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Walt Blanton has distinguished himself as one of the most creative musicians on the Las Vegas music scene. From small groups to big bands, from rhythm and blues to the avant-garde, his highly developed sound and style are in high demand. He has been recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Western States Arts Federation, and has received the prestigious Governor's Arts Award for Excellence in the Arts from the Nevada Arts Council.

Blanton has performed with a wide variety of musical artists including James Brown, Lou Rawls, Nancy Wilson, The Four Tops, The Temptations, The Righteous Brothers, Elvis Presley, Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra, Joe Williams, and many others.

Most recently, Blanton recorded a CD of his compositions, Eight, with noted trombonist Jim Pugh and pianist Bill Mays. His compositions have been featured in concerts at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, and New York Citys famed Carnegie Hall.

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Juan was born and raised in El Paso, Texas. After serving in the U.S. Army, he moved to Los Angeles and started working for the U.S. Postal Service. After working in various positions in Los Angeles and Oakland, Juan retired after 31 years and moved back to El Paso.

Juan moved to Las Vegas in 1995 and volunteered at KUNV by answering phones during the pledge drive. Because of his intense love and knowledge of music, he was asked to become a volunteer DJ and has been enjoying it ever since.

Juans hobbies include music, traveling, and playing the best in Latin-inspired jazz at KUNV.

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Im Emory Nihipal, Jr. of the Little Grass Shack, where I play the beautiful music of the islands of the South Pacific on Saturday mornings.

The line up for the show consists of traditional and contemporary Hawaiian music, slack-key artists, and Hawaiian reggae, also known as Jawaiian. I also play music from areas surrounding the islands of Hawaii, such as Samoa, Tonga, Fiji, and others.

The Little Grass Shack brings the spirit of aloha to its home KUNV, and via the airwaves, hopes to touch people in different ways. I am ever so grateful to be able to provide this service to our community and the people visiting or passing through Las Vegas.

This show has given me the inner peace that comes from my love for the music, for the people, and for the aloha spirit.

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Kim Linzy was born in New Jersey and raised in Los Angeles. Her affinity for the sultry rhythms of jazz began when she was just a teenager. At the time when most kids her age were bobbing to the beats of Motown, Kim was swaying to the sounds of Eric Gale and George Duke. From then on she started to expand her knowledge of jazz.

Though she loved all types of music, especially jazz, she never thought seriously about a career in radio until after raising two children. She then went to the Columbia School of Broadcasting for two years. After moving to Las Vegas, she was a volunteer DJ at KUNV for 13 years before becoming a member of its full-time staff in 2002.

Tune in to Morning Jazz with Kim Linzy Monday through Friday.

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"When I came to town, KUNV was the only radio station that was pushing the envelope in music. It still is! I knew this would be the only place in Las Vegas where I could create the show I've always wanted to do!"

George Lyons has been in the music industry in one form or another since the late 70's. A native of Los Angeles, George moved to Las Vegas in 1996 after a five-year residency as director of entertainment at the Roxbury nightclub in Hollywood, California. After spending 14 years on the road following the Grateful Dead, attending more than 350 shows, he became interested in the "Jamband culture" and the music that surrounds it.

A self-proclaimed musicologist and professional club DJ, George simply loves music of all types. As he says, "Music is the healing force, and he tries to showcase that feeling in the The Lyons Den, his four-hour Sunday night show on KUNV.

The Lyons Den is the only radio show in southern Nevada where you will hear jambands, along with a wide variety of eclectic rock and jazz, down-tempo European after-hours tracks, and live concert recordings.

George tries to create what he likes to call "the groove" each week by playing long sets of music that weave together into a single fabric of sound. It's as if you're at his house thumbing through his albums, CD's, and tapes saying, "Hey, let's listen to this!"

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