Originally known as the "Insomniatic Funk" show, "Crunkadelic Funk Show" aired from 2009–2012 on WRFL, UK's student-operated radio station. Hosted and produced by DeBraun Thomas, "Crunkadelic Funk" highlighted anything soulful and funky. The show’s format consisted of occasionally themed shows, along with playing older and newer cuts of music. Thomas interviewed many performers during the show’s run, including Jimi Hazel, Lucky Otis, Justin Wells and Rick James Jr.
Thomas has now joined WUKY and promises more funk and fun on the show’s new home each Saturday night at 10 p.m.
Thomas fell in love with radio at a young age, but only became interested in working in radio after learning funk legend 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. He joined WRFL in 2009, and through the UK School of Journalism and Telecommunications, Thomas had two features air on WUKY as an undergraduate.
He began interning at WUKY in October of 2012, and produced a "The Unghosting of Medgar Evers," a documentary about the slain civil rights leader based on the book by UK Associate Professor Frank X Walker. In August 2013, Thomas joined WUKY as a producer and host. Since joining WUKY, he has produced the "Local Music Monday" segments for the news department, as well as a documentary about the 50th anniversary of the civil rights March on Frankfort.
In addition to working on radio projects, Thomas also explores his passion as a musician in Lexington.