1.1.)When did you get involved with 88.1 FM?
As As a freshman at St. Cloud State, I was shown around KVSC by Mass Communications professor E. Scott Bryce (while deciding on a major program) during Winter quarter 1979-’80—began training then. Read scores on the first Trivia Weekend early 1980. Had a regular shift, mid-way through Spring quarter 1980.
Current shows are “The Area” (Mondays 7:00-10:00 pm) and “Classic Rock” part 2 (Sundays 10:00 pm-2:00 am). I’ve hosted these programs since some time in mid-1990. When I was program supervisor in 1987-’89, I’m sure I hosted every show on the schedule at that time. My memory isn’t that clear about those days.
3.) Please list some of the artists and musicians you consider to be a must play on your show(s)?
My Classic Rock playlist is inclusive from the late 1940’s-1979. Anything before the release of Pink Floyd “The Wall” (which I personally consider the end of the Classic Rock era). For The Area, it runs the gamut—with classic bands and current artists. The music ranges from indie rock to jazz, electronic, experimental, punk, hip-hop, folk and blues. The only stipulation is that the artist has to have a strong connection to Minnesota (residency is the most important!). I like certain artists better than others, but don’t necessarily play just favorites.
I have a deep capacity for music, and not a particular set of skills for the professional broadcast industry. My history is with the development of KVSC to the places it is going at this time, and my house is just a 10-minute walk from the campus. I think I still have the passion to create interesting radio programming, and definitely have a deep background of musical knowledge which could be considered valuable to the community and the listening audience.
I think iPods and mp3 are a waste of time, and a means for justifying the illegal downloading of copyrighted materials. Of course, not all downloads are piracy, but these delivery systems blur the line between what is justifiable and what is protected by proper commerce and copyright. I probably listen to about 25 CDs per week. Some is for personal enjoyment, but more often it is to assist the KVSC music department, by making reviews on current music submitted for airplay.
6.) Please disclose the most embarrassing music moment or concert you’ve attended or album you’ve bought (perhaps even shameful)?
During a Classic Rock show in March 2002, I went into the KVSC bathroom during the Backtracking feature. What I hadn’t noticed was the inside door handle to the bathroom was broken off, until I heard the ‘click’ behind me. The door had locked, and I was trapped in that little room, listening to Bonnie Raitt playing out, until there was “dead air.” There was a good long silence in the station--aside from my screaming and banging--until campus security got me out. I am forever indebted to Xxak Asphodel for hearing the dead air, and alerting security. Speaking of “dead air,” the worst concert I ever attended was the Tom Petty/Bob Dylan/Grateful Dead show at the Metrodome in the Summer of 1986. If you were there you know why—if you weren’t, don’t ask. It wasn’t pretty.
7.) What are your hobbies and interests?
Obviously music. I also do graphic design and art. (I designed the red KVSC bumper sticker, as well as many T-shirts and the graphics for 1984 Trivia, Trivia Getaway, Trivia Blizzard, Magical Trivia Tour and Triviattack.) I am a passionate Twins fan, and collect sports memorabilia and trading cards (1886-present). I was a big fan of the Minnesota Fighting Saints and the WHA and the Minnesota Kicks NASL soccer team.
I work at the Electric Fetus as a records clerk, in downtown St. Cloud.
9.) If it were the end of the world and you could only take five things with you, what would they be (BE HONEST)?
If it was the end of the world, physical things wouldn’t matter, would they? If this really was the classic “desert island” question, and the question implies what 5 things I couldn’t survive without, they would involve 1) my family, including dogs. 2) Some sort of sustenance system for growing vegetables, fruits, herbs and grain. 3) Paper, paints and pencils. 4) An acoustic guitar—maybe I’d finally learn to play the d*mned thing! 5) A KVSC hoodie (there, I’ve said it!), ‘cause nights can get cold on a desert island.
10.) What do you think is the future of radio?
Too many choices out there nowadays, to allow broadcast radio to be a dominant medium like the 1930’s and ‘40’s. Right now it’s a horrible place, filled with paranoia, ranting and hate messages—and then there’s talk radio, and that’s another story. The medium will have to change with the times, beginning with serving the actual needs of the local audience. Radio needs to listen to the audience, as well as the traditional model of the audience listening to the radio. This may involve going off idealistic programming in community radio. Commercial radio is a wasteland, and really is what needs to be trashed and reconsidered. Broadcast corporations are so motivated by bottom-line accounting, at the cost of credible programming. If radio is to survive, the commercial spectrum needs to improve content, to give an alternative good reason to improve programming as well. Solve community issues, or give a forum to participate to the public—and make it a model for others to embrace and rely on for a certain process of expressing a democratic voice. Digital broadcasting and web streaming is all well and good, but the future of radio is in providing unique content to a local audience.