I've been a disc jockey for longer than I can recall. It is, and has always been, about the music. I just create the playlists - never limiting myself to one style, one era, one artist - in surveying the genre. My role is as curator. I try to keep the listener off-balance, almost in a freeform style reminiscent of programmers in the earliest days of FM radio. One of my greatest influences was Saul Smaizys of Triad Radio.
My voice on terrestrial radio covers the greater Calumet Region, from the Chicago suburbs all the way to the southwestern part of Michigan. I can also be heard on the worldwide web as all of my broadcasts stream in real time. I not only want to entertain, I also want to educate. My role is to shine a light on music which is often ignored on corporate radio. As a result of these slights, the progressive rock genre has not been given the shrift it deserves. All I can do is expose these gifted artists and let you hear for yourself that the genre has a rich and glorious legacy.
My part in this is minor, to be frank. None of this happens without the artists who create and the fans and listeners alike who partake. I am a vessel. Without you, my radio world is but a guy in front of a stereo sharing it with only himself. Many thanks to those who tune in - and have tuned in - each week, and, mostly, to those talented people who make it possible for me to play any music and offer me the opportunity to share in the experience with people like myself.
The Portal is my long-running progressive rock show which is a three hour tour of the genre, covering all eras, styles, and the many artists who define the genre. It's purpose is to be entertainment but to also serve as an educational tool, an overview of the many artists and stylistic attributes which defined this movement and, equally, to offer insight into music which has not been given shrift on commercial radio. Although I curate the show, it is all about the music. It airs on WVLP 103.1fm from 4-7pm (central) and also replays on Sunday 9-noon (central).
The Scope is my one hour progressive rock show which concentrates on the modern scene. It is about promotion. My desire is to show how the modern iteration of the genre is as valid as it is different from the older scene and to shine a light on the innovators who are keeping the progressive rock flame lit. It airs Tuesday evenings, 11 to midnight (central), onWLPR 89.1fm. This is an NPR affiliate. The same show is aired the next day, on Wednesday, 4-5pm, on WDSO 88.3fm. That station boasts a first class studio and serves as a radio school.