OUR THING -- The Don
9 am - Noon, Mondays -- Variety
I play multiple style of blues, jazz, worldbeat, some Americana & doowop, Motown r&b with '70s and '80s rock too. I'm willing to try any style as long as it's
diverse and interesting to me and the audience. I'm noted for non-segues, and
I just jump around all over the place, trying to keep it active and interesting.
I'm not into recitation songs or "cause music" that propagandizes particular
viewpoints. If it sounds good, has a beat and HITS me, I'll play it... even if
it's pots and pans from Sri Lanka or screeching from someplace
I always liked music while growing up and had the radio blaring in the car, while my father would say " what is that c**p you're listening to? It's nothing but noise." He liked '40s stuff, which I thought was old man junk. Upon retiring from teaching in New Jersey and moving west in 1991, I had already learned from my students to like Boston, Orleans, Guns and Roses, Scorpions, Billy Idle, Pat Benatar, AC/DC and others as well. I got involved in public radio in the mid '90s and learned the DJ thing. I even worked on a small commercial station in Delta, now sold and part of the religious stations. I happened onto the beginning KAFM in 1999 and have been part of the tribe from Independence Avenue to here at 1310 Ute since, and hopefully for many years to come.
Currently listening to: It's almost too numerous to mention... but I like smooth jazz a lot, Joyce Cooling, Dave Koz, Chris Botti, the Rippingtons. I also listen to the old doowop classics from Dion, Johnny Maestro, Four Seasons, the Shirelles, Gene Chandler, the Skyliners. Lately, I have been getting into worldbeat -- I'll listen to Celtic like Natalie McMaster, Runrig, Wolfstone and Middle Eastern Music, Arabic and Hebrew like Ofra Haza, Natasha Atlas, Ishtar Alabina, Nawal Zhogbi, Roni, Orit Sela. I love and listen to the blues, especially Stevie Ray, Jonny Lang, Luther and Bernard Allison, other Chicago blues and Alligator artists too. I like a lot of different stuff, as long as it has a style... not babbling, reciting or screaming nonsense. I recently played some albums from Latvia and liked it too.