Your guide to new DJs on KZSC

Spring has sprung and we’re two weeks into our new schedule with fresh faces (or voices) on KZSC. Here’s a guide to some new DJs on air this season.

DJ Mood Ring on Moody Classics

There are many artists considered to be trendsetters both emotionally and sonically. These artists are spotlighted on Moody Classics, where DJ Mood Ring brings his enthusiasm into playing everything from their greatest hits to little known deep cuts. Tune in Saturdays from 10pm to 12am.

DJ Hari on Live! from the Library

For everyone who wishes they didn’t miss out on a great concert, DJ Hari plays the best of them spanning across genres from Miles Davis to the Beastie Boys, from small basement concerts to sold-out stadium shows. Tune in Sunday nights from midnight to 2am.

nochtli on Closing Credits

nochtli spent the last season as a mentee on Closing Credits and he soon called it his home. The latest episode played the best from soundtracks of Westerns.

DJ DSPLN on Selma to Santa Cruz

DJ DSPLN was among a small group of UCSC students to visit Selma, Alabama on the Cultural Exchange Trip which took place March 27 through April 3. Apart from engaging in community service projects alongside locals, DJ DSPLN interviewed locals from different backgrounds for much needed discourse about cultural diversity and personal well-being. His show is often soundtracked by the musical acts with roots in Alabama including Martha Reeves, Wilson Picket, and Sun Ra. His goal is to “Build a Beloved Community” across state lines. Listen to his latest interview with Frank Hardy who was a local boxing instructor and a mentor to many.

galexy on Planetary Fix

Pebbles and Nuggets were compilations of “Original Punk Rock” from the 1960s released decades after their recordings. This era of music laid the platform for punk and alternative rock to come in the form of garage, psychedelia, and proto-punk that was hard-hitting and raw, and didn’t share the same limelight as other rock acts of the era. Tune in to the best of this era on Planetary Fix, Saturday nights from midnight to 2am.

DJ Peach on Shred Cruz

Emo may be gettin’ trendy again but DJ Peach has been there through it all. Shred Cruz explores the roots, revivals, and inspirations of emo. Tune in for an emotionally charged time on Thursdays from 3 to 4pm.

DJ Sap on Crowd Surfing

When asked about how to describe Crowd Surfing, DJ Sap didn’t know how to describe it. However, there runs this unifying theme in the music of Crowd Surfing. It speaks of the punk scenes deeply rooted in Southern California beach towns and skate and surf culture. Playing everything from the Beach Boys to Bad Religion, tune in Friday nights from midnight to 2am.

DJ Fizzi Pop on Play Like a Girl

The future is female! DJ Fizzi Pop brings you two hours dedicated to female and femme artists and producers across all genres. Tune in Tuesdays from 3-5pm.

DJ Maddie on Community Cauldron

Music is for the people, especially on DJ Maddie’s new show, where she invites you to add sugar or spice to a show made to taste. You give her some songs you like, and she’ll give you songs she thinks you’ll like. It’s almost like the lost art form of creating a mixtape. To be featured you can email communitycauldron@kzsc.org or call in Saturday mornings from 7-9am.

DJ Playpal on Calls from the Abyss

There is a shortage of metal shows on KZSC but, fear not, there is a place for all you metalheads out there on Thursday nights. DJ Playpal describes the songs on Calls from the Abyss as “songs you can desecrate to”. Tune in Thursdays after Que te Importa! from midnight to 2am.

honey julz on GoldnTunez

Hip-hop and R&B are having a moment in today’s culture, but this isn’t the first time it has reigned supreme. honey julz plays the tracks throughout its decades as a cultural force from Ms. Lauryn Hill to Outkast. Tune into GoldnTunez, Wednesday nights from midnight to 2am.

Super E on Under the Covers

The art of the cover is a hard one to master. To appreciate another person’s art whilst making it your own requires finesse. It is an intimate act, making a part of someone else, a part of your own. Super E knows this, playing only the best Monday nights, 12-2AM.

DJ Z. on Soul Syrup

KZSC loves soul music. It has the power to strike a chord with people of all walks of life, whether it’s songs about love, heartbreak, movin’ on up, or gettin’ down. DJ Z. plays only the sweetest of soul n’ funk Friday nights from 10pm to midnight.

 

If you missed out on a show or want more music spun by your new favorite DJs, go to radiofreeamerica.com and search for kzsc or find the playlist on kzsc.org and click on the Schedules & Playlists tab.

Rose Lobel at KZSC (Photo by Dan Davis)

Rose’s “Most Impossible Secret Dream” wrapping up after 29 years

September. The sunny season is winding down, and fall is approaching. Many proud gardeners and groundskeepers find themselves bidding farewell to blooming flowers, and preparing for seasonal change. We here at KZSC are also bracing for change. Come October, we will be saying “farewell” to the amazing programmer Rose Lobel.

Rose deejays “What’s New“, which airs Thursdays at noon. Her program showcases the recently released music of up-and-coming artists from a multitude of genres. An earful of Rose’s “What’s New” proves that great music is alive, kicking, and here to stay.

“I have done several shows that were a single genre,” she said. “But I began doing “What’s New” because I was fascinated by all the different stuff that was on the “New Releases” shelf and I couldn’t control my desire to find out what was there.”

