Christian Cudnik


Christian is the Executive Producer and Host of National Blues Museum Radio. The show debuted in St. Louis on the Radio Arts Foundation on February 7, 2014. Today, the show is syndicated to 25 stations including affiliates in the United States, Canada, Romania, New Zealand, Russia and the UK.

His early radio influences were Orson Welles, Chuck Thompson, Paul Harvey, Casey Kasem and Jon Miller. Christian began his broadcasting career in Baltimore, Maryland. During the early 1990’s, he worked for heritage rock station WIYY before moving to Philadelphia. In 1998, he joined the broadcast team at WMMR. Pierre Robert, Earle Bailey, Kevin Gunn and Steve Lushbaugh are considered major influences.

Christian attained the number-one-ranked radio program in Philadelphia, and was nominated for two AIR Awards including, “Best Field Reporting” and “Best Evening Program-Host”. In 2003, he moved to St. Louis where he became an on air host for St. Louis Public Radio.

He has received both Emmy and Telly Awards for his television work. His documentaries have aired on PBS, and include “Enduring Tradition: Ballet in the Heartland”, “Collective Improvisation: The Story of Jazz in Saint Louis”, “Seeking Freedom”, “Uncovering Ancient Saint Louis”, “Wallace Herndon Smith: Artist Without Boundaries”, and “Footsteps into the World Beneath”.

His interviews include David Robertson, Semyon Bychkov, Joshua Bell, REM, Hamiet Bluiett, Roger Waters, Graham Nash, Aaron Neville, Pokey LaFarge, Peter Boal, Ashley Bouder, Jacques d’Amboise, Jennifer Homans, Tiler Peck, Jock Soto, Nancy Buirski, Jennie Somogyi, and Heather Watts.