Like the old days.
I got hooked on Public Radio when were back in Maine.
It was 1995; Barrett, the 3 boys (Dan, Ry & Ethan) and me, were staying in Bayside.
I searched the FM dial on a crappy table radio, amd stumbled upon WERU from Blue Hill, Maine.
It was so good!
They played all the music genres that I like, and even the ones that I’m not that crazy about (I’m talking to YOU Death Metal and Gangsta Rap!) were presented in intelligent and inspired ways.
I listened to WERU for a whole week.
After returning to Sonoma County, I was driving north on 101, right about where the Penngrove Exit is, and I heard one of my good pals, Scott Murray, and Bill Frater (he would later become a good pal) on KRCB FM.
They were in the middle of a Pledge Drive and were asking folks to call in and become members.
I got off the freeway and called them from the Steel Bear Deli payphone.
It was before cellular.
Within a few weeks, I was a host of Jazz Connections on Saturday nights.
I stayed a nighttime progarm host for 13 years.
In 2013, KRCB came to a crossroad.
The radio station wasn’t doing so well. Something had to happen.
There was even talk that we might get kicked to the curb…
It was tough to get any kind of mojo going on when it was Classical Music during the morning and early afternoons, news in the late afternoons, and free-form DJ’s at night.
My idea was to ditch the Classical, and have LIVE humans playing great music in the mornings and early afternoons, news during late afternoons, and LIVE humans (them again) playing great music at night.
By the Summer of 2013, our Program Director Robin Pressman made the pitch to KRCB’s Board of Directors: we wanted to present a KRCB Sound, parts Americana, Classic Rock, New Releases, Folk n Country, Blues, Jazz, World along with local artists. Keep the NPR News, along with the local news.
The changeover was OK’d, and we became The New 91 in the Fall of 2013.
Brian Griffith was brought in to be our Music Director and Morning DJ; Sean Knight took over as Program Director, and I was hired to be the music librarian, given the power to get rid of CD’s that we will NEVER play (I’m talking to YOU Death Metal and Gangsta Rap!), and fill the shelves with all killer, no filler.
I was hired to host Mid-Day Music (Mon-Thurs / Noon-2pm), co-host The New Release Hour (on Tuesdays at 11am repeated Wednesdays at 7PM), and the alternating host of our 4 hour Roots Music Extravaganza, Our Roots Are Showing (Saturdays 1-5PM).
Playing music on the radio really inspires me.
When I start at noon, I rarely know what the first song is that I will play, but once I find something, it just leads to another, and becomes a really fun excercize.
I am once again that dorky kid from La Habra, CA with the big record collection playing music loudly in a room, usually by myself..
There are so many important musical milestones in my life that started on the radio:
Hearing Sgt. Peppers for the first time (in its entirety) on KMET; Byrds Sweetheart of the Rodeo on KLOS, or Neil Young’s After The Goldrush on KNAC. Moments that stick with you your whole life.
It’s that kind of feeling that we want to convey at KRCB.
I’ve had people tell me that my music set has brought a “tear to their eyes”.
It’s great to have the freedom to play music commercial free, but the cost of our operation is not cheap.
We need your help.
Here’s some things that you can do:
~Download the free KRCB App for your smartphone or android device.
The TuneIn Radio App is good too.
With these devices you can listen to KRCB all over the world!
~Tell your friends about KRCB.
There was a column lately in the SF Chronicle where a lady asked where can she hear great music from back in the day, along with good new music.
“Hellooo! We’re over here at 91.1, and on your Smartphone App.”
~Become a member of KRCB. For as little as $40.
~Make a contribution.
Boy, if everyone of my pals gave ten bucks, that would be a lot of Alexander Hamiltons.
You can do it on our website (KRCB.ORG) or by phone (707) 584-2020, or mail to 5850 Labath Ave Rohnert Park, CA 94928.
No amount is too small.
Just think of it as a collection basket being passed around.
Everybody kicks in a lil’ sumpthin’…
You’ve probably heard by now that vinyl records are making a big comeback.
Well, I think radio is making a comeback too.
Today the record, tomorrow the radio!
Perhaps a transistor, or sputnik…
Give KRCB a try.
Maybe you’ll have one of those magical, musical moments.
Like the old days.