in Paris, 2004
Philco Glee Club, WFIL, Philadelphia, 1938
If there were only one person to blame for this
obsession, it would be dad. Ever
since he built his first crystal set at the age of 12
(later hi-fi’s and stereos), radio would be a driving force
in his life and eventually in mine.
In the late 30’s Dad sang with the Philco Glee Club on
While living in
strange and distant lands in the 60’s, he made sure I was hooked
up by way of short-wave to the American and British weekly Top 20.
The Voice of America, American Armed Services Radio and the
BBC were a lifeline. In
the 70’s I recall him chatting away (“da-dit-da-da”) for hours
as a HAM operator. He
went to sleep at night with a transister under his pillow.
Regrettably, Bill Shertenlieb never lived to see the Age of
Internet radio; surely, he would have been right there in the mix.
However, I don’t have just one person to
blame. Over the last 10-odd
years, as both listener and performer, it has been my privilege to
meet some incredible radio personalities, albeit from the other side
of the board. These folks have
been, and continue to be an inspiration to me.
It is with respect for the music and the medium,
and for all
those who have gone before, that
I cross over and join in the DJ
I am intrigued by the kiosk.
Those colorful and charming, cylindrical Parisian-style
kiosques for posting events and flyers immediately come to mind.
Yet, in some realms of the
, kiosks are akin to gazebos and/or small romantic garden pavilions.
An exotic word derived from Turkish for villa and Persian for
a kiosk could mean a humble newsstand.
Then again, in this modern world there are freestanding
computer and airport kiosks. A
friend told me that in
a kiosk might be just a tiny “hole in the wall” but most
assuredly a hip place to hang for tea and conversation.
It follows that The Radio Kiosk should
evoke a sense of coming and going with a revolving vista on our
world from different perspectives, locally and globally... an
essence of romance, a place of respite, …a Homegrown haven for
freeform music and commentary.
I look forward to meeting you at The Kiosk,
Thursdays, 11am-1pm !
Your host, Kate Sobolewski
And, from the other side of the board, check
out my musical lifestyles at www.kateandpaulband.com.