Kent Patterson

Sat. 10/24 10p: In celebration of KUNM's 54th birthday, join The Doctor on an unforgettable trip back in time to the underground birthplace of KUNM. Host Scott MacNicholl will guide you on this journey through the psychedelic cavern of KUNM's old studios in the Student Union Building basement. Showcasing the sounds of the late 1960s and early 1970s,  KUNM: Up Against the Wall FM will feature rare KUNM tape of the era and exclusive interviews with station veterans. Production assistance by John Cline, Kent Paterson, Mercedes Mejia, Jonathan Longcore and Marty Adams Smith.

New Mexico Digital Collections at UNM

The 1970 U.S. invasion of Cambodia and the killings of students at Kent State University by the Ohio National Guard touched off one of the greatest protest movements ever witnessed in this country. On the 50th anniversary of these events, this program examines the student strike that was organized at the University of New Mexico, where 11 people were bayoneted by the New Mexico National Guard on "Bloody Friday," May 8, 1970.

Two Pillars Of KUNM

Jan 28, 2019

Francis "FM"Montoya and Barry Lauesen came from very different backgrounds. Francis hailed from  small Indigenous Pueblos of the Rio Grande Valley rooted in ancient cultures. Barry was born into the burgeoning  metropolis of Los Angeles,  land of Hollywood, the car and surf culture. Yet both men were strikingly similar. Finding common ground at KUNM beginning in the early 1970s, the two were superbly creative and gifted deejays who pursued their craft with boundless determination and energy.

In honor of Día de los Muertos we're remembering KUNM's late deejays and programmers who helped make the station. Check out their stories at:

Frontera NorteSur and E. Gabriella Flynn.

Sun. 09/20 11a:  In September 2014, 43 Mexican students from the Ayotzinapa rural teachers’ college were forcibly disappeared by police and gunmen in Iguala, Guerrero.  Igniting Mexico’s biggest political crisis in decades, the mass kidnapping also spotlighted a deepening, national human rights crisis.  

La Campana De Justicia

Jul 30, 2014
Manifestación contra la violencia de la mujer
Sergio Cosmopolita

Mon.  August 4th,  7p: A Spanish-language documentary on the murders of women in México and New Mexico, updates the 2013 English-language documentary “The Bell of Justice” which was also aired on Espejos de Aztlán. This program compares and contrasts the experiences of family members of murdered and disappeared women with justice systems in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua City, and Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Altar for Murdered and Missing Albuquerque Women - Day of the Dead, November 2013

International Human Rights Day ESPEJOS DE AZTLÁN Special 

Mon. 9 Dec. 7-8p: In commemoration of December 10, International Human Rights Day, Espejos de Aztlán will host a special program on cross-border violence against women. The one-hour documentary examines the murders of women in New Mexico, El Paso and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.  Listeners will hear from victims’ relatives, women’s advocates and scholars who will discuss systemic gender violence, political corruption and denials of justice.

Mon. 12/3 7p: The small New Mexico border town of Sunland Park was in the spotlight this year. But what did the media leave out about this struggling community? Find out on the HIDDEN HISTORIES OF SUNLAND PARK, a documentary by Kent Patterson.

Credit AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin

Las Historias Escondidas de Sunland Park

Sep 13, 2012
AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin

Mon. 9/17 7p: "The Hidden Histories of Sunland Park"

In 2011 and 2012, the small New Mexico border community of Sunland Park made regional headlines and national news for its political scandals. Delving into the sensational, the media coverage largely glossed over long-running environmental troubles affecting the lives of the town’s residents on a daily basis.  

This Spanish-language radio documentary  helps fill the gap by exploring crucial environmental issues that impact the nearly 15,000 residents of a mainly Spanish-speaking, low-income community bordering Texas and Mexico.


Mon. 01/02 7:00p:  Spanish-language documentary on the violence in Ciudad Juarez and Mexico.Victim testimony, interviews and analysis of the so-called drug war. Covers human rights violations, the forced displacement of populations and efforts to organize resistance. 

Mesilla Valley, New Mexico – Pecan growers in southern New Mexico are finally gathering this year's crop after wet weather delayed harvesting.

The New Mexico Department of Agriculture estimates that the state's pecan industry is now valued at about $180 million annually.

KUNM's Kent Paterson recently visited a pair of pecan growers south of Las Cruces and has this profile of some of the highs and lows of pecan farming in New Mexico.

Workers Underpaid in Mexico's Electronics Industry

Kent Paterson

Photo courtesy of Philip Greenspn via

Southern New Mexico farmers are in the final stages of this year's chile harvest and unlike previous years, fewer field workers are needed to gather red pods for market. That's because in U.S. chile-growing regions, machine harvesters are steadily replacing workers in the red chile harvest.