The Sunday Best with Nik Thompson

Sunday 10:00a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Sundays are unique to the week. 

And for many, Sunday mornings hold a special place as a time to reset, reconfigure, and reevaluate. 

Sunday morning is also a time that people establish traditions – routines involving newspapers, coffee, sunrises, family, breakfast, and of course, music. 

Fitting then is that WEMU’s traditional music program, the Sunday Best, is broadcast every Sunday morning. 

Hosted since February, 2012 by Nik Thompson, the Sunday Best is a program devoted to honoring traditions, while striving to start new ones every week. 

As a mission, the Sunday Best aims to air forgotten classics – whether it be a gem from the 1920s, or a jewel from 2005.  The focus is on music steeped in original American traditions – building block sounds – from jazz, ragtime, stride and barrelhouse, to blues, bluegrass, jump, jive and country.  We’ll even touch on early R & B and other soulful precursors to rock and roll. 

Almost nothing is out of bounds.  Prepare to think differently.  The music aired during the Sunday Best is exceptional in that it can be found in few places outside of a discerning soul’s personal collection. 

Never forgotten is the music of Fletcher Henderson, Miff Mole, Bix Beiderbecke, Lonnie Johnson, Art Tatum (and Hodes, while we’re at it), Blind Willie Johnson, Catfish Keith, Charlie Poole, Woody Guthrie, Joe Henry, Joe Turner, and Otis Spann.  Just to name a few. 

Thank you for being a part of WEMU’s Sunday morning tradition – and for letting us be a part of yours. 

Let's culminate our salute to Public Radio Music Day with a true local gem -- Dick Siegel. Nik Thompson's Live in the Bunker with a few uplifting cuts from Dick's superb Angles Aweigh. 

Meet The Staff - Nik Thompson

Mar 16, 2016

Have you ever met someone at their "day job" and wondered what they do for a hobby?  We wonder how many people have bumped into Nik Thompson during the week would know that he gets his groove on with you every Sunday morning on WEMU.  Get to know a little more about the host of "The Sunday Best" and his passion for bringing you the very best music he can find.  That's what you support when you listen and donate to WEMU - the passion of folks just like Nik.  

Listen to the Roots Music Project or the Sunday Best anytime, anywhere from your computer or mobile device.