X96 presents the debut of “801PUNX,” a hybrid punk rock / talk show hosted by Rancid drummer Branden Steineckert, also the author, composer and visionary behind the Real Salt Lake “Believe” anthem.

Presented by Real Salt Lake and supported by Maverik – Adventure’s First Stop, Jaybird wireless headphones and Auric Solar.

801PUNX airs Sunday nights at 8:01 p.m. The hour-long show explores how athletes and artists find inspiration from music and everyday trials and tribulations. A mix of life stories, wisdom gleaned from the power of song and the stories behind the superstars, 801PUNX kicks off its run with Steineckert and RSL Captain Kyle Beckerman, the accomplished U.S. Men’s National Team stalwart and Major League Soccer’s all-time leader in games/minutes played (excluding goalkeepers).

Future guests include X96 Program Director Todd Nuke’em, a legend throughout Utah’s music scene in the last 25 years; former Steineckert bandmate Quinn Allman, who helped found “The Used” with other Orem, Utah natives; RSL goalkeeper Nick Rimando, himself a U.S. Soccer and MLS icon; Tyler Glenn, lead singer for the Neon Trees; and several other accomplished artists and athletes with Utah ties.

“This is just a really cool way for our station, X96 – which has been at the groundbreaking forefront of Utah’s music scene – to collaborate with Branden, dig through the archives and examine the power of music,” said Program Director Todd Nuke ‘Em, who has been with X96 since its inception in 1992. “The producer of 801PUNX, Jon Smith, is the perfect personality to get the best out of Branden and his guests, as well as provide a sampling of punk rock music flavor to the show and podcast to amplify the themes presented by 801PUNX each week.”

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