Left of the Dial

Fridays at 9 p.m.

John Null hosts Left of the Dial, which is heavily rooted in the underground music scene of the 1980s. Artists like The Smiths, The Replacements, The Cure, New Order, David Bowie and Depeche Mode form the substratum of Left of the Dial, but you’re guaranteed at least a couple Reagan-era jams every week that you haven't heard in a while. You’ll also hear ‘70s punk and glam, goth, Britpop and an occasional jaunt into the contemporary.

Null has been with WKMS' newsroom since 2013. He also hosts All Things Considered Wednesday-Friday afternoons. Tune in for Left of the Dial Friday nights from 9 to 11 p.m. after World Café.

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Host of Left of the Dial John Null has tallied the numbers, adjusted his abacus and released the white smoke from atop the Fine Arts building, arriving at his top ten lists for both music and movies released in 2016.

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Local WKMS program host John Null says he didn't listen to as much new music in 2015 as usual because he spent most of his time delving into the '70s and '80s producing Left of the Dial, but these are his favorites, or at least the ones that got the most play, presented in alphabetical order:

Update: John chats with Tracy Ross on Sounds Good about the show on August 21, 2015. Audio added.

John Null hosts a new show heavily rooted in the underground music scene of the 1980s. Artists like The Smiths, The Replacements, The Cure, New Order, David Bowie and Depeche Mode form the substratum of Left of the Dial, but you’re guaranteed at least a couple Reagan-era jams every week that you’ve never heard before.