Host of the Golden Road, Art O’Sullivan recounts his story of being the DJ on the air during the Loma Prieta earthquake of 1989.
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.
August’s Programmer of the Month, Henry Bertheaud, is bringing back talk radio to KZSC!
Henry began his career as a programmer at KZSC this past spring on the classical music program, “Machauts Circus.” An incoming sophomore at UCSC, Henry is spending his summer hosting Sunday mornings’ “If It Ain’t Baroque…” in addition to Thursday evening’s “Geek Folk” collective. To conclude his hat trick, “Roux” interviews literary artists on the wicked collective talk program, “Happy Beyond Words” on Thursday nights.
Henry has also earned himself a seat on KZSC’s Governing Board as Talk and News Director. We are ecstatic to have “Roux” on our team, so be sure to tune into the Great 88 and check him out! Congratulations, Henry, on being August’s Programmer of the Month!
July’s programmer of the month is Keith Rozendal with one of KZSC’s newest programs, Music is a Teacher. Keith is also KZSC’s new broadcast advisor! Taking on a new program, an early morning time slot and a new job — all while relocating to Santa Cruz — is no easy feat, so thanks Keith for everything you’ve done so far for the Great 88. We appreciate it, and look forward to seeing what you do for KZSC in the coming months!
Hailing from Houston, Texas, Keith earned a B.A. in psychology from Rice University, a Ph.D. in social and political psychology from UC Santa Barbara and a master’s degree in journalism from the University of British Columbia. As if that wasn’t enough, Keith also completed the science communication graduate program right here at UC Santa Cruz. Equal parts scholar and DJ, Keith programmed for Rice University’s KTRU and UCSB’s KCSB, and also served as an assistant producer for the radio show Big Picture Science at the SETI Institute in Mountain View. We also have a seasoned journalist in our midst, as Keith worked as a reporting intern for the Santa Cruz Sentinel and as a multimedia journalist for the Vancouver Sun.
Who knows what Keith will accomplish next? Stay tuned to the Great 88 to find out, and be sure to catch Keith’s show Music is a Teacher every Saturday from 6-9 a.m, featuring finds from KZSC’s own archives spanning the globe’s rich musical history. Keith’s current favorite genres range from horror and sci-fi movie soundtracks to spacey new age to pagan British folk, so expect an eclectic mix of tunes.
She’s young, talented and committed to KZSC. What’s left to say about Shay? “DJ Lux” as she’s known on the airwaves is now a card-carrying member of KZSC’s Program Review Committee. Fun family fact: her father was one of the greatest beach volleyball players of all time. We get to talk with her every week through email; you will be able to hear Shay next October when she joins many of our returning students on KZSC’s fall program schedule.Congratulations Shay for being June’s programmer of the month!
We say farewell this month to KZSC’s longest-serving (suffering?) Broadcast Advisor and host of our Thursday morning Beatles show, Michael Bryant. Michael started at The Great 88 in 2001 and helped move us into the Millennium with technical changes such as bumping the signal up to 20,000 watts, station remodels, a new air studio, webstreaming, social media and mobile apps. In 2007, he was appointed as a Lecturer in the Division of Social Sciences. This began an era of offering an academic course to educate UCSC students in broadcast media. During his tenure, KZSC was also named, “The Most Listened-To College Radio Station” by the website radio-locator.com. Back to The Beatles: when Dan Morookian (aka DJ Apple) moved away, Michael became the regular host of Dan’s show, “Here, There and Everywhere” in 2010. Like the name of the show, that’s what his retirement will be. Travel well and often Michael.
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