Playing “world beat” music on local radio station KMUZ provides a lot of latitude for host Arlene McKenna.  She’s partial to the sounds of Africa and Latin America on her weekly show called “Mundo Mojo” (Mondays 2-4 p.m. on 88.5 FM or streaming at  But she’s been known to spin tunes from such faraway lands as Tuva (a small Russian federation state in southern Siberia).

Mainly, Arlene wants to introduce her radio and internet listeners to the wide variety of world beat genres.  She rattles off a list of styles that includes Nigerian funk, Ethiopian jazz, Cumbia from Columbia, Portuguese Fado, and Brazilian Capoeria (a combination of music and martial arts). She describes her show as a “transglobal journey of eclectic world beat grooves”.

Her personal interest in this field was shaped by hearing such music as a teenager in New Jersey and New York City and by attending the Peter Gabriel-sponsored WOMAD (world of music, arts and dance) festivals in Seattle in 2000 and 2001.  She says those Seattle gatherings were an incredible experience and really got her hooked.  Most of what she plays on air comes from her private collection of CDs gleaned from decades of attending concerts and acquiring music.

Since KMUZ streams live on the Internet, Arlene knows she has some “world” listeners tuning in – she has noticed fans from as far away as Ecuador and The Netherlands.

In addition to exposing listeners to world beat genres, she also tries to let her audience know about local live performances in the Willamette Valley.  She notes that a host of great artists from all over the globe find their way to Oregon to perform.

Fans of world beat music can visit the KMUZ website and click on Mundo Mojo on the “Schedule” page (Monday 2-4 p.m.) and find Spinitron playlists for all of Arlene’s shows as well as information on where to buy the featured tunes.  Her show also has a Facebook page with more details and previews of upcoming shows.

Mondays, noon-1 p.m. “Aging Without Raging” hosted by B. Lee Coyne

April 14:  NW Human Services Crisis Hotline, emergency help for the elderly.

April 21:  Environmentalist Joe Start, with a focus on gardening, farming and food choices.

April 28:  Retired sea diver Don Berger talks about his ventures in writing realistic nautical tales.

Tuesdays, 1st/3rd Noon-1 p.m. “Special Needs, Special Parents” hosted by Deanne Bass.  A discussion with Dr. Sharla Jones, director of the Oregon School For the Deaf.

Tuesdays, 2nd/4th Noon-1 p.m. : “Down In the Dirt w/Diana”  hosted by Diana Reeck

April 22: Guest Judith Jones, world renown fern expert from Fancy Fronds Nursery in Gold Bar, WA, will discuss ferns, their care and their great diversity.

Thursdays, 8-11 p.m.  “Now and Then” hosted by Eric Gessner

April 17:  Interview with Andy Powell of Wishbone Ash, Playing Portland’s Aladdin Theater May 8.

April 24:  The Now and Then Show’s TWO YEAR anniversary, co-hosted by Mark Thomas of the band “Appetite for Deception”.  Guests include Tony Conley of Rock Guitar Daily and Great White guitarist Mark Kendall, as the band kicks off a long Las Vegas weekend.

Fridays, 7-8:30 a.m. “Because it Matters” hosted by Ron Johnson

April 18:  A discussion about the new television series “Cosmos,” hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson and modeled after the famous series 35 years ago with Carl Sagan.  Topics include our expanding, accelerating universe, dark energy, dark matter, and the possibility of parallel universes.

April 25:  Beatles Special presents a montage of rarely heard archival audio, concert recordings, and interviews with fans and reporters swept into the frenzy of The Beatles.  Some of these recordings haven’t been played publicly in 50 years.

Fridays, 1 p.m. “The Forum”

April 18:  Historic Deepwood Estate Heritage Talk #1 with WOU Professor Kim Jensen about Dr. Esther Pohl Lovejoy (1869-1967).  Repeats April 20 at 8 a.m.

April 25:  Salem City Club – Salem City Council Candidate Forum recorded April 11.  RepeatsApril 27 at 8 a.m.

Fridays, 7-8 p.m.  “The Celtic Music Hour” will be having its traditional Celtic spirit show.  Rebroadcast Tuesday mornings at 10 a.m.

Saturdays, 1-2 p.m. “Contemporary Healthcare” hosted by KellyAnn

April 19:  Guest Dr. Angie Docherty, a Scottish native, discusses her research surrounding prenatal care and the differences between American and UK healthcare.

April 26: A fun show — healthcare myths demystified. Send ideas and questions for the April26th show to

Saturdays, 2-4 p.m. “MashUp with Marc” hosted by Marc Albert

April 26: Live appearance with True North and their new CD “Elsebound”, performance and interview announcing their CD release party April 27, 5:00pm at Gilgamesh-The Campus.


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