Tristan Clum

Program Director

Tristan began his career in public radio in 1988 as a reggae show host and programming assistant at KNMS-FM in Las Cruces, New Mexico.  In the decade that followed, he worked as a public television producer and as an assignment editor for the Albuquerque NBC affiliate.  Tristan graduated from the University of New Mexico in 1992 with a degree in political science.  He has won numerous awards for reporting and anchoring from both the Arizona and the New Mexico Associated Press. 

Ways to Connect

Center for Southwest Research

Mon. 3/21 1:30p: UNM was founded as a coed university in 1889.  After some research at UNM, a university communications representative with the help of the librarian archivist was able to dig up this photo showing the first female graduates.  The size of the graduate class was 80 and the women got their degrees in teaching. In honor of Women's History Month, you'll hear a few selections from the KUNM library that address women's rights, struggles and history. Tune in to hear that and, of course, some terrific freeform selections.

The NPR Music Tiny Desk contest is back! Unknown bands and musicians from all over the country are invited to film themselves performing one song at a desk of their choice. The band with the winning video will play NPR's famous Tiny Desk in Washington, D.C., before embarking on a U.S. tour that includes appearances at a taping of NPR's Ask Me Another and at events hosted by NPR Music and Lagunitas Brewing Company throughout the country. Click here to find out more.


Sat. 9/26 7p: Globalquerque celebrates 11 years as New Mexico's celebration of World Music and Culture at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque.  KUNM will be there, broadcasting live.  It’s a musical ticket around the world, Saturday September 26th from 7:00PM until midnight.

Sun. 7/26 11a: Reveal looks at people who get hurt at work and who’s responsible for protecting them: companies, governments and sometimes, the workers themselves. This episode includes Reveal’s collaborative investigation with FRONTLINE, Univision, the Investigative Reporting Program at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism and KQED into the sexual assault of women who clean our offices and workspaces on the night shift.


William Pacheco

Thu. 5/21 11a: It’s graduation season and there are plenty of Native students celebrating their accomplishments across Native America. With all the excitement, there is often controversy when it comes to Natives wearing items connected to their culture – including eagle feathers. A ban on eagle feathers can be very upsetting and disrespectful to Native students and families who have high hopes of seeing a part of their culture represented during this milestone. Have you or a loved one been told you could not wear an eagle feather at graduation?


How Do We Look?

May 19, 2015

KUNM’s website has a new look that makes it easier to read and navigate, whether you're checking it out on a desktop computer, tablet or smart phone. Dubbed 'responsive design', the new look resizes our layout and content to work with different devices. We're continuing to play around with layout and graphics. We'd love to have feedback from you! Send comments, critiques, and suggestions to


 Sat. 6/1 10a: The Albuquerque Folk Festival returns to the grounds of the Albuquerque Balloon Museum and KUNM will be there too. Join host David Dunaway for this two-hour special featuring a live set from local Irish music trio “Finn’s Thumb” and conversation with some of the state’s finest folkies. The Albuquerque Folk Festival live. Saturday morning starting at 10:00.

Sat. 12/15 12p:  According to traditional Chinese medicine, winter is associated with the element of water and influences the health of the kidneys and the bladder.

Rita Daniels

Fri. 11/23 8a: For centuries, the Taos Pueblo people lived entirely off their land.  Sustainable agriculture was a way of life, but U.S. federal policies helped put an end to that. Food wasn’t grown at the pueblos; it was trucked in. Traditional farming gave way to government subsidies and obesity rates soared. But recently, a surprising agricultural renaissance has taken root across the pueblos. Rita Daniels takes us to the Taos Pueblo to share a story of rebirth and renewal.

Courtesy Santa Clara Pueblo

Fri. 7/20 11a : Just over a week ago the Pueblo of Santa Clara in New Mexico declared a state of emergency due to recent flooding and damage as a result of last year’s Las Conchas Fire. They are not the only tribe that is feeling the burn of major fires from months and years gone by. Over the years, devastating fires have not only wiped out wildlife, vegetation and landscapes but, they have also changed and challenged the environments and cultures of many tribes. How have Native nations faced flames even after they have been extinguished?

Wed. 7/18 8a:  The hairs on bats’ wings bend in the breeze and trigger super-sensitive cells that help them register the speed and direction of the wind. Researchers want to use this information to improve wind sensors on airplanes.   This and more on Living on Earth.

