"a blank slate to fill with whatever strikes my fancy"
Host: Monica Miller
6pm-8pm MT Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays
6pm-7pm MT Wednesdays
Monica Miller brings her impeccable good taste and thoughtful observations to bear on music and the music world generally each weekday afternoon. How I Hear It features an eclectic mix of genres, styles and voices that aims for a satisfying balance between material with which listeners are already comfortable, and offerings that provide the opportunity to spread out and explore.
Whether it’s so well-known that it requires no explanation, or so novel that it needs some context, you’ll find music that keeps revealing itself, layer by layer. Those revelations are accented by occasional visits and live performances from artists who chat with Monica about their work and their world.
If I haven’t set the record for having the longest list of job titles at CKUA, I’ve got to be darn near the top of the list. The first? In 1977, part-time record librarian, a life-altering experience that exposed me to music, music, and more music. Most recent? Producing and hosting How I Hear It since 2000.
I often jokingly say that my job now involves sitting in a darkened room, playing music, and talking to a sponge. But in truth, each day is challenging, educating, enlightening, and rewarding.
Our listeners are the best. Period. They’re connected to us through the music, and they’re happy to hear something new. When musicians come to visit, we know who they are, we understand what they do, and they truly appreciate how special CKUA is. CKUA’s library is a genuine treasure, an amazing gift. I’m hooked on the joyous eclecticism of the music. I don’t know what I’d do without it. And my co-workers generously allow me to learn from them, keep me on my toes, and occasionally keep me in line.
Outside of work, well, I like to listen to music, read, go to movies and concert and plays, putter in the garden (when the season is right), eat good food, and visit with good people. It’s a fine, fine life.