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Thursday, April 22, 2010

April 22, 2010
Scott Foley

I love what I do at KRFC. I love being the first to set ears on new music, then sharing it with fellow programmers and listeners. My heart races when the phone lights up, a listener asking what was just played. A connection. As a music love/snob, I'm lucky to have been graced with my spots on KRVM and KRFC.

I love radio. I love spinning the dial, landing on some farm news station in Nebraska, hearing a poorly produced spot for tractor sales. Real people doing real stuff.

Radio is a dying sport. Sure, there's still a ton of money changing hands, but radio is just not the 'tastemaker' it once was. Radio reacts to trends, rather than setting them. Live radio is considered inefficient, and musical knowledge is typically undervalued.

Nowadays, the heart of true radio beats within community stations like KRFC, where programmers are often still at the forefront of new music from their respective genre. We've got blues, jazz, folk, world, and yes, americana djs who 'get it.' We share our passion with a dwindling listenership, increasingly distracted by instant gratification online. It's not that programmers like ours aren't doing their job; we're simply doing it with fewer listeners.

Which is why it's especially important that we 'real people doing real stuff' support community radio in a concrete way. We can no longer simply rely on the other guy to pick up and do our work for us; we are the other guy. KRFC's spring membership drive sets sail Friday. Please call (970)221-5075, or connect on line with

Hope to hear from you next Thursday morning!

* Jakob Dylan, "They've Trapped Us Boys" Women + Country (Columbia, 10)
* Horse Feathers, "Vernonia Blues" Thistled Spring (Kill Rock Stars, 10)
* Reckless Kelly, "Bird On a Wire" Somewhere In Time (Yep Roc, 10)
* David Lindley & Jackson Browne, "El Rayo X (live)" Love Is Strange (Inside, 10)
* Allison Moorer, "Just Another Fool" Crows (Ryko, 10)
* Jay Farrar, "Voodoo Candle (live)" Stone Steel and Bright Lights (Artemis, 04)
* Drunk On Crutches, "Caroline (Go Back to Bed)" People Places Things (Self, 10)
* Cadillac Sky, "Ballad of Restored Confidence" Letters in the Deep (Dualtone, 10)
* Yarn, "New York City Found" Come On In (UFO, 10)
* Lyle Lovett, "Empty Blue Shoes" Natural Forces (Curb, 09)
* Otis Gibbs, "Cross Country" Joe Hill's Ashes (Wanamaker, 10)
* Jim Lauderdale, "El Dorado" Patchwork River (30 Tigers, 10)
* Mary Gauthier, "Blood Is Blood" The Foundling (Razor & Tie, 10)
* Billy Bragg & Wilco, "California Stars" Mermaid Ave (Elektra, 98)
* Mary Chapin Carpenter, "I Put My Ring Back On" Age of Miracles (Zoe, 10)
* Trampled by Turtles, "Wait So Long" Palomino (Banjodad, 10)
* Legendary Shack Shakers, "Hoboes Are My Heroes" Agri-Dustrial (30 Tigers, 10)
* Drive-by Truckers, "Get Downtown" Big To-Do (ATO, 10)
* Tim Barry, "Bozeman" 28th & Stonewall (Suburban Home, 10)
* Elizabeth Cook, "I'm Beginning To Forget" Welder (31 Tigers)
* Mando Saenz, "Pocket of Red" Bucket (Carnival, 08)
* Radney Foster, "Little Revival" Revival (Devil's River, 09)
* Pieta Brown, "Shake" One and All (Red House, 10)
* Court Yard Hounds, "The Coast" Court Yard Hounds (Sony, 10)
* Black Prairie, "Atrocity at Celilo Falls" Feast of the Hunters' Moon (Sugar Hill, 10)
* Crosby Tyler, "Tears of Blood" Lectric Prayer (Bohemia, 10)
* Willie Nelson, "Satan Your Kingdom Must Come Down" Country Music (Rounder, 10)

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