As a kid going to junior high near Baltimore, Maryland in the middle of the 1960′s, I grew up in a generation where transistor radios ruled our teenage world.. It was during 6th grade when I got my first silver beauty-a Zenith- that was a precursor of today’s mobile electronic wizardry. I remember many a wild DJ back in those days doing some real cutting edge programs that no doubt influenced my reverence for this medium and the phantom spinning the tunes.
Speaking of beauties, while walking the beautiful Anne Schmute home (where are you today Anne?) an incident with a crossing guard became the gateway to my first time behind a microphone. When sentenced to ‘community service’, my penance was to stay after school and announce bus arrivals from the principal’s office on the loud speaker system. While my voice was booming into each classroom and down the hallways, I had no idea I was being groomed for KZSC.
It was a great pleasure to discover that the Central Coast was served by quality public radio stations when I moved to Santa Cruz in 1974. I particularly remember the programming at KAZU in Pacific Grove. One show in particular influenced my willingness to read articles on air for the listening audience as that was what the show consisted of. Informative, inspirational and educational views to stir one’s imagination and discernment. I bring this up because I’ll be doing likewise each week on ‘Conciliation Sunday’, choosing from great articles in ‘Ode’ and ‘YES’ magazines that strike me as important and timely. And although I do plan my show each week I always leave the door open for something new to enter which will influence what I actually read or play on my program. Tune in Sundays from 6-9 am. and discover what ‘won out’ to come across the airwaves. And remember if getting up in the wee hours adversely influences the rest of your Sunday, we archive our public affairs shows so you can listen whenever you like. Check out past podcasts here.
-Kevin Spitzer, “Conciliation Sunday” program host