Daniel J. grew up playing stickball on the streets of New York when an old broom handle and a 10 cent rubber ball were all that was needed to keep a bunch of kids occupied for hours. His family life although by no means lavish was comfortable and happy with supportive parents who usually filled the house with music and the aroma of good Italian food . Frank Sinatra was revered and spoken of in God like tones by his Father and daily news of Frank’s latest concert or album was usually reserved for family conversation over meatballs and spaghetti.
With a street smart confidence and wide variety of interests Daniel J knew that although his love for baseball and music was very strong his abilities in both areas were quite limited. He embarked on a business career in International Banking when Banking was still considered an honorable trade. Traveling the world provided him with a knowledge of many cultures and a deeper appreciation for the freedom and liberties we take for granted at home. Rather than continue his career oversea he took a position in San Francisco and felt right at home with the cultural and lifestyle diversity there. He also decided that International Banking was no longer his passion and dove into a series of diverse careers that led him on many personal and professional adventures.
These experiences led him to New Mexico in the mid 1990’s and to KSFR in 2009. Now mostly retired and living in Albuquerque’s North Valley he enjoys his weekly music show and gets to mix the music of his formative years with the soundtrack of his life experiences as well as new artists and genres as they evolve. Public Radio has been a constant companion over the years and living in culturally rich cities like NY and San Francisco has exposed him to the best Public Radio has to offer. He enjoys being part of KSFR’s growth and development as part of the best of Public Radio.
Dan Piburn was born in Boulder Colorado in the heart of the sixties, June 8th, 1965. Raised in the small town of Carbondale Colorado, he spent a lot of time with his brother in nature ~ on the Crystal River and in the White River National Forest. His musical origins, he remembers were folk, blues, rock and jazz and later punk rock. During his early teens, his mother worked in a record store that also sold stereo equipment. He remembers the love of vinyl and watching hours of Monty Python in the 70’s on the first big screen tv in town!
After a dozen years in theater, in NYC, Pittsburgh, Chicago and LA during the 80’s and 90’s, Dan moved to Santa Fe with his soon- to- be- wife, Giselle. Dan has been a friend of KSFR since he moved to Santa Fe in ‘93. He’s been a friend of jazz since he fell down the rabbit hole some 20 plus years ago. His show, “JaZz Impressions” emerged on KSFR after years of subbing for many KSFR DJ’s across many genres. He loves jazz from its roots to its farthest branches and buds, and his show reflects that interest with passion. Jazz is, many times, the context by which he refers to our collective history, present and future. He also enjoys hearing from you and fielding your requests! Dan is a father of two, a neighborhood garden co/host and a licensed massage therapist with a lively bodywork practice in Santa Fe.
Originally from Carrollton, Texas, Nick has lived in Santa Fe for about 12 years now. With his wife Monique and their son Oliver, he enjoys having fun outdoors, on the road, and adding green chili to just about anything. He is proud to be a part of the KSFR operations team.
How did you happen to join the KSFR family?
I had a show on KUNM that was only 20 minutes long every other week, and Tim offered to give me 30min on his show every week. After a few months, it was thought my show was too avant guarde by some for 11:30 AM and I was given 1 hour late at night (1AM) which I did for a few years. Stopped doing that in 2011 and now just subbing on various shows.
What was your broadcasting background prior to KSFR?
Show and subbing on KUNM
What is/was your “Day Job” prior to joining KSFR?
Vender at Jackalope selling Indonesian folk art, chatzkas.
What is the most rewarding aspect of your work at KSFR?
Sharing un-usual music (a lot of music I've recorded for 14 yrs)
Have you been/are you a musician?
What types of music do you enjoy?
Jazz of most shapes and kinds, Folk, Americana, Rock, Latin, Blues, modern classical, String quartets, Noise, World, Country
How did you get started in radio?
Proposed a show to KUNM in 1997 which would feature music recorded at the Knitting Factory in NYC.
What’s your favorite album?
jazz - Dave Holland's Conference of the Birds, Folk - Woody Guthrie Dust Bowl Ballads, Rock- Led Zeppelin's first album, Blues - Muddy Waters Hard Again, Americana - Po Girl Follow your Bliss, Country - Dusty Chaps, World - Nurat Fateh Ali Khan "Qawwali:[I]"
How do you spend your spare time?
Hiking, beekeeping, kayaking,
What are some of your all-time favorite talk or music shows (don't have to be on ksfr)?
ALternative radio, Counterspin, Mark Weber's All that Jazz Thursday noon KUNM for his interviews.
What do you like about radio?
Can listen to anywhere almost, hear new things, and don't have to get up to change anything to get new stuff.
I fell in love with jazz at the age of 13 or so when my brother-in-law
played a Dave Brubeck record for me. I had been playing saxophone
and clarinet and I begged my teacher to teach me how to play jazz.
