Space for Brains is a two-hour diverse musical offering hosted by Matt Hurley. “Music on the show spans the last half-century and draws a thread between artists of different time periods,” says Hurley. Classic rock, independent, electronic, psychedelic and folk are just some frequently played genres.
Space for Brains
Thursdays 8 pm-10 pm
The show is filled to the brim with music. The deep, slow voice of the host is limited to telling the listener bare details about the music playing. Hurley has a pretty unique way of compiling a playlist for his show. Thanks to his knowledge of music theory, he is able to categorize songs by musical keys and group them together. Each show features 15-minute blocks of specific musical keys. Thus, the two-hour show is usually divided into eight blocks.
Space for Brains first started at KURE, the student-run radio station at Iowa State. Hurley has been a music enthusiast for a long time and remained involved with KURE throughout his time in college. Growing up in Boone, he graduated with a degree in liberal arts from Iowa State in fall 2011. After graduating, he was introduced to KHOI through an acquaintance and initially edited a few other shows. Eventually, he brought Space for Brains to KHOI.
Along with producing a show for the station, Hurley also coordinates programming and social media for Pacifica Network.