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Cyprus Avenue

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Bill Shapiro wanted to be a disc jockey. And as host of KCUR's long-running popular-music program, “Cyprus Avenue,” he managed to do that for 40 years (though he never quit his day job as an attorney).

After wrapping the show’s final episode, and ahead of a special event in his honor with Kelly Hunt at the Folly Theater on Friday night, Shapiro sat on the other side of the microphone for a conversation with “Up to Date” host Steve Kraske.

Bill Shapiro sits in a chair, surrounded by CDs, books, and audio equipment.
Laura Ziegler / KCUR 89.3

Segment 1: Understanding who's who in the upcoming trial of Missouri Governor Eric Greitens.

Missouri Governor Eric Greitens will stand trial on Monday for a felony charge of invasion of privacy. In the courtroom overseen by Judge Rex Burlison will be more than just prosecutor Kim Gardner and defense lawyer Edward Dowd.  Each will lead a team of powerhouse attorneys so there are a lot of names in the lineup. To help us make sense of them all, we ran down the rosters with two reporters familiar with the players involved.  

Last week’s Grammy Awards featured a reunion of Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr.  The former Beatles received a lifetime achievement award …and  on this edition of Cyprus Avenue an encore of the Beatles’ 12 greatest hits. 


As we get closer to the 35th Anniversary of Cyprus Avenue, we revisit the first-ever musical concept featured on the show:  Ballads by Rockers.

On July 19, Cyprus Avenue brings Marty Stuart back in concert for Cyprus Avenue Live at The Folly Theater.  This week on the program, an encore presentation of our spotlight on Marty and his extremely multi-faceted music. 

Jimmy and Bob

Jul 6, 2013

This week on Cyprus Avenue… It’s a celebration of reggae, as we explore newly-released music of Jimmy Cliff and the late Bob Marley

As Cyprus Avenue gets closer to its 35th anniversary, we continue our "Rhythm to the Rhythms" series -- this time looking back at some noteworthy music featured on the show in 2003 and 2004.

Marty Stuart -- Redux

Jun 22, 2013

On July 19, Cyprus Avenue will feature Marty Stuart at The Folly Theater in Cyprus Avenue Live.  This week on the program, we feature examples of his multi-faceted music.

This week on Cyprus Avenue, the second part of our celebration of Roy Orbison's iconic music career.

An exploration of John Fogerty's new album, Wrote A Song For Everyone, which features rearranged classics, new music and a who's-who of guest artists.

On June 6, Cyprus Avenue will feature Richard Thompson at The Folly Theater in Cyprus Avenue Live.  This week on the program, we look at Thompson's storied recording career.  (This edition of Cyprus Avenue aired on June 1, 2013.)

A journey through just some of the music from icon Roy Orbison's vast recording career.  (This edition of Cyprus Avenue aired on May 25, 2013.)

Here Come The Women

Jun 6, 2013
Brian Tipton,

A celebration of great music from some amazing women on the scene. (This edition of Cyprus Avenue aired on May 18, 2013.)

How Many Roads: Black America Sings Dylan

May 12, 2013

Soul and R&B interpretations of classic Bob Dylan songs this week on Cyprus Avenue.

Willie, Jake, & Steve

May 4, 2013

New music from Willie Nelson, Steve Earle, and Jake Bugg this week on Cyprus Avenue.

Richard Thompson @ The Folly

Apr 28, 2013

On June 6 Cypress Avenue will feature Richard Thompson at the Folly Theater in Cypress Avenue Live. This week on program, we look at Thompson's storied recording career.

Atlantic Records: 1959-1975

Apr 13, 2013

A look at the legacy of Atlantic Records, and the lesser-known artists the studio produced, this week on Cyprus Avenue.

Rhythm To The Rhythms 2001-2002

Apr 12, 2013

The second installment in a series looking back at the arc of popular music since the year 2000.

Jimi Hendrix: People, Hell, & Angels

Mar 24, 2013

A look at new and previously unreleased material Hendrix produced before his untimely death.

Boz Scaggs: Memphis

Mar 16, 2013

New and classic music from Boz this week on Cyprus Avenue.

Rhythm To The Rhythms 2000

Mar 10, 2013

A new series focusing on the arc of popular music since the year 2000.


Mar 2, 2013

New music from Terry Allen, Tom Jans, and duo Buddy Miller & Jim Lauderdale.

Aaron Neville: My True Story

Feb 24, 2013

This week on Cyprus Avenue, an exploration of Aaron Neville's new release My True Story - an album of early rock 'n roll and doo-wop covers.

Townes Van Zandt: Sunshine Boy

Feb 17, 2013

An exploration of the new release Sunshine Boy, which contains unreleased and demo tracks from the height of Townes Van Zandt's recording career.

New Blues

Feb 10, 2013

Traditional blues music has influenced generations of musicians, but is it still alive in this modern era?  On this week's Cyprus Avenue, we explore new releases from Ben Harper/Charlie Musselwhite and Gary Clark Jr. that keep the blues tradition going strong.


Feb 3, 2013

A survey of Bill Shapiro's favorite new releases.

The Beatles: Their 12 Greatest Songs

Jan 19, 2013

Rolling Stone has compiled a list of The Beatles' 100 greatest songs. 

Dan Penn: The Sound Of Muscle Shoals

Jan 12, 2013

This week on Cyprus Avenue, a look at the career of a man who was once described as the "secret hero" of 1960's R&B music.

2012: The Year They All Came Back

Jan 11, 2013

The year 2012 brought new releases by some of the biggest names in popular music.  Bill Shapiro shares some highlights.