Curiosity didn’t kill the cat. It made the feline so fat and sassy that the kitty went off to recline and digest all the ‘radio feed’ that KZSC provides.
That ‘Cool Curious Cat’ lives at KZSC in every programmer-student or community member-who has graced the airwaves with their particular brand of broadcasting. With nearly 11 years at KZSC I’ve met and listened to many fabulously diverse DJs and have done a few ‘curiously’ different shows myself.
I was originally lured by my ‘curiosity’ into a ‘radio career ‘ (laughter) when doing a few spots on KUSP, another Santa Cruz public radio station. The 80 seconds of original commentary that I recorded at their studio (and then ecstatically listened to) was aired in between NPR news slots. I was hooked and did 11 such spots in their inaugural year. For a transistor radio listening kid in my youth during the 60′s I felt like I arrived.
Actually I arrived in the Spring of 2000 when I took KZSC’s ‘broadcasting class when urged by “Nanalq, The White Bear”, host of our much beloved Native American community show Turtle Island. Thanks Nanalq for your encouragement and ‘curiosity’ to see if I could pull it off.
Since then it’s been a steady diet of ‘curiosity’. Starting with a Celtic music program ‘Celtic Undercurrents’ as ‘Carney Hayes McClane’ (3 of 4 of my grandparents names), not knowing a thing about jigs, reels, waltzes and/or airs. I went on to do ‘Freedom Flight’ that honored ‘freedom, struggle and responsible change’ through music, and spoken word when reading commentary, articles from magazines, plus excerpts from books. I used my ‘medicine name’ as ‘moniker’ which came to me during a ‘sweat lodge ceremony’ when studying ‘Earth Wisdom Teachings’. I was ‘DJ SparrowHawk’ and kept with that name when I took over ‘Turtle Island’ for a couple of years after Nanalq left.
Having ‘Celtic’ roots and great ‘curiosity’ about my Scottish heritage, I took a sabbatical from radio and took up residence on the Isle of Mull in Scotland. When I arrived home I came back to KZSC and hosted a Tuesday night talk show. Connecting with my Scottish heritage encouraged me to use my ‘real name’, Kevin Spitzer, for my call-in talk program called ‘Imagine’, where ‘a world that works for everyone’ was the overriding theme. If listeners called to complain I asked that they provide another solution to the problems we discussed. It was fun interviewing movers and shakers in the world and bringing new ‘curious’ ways to look at life to the KZSC airwaves.
Thinking I was going off to get married to a woman in Napa I dropped that show too. Well, it didn’t pan out as planned and back I came, ‘curious’ as to what life had in store for me now.
Knowing no one was too crazy about being at KZSC at 6 am. on Sunday mornings, I saw my opening. I’m now to present a ‘Sunday morning ministry’ of ‘personal growth’ as your host of ‘Conciliation Sunday’ from 6-9 am. Quite often I’ll interview someone to learn more about what it takes to ‘conciliate’ (unite) mind, body, spirit and emotion so listeners will be inspired, educated and informed as to how to be a positive force in the world by walking in a powerful, balanced way.
What I love about doing this show is that I’m forever ‘curious’ as to what I’m going to air, and even more so when I have someone to interview such as this week when I interview ‘Amy Cooper PhD, Clinical Sexologist’ who just wrote ‘The Everything Orgasm Book: An All-You-Need Guide To The Most Satisfying Sex You’ll Ever Have”. Learn more about Amy Cooper PhD by going to her website.
Are you ‘curious’ as to what we’ll talk about? Feed your ‘curious cat’ and join us from 7:30-9 am. February 20th. KZSC also archives our talk programming as podcasts; you can check out “‘Conciliation Sunday’ anytime on our website’s LISTEN tab. Thank you for being a ‘curious’ listener to KZSC! We like to feed your ‘curiosity’!
-Program Review Committee Member (and program host) Kevin Spitzer