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Annais ♥

As we welcome back new and returning banana slugs for the school year, we here at The Great 88 would like to take the time to remember a very special member of our KZSC family who is missed very, very much.

This fall quarter, Annais Rittenberg would have been completing her senior year at UC Santa Cruz. She joined KZSC as a freshman and hosted shows such as Gypsy Caravan, Cajun Spice, and most recently, Global Grooves. Her passion for diverse sounds from various cultures also led to her serving a term as World Music Director.

I was lucky enough to know Annais and briefly interned with her in the world music department. From the moment my intimidated, silent freshman self met her she was incredibly outgoing and kind, and full of joy unlike anyone I have met to this day. Her passion for life and for those around her was very clear, from sharing her vast knowledge of music over the airwaves to excitedly talking about upcoming travel plans, to being genuinely interested in hearing about whatever minor things I had been up to. Annais’s pure enthusiasm was quite contagious and always spread to me whenever I got to see her. But of course, I am far from the only one who has been, and continues to be greatly influenced by her radiant spirit.

“Twenty-one is way too young to die.
An act of random cruelty stole Annais Rittenberg’s life and robbed the
world of someone special.
I have no plans to forgive the natural forces responsible for her death.
But now that Annais is gone, I am grateful that I had the privilege of
knowing her.
Annais was a free spirit and very easy to like. Her love for animals
testifies to the purity of her heart. Her subtle smile always reassured
the recipient: “We are friends.”
I read that more than 600 people attended the memorial for Annais in
Berkeley. Evidently, she spent her whole life making friends. Her untimely death leaves many admirers deeply saddened.
We miss her. We miss her a lot.”
— Arthur O’Sullivan

Annais (photo submitted by Alison Irwin)

“Annais, Valerie Ross (last year’s station manager), Tyler Wardwell (the first program director), and I went to CMJ October 2011 in New York City. I was stoked. Annais grew up there, and showed us around the city. It was amazing, our little KZSC ragtag team, taking on the big apple, with a local on our side. I’ll never forget, Valerie, Annais, and I, we ate french fries on some stoop in Manhattan. We had a KZSC sticker, the little pink radio monster one. And we tagged the lamp post where we ate our fries. I hope to return to nyc one day, and find that sticker.

She is an amazing person with the only smile I know to make the sun jealous.
I love you Annais. RIP.”

– Jacqueline Culas

 

 

 

Annais's memorial at Burning Man (photo submitted by Julia Fogelson) “A memorial service for Annais was held at Burning Man 2013 by Annais’ friends from UC Santa Cruz and Camp Tawonga. Loved ones wrote messages for Annais on this memorial piece in the Temple of Whollyness, a sacred space where festival-goers honor deceased loved ones. On the last night of Burning Man the Temple is burned in a cathartic and beautiful ceremony.”

– Julia Fogelson

 

“Annais was such a beautiful person, and so full of life. Her personality was so infectious it was impossible not to have a smile on your face when talking to her.”

– Lauren Bell

 

 

UCRN Radio Conference at UC Santa Barbara, 2011 (photo submitted by Lauren Bell)   UCRN Radio Conference at UC Santa Barbara, 2011 (photo submitted by Lauren Bell)

“Whenever I saw Annais around campus, she would always come up to me with a huge smile and act so glad to see me. She always made time to hear about what I’d been up to and you could always tell she was genuinely interested in what I had to say, too. She was probably one of the top 5 nicest and sincere people I’ve ever met, and it seemed like no matter what, everyday was the best day ever for her. And she smelled nice.” – Cody Delaney

Annais (photo submitted by Alison Irwin)

“Love is a place
& through this place of
love move
(with brightness of peace)
all places

yes is a world
& in this world of yes live
(skillfully curled)
all worlds”
– e.e. cummings (sent by Alison Irwin)

Annais (photo submitted by Alison Irwin)

Annais (photo submitted by Alison Irwin)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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“Annais shared the microphone with me for Global Grooves this past school year. No matter how much work we were swamped with, we always were excited to get on the airwaves and have a blast every show, even if it was Sunday, a night usually reserved for last minute cramming for us collegiate types. Through our two hour set we explored cultures far different from our own on the radio; and off the air we learned more about each other both as DJs and friends. Annais made every single minute memorable on the airwaves, whether it was her giggly disposition or rather enlightening philosophies of life. She showed me so much music that not even KZSC legend David Anton Savage himself would know, and I returned the favor; thus we entered into a fruitful relationship as friends, but with a deeper musical connection. Annais would always catch certain things about songs I would never even consider, and compared them to textures or colors. To her, music painted a picture and she was able to convey this to me and give me a whole different perspective on music from what I had always been taught as a musician myself. Both Annais and I went to an arts high school, so we connected on so many levels besides music that sometimes it just felt unreal. Annais is one of my greatest friends, and I think that in her absence it is important to appreciate her attitude in life to help make us all better people. She was always joyful, radiant, effervescent, kind, loving, and peaceful. Annais appreciated all those around her, whether people, animals, or trees. We need to live like she did and always have a look on the lighter side of things, while living life in the moment and with extreme compassion and love towards all things.”
– Nikki Mokover

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Annais, Ali, & friends (photo submitted by Alison Irwin)

 “You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
For a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about your despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting —
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.”
– Mary Oliver (sent by Alison Irwin)

DAS

Programmer of the Month: David Anton Savage

In the fall of 1989, Unfiltered Camels was born on the airwaves of The Great 88.  The Middle Eastern and North African music show was run by a few DJs when towards the end of 1998, it was announced that it would be taken off the air. An avid fan of the program, David Anton Savage came to its rescue and began volunteering at KZSC. Shortly after, he took the broadcasting class and was the host of Unfiltered Camels by the summer of 1999, and continues to host the program today.

