1.) When did you get involved with 88.1 FM?
I started with the station in all truth back in the mid 1970’s as a listener, and friend of some of the announcers. I didn’t set foot in the station though till around late 1983 as an announcer. I Did that on a personal dare to myself as way to get me out of the rut that had my life spinning out of control. Long story but one of the best dares and choices I ever made.
2.) What show(s) do you currently host on KVSC and what programs have you hosted in thepast?
I’m the Host, Producer, and Coffee Maker on Sat. mornings with the FRETZ program, and I guess I also have the honor of being it’s creator. My first six years I also co-hosted the classic rock program under the name Rick Wolf with Al Neff. Now through the years I have sat in on almost every program in the KVSC line-up, but devote all my musical attention to the music that is my personnel heart and soul folk music and the FRETZ program.
3.) Please list some of the artists and musicians you consider to be a must play on your show(s)?
Short answer every artist I play. My guess is that this question begs for names. The first that jump to mind are Fred Eaglesmith and Richard Thompson.Both singer songwriters that can tell stories of real life in a way that is unique and compelling. John Cowan both with the New Grass Revival and solo, he has one of the best voices in bluegrass music. Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, and Steve Earle, for how there writing and songs speak to, for and about the average person. The Tannahill Weavers, Battlefield Band, Mary Black,, Karen Casey, and Old Blind Dogs to name a few Celtic artists. I could go on forever, actually I have been going on for a long time every Sat. morning.
4.) Why are you involved with independent community radio at 88.1 FM?
I have been part of KVSC longer than most and have grown as it has grown. There are many answers to this question, and many things I could say. The easy way to put it I’m a lucky man to be involved with the station because few people can truly say they have been able to explore and sharetheir passion for as long as I have. Plus there is a selfish pride in being part of one of the best community stations in the country.
5.) What is in your personal CD player, iPod, or mp3 right now (BE HONEST)?
Blackie & The Rodeo Kings "High Or Hurting"
6.) Please disclose the most embarrassing music moment or concert you’ve attended or album you’ve bought (perhaps even shameful)?
The same thing with two different people. When I met Ronnie Gilbert of The Weavers, and Don Helms of the Hank Williams band fame. I got so nervous my whole body was shaking and I couldn’t talk just babble on for the first few minutes I wanted so much to impress them and basically turned into a stars struck puddle. I give them both credit for not laughing at me. The most shameful album I’ve owed could be so many from David Casidies first album, to the archies, to Black Sabbaths first three albums.
7.) What are your hobbies and interests?
I dabble in calligraphy. Reading science fiction and fantasy for entertainment. Traveling the back roads away from the interstates when I can afford it and have the time. There is so much beauty to this country that is being missed at 65 to 70 mph that I enjoy seeing at a crawl or stopped.
8.) When you are not at work or KVSC, where can you most likely be found?
Getting a burger at a restaurant with a book in my face and coffee cup in my hand. At a park under a tree catching 40 winks or reading a books.
9.) If it were the end of the world and you could only take five things with you, what would they be (BE HONEST)?
Books. Records/Cds and a way to play them, Pen/pencil and something to write on. Teddy Jr. my traveling companion who is if you haven’t guessed a teddy bear.
10.) What do you think is the future of radio?
It is in the hands of the listeners. They are speaking in larger numbers that the preprogrammed automated predictable model of broadcasting is not what they want. If radio is to survive and thrive it has to return to it’s live off the cuff roots. There was a time when radio was king and everyone looked to it for their community and regional identity. Now you can hear the same bland thing from one end of this country to the other. Radio of all media has the ability to reflect and to capture the heart and soul of an area again. For the self appointed radio gods to get the hint listeners have to let them they are wrong in thinking that New York is the same as central Minnesota, or that central Minnesota is the same as Texas, etc… If it doesn’t change I really don’t see much of a future.