Alex Cosper Interviews Cary Nosler (May 23, 2015 in Old Sacramento)
Radio/Music Industry Publisher Joel Denver
Radio Legend Dave Sholin
Live 365 Programmer Dennis Constantine
Slacker Radio VP/Promotion Jack Isquith
A&R Executive/Host Bruce Ravid
Radio Consultant John Sebastian
Radio Programmer Lee Arnold
91X PD Michael Halloran
Radio Marketer Bonnie Stacy-Canelakes
KBAY Host Jona Denz-Hamilton
KZAP Logo Designer Bill Styler
TV Actress Jane Sibbett
98 Rock Midday Host Pat Martin
San Jose Radio Programmer Dana Jang
KSWD Host Mimi Chen
A&R Executive Marc Nathan
Label President Marc Ratner
Radio/Music Pro Roland West
Music Industry President Bob Catania
Music Industry A&R Executive Jerry Jaffe
Atlanta Singer/Songwriter Johnny Pride
Berlin Singer/Songwriter Anton Barbeau
London Singer/Songwriter James Cook
San Francisco DJ Lance Walden
Sacramento Singer/Songwriter Kally O'Mally
Radio veteran Kristi Rohlfing Remembers working for Drake-Shenault
Alternative radio programming veteran Bruce McDonald
Morning Zoo Personalities Chris Collins and Kill R Bee
Sacramento radio personality Tony Cox
KZAP Freeform Rock Interviews
Radio History Series: Johnny Hyde
Los Angeles punk musician Zebidy Tank of Drop Tank
I have spent a few decades working in the radio industry as a Program Director, Music Director, Air Personality and a big mix of other titles with multiple responsibilities. My story about how I led an independent alternative Sacramento radio station from bottom of the ratings to the top is called The Rise of Alternative Radio. Later I worked on air in San Francisco at an electronic dance station. Here are some other radio reports I've written. about the radio industry:
The Legend of KZAP - This is the story of a Sacramento radio station that launched in 1968 as a freeform rocker and lasted on the dial for nearly a quarter century. The station was known for its adventurous music selection. By the late seventies it had transformed into a carefully-formatted rock station and was a ratings leader throughout the eighties. It disappeared in 1992 but thousands of Sacramentans will never forget KZAP.
The Rise of Alternative Radio - KWOD will be remembered as the independent station that beat its corporate competition, but it was more than that. This is the story of how I programmed KWOD in Sacramento during the 1990s. The story also covers what was happening at other alternative stations around America were doing at that time, in the format's most successful years. It's about the quest to find great music in an era that welcomed musical innovation and songs with more lyrical depth than typical pop.
Steve Masters Biography - Growing up in Sacramento, I paid attention to radio stations in San Francisco, especially the alternative legend Live 105. Steve Masters was the personality who convinced the station's management to flip from top 40 to alternative in 1986. Masters worked in the programming department with Richard Sands and was a popular host on the station for years. Masters helped launch many alternative artist careers by actively finding new music for his show Transmitter Adjustments.
Sacramento Radio History - I worked in Sacramento radio for so many years, so I was always collecting newspaper clippings and industry trade articles about Sacramento radio for my scrapbookm which helped form the research for this project. Essentially this is the most comprehensive report ever made about Sacramento's radio history and it's still a work in progress. It covers the dominance of KROY in sixties and seventies, KZAP's reign as the rock leader for many years and KWOD's influence on the market in the nineties.
San Francisco Bay Area Radio History - I worked in San Francisco radio on air at KNGY/Energy 92.7 for a few years in the 2000s and took an interest in the radio history of the market. I was amazed to learn that the first time a human voice replaced Morse Code on radio was at a San Francisco station in 1909. The Bay went on to have many legendary stations such as KSAN and KFRC in the sixties and seventies. KGO became the unstoppable talk leader in the late seventies. It's a fun journey through decades of Bay memories.
A Brief History of WHFS - I wrote for a radio industry trade magazine called VirtuallyAlternative from 1997 to 2001. One of my projects was writing nearly the entire December 2000 issue, which was a tribute to WHFS in Washington DC. The station was freeform in the late sixties and through time evolved with alternative rock. I interview about 20 people who worked for WHFS through various eras. It was a great experience talking with pioneers who touch many lives in the nation's capital.