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.”
From left to right it’s Madeline, Luisa, Lani, Betsy and Carol. Known collectively as “Breakfast in Bed”, it has been recognized as the longest-running women’s music program on radio. They prefer to say their show, “features music by women for everyone”. Need a lift on the weekend? Check out “Breakfast in Bed” with a this bunch every Sunday morning at 9 on KZSC.
Meet DJ Syd the Kid, host of our new “Blue Moon Boulevard” show. Syd’s a UCSC senior who spent last year studying in Berlin, Germany. Besides being fond of Franz Kafka (her major is Literature), Syd really digs big band swing music. She reminds us that Kafka once said, “Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old”. Find out more between 9 AM and noon every Monday during her beautiful big band music program on The Great 88, KZSC and stay young.
Our Program Review Committee wanted to make sure you knew about our weekend program “Musical Jews”. DJ Oy Dog (aka Dylan Music, on the left, with guest Rebecca Stark) has been spinning songs by Jewish artists since he a was a UCSC student many years ago. Hard to imagine Henny Youngman next to Matisyau? Think Yiddish with a twist. Tune in Sundays at 4 pm to find out more on KZSC.
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