Nightjar Family

Name & DJ Name

We are Mama Leesasee DJ Featherdust, Papa Spencer DJ Midden and Baby Solucien, who has been raised in the station and isn’t quite a baby anymore if you listen to him on Saturdays.

What is the name of your show?

We are the 5-7 Nightjar, Saturday evenings.

What is the format of your show?

We concentrate on new releases, like within a year with some relic tunes cut by wacky sound bytes paying some relevance to current events and vintage nostalgia. We showcase much of Solucien’s musings. It’s pretty freeform but layering is important. We like filler. It’s impossible not to pay attention to the headlines and throw it in the mix. That began in 2010 with the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. We broadcast a show [on KSFR during the Twisted Groove with DJ Spinifex] that had everything to do with that horror and tendering it with a soundtrack. This composition method sort of stuck.

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Frankie John Hollerin’ // Frank Rolla

What is your name and DJ name?

My formal name is Frank Joseph Rolla and my DJ handle is Frankie John Hollerin’.

Hollerin’ is also a style of singing, but it’s meant to be dialogue or language over great distances, where only the voice was used, and then it became a song-like thing, and then people started to do it together. It was my stage name that came first, and not long after the opportunity came along to do a show here.

What is the name of your show?

Life Along the Hogback. [8-10pm, Mondays.] It’s metaphoric, in that “The Hogback” refers to that geological, sandstone mostly, formation that parallels the Rocky Mountains from way up in Canada, all down through the States, and into Mexico. I’ve lived in a variety of different places along the Hogback. When the show opportunity came, I was really thinking about music, as it’s been developed and has evolved and has been sung all along the Hogback. It became metaphoric in that language, music, culture, dialogue, all of that stuff is transmitted all along there, and it changes and evolves up and down that in both directions – it is a major source of a specific culture, mountain culture primarily, but there are parts of it that are desert. And so after some thought, I thought that’s a lot of space where you can move and develop that metaphor of accumulating creative data and stimulus of which is formed into music, object-building, image-making, story, narrative. Gosh, it sounds like a radio program!  

What is the format of your show?

The format is one that builds over the evolution of the individual show itself, but also over a series of shows. I learned after the first eight months to a year of doing the show here that it was changing my mood, changing my attitude, changing my perspective on contemporary music in all forms, including hillbilly music. I would go into the program and I’d be in a lousy mood, and within five minutes of being in the show I’d be so absorbed in the music that I’d come out of the place completely transformed – I mean, joyous. And also hearing things in the music that I’d heard many times before, but never recognized. And so it’s been transformative, personally transformative, and that’s what I’d want to convey to the people listening.

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What’s your name & DJ name?

Ickymac. No more questions, please.

What is the name of your show?

Fine. Nothing Sacred. It is on 9pm on Friday nights, MST. [Updated to reflect schedule change 8/31/20.]

What’s your shows format?


As for the style, it’s probably best described as encompassing math and chaos. Somewhere between a ritual and séance. Meditation and movement. The concept, generally, is to expose an audience to as much music from all over the world, known or not, and to make it new. The goal is to make it sound natural. While selecting the source nearly randomly. And a rhythm to follow, for when it gets too weird.

I try to embody the spirit of a conductor, with the artists’ finished works as my instruments. Of course, all the egos in a single space can be difficult to manage, and it often shows. While that is not the goal, the wrangling of the cats back into the flock is the fun of it.

Wait. The show is a cacophony. Yes, unread everything you just heard. The show is a rhythmic cacophony.

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Ava Gannon

What’s your real name, and also your DJ name?

Ava Gannon (I don’t use a DJ name).

What’s the name of your show?

22 Toes & An Underbite

Please describe your show’s format.

Well, the name for it came from Loretta, Christin Boyd’s dog. I remember when she first brought her home, that’s how she introduced her.

My show definitely started as pretty much an indie folk format, but now it’s just the whole genre. I branch out into anything I like, still mainly indie, but I realized I don’t have to limit myself; if I like something, I like it and I play it on the air. After the school shootings last year, that gave us new ideas of different types of music to play in response, and that’s important—like for that, we played more rap [Ava’s sister Greta helps DJ the show when she’s here during school vacations].

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Sea Marie // Christin Boyd

What is your name? DJ name?

My name is Christin Boyd, and my DJ Name is Sea Marie.

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

Salty Sunday, 10:00 to 12:00 on Sunday mornings.

Describe your show:

I have a hard time describing my show. I feel like it’s sort of leaning towards more folk-based, but alternative influences, and through a variety of genres and years, usually. Sometimes I do shows the vary from what I usually play, when I do a theme or when I do a show that’s all more recent music. I’m always adding new music that I find, but I always also go back to my favorites and things that move me, that I’ll play over and over again forever.

I like playing songs that are thought-provoking, which is why I chose Sunday, because I feel like it’s a good time to provoke thought! Not necessarily reverent thought… I really like thought-provoking songs, people making songs that really say something that strikes me as true, true to that person’s experience. I’m amazed by people who can put that into a song, and say something so succinctly and really hit something inside. That’s what I look for. I don’t think I look for a type of music as much as a way songs make me feel.

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