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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.”
The best new alternative and independent music, blues, world music, singer-songwriters, and local/regional music. Hosts Mark Simmet, Al Schares and Scarlett Cerna offer their mix of essential music or "music that matters."
Be listening each night for the CD of the Week. It may be a hot new release, or a recent re-release, or an older CD that is not commonly found, but worthy of revisiting.