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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.

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Saturday Morning with DJ Christafari : KMTN 96.9



Just for fun, here's another recording from way back when I was the Saturday morning DJ for KMTN 96.9 FM in Jackson Hole, and had the special job of coaxing the town awake and out in to the day -- whether that meant using my music to get people out of bed and to the slopes or to their jobs, proper song selection and pacing was essential. I always loved the notion that I was spinning the soundtrack for thousands of people as they began another day in the Hole. I also had to handle the morning snow and weather reports, lost dog announcements, a 1-hour world beat show and an on-air garage sale-type-thing called Trash & Treasure.

The region reached by these radio waves is home to ski bums, cowboys, billionaires, spud farmers and movie stars. DJ'ing to the local musical tastes required reaching a careful blend of bluegrass, reggae, funk, folk, classic rock, jam band and other genres that don't typically sit next to each other. This episode shows me attempting to find the balance with the Allman Brothers, Allison Krauss, Blue Traveler, Morphine, Ani Difranco and Bob Marley. One other note -- I tried to talk and play commercials as little as possible, especially in the early hours, and tried to spin as many consecutive songs as I could.

This set appears to be from the springtime shortly before I moved on to other work -- I could take working
every Saturday morning at 5 am for only so long-- and some of the song selections are now cringe-worthy to my ears, but still, it serves as a fun time capsule recording from my stint as a small town disk jockey in Wyoming in 1998.




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Africa Unite! : 96.9 KMTN Jackson Hole, WY

A recording from my archive collection of radio shows I did on KMTN 96.9 FM in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, in the mid-Nineties. Every Sunday night, I'd hunker down in the studio, a short bike ride from my log cabin on the compound, to host the long-running 6-hour Jazz Sessions show. As this mix shows, my definition of "jazz" was pretty loose. For this hour, I started out playing Africa-inspired jazz music, and then branched out from there. Lots of people liked the freshness and creativity I was bringing to the air waves, but I always remember one phone call from a listener very upset that I had deviated from the traditional jazz format and I was ruining his Sunday nights. Ah well. Had to keep myself entertained too.

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Planet Soup (Women's Voices) : : 96.9 KMTN Jackson Hole, WY

From the vaults comes another classic late-90's episode of Planet Soup, a Saturday morning radio show on KMTN 96.9 FM in Jackson Hole, Wyoming that was once hosted by DJ Christafari, a good friend of the Podcast Cafe. "Women's Voices" features a wide variety of music stylings from some of the best female singers and musicians in the world...




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Jazz Gangstaz 3 : 96.9 KMTN Jackson Hole, WY



In a former reincarnation of my current life, I was a DJ on a radio station in Wyoming -- KMTN 96.9 FM in Jackson Hole...



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Hothouse Funk



A mix-tape made in the mid-90s from Funky Juju's distinguished collection of vinyl. I made this mix so we'd have something to listen to as we worked together in a hothouse on the outskirts of Denver harvesting flowers...


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Planet Soup (Second Servings) : 96.9 KMTN Jackson Hole, WY


From the vaults comes this classic episode of Planet Soup, a Saturday morning radio show in Jackson Hole that was once hosted by my DJ compadre Christafari, circa 1998....



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