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Music and Film have been a huge part of my life since I was a child. Our house was always filled with music: my father had our stereo tuned to WDET and WQRS or he played classical recordings on our record player. when we were pretty young he gave me and my brothers a reel-to-reel tape player. we used it to create our own radio show. our ID was "you're listening to WKRUD. that's krud, you know!" we discovered folk music through WDET and later rock 'n roll through WABX . . . and of course pop and rock from CKLW. we had our own little record player which we used to play all the music our parents couldn't stand hearing in the house.
I spent many evenings in high school at Wayne State University watching "classic" films on campus. I ran three different film societies while in college and eventually spent 15 years as Executive Director of the Ann Arbor Film Festival.
I've been doing radio at WCBN since 1991. shows I've hosted: the Friday Night Fishfry, Tossed Salad, Just Folkin' Around. I love love love doing radio at WCBN and am honored to be a part of the best freeform station in the world!
As director of the Ann Arbor Film Festival in the 80's to the early oughts, I spoke on stage and on the radio for interviews. Many people told me that I had a good voice for radio. Taking that seriously, I got licensed at the station in 1990 and found being a radio host was the perfect outlet to express myself in a different way from my career in experimental film. Having a deep love for freeform radio and a knowledge of music, it was a no-brainer for me to become a radio host. I should have started many years earlier, as I remember when CBN was born! I’ve been DJing at WCBN since 1990.I have a freeform show during which I play a variety of music. I think about listener's reactions to my shows when programming. I expect I'm known for the kind of music I play, the variety, and the lack of seriousness (mostly) when I'm on the air.
My favorite thing about WCBN is the variety of our programming and the fact that we are student-run and not under the thumb of an authority dictating what we can play on the air. Getting to be a radio host and share my love of music with the world . . . our listeners, what an honor. My brothers and I used to make reel-to-reel taped radio shows. Our station was "KRUD - that's crud, you know" (that was our legal ID). We grew up in Detroit listening to classical and folk on the radio because our dad loved the music....then we discovered rock 'n roll in the late '50's/early 60's...especially the stones. I've never tuned into commercial radio, except for CKLW. Growing up in this area we had a wealth of non-commercial radio to tune in to. My brothers and I spent hours and hours and hours listening to albums together, staring at the album covers artwork, drawing the record label logos.
I always tell people that I find it an honor and privilege to be able to play music on the air at WCBN. I've hosted a variety of shows from folk to jump blues to african to jazz to all kinds of freeform programming. My radio name came from a deceased music friend from the band Hot Rize. Charles Sawtelle gave me the name when I performed on stage with their alter-ego band, Red Knuckles & the Trailblazers. Oh...right....I used to teach and perform jitterbug. I performed on stage with a handful of local and national bands.