Al Schares

Music Programming Director

Allen Schares joined Iowa Public Radio as Music Director in February 2009. Al had served as music director and program host for KUNI for over 20 years. Al leads IPR’s two music services – Classical and Studio One as well as community outreach through cultural programming collaborations.

Schares has a bachelor’s degree in English and teaching certification from the University of Northern Iowa.

Al’s favorite public radio program is “American Routes.”

Studio One
5:27 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Halloween Treats From Studio One

When it comes to compiling a Halloween playlist, there are the staples like Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” and “The Monster Mash” sung by the theatrical Bobby Boris Pickett. Oddly enough the 60s and 80s created a lot of the music that has ended up being played at nearly every Halloween event, but then every decade has produced some uncanny tracks. And for inspiration we’ve brewed up a short list of some of our favorites to spice up your Halloween festivities.

Scarlett Cerna, host of Studio One:

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Studio One
2:46 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Studio One - Picks to Beat Cabin Fever!

Credit Flickr: Seth Anderson

Winter keeps dragging on, and here at Studio One we've got Cabin Fever! While we wait out these last few weeks of cold and snow, here are the top songs and bands keeping us warm and thinking about summer!

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Symphonies of Iowa
3:06 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Conor Hanick in IPR's Studio One

Live Music Events
11:45 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Play In Finals Performances

Dylan Sires And Neighbors perform at Wooly's in Des Moines as part of IPR's 80/35 Play In Finals.
Credit IPR/Britleigh Martin

Check out the great performances from the 2013 IPR 80/35 Play In Finalists and watch the winner live on the 80/35 Main Stage on Saturday, July 6 at noon! 

Dylan Sires and Neighbors

Emperors Club

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Live Music Events
11:02 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Play In Semi Final Performance - The Uniphonics

The Uniphonics perform in IPR's Studio One as part of the 80/35 Play In semi final round.
Credit IPR/Tony Dehner

Check out the rest of the semi-finalists! Click here for a list of performances that have been posted, and tune in to IPR's Studio One when we announce the Finalists, May 22 at 7:30 p.m

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Live Music Events
10:31 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Play In Semi Final Performance - FireSale

FireSale performs in IPR's Studio One as part of the 80/35 Play In semi final round.
Credit IPR/Tony Dehner

Check out the rest of the semi-finalists! Click here for a list of performances that have been posted, and tune in to IPR's Studio One when we announce the Finalists, May 22 at 7:30 p.m

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Live Music Events
10:32 am
Wed May 8, 2013

Play In Semi Final Performance - Dylan Sires and Neighbors

Dylan Sires and Neighbors perform in IPR's Studio One as part of the 80/35 Play In semi final round.
Credit IPR/Tony Dehner

Check out the rest of the semi-finalists! Click here for a list of performances that have been posted, and tune in to IPR's Studio One when we announce the Finalists, May 22 at 7:30 p.m

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Live Music Events
10:38 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Play In Semi Final Performance - Two Peace

Two Peace performs in IPR's Studio One as part of the 80/35 Play In semi final round.
Credit IPR/Tony Dehner

Check out the rest of the semi-finalists! Click here for a list of performances that have been posted, and tune in to IPR's Studio One when we announce the Finalists, May 22 at 7:30 p.m

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Live Music Events
10:18 am
Fri May 3, 2013

Play In Semi Final Performance - The Mittens

The Mittens perform in IPR's Studio One as part of the 80/35 Play In semi final round.
Credit IPR/Tony Dehner

Check out the rest of the semi-finalists! Click here for a list of performances that have been posted, and tune in to IPR's Studio One when we announce the Finalists on May 22 at 7:30 p.m.!

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Live Music Events
10:33 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Play In Semi Final Performance - TWINS

TWINS perform in IPR's Studio One as part of the 80/35 Play In semi final round.
Credit IPR/Tony Dehner

Check out the rest of the semi-finalists! Click here for a list of performances that have been posted, and tune in to IPR's Studio One when we announce the Finalists, May 22 at 7:30 p.m.

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Live Music Events
10:30 am
Wed May 1, 2013

Play In Semi Final Performance - Emperors Club

Emperors Club perform in IPR's Studio One as part of the 80/35 Play In semi final round.
Credit IPR/Tony Dehner

Check out the rest of the semi-finalists! Click here for a list of performances that have been posted, and tune in to IPR's Studio One when we announce Finalists, May 22 at 7:30 p.m.

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Live Music Events
10:40 am
Tue April 30, 2013

Play In Semi Final Performance - Holly and the Night Owls

Credit Holly and the Night Owls

Check out the rest of the semi-finalists! Click here for a list of performances that have been posted, and tune in to IPR's Studio One when we announce the Finalists, May 22 at 7:30 p.m

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