Quilty 3000

I started radio early, before I could drive. I was fifteen and it was the summer of 1982. The station was 10-watts and I had a key. If the station was off the air, I would turn on the transmitter and just start broadcasting. By the end of the summer, I was hooked on radio. I spent hundreds of hours broadcasting during my teenage years and had an amazing schooling in music. There I first played the likes of X and Tom Waits. I also began to learn the craft of the music segue on a little 4-track mixer that would ‘pop’ when switching into cue. Continuing with radio through college, I programmed jazz, world, classical, and free-form shows at a station that really fostered music exploration. It was all vinyl then and there are songs that I can identify by playing the first few notes backwards from cueing them so often. I started DJing at 90.3 FM in 1993, back in the KCMU days. I always have the best time spinning together music of all sorts, from garage rock to hip-hop, with the music always controlling the flow and the order. Because of KEXP I get to share my passion, choosing and playing music to make life a little louder, with more of a beat, some harmony, and lots and lots of guitar.


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