Arantxa Figueroa, better known to listeners as DJ Harvey, began at KZSC last spring as a guest on our sports show “Slug Talk”. After talking soccer over the airwaves and sitting in on friends’ music shows, she got swallowed whole by The Great 88. She took our radio class and began hosting a Britpop show titled “London’s Calling”. DJ Harvey explains, “A close friend was introducing me to new bands and next thing I knew I was stuck on the accent-crazed “BritPop” generation. I fell in love with bands like Pulp, Blur, Suede and Elastica. I knew I wanted to put BritPop in the spotlight, with mellow music and high energy.” In addition to “London’s Calling”, DJ Harvey also subs for others and now serves as KZSC’s PSA Director. Why would a Slug want to volunteer like this? “What attracted me to KZSC ” says Harv (as we are known to call her), “was definitely the wide range of shows. I knew I wanted to have a music program where people could listen to me around the world. I also wanted a ‘voice’ to represent my university, and I found our campus radio station to be the best place for that.” You can listen to DJ Harvey and “London’s Calling” Tuesdays from 4-6 pm on KZSC. And if you send us a misspelled Public Service Announcement, you can thank her for fixing on your behalf.
In January 2004, Luisa Cardoza (aka DJ LC) started spinning music on The Great 88. It all started when she enrolled in our broadcast class while working at the UCSC Ticket Office. Luisa loved our Friday afternoon “Not So Distant Relatives” program so when host DJ Abel graduated, she and DJ Soul Patch (Ben Kutcher) took over. LC also did a great job as part of the longest running women’s radio collective in the world, Breakfast in Bed (Sundays 9-noon) and subbing on “Jazz Kitty” (Saturdays, noon-2). Luisa has recently moved to San Francisco, where she’s hosting the show “Tapestries” on KCSF Radio every Wednesday as part of SF City College’s Broadcast Media program. The station streams live via TuneInRadio with programs also archived on Mixcloud.com. Even though LC is now on a different spot on the dial, she’ll always be a loyal fan of where she got her radio start, KZSC.
February’s programmer of the month is DJ SPONDEE (aka Matt Wranovics) with KZSC’s fuzziest program Fuzz Tone.
Gracing Santa Cruz and the world with the best of noise rock, lo-fi, garage, experimental rock and your daily dose of guitar distortion and reverb, Matt week after week delivers quality programming with a particular passion for rock ‘n roll that’s
hard to find. Rumor has it that the slightest reference to rock in Matt’s presence will light up his face and get him talking about the latest Ty Segall record or Beat Happening demo — he loves the genre, and on Fuzz Tone, it definitely shows.
Matt started volunteering (and became both an asset to the station and a KZSC fixture) in fall 2012 (the start of his freshman year, no less!) and started DJing his own program in summer 2013. He also subbed on some other KZSC favorites, such as Joe’s Garage and Kill Fugly Radio.
Get your fuzz fix every Friday, 7-8:30 p.m. on Fuzz Tone with DJ SPONDEE. You won’t want to miss it.
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.
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.
The year was 2009 and a curious freshman walked into the first staff meeting of the school year held by the legendary KZSC. The vinyl and posters that covered every inch immediately enthralled her. Lois describes her first thoughts after such an experience as being, “I want to hang out here.” And she did. Miss Rosson completed all of her volunteer hours that very quarter, was accepted to the radio class the very next quarter menteeing under Gemini Slim of Indie Babies, and hosted her very first show in the Spring of 2010 under the pleasant and distorted name of Lo-fi(which she proudly uses to this day) bringing doo-wop for the weekend, Saturdaymornings on “Powder Blue Tuxedo.” Lo-fi would go on to host a great number of other shows including “Tin Pan Alley Aftermath” and the show she currently hosts “Celestial Boob Tube.” During her time at the station, Lois also took on leadership roles at KZSC. She was first a member of the Peer Review Committee and has just finished her reign as Program Director of the 2012 to 2013 school year. The saddest news I bring you today is that Lois is leaving KZSC, but on a happier note she is graduating from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a Bachelors degree in Art and History and is also June’s programmer of the month at KZSC. We love you Lois Rosson, are very proud of you and everything you have accomplished, and wish you the very best in all of your endeavors. Catch Lo-fi’s last show on Wednesday June 12th from 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. “Celestial Boob Tube” on KZSC, Santa Cruz.