In accordance with the UNM Regents Bylaws of the KUNM Radio Board, the Provost of the University will appoint three “at large” members to the Radio Board in August.  The term of appointment is two years.  Appointees will be expected to attend board meetings and serve on board committees.

Presently, the Radio Board meets on the first Tuesday of the month from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.  This is subject to change depending on the needs of Board members.  Meetings are held in Scholes Hall, Room 101 on the UNM campus.

In fact this entire week is dedicated to those who help keep things running smooth, efficiently and professionally.  From the smallest organizations to large corporate work places in Native America there is a fleet of Native people who deserve respect for the work they do so we are opening up our air to give thanks.

Is there a support staff member you would like to tell Native America about? Any stories from memory lane you’d like to share? 

Is Luck Real?

Apr 12, 2012
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Sun. 4/15 11a:  The most popular college major in America these days is business. Some students think it doesn't pay to study philosophy or history. 

Sun. 4/15 6p: When Felipe Montero answers an ad, he meets an old woman, and her young niece Aura. But does the beautiful Aura actually exist?

Don't Lecture Me: Rethinking How College Students Learn

Apr 6, 2012

Sun. 4/8 11a: In an increasingly competitive global economy the best jobs go to highly skilled workers who can think well and learn fast. Are today's college graduates up to the challenge? Many experts say no. In this program, American RadioWorks producer Emily Hanford explores how traditional approaches to teaching are failing to provide many college students with the knowledge they need.

Mon. 4/9  7p: Rodriguez follows up his critically acclaimed Always Running: La Vida Loca: Gang Days in L.A. with the recently published It Calls You Back: An Odyssey through Love, Addiction, Revolutions, and Healing. He joins us for a conversation on his recent memoir, on writing, and on relevant social issues.


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Mon. 4/2 11a: A scientific breakthrough from a laboratory in New Mexico has given the animals the ability to speak.


Mar 30, 2012
Photo by Andrea Ochoa


Mon. 4/2 8:30a: There are more than 30 LGBTQ youth centers across the U.S., but few target the Spanish-speaking community.

Living with Alzheimer's

Mar 26, 2012

Mon. 3/26 8:30a: We continue our yearlong reporting series on health issues and Latinos. María Hinojosa spends time with the Obando family in Queens, New York, to give you a glimpse of what it’s like to live with Alzheimer’s disease. And for the news, María Hinojosa speaks to Dr. Christian Maisch, a professor and the associate dean of the Washington Semester program at American University in Washington, DC.

Photo by Alex Proimos / Flickr

Wed. 3/21 11a: It's been said poverty in America officially has a new face: women. The numbers say more than half of the 46.2 million Americans living in poverty are women.


Tue. 3/20 8:30a:  The viral video Kony 2012, made by the US based group Invisible Children, calls for military action against African warlord Joseph Kony. It's been seen by more than 80 million people, AND it's been criticized for distorting the central African conflict and a paternalistic view toward Africans. 

The Parker Quartet

Mar 19, 2012
Janette Beckman

Mon. 03/19 9a: Two years ago, the Parker Quartet was just out of school, just learning the ropes of their professional careers and just named PT's first Young Artists in Residence. Since then, they've earned praise for their concerts all over the world and won a Grammy Award. Recently they joined Fred Child in the studio for a little reunion of music and conversation.

Tattoo Youth

Mar 1, 2012
Photo by Chris Willis / Flickr

Fri. 3/02 8a: In this episode, youth in and around Santa Fe discuss the world of body modification. 

Fri. 2/24 8:30a: How can we find more internal peace when a loved one, or we ourselves, face death?

Photo by Ed Yourdon

Fri. 2/17 8a: What do you do when conflicts seem too large to bear?  How do you make peace with your demons and face those cast as the enemy? 

Fri. 2/17 11a: Silver Jackson, the musical pseudonym of Native fine art artist Nicholas Galanin (Aleut/Tlingit), is helping to break open an era of Native music’s folk sound with his new album “It’s Glimmering Now.”

Photo by Erica Kuschel / Flickr

Mon. - Fri. 12:04p: Centennial Journeys is a series of two-minute programs to educate the public about interesting and often overlooked pieces of New Mexico’s history from the arrival of United States troops in 1846 to the present.

National Park Service

Wed. 01/18 8:30a: Interior Secretary Ken Salazar recently signed a 20 year moratorium on mining for uranium near the Grand Canyon National Park. Jane Danowitz of the Pew Environment Group tells host Bruce Gellerman that it would protect close to the park but surrounding lands are still under threat.