Mark Simmet

Senior Music Producer

Senior Producer Mark Simmet began working at KUNI over 20 years ago.  In that time he has produced and hosted a long-running daily jazz program, as well as weekly blues and world music programs.  Mark also was a fill-in/substitute folk music host.  He has spent many years perfecting IPR's unique blend of musical styles as the host and producer of Studio One.  Mark also reviews all new submissions to IPR’s Studio One library, deciding on CD of The Week artists and maintaining reporting of music aired to record companies, promoters and trade publications.

Mark has a Bachelor’s Degree in Art from St. John’s University in Collegeville, MN, and finds that his creative skills are very applicable to his work sculpting Studio One.

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Studio One
4:46 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Live Set from William Elliott Whitmore

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Hailing from a horse farm along the banks of the mighty Mississippi River, Iowa singer-songwriter William Elliott Whitmore has developed an intense love and spiritual understanding of the land, which he conveys through all of his records.  Whitmore stopped by the IPR Cedar Falls studios on July 11, 2012, playing and singing for a very appreciative audience.  We'll feature a set from that performance in the first hour of the Thursday, April 4 edition of Studio One.

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Studio One
3:11 pm
Sun March 31, 2013

CD of The Week from Low

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The Invisible Way is the tenth album from the Duluth, MN trio Low.  Low's guitarist and vocalist Alan Sparhawk tells the story of how the new record came together:  "While driving through Chicago, on tour, we stopped finally to visit Wilco at their studio, The Loft....It's a great place- a sea of instruments in a relaxed, open working environment."  Wilco's Jeff Tweedy agreed to produce the new Low album.  "He spoke a language we understood, but then took us effortlessly into the mystery," according to Sparhawk.

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Studio One
8:54 am
Mon March 25, 2013

Studio One CD of The Week from Richard Thompson

Richard Thompson
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Richard Thompson is an accomplished songwriter and interpreter of other artist's songs.  He's also a fine vocalist and guitarist, concentrating on the acoustic guitar in recent years.  For his new record, Thompson has returned to the electric guitar, underlining that fact by titled the album Electric.  He does play acoustic guitar as well on the new release, but even on the quieter tracks a certain energy comes through.  Buddy Miller, acting as producer, and recording Thompson in his Nashville home studio, has a lot to do with that.  Electric features eleven tracks, all o

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Studio One
12:00 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Studio One Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Mark Simmet hosts, with more from our CD of The Week, Holy Fire by the UK band Foals.  Also, new music from Richard Thompson, Thao and the Get Down Stay Down and David Bowie.

Studio One
12:00 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Studio One Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Mark Simmet hosts, with new music from David Bowie, Devendra Banhart, Johnny Marr, Steve Earle & The Dukes (and Duchesses) and Low.  Also, more from our CD of The Week, Holy Fire by Foals.

Studio One
6:26 pm
Sat March 2, 2013

Studio One Thursday, February 21, 2013

Mark Simmet hosts, with new music from Foxygen, Robyn Hitchcock, Son Volt and The Waterboys. Also, more from our CD of The Week, Hummingbird by Local Natives.

Studio One
6:26 pm
Sat March 2, 2013

Studio One Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Mark Simmet hosts, with new music from Robyn Hitchcock, Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell, Harper Simon and Iceage. Also, more from our CD of The Week, Hummingbird by Local Natives. Plus, the Canadian band Rah Rah recorded by IPR in our Cedar Falls studios.

Studio One
6:24 pm
Sat March 2, 2013

Studio One Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Mark Simmet hosts, with new music from The Waterboys, Bjork, Shout Out Louds and Woodpigeon. Also, more from our CD of the Week, Hummingbird by Local Natives.

Studio One
6:23 pm
Sat March 2, 2013

Studio One Thursday, February 14, 2013

Mark Simmet hosts, with new music from Frightened Rabbit, Charles Bradley, The Slide Brothers and Harper Simon. Plus, more from our CD of The Week, We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors Of Peace And Magic by Foxygen.

Studio One
6:22 pm
Sat March 2, 2013

Studio One Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Mark Simmet hosts tonight, with new music from Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Foals and The James Hunter Six. Also, more from our CD of The Week, We Are The 21st Century Ambassadors Of Peace And Magic by the band Foxygen.

Studio One
6:22 pm
Sat March 2, 2013

Studio One Thursday, February 7, 2013

Tonight, host Mark Simmet has a live set from William Elliott Whitmore, recorded in our IPR Cedar Falls studios last July. Also, music from this coming Saturday's Blues Blowout performers, Ana Popovic and Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials.

Studio One
6:21 pm
Sat March 2, 2013

Studio One Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Mark Simmet hosts, with new music from Nightlands, Buddy Guy and Dr. Dog. Also, more from our CD of The Week, Beta Love by Ra Ra Riot.

Studio One
6:20 pm
Sat March 2, 2013

Studio One Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Mark Simmet hosts tonight with new music from Richard Thompson, They Might Be Giants and Unknown Mortal Orchestra. Plus, tracks from our CD of the Week, Beta Love by Ra Ra Riot.

