What can you expect to hear on NBM Radio? Only the unexpected my friends! You’ll hear some blues you’ve never heard before, as well as some more recent and well known material, such as Junior Wells, Deacon John Moore, Big Momma Thornton, Robert Cray, Curley Weaver, Albert King, Ben Harper, Rev. Robert Wilkins and so much more.
In December of 2013, Christian Cudnik became the Executive Producer and Host of National Blues Museum Radio.
His early radio influences were Orson Welles, Chuck Thompson, Paul Harvey and Jon Miller. Christian began his broadcasting career in Baltimore, Maryland. During the early 1990’s, he worked at heritage rock station WIYY before moving to Philadelphia. In 1998, he joined WMMR and a legendary broadcasting line up featuring Pierre Robert and Earle Bailey. Kevin Gunn and Steve Lushbaugh are considered major production influences.
Christian attained the number-one-ranked afternoon radio program in Philadelphia, and was nominated for two AIR Awards including, “Best Field Reporting” and “Best Evening Program-Host.” In 2003, he moved to St. Louis where he hosted programs on St. Louis Public Radio for a decade.
He was awarded two Regional Emmy Awards and three Telly Awards for his television work. His documentaries have aired on PBS, and include “Enduring Tradition: Ballet in the Heartland”, “Collective Improvisation: The Story of Jazz in Saint Louis”, “Seeking Freedom”, “Uncovering Ancient Saint Louis”, “Wallace Herndon Smith: Artist Without Boundaries”,and “Footsteps into the World Beneath”.
In 2010, Christian co- founded the non profit art organization, Ballet Initiative. Ballet Initiative trains dancers to dance and works to raise the profile ballet. In August of 2013, he created the first audio podcast devoted to the art of ballet. balletinitiative.com/podcast
His interviews include David Robertson, Semyon Bychkov, Joshua Bell, REM, Hamiet Bluiett, Roger Waters, Graham Nash, Pokey LaFarge, Peter Boal, Ashley Bouder, Jacques d’Amboise, Jennifer Homans,Tiler Peck, Jock Soto, Nancy Buirski, Jennie Somogyi and Heather Watts.