1. When did you get involved with 88.1FM? I listened to KVSC first as a Freshman in the Fall of 1979, and decided I’d rather be involved in radio than theater. Was shown around the station by my academic advisor E. Scott Bryce, and began training. After the first Trivia Weekend in the Spring of 1980, I was hosting shows. During the 1980’s I served in the Music, Sports and Programming departments as well.
2. What show(s) do you currently host on KVSC and what’s your favorite to listen to? I’ve been the host of Classic Rock part II, more or less consistently since 17 June 1990.
3. Please list some of the artists and musicians that you consider a must play on your show(s). Deep tracks from Classic Rock era artists (1947-1979).
4. Why are you involved with independent public radio at 88.1FM? It’s a volunteer opportunity that gives one a chance to entertain and connect to the community at large. It’s a familiar place to me and makes up for not having a career in professional radio.
5. What is in your CD player, iPod, or MP3 player right now? (Be Honest!) I listen to a lot of music and own a stereo system with CD and turntable.
6. Please disclose the most embarrassing music moment or concert you’ve seen or album you’ve bought (perhaps even shameful). No. That doesn’t enlighten the reader about my character. I’m more fond of remembering coincidence than embarrassment. If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.
7. What are your hobbies and interests? Music and sports. I collect LPs and CDs, baseball and hockey memorabilia. I also do a fair share of graphic design.
8. When you are not at work or KVSC where can you most likely be found? At home or on walks with my wife and son.
9. What’s the most challenging part of being a radio DJ? Operating the digital media and multiple computer screens that array the air console. Managing many screens is time consuming and is liable to distract me from presenting an effective message. There is much more on-site typing than there was even in 2005. I was trained in analog (LPs, audio tape and hard copy scripts), and has been difficult to adapt.
10. What do you think is the future of radio? Whatever that comes out of the radio tomorrow.
Generally radio is not a “sit at home and listen for a length of time” medium any more. Most radio is listened to in cars during the hours known as “drive time.” Your attention is challenged by a variety of new media that are presented on personal devices, television and on line.
If consciously conceived and delivered, radio could become the media’s equivalent of the “slow food movement.” The only hitch is that the dominant model in the radio industry is unfocused and segmented. BBC and NPR sometimes bust the trends and deliver successful programming. Ideally, radio should say something that can’t be experienced anywhere else, and be savored like a fine beverage or good friendship. Trends sometimes revisit their origins, and it’s my hope that happens for radio. However, I don’t believe it’s a dominant mass medium any longer.