1. When did you get involved with 88.1FM KVSC?
I got involved with KVSC around September 2013 after hanging out with Gypsy McGreevy at the studio for a while. It was interesting watching the shows on the other end of the radio, and I have always wanted to put on a radio show, way back when all I had was a stack of 45's, my dad's old record player and a microphone.
2.) What show(s) do you currently host on KVSC and what programs have you hosted in the past?
Currently I am hosting Late Night Progressive Rock every Thursday night. I have also had great fun hosting Global Village on Saturday evenings, and I look forward to hosting more of the same.
3.) Please list some of the artists and musicians you consider to be a must play on your show(s)?
If I am doing a rock show, some of the must-plays are Elf Power, Eels, Cake and Half Moon Run. Also in this mix is Cloud Cult and Cake, and Pendulum if I am shifting toward Electronic. If I am hosting a Global Village and playing Reggae, I simply must play Mystic Roots Band and Rebelution, or Professor's solo work, under the same name.
4.) Why are you involved with independent community radio at 88.1 FM?
Independent community radio like KVSC has been such a relief to sore ears, providing interesting music that isn't worn out and overplayed, and no tragically annoying commercial interruptions. Of course, great radio like this thrives on volunteers who love music, and love radio, and I happen to love both. It is a pleasure to be a part of spreading true musical love to the masses.
5.) What is in your personal CD player, iPod, or mp3 right now (BE HONEST)?
Currently spinning on the record player is Muse's "The Second Law" album. Before that was Maynard Ferguson's "New Vintage", and a collection of the greatest hits from the 1720's (that's not a typo.) When I leave the house, the collection on my device holds S. J. Tucker, Damh the Bard, Loreena McKennitt, Chalice and Blade and Omnia. Also in the mix is Drop Goblin, Imagine Dragons, Lindsey Stirling and Avicii.
6.) Please disclose the most embarrassing music moment or concert you’ve attended or album you’ve bought (perhaps even shameful).
I would say having my saxophone locked in a classroom before a Jazz Festival in front of most Jazz cats in Southern California was pretty embarassing. I had a kind friend loan me his tenor (complete different make) and was playing on a fresh reed, as I stood solo before an audience, serenading them with smooth blusey jazz and pretending nothing was wrong.
7.) What are your hobbies and interests?
My hobbies fall in computer programming, actually. Also in there is amateur radio (W6BKE), electrical engineering and spending too much time finding complex solutions to simple problems. To part with technology, I often write or play improvised music, grab glow sticks and giant pants and hit a rave, or study ancient Egyptian spirituality (hint, Mau comes from the Egyptian term for "cat").
8.) When you are not at work or KVSC, where can you most likely be found?
When I'm not at KVSC, you can find me lounging about in the Quarry of Atwood on my computer, working locked away in my office in Headley Hall, or perusing records at the Electric Fetus (or eating at the delicious Greek place next door.) If I'm not there, I'm tucked away in my apartment with the music loud and the caffiene flowing.
9.) What’s the most challenging part of being a radio DJ?
Honestly the most challenging part for me was overthinking the job. Once I relaxed and went with the flow, the rest became easy. Coming up short on music is a challenge, but easily avoided, especially once you know your way around the collection. Always on my mind is making sure the music flows well, and plotting and scheming before my show is a very important task, but once the show starts, roll with it.
10.) What do you think is the future of radio?
I'll try not to be cynical, but too often I hear "I'd tune in, Maukat, but I just made a new station on [insert online radio program here]." Radio lives as long as people love music, and there are so many people who tune in to listen to music that somebody consciously decided was awesome, and not music selected by a robot. As long as our DJs love music, there's a pocket of awesome people who will tune in, and I can honestly see some amount of radio keeping "the old ways" when computers have taken over everything else. What comes to mind is Will Smith's character, from I-Robot. As long as it is wanted, radio will live.