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.

Radio: All In The Family

Father’s Day came up fast June 16th. My situation involved receiving a small package in the mail from my pops the other day, and inside the cardboard box was a small recyclable doggie-poo bag.  Despite that informality, I found gold within this doggie bag – my dad’s radio on-air tapes from the 80’s! My family and myself hail from Sacramento and that’s where dad did radio when he was in his twenties. Quite a trip that we both got into radio at the same time in our lives at the same age. So as I listen to these old cassette tapes, everything about it a total blast from the past; the guy talking on air is my dad and he sounds just like I do now! I decided to take all of these old tapes and convert them to a digital format with my own introductions and commentary between them. The finished product for pops will be all of his analog air checks neatly compiled onto a CD with his own son’s radio voice talking about it!  Better than a Hallmark card and golf balls…

Whether your paterfamilias  devoted himself to an art, a tough career, a trade or just his family, make sure to recognize him for that. I’m sure he’ll appreciate it more than anything. And tell him you love him too-even if you do that already.

-J Dog; KZSC Jazz Music Director

Goodbye And Hello

KZSC’s Business Manager is a student position. And like the tides at our world famous surf breaks, they come and go. Goodbye to Kevin Candelar1a, the 2012-13 Business Manager who graduates in June. Kevin was also voted “Most Likely To Survive A Recession” by his Governing Board peers. And say hello to Amanda – KZSC’s newly appointed Business Manager for the upcoming academic year. Her talents are too numerous to mention but let’s just say she’s the one that will make sure your donation gets processed and “the checks in the mail” for our outstanding bills. You can hear Amanda each week on her program “Power Through Procrastination” on The Great 88.

Programmer of the Month: Lois Rosson

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.

Kaumakaiwa Kanaka’ole May 22nd

Kaumakaiwa Kanaka’ole is the eldest son of Kekuhi Kanahele and descends from a distinguished hula family. “Ka Uluwehi O Ke Kai” (a Wiki Wiki Wednesday favored song) was composed by his great grandmother, Edith Kanahele Kanaka’ole; his family’s music traditions go back seven generations. Kaumakaiwa brings his experience as ‘olapa (dancer), choreographer and composer to the stage in Felton along with his delightful storytelling. Multi-instrumentalist and Honolulu record producer Shawn Pimental will accompany him for an evening of Hawaiian mele, melodies and powerful singing inspired by the islands Wednesday, May 22nd at Don Quixote’s in downtown Felton.

Watch Him Perform At The Bishop Museum In Honolulu

 

 

 

Kendra Konfidential

As our spring show schedule begins, things get fuzzy at The Great 88. KZSC’s April Programmer Of The Month is living proof. Kendra Yoshinaga (aka DJ Teenage Dinosaur) does a show called “Fuzz Tone” Friday nights. It’s a retro garage, experimental and lo-fi show with more fuzzy noise than a fluffy orange cat stuffed in a Christmas sweater. Kendra has been at KZSC since she was a UCSC freshman during fall of 2011. You may remember “Japanoize”, a show that featured Japanese alternative rock. That was where she made her DJ debut. When she’s not rockin’ hard, fast and loud, Kendra feeds her other radio passion: talk and news programming. A secret ambition is to become an interviewer like “Fresh Air’s” Terry Gross. BTW, Gross was featured in an episode of the HBO comedy “Girls” which has fuzzy rock aplenty on its soundtrack…see the connection? Whether she’s doing a talk show like “Cruz Report” or presenting music, Kendra’s on-air delivery and DJ style sound impeccable. Find out for yourself.  Check out “Hot Fuzz” with DJ Teenage Dinosaur Fridays from 7-8:30 pm on KZSC.