Alanis Morissette

  When Alanis Morissette burst onto the scene in the summer of 1995, KSCA fm 101.9 had been on the air in Los Angeles for about a year. I was one of the lucky few to be in the room for a showcase at a small club in West LA whose name I can't remember, though I can still picture the scene quite clearly. She was in the larger, upstairs room, filled with mostly industry people. I was mesmerized as she strutted across the stage, flinging her hair wildly while sing-screaming about going down on her ex in a theater [...]

Evan Dando of The Lemonheads

  Last week, I posted a link to this page of music interviews to social media. One response I got was from a listener who recalled an interview I did with Evan Dando of The Lemonheads as one he particularly enjoyed. So, I reached back into the vault for this very laid back interview with Evan Dando in the KSCA Music Hall from November 18, 1996. Click here for more of Nicole’s classic music interviews  

Ray Davies (The Kinks)

      Like most people my age, I grew up with The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and The Kinks. Some artists are just legendary in stature, and those three are rock and roll royalty in my book. So when I heard Ray Davies was in town for a show, had written a new book, and a new Kinks album was coming out, I figured I'd try to get him in the studio for an interview. Though he said no to a live performance, he did join me on the air for one of the most memorable mornings of my [...]

Sting

From Billboard magazine Oct 5, 1996   I still remember the day in 1978 when I received Outlandos d'Amour, the first album from a new band called The Police. I was in college at the University of South Florida working at WUSF, the 100,000 watt NPR station that sat in the basement of the student services building, where I hosted the only four hours of rock and roll on the station that played classical music all day and jazz at night. I was relegated to Friday and Saturday nights from 11pm-1am. But it was where I learned my [...]

Kevin Gilbert

Marc Bonilla, Nicole Sandler, Kevin Gilbert KLOS Mark & Brian Christmas Show 1990 I'll never forget how I got the news that Kevin Gilbert had died. It was May 18, 1996. I had been out late that night, and returned home to an answering machine flashing with messages. One was from Doug Buttleman, Kevin Gilbert's and Toy Matinee's manager; another from Mark Bonilla, Toy Matinee's brilliant guitarist. We'd all become good friends through the Mark & Brian Show. Both messages were of an urgent nature, asking me to call whenever I got in. I somehow already knew what [...]

Joan Baez and Dar Williams at a Starbucks Remote – 2-9-96

  When KSCA fm 101.9 launched, I did middays on the air, from 10am -3pm. About a year in, KLOS fired Chuck Moshontz, who had done news on the Mark & Brian Show for many years. One day my general manager came to me and asked what I thought about KSCA hiring Chuck, and teaming the two of us up to host our morning show. So that we did! One of the fun things we did was a series of morning show remotes from Starbucks locations all over Southern California. From John Hiatt at the Starbucks on La Cienega across [...]

JJ Cale 9-7-94

Not everyone who came into the fm 101.9 Music Hall was a household name. We broke tons of new artists, and welcomed lots of great songwriters who weren't always out front. Eric Clapton had great success covering many songs from JJ Cale. He joined me in Music Hall in September of 1994. Go back to the index for more of Nicole Sandler's classic music interviews.

Colin Hay (Men at Work)

Men At Work was the band of the early 80's, having sold over 30 million records worldwide. More than just a band with a string of Top 40 hits, they appealed to a much wider audience. Men At Work was led by founder/singer/songwriter/guitarist Colin Hay... Following the success of Men At Work, Colin went on to forge a new beginning as a solo singer/songwriter and most importantly, storyteller. I was fortunate enough to have interviewed him twice.  First at KSCA fm101.9 in Los Angeles on July 13, 1995. The second time was five years later -- I don't have the [...]

Dave Matthews

As you can see from the magazine page above, The Dave Matthews Band played The Whiskey in Los Angeles in January of 1995. Their debut album for RCA, Under the Table and Dreaming had just been released, and we at KSCA were the first to play in Los Angeles to play their music, starting with the lead single, "What Would You Say?" No one had any idea just how huge they'd become, when Dave came in for his first Los Angeles radio interview with me. I don't know the exact date, but it was January of 1995... Four years later, [...]

Ben Folds Five

  Every now and then an album comes out that immediately goes into high rotation on my personal playlist. Such was the case when I heard the eponymous debut from Ben Folds Five. The poppy melodies and three-part harmonies won me over on my very first listen. When they came to play LA for the first time, they made their Los Angeles radio debut on the air with me at fm101.9. The date was  October 18, 1995     Sadly, that radio station went off the air in February of 1997, a victim of the Telecommunications Act of [...]

Nicole Sandler Show on TuneIn

The Nicole Sandler Show is live Tue-Fri afternoons, 3-4 ET/ 12-1 PT.