At The Great 88 we see many students walk in and out of our doors. As much as we would like to keep them locked inside to do all of our busy work for us, they (un)fortunately graduate and leave us. This year I have had the pleasure of working with all of these wonderful seniors who I wish the absolute best in their future careers, whether it be in media or not. KZSC will be losing some of the most incredible people and we will miss you all so much!
What do you see when you look in the mirror…do you see a radio DJ? During our recent On-Air Pledge Drive, one thank you gift option was joining our “DJ Fantasy Camp”; a chance to come to the station, meet some of our staff and live the glamorous life of a KZSC DJ for a couple hours – picking the songs, showing off your musical knowledge and stumbling over words in our announcements just like us. Our thanks to Madeleine Payne (pictured) and family for coming in to spin Beatle songs during Thursday’s “Here, There and Everywhere” program. Many kind emails and phone calls later, Madeleine had developed quite a cult following by 9 AM.
Check out what “Musical Jews” program fan Rebecca Stark had to say about her experiences inside the KZSC “DJ Fantasy Camp” at her her Blog Post. If you’d like to scratch Radio DJ off your bucket list, contact KZSC.
Breakfast in Bed, one of the longest-running programs on radio anywhere that celebrates music by women, was one of the Sunday “closers” during our Fall On-Air Fundraising Drive. The trio of Carol, Lani and LC worked their magic and their devoted male and female listeners called in with enough donations to reach our 7-day goal.
Thanks to the ladies and gentlemen behind the microphones and telephones at The Great 88 for making this pledge week so much fun. And of course, our deepest appreciation to our listeners for supporting KZSC.
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
J is for Jessica at KZSC. Host of “Vanishing Point”, Jessica has been following music since she was old enough to wear headphones. Besides digging out post-punk and New Wave gems to spin on her show each week, Jessica’s other passions include knitting and skydiving – but not at the same time. Oh yes, she’s also KZSC’s astute Station Manager. If you want to hear some music that will keep you awake late Tuesday nights, check out “Vanishing Point” starting at 8:30 pm on KZSC-FM.
DJ Abraham Mekuria originally hails from Ethiopia, where he first heard reggae music. He’s been a fan of the genre ever since and a fixture on KZSC’s Saturday night schedule longer than most of us can remember. Abraham’s favorite part of hosting “Strictly Rockers”? “Spinning the old-school reggae and dub music and talking with listeners”.
If you don’t know what a melodica is or why it’s important, check out “Strictly Rockers” Saturdays nights beginning at 6:30 on The Great 88, KZSC.