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 [...]

Jackson Browne

  I had met Jackson Browne a few times over the years, and had seem him in concert dozens of times. I finally got to interview him for the first time when he joined me in the fm 101.9 Music Hall on September 13, 1996. This still ranks up among my favorite artist interviews. I then went on to host Jackson Browne for his appearance on the "Columbia Records Radio Hour". (I haven't been able to locate a recording of that, sadly.)   For a few years, we tried to schedule an interview on my Air America radio show. By [...]

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 [...]

Randy Newman

  I've been honored to have interviewed Randy Newman twice - and somehow didn't manage to get a picture taken with him.The first time we met, it was in the Music Hall at KSCA fm101.9 in Los Angeles. The Music Hall was actually a closed off hallway in between the on-air studio and the production room. But the sound was magic. The second time I got to sit and talk with Randy Newman was at Channel 103.1, the Triple A station that followed KSCA on the air a few years later. It was May 25, 1999. This time we invited [...]

David Byrne

  I've been a fan of Talking Heads since the 70s. So when KSCA launched in July of 1994, and I was able to book David Byrne as our very first artist to appear for an interview and performance, I was psyched! And I got to host him. The station had only been on the air for a few days, and we hadn't yet dubbed our performance space The Music Hall. He agreed to play two songs - a new one and an old favorite. For the old favorite, he chose "Nothing But Flowers," but lamented that he didn't remember [...]

Monday Music with Randy Newman

  I've been honored to have interviewed Randy Newman twice - and somehow didn't manage to get a picture taken with him. The first time we met, it was in the Music Hall at KSCA fm101.9 in Los Angeles. The Music Hall was actually a closed off hallway in between the on-air studio and the production room. But the sound was magic. The second time I got to sit and talk with Randy Newman was at Channel 103.1, the Triple A station that followed KSCA on the air a few years later.  It was May 25, 1999. This time we [...]

7-20-17 Almost One Year Cancer-Free

  I'm embarrassed that it's been so long since I've written here. After each CT scan, I tell myself I'll update this blog, but I haven't. I think I'm just so relieved each time the scan comes back clean that I don't want to even think about it any more. But the truth is that I think about it all the time and how lucky I am we caught my lung cancer so early. It was a Thursday, July 7, 2016 when I had all the symptoms of a heart attack. (You can scroll down to the first entry in [...]

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