Studio One
6:19 pm
Sat March 2, 2013

Studio One Thursday, January 24, 2013

Tonight, Mark Simmet has more from our CD of the Week, Hung At Heart by The Growlers. Also, new music from Crystal Castles, The Joy Formidable and Neil Young & Crazy Horse. Plus, a live set from Christopher The Conquered, recorded by IPR in our Cedar Falls studios.

Studio One
6:16 pm
Sat March 2, 2013

Studio One Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Mark Simmet hosts, with new music from Foxygen, Trixie Whitley and Toro Y Moi. Also, more from our CD of the Week, Hung At Heart by the California-based band The Growlers.

Studio One
6:15 pm
Sat March 2, 2013

Studio One Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Join host Mark Simmet tonight for new music from Richard Thompson, Crystal Castles and Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds. Also, selections from our CD of The Week, Hung At Heart by The Growlers.

Studio One
6:14 pm
Sat March 2, 2013

Studio One Monday, January 21, 2013

Join host Mark Simmet for selections from our CD of The Week, Hung At Heart by The Growlers. Also, new music from Buddy Miller & Jim Lauderdale, the Iowa band Fire Sale, Ra Ra Riot and Thorcraft Cobra.

Studio One
6:13 pm
Sat March 2, 2013

Studio One Friday, January 18, 2013

Mark Simmet hosts, with new music tonight from Parquet Courts, Free Energy, Duck Duck Punch and Yo La Tengo. Also, more from our CD of The Week, Medicine by Pop Levi. Plus, classic tracks from Graham Parker, Neil Young and Big Star.

Studio One
6:12 pm
Sat March 2, 2013

Studio One Thursday, January 17, 2013

Mark Simmet hosts, with new music tonight from Bat For Lashes, Memory Tapes and alt-J. Also, more from our CD of The Week, Medicine by British musician Pop Levi.

Studio One
6:12 pm
Sat March 2, 2013

Studio One Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Join host Mark Simmet tonight for new music from Martha Wainwright, Buddy Miller & Jim Lauderdale, and Christopher Owens, formerly of the San Francisco band Girls. Also, more from our CD of the Week, Medicine by Pop Levi.

Studio One
6:11 pm
Sat March 2, 2013

Studio One Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Mark Simmet hosts, with new music from Yo La Tengo, Camper Van Beethoven and Matisyahu. Also, selections from our CD of the Week, Medicine by Pop Levi.

Studio One
6:10 pm
Sat March 2, 2013

Studio One Thursday, January 10, 2013

Mark Simmet hosts, with new music tonight from Trixie Whitley, Yo La Tengo and Ra Ra Riot. Also, more from our CD of the Week, Here And Hereafter by the Cedar Falls band The Mittens. Plus, a live set from Iowa artist William Elliott Whitmore, recorded last summer in our IPR studios.

Studio One
6:09 pm
Sat March 2, 2013

Studio One Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Mark Simmet has brand new music tonight from Yo La Tengo, Toro Y Moi and Ben Harper with Charlie Musselwhite. Also, more from our CD of the Week, Here And Hereafter from the Iowa band The Mittens.

Studio One
6:08 pm
Sat March 2, 2013

Studio One Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Mark Simmet has more tonight from our CD of The Week, Here And Hereafter by the Iowa band The Mittens. Also, new music from Trixie Whitley, Companion, Parquet Courts and Madeleine Peyroux.

Studio One
6:08 pm
Sat March 2, 2013

Studio One Monday, January 7, 2013

Join Mark Simmet tonight for brand new music from Camper Van Beethoven, Adam Green & Binki Shapiro and Ra Ra Riot. Also, selections from our CD of the Week, Here And Hereafter by the Iowa band The Mittens.

Studio One
6:06 pm
Sat March 2, 2013

Studio One Thursday, January 3, 2013

More tonight from our CD of The Week, Welcome To Miami by the Canadian band Slam Dunk. Also, new music from Nick Cave, The Amazing and Apollo 440. Plus, a live set from The Bottle Rockets, recorded by IPR at the Iowa Arts Festival in Iowa City.

Studio One
6:06 pm
Sat March 2, 2013

Studio One on Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Tonight, Mark Simmet hosts with new music from Ben Harper, Paul Kelly, Mother Mother and Carrie Rodriguez. Also, selections from our CD of the Week, Welcome To Miami by the Canadian band Slam Dunk.

Studio One
6:05 pm
Sat March 2, 2013

Studio One Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Tonight Mark Simmet has more from our CD of The Week, Tinsel And Lights by Tracey Thorn. Also, new music from Iowa band The Mittens, Emmylou Harris and Of Montreal.

Studio One
6:04 pm
Sat March 2, 2013

Studio One Tuesday, December 18, 2012

On tonight's show, Mark Simmet has new music from Slam Dunk, Memory Tapes and Foals. Also, a track from the new Minnesota Beatle Project Vol. 4. Plus, selections from our CD of the Week, Tinsel And Lights by Tracey Thorn.

Studio One
6:03 pm
Sat March 2, 2013

Studio One Monday, December 17, 2012

On tonight's show, Mark Simmet has new music from Slam Dunk, Memory Tapes and Foals. Also, a track from the new Minnesota Beatle Project Vol. 4. Plus, selections from our CD of the Week, Tinsel And Lights by Tracey Thorn.

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