Charles was born in New Mexico and graduated from the Albuquerque Academy. He received his B.S. in Psychology from T.C.U. and a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery from the Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona Ca. Following post graduate training he practiced in a variety of settings including as the only doctor in a small town, as a full time
Assistant Professor of Family Practice at a medical school, Medical Director of a large Chemical Dependency Hospital, and for many years as a Family Practice physician at Scripps Clinic in La Jolla Ca. He is certified in the Treatment of Addictive Disorders. Since retirement from practice, he has pursued a career in acting, directing, writing, and radio news casting. He has appeared in numerous stage productions in the California and New Mexico and has played lead roles in
The Odd Couple, The Owl and the Pussycat, The Taming of the Shrew, My Three Angels, and A Christmas Carol. His one man show ‘Henry Miles’ has been produced in California, Arizona, and New Mexico. Local directing credits include The Sunshine Boys, and Morning Time Train. He has also appeared in numerous roles in commercials, television shows, and movies. Maynard’s first book, ‘Thriving Through Devastating Illness’ is scheduled to be released in the spring of 2013 by Intermundia Press. In addition he has appeared throughout the country performing stand up comedy. He has worked in the news department at KSFR Radio in Santa Fe since 2010.
Anthony ‘Ijah’ Umi grew up in southern New Mexico singing in gospel and soul groups as a child and throughout college. Ijah was a pianist for the ENMU jazz ensemble, attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, played with AZA (reggae) for several years before starting his own band Iyah in 2006. Ijah composes his own music, including vocals, keyboards and percussion. He is retired from State government and has a Master’s degree in Social Work.
Ijah founded and is currently co-host of the Iyah Music show (reggae) on KUNM at the University of New Mexico. He started Soul Notes (an eclectic mix of soulful music, including R&B, Gospel, Jazz, Hip-Hop, World Beat and more) at KSFR in 1999.
For Ijah, radio is an “ear-audio” experience that moves the soul in a different way from a visual experience. In his words, “I love music that is entertaining and message music that expresses the deeper truths or meaning of life.” He enjoys the creative flexibility allowed at KSFR and is grateful to be able to share his Southern NM soul roots to Northern New Mexico.