Cheryl Waters.
KEXP

Cheryl Waters

Host, KEXP

Cheryl Waters hosts The Midday Show on 90.3 FM KEXP Seattle, and online at KEXP.org. As the On-Air Events Coordinator, Waters also books the artists that perform at the KEXP live in-studio performances, live remote broadcasts and KEXP events.

Waters has been a DJ at KEXP since 1994. Her knowledge of and passion for music, both new and old, is evident in her diverse shows. She was the music critic for Seattle NPR station KUOW for more than 10 years. In addition to music, Waters is passionate about books and film.

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The long-running Australian rock band Pond features members of Tame Impala, Mink Mussel Creek and Allbrook/Avery. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Songs We Love

Songs We Love: Pond, 'Elvis' Flaming Star'

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The Australian band's playful, psychedelic glam-rock is powered by Tame Impala drummer Jay Watson.

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Favorite Sessions

Jason Isbell: American Stories, Sung With Heart

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With a clear voice and stories for miles, the Alabama rocker's heartfelt music and poignant lyrics packed a punch when he and his band performed live at KEXP.

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Favorite Sessions

Zola Jesus: An Intense New Voice

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Zola Jesus' powerful voice sends this synthpop band into overdrive. Listen to the singer-songwriter deliver a dark, heart-thumping set to KEXP.

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The Joy Formidable's first full-length album, The Big Roar, will be released in the U.S. on March 15. Courtesy of Big Hassle hide caption

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The Seattle hip-hop group Mad Rad performed live on KEXP. Alex Crick/KEXP hide caption

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Junip recently returned after a long-term hiatus. But the absence hasn't cooled the band's confidence, as demonstrated by this performance at KEXP. Renata Steiner hide caption

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The Mynabirds, led by Laura Burhenn (second from right), stopped by the KEXP studios in Seattle for a studio session. Renata Steiner hide caption

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