Additionally, in 2007, David began a program specifically for the summer schedule known as The Savage Bistro. This program combines spoken word as well as relevant tracks that are all based on a concept, rather than a particular genre of music. David writes, “I came to believe that the spoken word is a beautiful form of punctuation within the musical sentences of a given set. I have come to image active listeners……the body is slightly titled toward the radio, an ear is turned a bit closer to the stereo, a hand is reaching out to place fingertips on the volume control…… or maybe just a glance at blue numbers in the dark.”

Both shows are on our summer schedule; Unfiltered Camels is on Mondays from 3 to 6 pm, and The Savage Bistro is on Tuesdays from 10 pm to midnight. Keep it locked on 88.1 FM to catch both shows in their savagery while you can…the summer schedule as well as the Savage Bistro will only remain until October 14th.

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The War and Peace Tour

warpeace September 6th I had the great pleasure to attend the War and Peace Tour at the Catalyst here in Santa Cruz, Ca.  The tour had all-star underground headliners Immortal Technique and Brother Ali speaking their mind about the injustice and corruption brought forth by the military industrial complex, the prison industrial complex, and the corporate takeover of the media and U.S. government. They brought attention to the hypocrisies in our government’s current reasoning for war with the Syrian government, asked the audience to stop being programmed by the television, and as always, spoke of revolution. These messages were delivered all the while they entertained the pumped up crowd with refined beats, raps, and the essence of true Hip Hop culture. The soft-spoken delivery of Brother Ali made for the perfect balance to the always angry Immortal Technique. After the show they remained loyal to their crowd and stuck around to meet all in attendance and signed whatever anyone had to bring. The tour continues on across the nation until October 4th and I highly recommend you catch one of the dates because it is a show not worth missing.

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KZSC DJ Tribute Aug. 26

Porter College student Annais Rittenberg joined The Great 88 as program host of “Cajun Spice”, a program devoted to the sounds of New Orleans back in 2010. Her passion for music from other cultures quickly led to serving a term as KZSC’s World Music Director and hosting another show “Global Grooves”. She was a bright spirit with lots to offer new volunteers when they came to the station. Annais passed away July 3rd while working as a children’s summer camp counselor. KZSC will present a 3-hour tribute Monday, August 26th starting at 6 AM.

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Fab Fashion

Hard to imagine today, but this look was cutting edge in 1963. Proper entertainers were expected to wear matching suits/ties and “fit in”. Here come The Beatles. Granted, the Fab Four had their knock-off Pierre Cardin matching collarless suits too but for their “With the Beatles” cover photo session (called “Meet the Beatles” in the U.S.), John, George, Paul and Ringo rocked the black turtlenecks…and they changed popular culture forever. 50 years have passed since the recording of The Beatles’ second LP; you can hear how timeless the sound is every Thursday morning on KZSC’s “Here, There & Everywhere” program.

PS: Not only did Steve Jobs borrow the Apple name from his favorite band, he kept the look too.

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Programmer of the Month: Danny Croft

Our featured KZSC programmer for July is “Living in the ’80s” host “DJ Danny on the Radio” aka Danny Croft. He also puts together the Concert Calendar played at noon every weekday on the Great 88. Danny started in radio at the San Diego City College at the end of the ’80s (no surprise) during the legendary Analog Era, using reel-to-to reel tape machines to record LPs from a turntable, editing audio by splicing with a razor blade and utilizing a tape cartridge machine that looked like an 8-track player. His next stop was at “Real People, Real Radio” KXCI in Tucson, Arizona. He’s been at KZSC since the summer of 2005 starting with the “Blues Connection”; “Living In The ’80s” was born in the summer of ’07. Back to the Future: ’80s music is Danny’s favorite. His most-loved bands from that era are The Smiths and The Smiths, but also The Cure, Siouxsie & The Banshees and Depeche Mode. Danny considers himself a Pitbull fan and appreciates Moby, Killers, and “anything he can dance too”. When asked what got him into radio, Danny replied that, “I wanted to be that announcer guy on ‘Laugh-In’ [Gary Owens]”. Besides being on the far left of the radio dial, Danny has worked as a DJ at clubs, private events,  dances and weddings. He loves being able to see the audience react to the music played, a good live concert show and seeing all the old bands he didn’t get a chance to see in the ’80s: Morrissey (if he ever shows up), OMD, Human League, Yaz, New Order and perhaps someday…Bowie. “Living in the 80s” can be heard this summer every Monday from 9 am-noon on KZSC.