Ship of Fools

Ship of Fools may make you think of a Grateful Dead song or a song from The Doors, but the history behind this 3-word phrase is really quite amazing. It first appears in 1494 as a book, Das Narrenschiff, written by Sebastian Brant. Around the same time period painter Hieronymus Bosch depicted the concept on canvas (this image). Other books using the title came up in 1962, 2002 and 2009.  A movie based on the 1962 book came out in 1965.  The infamous Ted Kaczynski (aka The Unabomber) wrote a play called Ship of Fools. Within our music archives at KZSC we have a number of the artists who have used Ship of Fools as a song title, each with unique lyrics including versions done by John Cale, World Party & Erasure. The only covers I’ve found so far are both Elvis Costello and The Persuasions doing renditions the Dead’s Ship of Fools. If you are curious about who else has used this storied phrase, get into your little dinghy & start your outboard search engines…but be careful sailor, the web is a big ocean where many have lost their way.

 

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Fixed!

KZSC can sometimes perform magic. We needed to do some extensive electrical work at our tower site today and, expecting the worst, we thought it would be heavy lifting until dark. Our crack engineering staff (Thank You Don Mussell!) made short work of the project, so we are back live on the air as of noon October 20th.

Thanks for your understanding; now you know why we have pledge drives.

tune in, babies.

The Cruz Report: A Collective

Here we go, it’s fall! The Talk Programming Department has gathered its minions and we are ready to attack–or rather, occupy the airwaves with quality pieces. Look out for The Cruz Report, the Talk Programming collective Tuesday nights 8-8:30pm. Six of us DJ’s will be taking turns throughout the quarter to host the show and air pieces with the shared theme of local news and events. Our audience can expect interviews with professors, performances by local musicians, audio from local events, and even sound collages. Because there are so many of us in the collective, each Tuesday night will be packed with interesting information from a student perspective. The Cruz Report fits in right after Bruce Bratton’s Universal Grapevine, so keep the dial set to 88.1 when you hear those dudes from Creedence Clearwater Revival singing about grapes!

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Reminder on PSA Guidelines

As KZSC’s Public Service Announcement Director I receive piles of emails every day. Just like tofu, the easier your submission is to digest, the faster you’ll hear it on the air. Here are some of the basic points when sending notices:

General newsletters about your organization more often than not just get deleted. Since we want to represent you/your org in the best way possible, a specific announcement or event is much more likely to receive attention. Announcements can’t contain price information. Instead of including prices, please add some contact information you won’t mind sharing with the public. This way people can find out pricing, driving directions, etc. directly from you. What we refer to as “calls to action” – phrases like, “come on down!” or “get it while it’s hot!” (even if it is hot) will not be included in your PSA. And last but most obvious, the sooner you send your announcement, the more air time it could get! If you submit t a PSA less than two weeks before your event, it may not even be broadcast at all. What did mom always say about planning ahead? I love helping spread the word about the wide range of  events and activities in our community, so help me help you make your announcement stand out. If you have any questions, email me at: psa@kzsc.org.

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UCSC Chancellor Today on KZSC

As the fall academic quarter begins, UC Santa Cruz Chancellor George Blumenthal will offer observations, updates and progress reports regarding our campus at his annual “State of the Campus” address. KZSC will have live coverage today beginning at 3 pm. You’ll also be able to hear a rebroadcast in its entirety Wednesday, September 26th at 7 pm, directly after the KPFA News on KZSC.