When Rose was a baby, she was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, an injury to her brain that has come to affect her mobility and voice.

“The doctors told my parents that I wouldn’t ever walk,” she said. “But my mother didn’t believe them and I remember being about three and dancing with my mother to a pop song on the radio.”

From a young age, music has held monumental importance in Rose’s life.

“I must have been about eleven years old the first time I heard Brazilian music,” Rose said. “It was in the Walt Disney cartoon with the three birds traveling through South America (Three Caballeros, 1944). They were on a train going through the jungle and the song was “Bahia.” I have loved the Bosa Nova ever since. Sixty years later, I can still picture that train and I hear the song in my head as clearly as the first time. It blew my mind.”

In 1985, Rose met “Sleepy John” Sandidge while she was interning at a local recording studio. John invited her to KZSC to observe one of his live programs. By the end of the show, she found herself engaging in live radio conversation. To Rose’s surprise, she had just nailed a job interview: John and Rose started a program called “A Rose and a Thorn” that aired every Friday for two years.

Rose’s vocal disability meant that her listeners had to pay very close attention to her announcements (and her razor-sharp sense of humor). This has caused some controversy, but she never let the occasional critic stop her from bringing great music to her audience. And so she did.

“Being voice disabled made being on the radio the “Most Impossible” secret dream I could have,” she said. “But I was so enthralled by the music, and by bringing it to our audience, that they couldn’t shake me loose. As far as I know, I have been the only voice-disabled radio programmer in the world for the last twenty-eight years.”

“It has been the biggest adventure ever,” she said. “I am honored and grateful that people have chosen to travel this path with me. I would like to thank John Sandidge, and all of the KZSC staff and management but most importantly, the many, many listeners who have supported me for almost three decades.”

Rose Lobel will be giving up her spot on KZSC this October. She says, “Not because I am tired of radio -THAT could never happen.” Rose was recently diagnosed with arthritis of the spine, which can unpredictably flare up, putting her on the sidelines.

In the future, listen for her to occasionally do guest spots and to fill-in for deejays at KZSC. Meanwhile, Rose’s poetry, collage art, and fiction (as  K. R. Lobel) will keep her in the public eye. She recently launched a blog (krlobel.com) featuring her second novel, “Jerkwater: The Town, The Story.”

Thank you, Rose. You are one of the most down-to-earth and inspirational people to have ever graced our organization. On behalf of everyone here at KZSC, thank you for twenty-nine years of entertainment and inspiration.

 

Henry's portrait

Programmer of the Month: Henry Bertheaud (Roux)

August’s Programmer of the Month, Henry Bertheaud, is bringing back talk radio to KZSC!

Henry began his career as a programmer at KZSC this past spring on the classical music program, “Machauts Circus.”  An incoming sophomore at UCSC, Henry is spending his summer hosting Sunday mornings’ “If It Ain’t Baroque…” in addition to Thursday evening’s “Geek Folk” collective. To conclude his hat trick, “Roux” interviews literary artists on the wicked collective talk program, “Happy Beyond Words” on Thursday nights.

Henry has also earned himself a seat on KZSC’s Governing Board as Talk and News Director. We are ecstatic to have “Roux” on our team, so be sure to tune into the Great 88 and check him out! Congratulations, Henry, on being August’s Programmer of the Month!

Programmer of the Month: Keith Rozendal

July’s programmer of the month is Keith Rozendal with one of KZSC’s newest programs, Music is a Teacher. Keith is also KZSC’s new broadcast advisor! Taking on a new program, an early morning time slot and a new job  — all while relocating to Santa Cruz — is no easy feat, so thanks Keith for everything you’ve done so far for the Great 88. We appreciate it, and look forward to seeing what you do for KZSC in the coming months!

Hailing from Houston, Texas, Keith earned a B.A. in psychology from Rice University, a Ph.D. in social and political psychology from UC Santa Barbara and a master’s degree in journalism from the University of British Columbia. As if that wasn’t enough, Keith also completed the science communication graduate program right here at UC Santa Cruz. Equal parts scholar and DJ, Keith programmed for Rice University’s KTRU and UCSB’s KCSB, and also served as an assistant producer for the radio show Big Picture Science at the SETI Institute in Mountain View. We also have a seasoned journalist in our midst, as Keith worked as a reporting intern for the Santa Cruz Sentinel and as a multimedia journalist for the Vancouver Sun.

Who knows what Keith will accomplish next? Stay tuned to the Great 88 to find out, and be sure to catch Keith’s show Music is a Teacher every Saturday from 6-9 a.m, featuring finds from KZSC’s own archives spanning the globe’s rich musical history. Keith’s current favorite genres range from horror and sci-fi movie soundtracks to spacey new age to pagan British folk, so expect an eclectic mix of tunes.

Programmer of the Month: Shay Stoklos (DJ Lux)

She’s young, talented and committed to KZSC. What’s left to say about Shay? “DJ Lux” as she’s known on the airwaves is now a card-carrying member of KZSC’s Program Review Committee. Fun family fact: her father was one of the greatest beach volleyball players of all time. We get to talk with her every week through email; you will be able to hear Shay next October when she joins many of our returning students on KZSC’s fall program schedule.Congratulations Shay for being June’s programmer of the month!