In college I had a jazz radio show also called "Now's the Time" with
the same theme song by Charlie Parker. So this is the second time
around (many years later!). On my show I play a variety of jazz with
emphasis on the saxophone. I like to introduce my audience to some of
the lesser known players. I also celebrate jazz musicians' birthdays
and do an occasional interview.
I was a lawyer in Berkeley, CA specializing in labor and employment
law before retiring to Santa Fe 12 years ago. I play saxophone in my
jazz quartet and the Los Alamos Big Band.
I am happily married with two grown sons, three granddaughters and a
grandson on the way.
1) How did you happen to join the KSFR family?
My involvement with KSFR began when I heard Ricardo Perez playing brazilian music during one of his programs. I called him, introduced my brazilian self, told him about all the music I had and that was the beginning of a long collaboration. What followed where also guest appearances on different shows at KSFR, like jazz, opera, "Somos Son", etc.
2) What was your broadcasting background prior to KSFR?
Before KSFR (Jazz a la Carta) I had never been on the radio.
3) What is/was your “Day Job” prior to joining KSFR?
I did a lot of photography as a day job .
4) What is the most rewarding aspect of your work at KSFR?
I love being part of the KSFR family and also the challenge of being creative in each program I do and sharing it with the listeners.
5) What “secret” thing about you do few people know?
The "secret" thing about me is that people imagine me quiet differently, as a brazilian, than what I actually look like.
6) Have you been/are you a musician?
I am not a musician, would have loved to have studied at the Berkely School of Music!
7) What types of music do you enjoy?
I enjoy all types of music, there is such a richness of sounds out there.
8) What’s your favorite album?
There are soooo many favorite albums.
9) What’s your day job?
Right now my day job is KSFR, and occasional photography.
10) How do you spend your spare time?
I spend my spare time in the dark room, taking my dogs on walks, taking care of our land, keeping in touch with family and friends.
11) What are some of your all-time favorite talk or music shows (don't have to be on ksfr)?
I like to listen to most KSFR talk shows and also some on KUNM TV. Same goes for music shows on KSFR and some music shows on KUNM radio.
12) Do you have a talk show host or dj after whom you model your performance?
I don't really model myself after anybody, just try to be myself and keep on learning.
13) Do you have pets? If yes, how do they react to your presence on the air?
I don't really think that my two dogs get it when I'm on the air.
14) What do you like about radio?
I like radio because to me it is a companion in so many places, in the car, at home. It is mostly so much more intelligent (that is, public radio), then most TV shows, informative, interesting, fun.
I'm originally from Corrales, New Mexico, and now live in Santa Fe with my wonderful cat "Alice"
I'm a carpenter by trade, and work for Mac Watson where we specialize in historical restoration.
As for my hobby's, or more like my passions, I play the fiddle and the banjo, wood carve, and have made several violins.
It is one of the great high points of my life however, to have the unique privilege of producing a show at KSFR. What an honor it is to have the opportunity to broadcast over the airwaves, the music so dear to me, to the ears and minds of so many wonderful listeners!
After a career as a college biology professor (Princeton, Harvard, Purdue, SMU) and conservation biologist, Donna returned to her home in a small village in northern New Mexico to restore an 1825 adobe. She has also been a whitewater and horsepack guide and has managed a ranch.
She has taught social dancing and historic dances for 20 years and currently teaches at the Chavez Community Center. After being a guest twice on Gottadance talking about dance history, she joined the KSFR family. Being involved in public radio had been in the back of her mind for years.
Her involvement with music today is trying to provide good rhythmic tunes with thoughtful songwriting to the listeners of GottaDance, but she dabbled at guitar, dobro and piano and sang with local bands in college before realizing she made a better audience member. Her musical tastes are eclectic from 17th century English Country Dance music through swing, R+B and alt-country.
KSFR has been a rewarding ‘job’ for her in many ways: being part of a supportive and mentoring KSFR family, being able to promote local musicians, constant learning about music and about the aspects of show production, and being ‘on her own’ to sink or swim in the control room at night.
What she does in her spare time??? Spare time and KSFR DJ in the same sentence is a bit of an oxymoron….especially while living a rural life, but when she can she hikes, reads, cooks, helps out on round-ups.
The "Camp" was begun about 12 years ago and offers a new vision, "Radio Vision," for the medium of radio where our listeners, we call "Campers" sit around the virtual campfire as we talk politics, share personally and interview people of passion. Camp Lovewave offers an altered and alternative view of truth, justice and the American 'lost' way and is designed to invite you to open up new neural pathways, breathe deeply, activate your right brain and your spinal column, and experience a sense of timelessness with a bit of laughter along the way.
Terran has a counseling business using the tool of Astrology for the past 42 years and Bari is a potter creating Asian-looking ceramic bowls.
We raised four children in Santa Fe and have two granddaughters in Taos, Margot and Grace, who have often been heard on our show.
One of the most rewarding aspects of producing our show is that we get to do it spontaneously alive and 'live' and with great freedom to share in our own unique way with a responsive Camper listening audience.