Stephen Jules Rubin

What is your name?

Stephen Jules Rubin.

What is the name of your show? What is its format?

Metaphysical Biscuit Live Radio Soup AKA Goodbye Blue Monday in the Rhythm of Threes. “Metaphysical Biscuit” is the concept of a random cool thought or idea, “soup” just because I love soup and the title was timed with getting Stephe Rommel involved and he called his show Word Soup, “Goodbye Blue Monday” is a Kurt Vonnegut reference, and since I’m on Mondays. “The rhythm of threes” comes from the improv rule of threes, and just in life – three is the magic number. I will usually play three, six, or nine songs, and even when I have a guest it keeps things flowing a little bit.

If there’s no guest, I’ll think of a theme… I try to theme it to either a current event or a holiday; since You Know Who got elected, the themes have been some variation of flowing through – song, music, poetry – to help cope or make life better in spite of the realities.

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DJ Barnacle // Caiti Lord

What’s your name, and your DJ name?

My name’s Caiti; my DJ name is DJ Barnacle (I just miss the ocean).

What’s the name of your show? What’s its format?

The Ear Candy Hour, Thursdays, 12:00 to 1:00.

The format is whatever I want, from musicals to Snoop Dog.

What drew you to participate in KMRD?    

I actually never thought I’d participate in radio—I’m shy about talking on the air—and I didn’t think anyone would want to hear the music I listen to. But I had two friends who wanted to do a show together, all three of us, from 11:00 to midnight on Saturdays. So we did, and it was fun, but then our schedules ended up being all crazy, so I ended up doing this show, The Ear Candy Hour, by myself, because I loved being on the air so much.  

For me, it’s an hour to do whatever I’m feeling like doing in the studio, and it’s also a pretty cool way to connect without having to talk to somebody—some conversations are overwhelming for me. You can be personal [on your show] if you choose to, which is really great, rather than having to succumb to a predictable format.

What’s the appeal of having a radio show? How does it fit into the rest of your life?

I guess the appeal is that no matter how crazy my life gets, I still have one hour to just sit in a room and listen to music by myself, and I don’t feel like I should be doing something else. It’s good to know that I can just depend on one hour a week to have my own little dance party. It’s a nice component to my life—it’s a part of my life, I look forward to it, even when it feels like I have nothing to share.

What difference has being a DJ made in your life?

It’s definitely made speaking on the radio not as scary. I’ve gotten to form a lot of new friendships and meet a lot of people that I love and am happy to know. My favorite thing to do on Christmas now is to be at the radio station, leading carols—I wanted to do karaoke but with Christmas carols, on the air. In a lot of ways, we’re like a family; there’s a lot of special commonality based on the appreciation of music and storytelling, of all genres.

What are your hopes for your show, and for the station?

My hope for my show is that I can do it forever.

For the radio station, I hope that it continues to grow and be a positive outlet for all members of the KMRD community, and that it keeps the soul of independent, local, community freeform radio alive in a world of Pandora and Spotify. The DJs have such eclectic tastes, you can hear just about anything—sometimes you even hear a song that you thought you were the only person who knew it (that’s happened a couple of times for me on Li’l P’s show) and you think, “I have a music soul mate!”


What is your name? What is the name of your show?

I’m Rebar, and it’s the Solid Mud Show – Friday nights, 6-9.

Describe your show. What is the format of your show?

First and foremost, it’s about the music. I like deep, underground, loud, garage… typically. One of the best compliments someone could give me is, “Wow I really liked your show, and I didn’t know a single song on it.”

It does have a bit of duality to it, because you guys gave me a microphone and I decided I was going to use it. The show certainly has evolved and is continuing to evolve. It has a radio theater element, sort of in the tradition of Prairie Home Companion or Saturday Night Live – a lot of political satire. I want to give a big shout-out to Mick, co-collaborator for a lot of the skits, who plays a lot of the different characters and sort of enters in and out of the solid mud.

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Techno Sadhu // Ken Wolverton

What is your name, and what’s your DJ name?

Ken Wolverton, and I go by Techno Sadhu, pronounced Shadoo.

What’s the name of your show? What’s its format?

The Techno Sadhu Quartet. It’s a talk show divided into four half-hour sections: news according to me, which is not news at all but things people either write and I read, or recordings I play; the second 30 minutes is philosophy and psychology talks—Alan Watts has been my mainstay for the past 2 years, because he’s a most eloquent philosopher, a 20th-century equivalent of Sartre or Aristotle. The third quartet is all of my writings since I was 13 years old; I’ve read two dozen or more over the years, from my trilogy; and the last 30 minutes is left for a live interview series I started of the women of Madrid. We’re really a matriarchy, here in Madrid. 90 percent of our shops and restaurants are owned and operated by women.

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Lilly Whiteswan

What is your name? What is the name and time of your show?

My name is Lilly Whiteswan; The Zone Radio Show (Fridays 4-6pm).

What is the format of your show?

It’s all music. I talk for just a couple of minutes, but I love just playing the music and so that is what I’ve done this time. I really wanted to add some of the new music, because I feel like we get kind of stuck in the ‘60s and ‘70s music, and so I wanted to play new music so people get into that too – there’s really good music out there. I’ve been trying to mix it all in, but I’ve found that people’s favorite shows are when I play the ‘60s and ‘70s music. They’re kind of stuck. I don’t want to be stuck.

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