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DeBraun Thomas

Music Host

DeBraun Thomas fell in love with radio at a young age but only had interest in working in radio after learning Funk musician Sly Stone got his start in radio. A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Thomas moved to Lexington in 2009 to attend the University of Kentucky and pursue a career in radio. Thomas joined WRFL in 2009 and through the UK school of Journalism, Thomas had 2 features air on WUKY. In October of 2012, Thomas began interning at WUKY and produced the Unghosting of Medgar Evers. In August of 2013 Thomas became a staff member at WUKY and since that time, Thomas regularly produces the weekly segment Local Music Mondays which highlights local musicians in Lexington. Thomas hosts the Crunkadelic Funk Show which airs Saturday nights at 9pm and also produced a documentary on the 50th anniversary of the March on Frankfort. In addition to producing and hosting a radio show, Thomas also explores his other passion as a musician in Lexington. 

  • This week: Rock & Roots featured new music from Bear's Den Featuring Jade Bird (Please Don't Hide Yourself Away), Rosa Linn (Snap), Billy Lockett (Not Okay), Odesza Featuring The Knocks (Love Letter), Charley Crockett (I'm Just A Clown), She & Him (Wouldn't It Be Nice), & Marcus Mumford (Grace)!
  • Kentucky Black Writers Collaborative Series
    On Friday, April 29th 2022 at the WUKY studios in Lexington, Kentucky, the Kentucky Black Writers Collaborative hosted a celebration of Black writers and visual artists in Kentucky called Say It Loud. This was recorded by WUKY and features readings from LeTonia Jones, Ossunike Anke, Bre Ashley, Veda Stewart, and featured music from Marcus Wilkerson. The evening was presented by the coordinators of the Kentucky Black Writers Collaborative, Claudia Love Mair & JC McPherson.This program originally aired on June 19th, 2022.
  • This week: Rock & Roots featured new music from The Mysterines (All These Things), The Lone Bellow (Gold), Sally Dige (You), Gone Gone Beyond (Coast), Beabadoobee (10:36), Tegan And Sara (Yellow), & Ondara (A Nocturnal Hersey)!
  • This week: Rock & Roots featured new music from Willie Nile (Off My Medication), The Lumineers (A.M. Radio), Alvvays (Pharmacist), Early James (Harder To Blame), The Head And The Heart (Hurts (But It Goes Away)), & Ziggy Marley Featuring Stephen Marley (The Lucky One)!
  • This week: Rock & Roots featured new music from Willie Nile (Off My Medication), COIN (Brad Pitt), Early James (Harder To Blame), Allison Ponthier (Hollywood Forever Cemetery), The Heavy Heavy (Miles And Miles), The Head And The Heart (Hurts (But It Goes Away)), & Shemekia Copeland (Too Far To Be Gone)!
  • Silas House speaks with Dori Freeman about her music the new album Ten Thousand Roses.
  • This week: Rock & Roots featured new music from The Mountain Goats (Training Montage), Paolo Nutini (Petrified In Love), Ceramic Animal (Tangled), NoSo (Honey Understand), Umphrey's McGee (Small Strides), Delta Spirit (Pick It Up), & Gorillaz Featuring Thundercat (Cracker Island)!
  • This week: Rock & Roots featured new music from Bartees Strange (Wretched), Art d'Ecco (Only Ones), PJ Western (Blah Blah Blah), First Aid Kit (Angel), Trampled By Turtles (It's So Hard To Hold On), Spoon (My Babe), & Leon Bridges & Kevin Kaarl (Summer Moon)!
  • This week: Rock & Roots featured new music from Måneskin (Supermodel), The Ballroom Thieves (Nicole), The 502s (Just A Little While), Niki (Before), Bartees Strange (Wretched), Trampled By Turtles (It's So Hard To Hold On), & Cyril Neville & Dumpstaphunk (Street Parade)!
  • This week: Rock & Roots featured new music from Belle And Sebastian (A Bit Of Previous), OHNO (Drowsy), Brandi Carlile Featuring Lucius (You And Me On The Rock), Alex The Astronaut (Haircut), Jack White (If I Die Tomorrow), Beach Bunny (Entropy), & Blondie (Moonlight Drive)!