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.
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.
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.
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.
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. It’s a great loss to our staff and our listening audience. Our thoughts are with her family and friends.
This Friday KZSC will have its plug pulled. As part of a larger electrical project, UC Santa Cruz needs to temporarily cut power to our little cabin in the woods. That means zero webstream signal and a blank spot at 88.1 FM for a while…but not too long. We will go dark (literally) at noon on Friday, June 21st and expect to be back bothering the world again sometime around 6 pm Friday night.