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Happy 2009, Folks – and Goodbye to 2008

December 31, 2008

I’m looking back at 2008 and – as the older I get the faster time flies – am experiencing little of the emotional doppler effect we call nostalgia…
But, to be sure, 2008 has been a year of personal highlights for me. The biggest is that I have been in the process of fulfilling a 20-plus year dream in that I am doing my own radio show. In 2008 I:

  • Had my baptism by fire with my seven hour Bill Laswell marathon (March 21st/Link)
  • In October, I hosted a three hour special on the band Laibach (October 10th/Link) and was fortunate to interview member Ivan Novak on the eve of their Portland show. I later got to meet him at the show and chatted briefly with him. I have been a long-time Laibach fan, so it was thrilling for me.
  • I also created many collage shows as part of the rotating lineup that was Randomonium (sadly, now retired). I learned a lot about producing complex shows, as their variable quality can attest. I am happy to report that I am now producing radio at the college level (joke). Many of them are available on my blog.
  • Also in October, I did a Halloween program with my son William, who is now becoming involved with KBOO as well. We had a good time and got to play some fun tunes (Oct. 24th/Link)
  • On Thanksgiving evening, Devin (host of Radio Under the Influence) and I did a late-night Turkey Night show featuring Turkish psychedelic rock of the 60’s and 70’s. In the studio also was my brother Andy and son William. (Nov. 28th/Link)
  • In December, I did a simucast of sorts with founding Negativland member and muse David “The Weatherman” Wills. It was a lot of fun. Negativland’s been a long-time favorite of mine and The Weatherman was too kind for allowing us into his home – so to speak- for an audio link-up.

Here’s hoping for many more in 2009.
I want to thank everyone that’s supported and encouraged me in all this. Thanks to my wife for not only being supportive and understanding, but for also giving me the inspiration to pursue my dreams. Thanks also to all at KBOO who continue to encourage people like me (didn’t your parents tell you not to do that kind of thing?). KBOO’s been my antidote for my work week, as everyone there is incredibly supportive and fun to work with. Thanks especially to our trusty, late-night train engineer Daniel Flessas for taking me under his wing and showing me the ropes (mind the ropes!) and making me aware of being in tune with The Radio Gods (there are no accidents in late night radio). I’m also grateful for the listeners who have given me feedback and encouragement.

I continue to do my volunteer gig at KBOO, too. I have been producing the Weekend Community Calendar for about 18 months now. It’s a good production gig that sharpens my voice-work skills, as well as writing for the air and editing audio. I have told myself that I will always try to do some kind of volunteer work for KBOO, even if I eventually land a full time show. KBOO has given so much to me over the decades.

I’m also thinking of abandoning the handle Kill Ugly Radio and come up with something new. I’m tired of it. It’s also misleading and/or negative sounding.  I have an idea or two about a new show format and will be trying it out (next show, January 9th!) and will be demo’ing it to programming. So keep your fingers crossed for me.

I am also so gratified that somehow our country pulled together and made our broken – and far from perfect – Democratic process work and we said goodbye to one fascist chapter in our history. I am somewhat more skeptical than most about what President Obama will do for the American people, but it’s a change in the right direction, to be sure. I feel like we’re coming out of an 8-year emotional sinkhole and things can only get better. I also feel that an Obama administration is going to be more receptive to public opinion and change than the Bush regime or than a McCain administration would have been.

So, have a happy New Year and here’s hoping 2009 is brighter and better!

Cheers, all!

Rich

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