In 2010, English instructor Josh Stroup began his radio show “American Sunday,” an AM show broadcasted on KTUI AM 1560 every Sunday morning at 7:05 a.m.
Stroup’s fascination with radio and music began early on. As a child he would listen to radio shows and add his own personal voice over commentary, and music was always valued in his family.
After listening to American poet Tony Tost’s podcast and American journalist, poet, and novelist Nick Tosches, Stroup found himself drawn to American Folk music.
The show’s demographic is largely listeners over 60 years-old, and all listeners are welcomed to request music.
The radio shows feature a variety of genres, but all of the songs share a common theme.
“It’s the philosophy of collage. You see truth in juxtaposition,” Stroup said.
Stroup compares his setlist to life- it is easier to under- stand when taking a step back and looking at all of the parts as a whole.
“I feel like I’m writing poetry when I’m writing a setlist,” Stroup said.
When looking at decades of music, Stroup admires 20s and 30s music because it it the most pure, genuine and raw.
“You see truth beyond the grave. The voices become immortal,” Stroup said.
As far as his fascination with American Folk music goes, Stroup feels there is a shortage of female artists, his favorites being Wanda Jackson and Sharleen Arther. He always has interest in perhaps writing a book about female artists in the future.
His future with American Sunday is to continue to have fun and enjoy the show, while passing down the interest to his children.