We say farewell this month to KZSC’s longest-serving (suffering?) Broadcast Advisor and host of our Thursday morning Beatles show, Michael Bryant. Michael started at The Great 88 in 2001 and helped move us into the Millennium with technical changes such as bumping the signal up to 20,000 watts, station remodels, a new air studio, webstreaming, social media and mobile apps. In 2007, he was appointed as a Lecturer in the Division of Social Sciences. This began an era of offering an academic course to educate UCSC students in broadcast media. During his tenure, KZSC was also named, “The Most Listened-To College Radio Station” by the website radio-locator.com. Back to The Beatles: when Dan Morookian (aka DJ Apple) moved away, Michael became the regular host of Dan’s show, “Here, There and Everywhere” in 2010. Like the name of the show, that’s what his retirement will be. Travel well and often Michael.
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.
The old adage “time flies when your having fun” certainly applies to Kevin Spitzer. He first joined KZSC 14 years ago; long-time listeners will recall programs he’s hosted in the past such as “Celtic Undercurrents”, “Freedom Flight”, “Turtle Island” and “Imagine”. Kevin was also a regular substitute host of countless folk and talk shows, served twice on our Program Review Committee and helped on a variety of construction projects at KZSC. Even if you’re not familiar with his past, no doubt you’ve heard Kevin’s current show, “Conciliation Sunday”. In the spirit of his program, we can share with you that Kevin is having his “second Saturn Return”. As such, a change has got to come, even if all of us wish it weren’t so. Kevin is heading out on a new adventure, which will take him beyond the range of our 20,000 watts. With his heart and spirit devoted to raising consciousness among our staff and our listeners, Kevin Spitzer will be sorely missed by all of us at The Great 88. He is one of the volunteers who helped make us what we are today.
This month’s Programmer of the Month is the mighty Amanda Timoney (otherwise known as DJ Amanda Rose) of the beloved Power through Procrastination show. Ever since the show’s debut in January of 2013, Amanda has developed a cult following by featuring soundtracks from films you love. A typical 3-hour playlist will have everything from Cheap Trick to “Sound of Music” to Gogol Bordello or ELO. Along with her super powers as a DJ, Amanda also brings her talents to KZSC’s spreadsheets as our Business Manager…they don’t call her “T-Money” for nothing!
Speaking of money, during our Fall Fundraising Drive, Amanda brought her mom up the station to help out. The mother-daughter team helped raise over $1,300 in three hours. And if you ever get a chance, ask Amanda about how she almost got eaten by a crocodile. Hear the radio show everyone’s talking about on the weekend: Power through Procrastination Saturdays from 9 am to noon on The Great 88, KZSC.
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