilich.

Mr. Kunian is also a freelance writer for Indy Magazine, Downbeat, Gambit Weekly, Beat Street and offBeat.  He has also worked at the Louisiana State Museum with the GUMBO project, digitizing the archive.

In the course of his work, Mr. Kunian done over 500 interviews with New Orleans musicians and artists, including many for at the Alison Miner Stage at the New Orleans Jazz Festival and for the Ogden Museum of Southern Art's Ogden After Hours music series.

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