Jazz Gangstaz 5 : KMTN 96.9

Back when I lived in Jackson Hole, Wyoming in the mid-to-late 1990s, I was fortunate enough to serve as a DJ for the local radio station, KMTN 96.9 FM. One of my slots was the Sunday night jazz show, playing mostly-mellow jazz cuts from 6pm-midnight as a way to wind down the last hours of the week for the valley. I got a little restless with the straight-ahead jazz format and so invited my then-new friend DJ Edubious to sit in with me for a couple hours towards the end of the show.

We spun funk, hip hop, acid jazz, groovetronica, breaks and all manners of music that one could argue existed on the outher fringes of the jazz universe. We didn't have any format to follow, no commercials to play, probably not a ton of listeners either… so we just got irie and tag-teamed musical selections back and forth, whatever we felt like playing.

The station manager must've never tuned in during those late hours as I don't think we we're spinning what he intended for me to play. We always got a kick out of thinking "I bet this is the first time Pharcyde / Funkadelic / Groove Collective has ever been played on Wyoming radio." Some of these tracks sound rather dated now -- a time capsule from the acid jazz/Ubiquity Records/Greyboy-style 1990s -- but you can sure tell we're having fun and kickin' it loose 'n large across the vast airwaves of Jackson Hole, eastern Idaho and the Greater Yellowstone landscape.