The year was 2009 and a curious freshman walked into the first staff meeting of the school year held by the legendary KZSC. The vinyl and posters that covered every inch immediately enthralled her. Lois describes her first thoughts after such an experience as being, “I want to hang out here.” And she did. Miss Rosson completed all of her volunteer hours that very quarter, was accepted to the radio class the very next quarter menteeing under Gemini Slim of Indie Babies, and hosted her very first show in the Spring of 2010 under the pleasant and distorted name of Lo-fi(which she proudly uses to this day) bringing doo-wop for the weekend, Saturdaymornings on “Powder Blue Tuxedo.” Lo-fi would go on to host a great number of other shows including “Tin Pan Alley Aftermath” and the show she currently hosts “Celestial Boob Tube.” During her time at the station, Lois also took on leadership roles at KZSC. She was first a member of the Peer Review Committee and has just finished her reign as Program Director of the 2012 to 2013 school year. The saddest news I bring you today is that Lois is leaving KZSC, but on a happier note she is graduating from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a Bachelors degree in Art and History and is also June’s programmer of the month at KZSC. We love you Lois Rosson, are very proud of you and everything you have accomplished, and wish you the very best in all of your endeavors. Catch Lo-fi’s last show on Wednesday June 12th from 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. “Celestial Boob Tube” on KZSC, Santa Cruz.
From left to right, here are the Ilyn sisters: Natasha, Samantha and Tatianna. This is a KZSC first: two siblings on our Governing Board at the same time. Natasha was elected into the Promotions Director position (handling ticket & swag giveaways) and Tatianna will be our new Design Director (stickers, shirts and other goodies). Sadly, we couldn’t make it a trio; Samantha is only 17 and came by to visit her sisters at The Great 88. Who knows? It could be all Ilyn, all the time in 2014 at KZSC!
As our spring show schedule begins, things get fuzzy at The Great 88. KZSC’s April Programmer Of The Month is living proof. Kendra Yoshinaga (aka DJ Teenage Dinosaur) does a show called “Fuzz Tone” Friday nights. It’s a retro garage, experimental and lo-fi show with more fuzzy noise than a fluffy orange cat stuffed in a Christmas sweater. Kendra has been at KZSC since she was a UCSC freshman during fall of 2011. You may remember “Japanoize”, a show that featured Japanese alternative rock. That was where she made her DJ debut. When she’s not rockin’ hard, fast and loud, Kendra feeds her other radio passion: talk and news programming. A secret ambition is to become an interviewer like “Fresh Air’s” Terry Gross. BTW, Gross was featured in an episode of the HBO comedy “Girls” which has fuzzy rock aplenty on its soundtrack…see the connection? Whether she’s doing a talk show like “Cruz Report” or presenting music, Kendra’s on-air delivery and DJ style sound impeccable. Find out for yourself. Check out “Hot Fuzz” with DJ Teenage Dinosaur Fridays from 7-8:30 pm on KZSC.
Jacqueline Culas is your KZSC March Programmer of the month. Host of Sunday’s “Spoonful of Blues” show since 2011, Jacqui previously co-hosted “The Blues Sisters” and a jazz program called “Time Machine” in 2010 while serving a term as The Great 88′s Jazz & Blues Director. Some of her other musical interests? TV on the Radio, Spoon and the Talking Heads. Jacqui Fun Fact: she speaks three languages. You can hear her show “Spoonful of Blues” in English Sundays at 6:30 PM on KZSC.
I have often been on the air late night here @ KZSC. After 10 pm, radio station have been given what the FCC refers to as “Safe-Harbor Hours”, where DJs are allowed to play content of a more adult nature. Though I am quite happy to spin things that may challenge views on race, politics, religion, drugs, sexuality and even music, there are a few things I will not broadcast. One of those things is not airing content that supports violence against the police or content which suggests that they do violence against themselves. Though I feel no need to argue my point, I will tell you a short story that goes back to a time when Ronald Reagan was not yet president. I once met a blind Polish American lawyer who could play one hell of a mean piano. He was also a very wise man who saw deeply into life without the need of sight. We got to talking about the role of police in society, saying he should be the police and I should be the police. He said that unless you are willing to be the police, to do that job, please think carefully before criticizing them. They do things everyday that you and I would never do even if we had someone else’s ten-foot pole with which to do it. It’s a tough, dangerous job that must be done since all societies produce addicted, deranged, obsessed & insane people willing to do anything. The police are on a thin blue line for us. Next time you hear someone bitching about the cops, ask them to apply for the job.
Mention “Sex, Dope & Cheap Thrills” to people and you’ll be surprised where the conversation goes. The name for their weekly show is based on the original title of Big Brother and the Holding Company’s first Columbia Records album – not received well by label executives in 1968. In the spirit of the late 60′s and early 70′s, the “Cheap Thrills” staff plays strictly vinyl from The Great 88′s extensive music archives. Turn on your radio (or computer), tune in Wednesdays from 9 AM till noon and drop a line to these valentines at The Great 88. If you dig the San Francisco sound, you’ll love “Sex, Dope & Cheap Thrills.”