As many of you are aware, I spent nine glorious years on the air at KFJC; 88-97, as The Reverend Dah Wave. I started there fresh out of high school, at the age of 18, with rough idea of what "eclectic" meant. Actually, at that time, KFJC was known as an "alternative" station. Then Nirvana had to go and get famous, and "alternative" ended up meaning "crap". By the time I left in 1997, I was very well schooled in the finer points of quality music. I also learned that there was no way in hell I would ever work for a commercial radio station. Radio is an art form, and one to be taken seriously, even when you're having a goofy time playing Frank Sinatra back to back with Megadeth.
After James Brown died on Christmas, 2006, Spliff Skankin' of KFJC's Jah's Music organized the first James Brown celebration. I jumped at the chance. Now the special happens around his birthday (May 1st). The month of May in KFJC-land is known as Mayhem. It's a month full of specials. I once hosted a 15 1/2 hour Miles Davis special. I also co-hosted, along with Kevin Odante, and the late-great Spiderman a Curtis Mayfield, Jerry "the Iceman" Butler, and the Impressions special.
All Mayhem long there are some great specials, including a Captain Beefheart special coming up.
Today is the fifth annual Doin' It To Death 24 Hour James Brown Birthday Extravaganza!
I was on 10am-2pm.
You can go here to listen to the entire show. Look for "Doin' it to Death". It's broken up into one hour segments.
Or, you can go here to listen to my four hours.
And below is the playlist from my set.
I played this gem from the TAMI show.