1.) When did you get involved with 88.1 FM?
I’ve been listening to KVSC since the early 90’s. I became a donating member soon after becoming a listener. I’ve been a deejay since 2006.
2.) What show(s) do you currently host on KVSC and what programs have you hosted in the past?
I am currently the co-host of The Root Cellar, KVSC’s Americana and alt-country program. It airs Sunday’s from 4-6:00 PM.
3.) Please list some of the artists and musicians you consider to be a must play on your show(s)?
I consider the “patron saints” of The Root Cellar to be artists like Ryan Adams, Steve Earle, Lucinda Williams, Bob Dylan, Hank Williams, Neko Case, Johnny Cash, Hank III, The Jayhawks, Wilco and Son Volt.
4.) Why are you involved with independent community radio at 88.1 FM?
As a former favorite deejay used to say, I am involved with KVSC because “it’s where the music is in St. Cloud.”
5.) What is in your personal CD player, iPod, or mp3 right now (BE HONEST)?
I have a 300 disc CD player so I just grabbed the first stack of jewel cases I saw on top of the player: Donald Fagen – “Morph the Cat,” Jimmie Dale Gilmore – “After Awhile,” The Jayhawks – “Smile,” Charlie Roth – “Start Motel” and Mason Jennings – “Use Your Voice”. In my car it is Backyard Tire Fire – “Good to be”
6.) Please disclose the most embarrassing music moment or concert you’ve attended or album you’ve bought (perhaps even shameful)?
I have to say that there is no such thing as a shameful album purchase. Music is a matter of personal taste. To say that someone has good taste is only to say that they have similar tastes to you. I can’t tell you how many artists that I used to make fun of (in my younger days) but now love. In fact, that leads me to one of my “embarrassing music moments”. I was walking downtown St. Cloud one night within the first couple of years after I moved here from the Twin Cities. The sign outside the Civic Center read, “Johnny Cash Tonight”. I laughed and said, “Who’d want to go to that?” I now wish I had been there. What was I thinking? That said, what I consider to be the most embarrassing music moment came after having a few too many drinks (back when I used to drink) at a Jayhawks concert at First Avenue. I am a huge Gary Louris fan and had actually interviewed him for the St. Cloud Times back when “Smile” came out. I was in the front row. He was playing guitar and came so close to me that I remember thinking, “Wow, I could touch his boot.” So I did. When I looked up Gary had quickly backed away. I think I kind of freaked him out. Sorry, Gary…
7.) What are your hobbies and interests?
I love to swim, teach swimming, listen to music, go to concerts, deejay, write, and hang with my family at “the lake”. I also love community involvement and giving back.
8.) When you are not at work or KVSC, where can you most likely be found?
I always tell people, “You’ll never know where I’ll turn up.” However, you can find me twice a month (generally, the first and last Thursday of the month) in the St. Cloud Times’ “Up Next” insert where I write a freelance music column.
9.) If it were the end of the world and you could only take five things with you, what would they be (BE HONEST)?
The answer would depend on where I was going because if it was “the big one”, so to speak, I’d leave all my mortal possessions behind and look to see what lies ahead. Assuming, however, that I was going some place where “things” would be of some value (and where there was electricity), I would take my family, my music collection (including all my posters and souvenirs), a boom box, my swimming bag, and some clothes (I don’t pack light).
10.) What do you think is the future of radio?
I’m not sure but I think there will always be a place for stations like KVSC 88.1 FM where people can find intelligent deejays that can help listeners discover new and different music and that can put together sets of music that are nearly impossible to find anywhere else.