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New Fall 2014 Program schedule

We’re happy to be kicking off KZSC’s Fall 2014 schedule!  Make sure to check out our  new lineup so that you don’t miss out.

Some of the exciting new shows coming to KZSC feature Hip Hop, Country, Punk (and Post-Punk), Show Tunes, Surf,  Doo-Wop and more!  Some of your favorites from the spring schedule are back—alongside perennial favorites and a handful shows with new time slots.

From every variety of music to talk radio to news, we’ve got you covered.  So keep tuning in to KZSC as we move into sweater weather!

Rose Lobel at KZSC (Photo by Dan Davis)

Rose’s “Most Impossible Secret Dream” wrapping up after 29 years

September. The sunny season is winding down, and fall is approaching. Many proud gardeners and groundskeepers find themselves bidding farewell to blooming flowers, and preparing for seasonal change. We here at KZSC are also bracing for change. Come October, we will be saying “farewell” to the amazing programmer Rose Lobel.

Rose deejays “What’s New“, which airs Thursdays at noon. Her program showcases the recently released music of up-and-coming artists from a multitude of genres. An earful of Rose’s “What’s New” proves that great music is alive, kicking, and here to stay.

“I have done several shows that were a single genre,” she said. “But I began doing “What’s New” because I was fascinated by all the different stuff that was on the “New Releases” shelf and I couldn’t control my desire to find out what was there.”

When Rose was a baby, she was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, an injury to her brain that has come to affect her mobility and voice.

“The doctors told my parents that I wouldn’t ever walk,” she said. “But my mother didn’t believe them and I remember being about three and dancing with my mother to a pop song on the radio.”

From a young age, music has held monumental importance in Rose’s life.

“I must have been about eleven years old the first time I heard Brazilian music,” Rose said. “It was in the Walt Disney cartoon with the three birds traveling through South America (Three Caballeros, 1944). They were on a train going through the jungle and the song was “Bahia.” I have loved the Bosa Nova ever since. Sixty years later, I can still picture that train and I hear the song in my head as clearly as the first time. It blew my mind.”

In 1985, Rose met “Sleepy John” Sandidge while she was interning at a local recording studio. John invited her to KZSC to observe one of his live programs. By the end of the show, she found herself engaging in live radio conversation. To Rose’s surprise, she had just nailed a job interview: John and Rose started a program called “A Rose and a Thorn” that aired every Friday for two years.

Rose’s vocal disability meant that her listeners had to pay very close attention to her announcements (and her razor-sharp sense of humor). This has caused some controversy, but she never let the occasional critic stop her from bringing great music to her audience. And so she did.

“Being voice disabled made being on the radio the “Most Impossible” secret dream I could have,” she said. “But I was so enthralled by the music, and by bringing it to our audience, that they couldn’t shake me loose. As far as I know, I have been the only voice-disabled radio programmer in the world for the last twenty-eight years.”

“It has been the biggest adventure ever,” she said. “I am honored and grateful that people have chosen to travel this path with me. I would like to thank John Sandidge, and all of the KZSC staff and management but most importantly, the many, many listeners who have supported me for almost three decades.”

Rose Lobel will be giving up her spot on KZSC this October. She says, “Not because I am tired of radio -THAT could never happen.” Rose was recently diagnosed with arthritis of the spine, which can unpredictably flare up, putting her on the sidelines.

In the future, listen for her to occasionally do guest spots and to fill-in for deejays at KZSC. Meanwhile, Rose’s poetry, collage art, and fiction (as  K. R. Lobel) will keep her in the public eye. She recently launched a blog (krlobel.com) featuring her second novel, “Jerkwater: The Town, The Story.”

Thank you, Rose. You are one of the most down-to-earth and inspirational people to have ever graced our organization. On behalf of everyone here at KZSC, thank you for twenty-nine years of entertainment and inspiration.

 

Monterey Bay from space

Students! Join our Environmental News team

Classes at UC Santa Cruz start on October 2nd, and KZSC is putting together a local environmental news report for the fall schedule (which starts October 20th).

We’ll train a small group of UCSC students to report on local environmental news. You’ll learn to research, write, and report for the radio and web and you’ll quickly become an expert in the environmental history and issues facing the Monterey Bay, Salinas Valley, Santa Cruz Mountains, Big Sur and beyond. No course credit can be offered yet, but internship, service learning, or independent study credit may be arranged.

If you’re interested in joining the team, or have questions, let us know by emailing news@kzsc.org or calling 831-459-4733.

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Summer Wave Rider

Everyone knows surfing started in Hawaii but when it came to the mainland, it came and stayed in Santa Cruz. KZSC’s Hawaiian surfing shirt is the best of both worlds. Remember: “Wiki Wiki” means fast. Get your summer shirts, canvas totes and other Great 88 goodies now inside our KZSC Summer Store.

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Summertime Schedule

Yes, you can blame it on the bossa nova. The Great 88 begins our summer schedule with everything from bossa nova to blues to Beatles and beyond. Tastier than a deep-fried Twinkie, our new line-up features the premiere of shows from new programmers. And since the days are longer, many of your long-standing favorites will have expanded hours. Check our website for the changes and schedule starting June 9th. Keep the sunblock handy and stay tuned to KZSC.

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KZSC’s Bruce Bratton

We know him as the host of KZSC’s Universal Grapevine and movie critic during Friday’s Bushwhackers program but our beloved Bruce Bratton has contributed a lot more. In honor of his 80th birthday, Bruce received both a special Congressional recognition award and acknowledgement from the California State Assembly. Congratulations Bruce!