1. When and why did you get involved with 88.1 FM
When I first went to the Granite City Radio
Show to see my friend Dennis Warner as the guest musician. I got to meet staff people who suggested I
apply as a volunteer and help out with the Trivia Weekend. I had a blast and decided I wanted to do
2. When and why did you get involved with 88.1 FM
Wednesday night 10-2 late night progressive rock- hoping for a Diversions show.
3. Please list some of the artists and musicians that you consider a must play on your show(s).
Definitely local musicians from my CD collection, plus blues/ folk musician like Bonnie Raitt, Joni
Mitchell, Amy Wadge. Random rock/ eclectic mixes from Alan Parsons, Ben Harper, Elvis Costello,
Split Enz, Beth Hart- pretty open to most types of music- little Jazz, some Ska, and reggae.
4. What music do you listen to when you’re not tuned into KVSC?
Classical- especially Baroque and opera- really- learned to love it when I was in architecture school.
Lots of acoustic music, especially fingerstyle guitar and ukulele – big fan of Jake Shimabukuro,
Tommy Emmanuel, Leo Kottke and old blues. New wave from the early 80s.
5. What is the most embarrassing (perhaps even shameful) music phase you have gone through?
Dance/glam rock from the late 70s and early 80’s. Hey- it was my clubbing phase- along with spike
heels and big permed hair. Yikes!
6. What are your hobbies and/or interests?
I’m an artist- printmaker/book binder. I’m learning to turn things on a lathe. I teach classes on
drawing and art history. And I love to bake and make cheese. I worked as an artisanal cheese maker
for a while.
7. When you are not at work or KVSC where can you most likely be found?
In my studio or my workshop working on a project and listening to KVSC- especially Whole Lotta
Blues and Iowa Jeff’s Diversions!
8. What’s the most challenging part of being a radio DJ?
Learning the new technology.
9. What would you like to be doing in five years?
Working as a DJ somewhere…? I’d love to do a music history program like Al Neff’s or something on
the local classical station.
- Sarah Jane Smith