Libra Rising (nice), Scorpio Moon(ouch), and Aquarius Sun(different)…That’s Merrylin LeBlanc! She has been producing Moonwise on KSFR since the summer of 2000, after having broadcast the show on KVSF here in Santa Fe beginning back in 1993, when she came to New Mexico from Berkeley, California. Merrylin left the professional field of education to pursue her love of metaphysics and especially astrology as a tool for uncovering meaning in life. Astrology can be used to explore many levels of existence, and Merrylin’s mission as host of Moonwise is to bring awareness to the public of the various uses of Astrology. Topics discussed on Moonwise range from simple to complex. Some listeners have commented on how much they have learned from this program even though some of it flies over their heads.
Susan Ohori pioneered the programming of world music on radio from 1972 - 1977 on Pacifica station KPFA in Berkeley, with her program Last Chants. She served as Music Director there from 1976 - 1977, when she left the Bay Area to research and record Purepecha folk music in Michoacan, Mexico.
She published "An Introduction to World Music: 100 Records to Start With" in the Next Whole Earth Catalogue.
Moving to Santa Fe in 1980, she produced a weekly 6-hour program of classical music (including contemporary and world) on KUNM, Albuquerque, from 1980 -1982. She was Program Director for the Explorations in Music concert series at the Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, from 1981 - 1985. In1992 she began producing her weekly 3-hour program of world music, Beyond Borders, on KSFR. In 2002 (?), along with a group of dedicated station volunteers and supporters, she was instrumental in forming the non-profit Northern New Mexico Radio Foundation which won the contract to take over the management and fiscal responsibility of KSFR from Santa Fe Community College. She served on its Board of Directors from 2002 - 2009 (?).
She founded Ohori's Coffee, Tea & Chocolate, a roasting and retail business in 1984 and sold in 2001. She also opened Casa, in 1996, a retail store specializing in folk art.
She was a founding Board member of the Santa Fe Film Festival which she served on for 10 years. She has recently returned to her work on clay sculpture begun in the 1970's.
Raised in a home with the Modern Jazz Quartet, Dave Brubeck, Stan Getz, Amad Jamal, and Milt Jackson cascading from the hi-fi; then older bro’s Buddy Holly, Eddie Cochrane, The Outsiders, Beach Boys, and Trashmen. Loved it all: the sounds, the sway, and the signals. Then on to teen adventures: Beatles, Stones, Hendrix, Moody Blues, Cream, Traffic, Jefferson Airplane, the Dead, Buffalo Springfield, Joni Mitchell Pentangle, Floyd, King Crimson and all that would sprout from these associations. A family tree began to form. Then, a momentous 1972, the fifth Beatle, George Martin, produced ‘Icarus’ by the Paul Winter Consort, featuring Ralph Towner, Paul McCandless, Colin Walcott, leading the Invisibleman to the group Oregon, and the ECM label (Towner’s first solo release). For over forty years the Editions of Contemporary Music label out of Germany has provided the Invisibleman, and the World, an incredible roster of fine international musicians from jazz, classical, world, and contemporary chamber music. Beginning in the 80s and 90s more and more early music and contemporary classical artists were added to the roster, and from early exposure to Airto and Flora Purim to King Sunny Ade, more and more world music began to be added as well. Robert Fripp and Brian Eno’s ‘No Pussyfooting’ opened up new sonic possibilities in the seventies and the branches created by these two artists continue to flourish to this day. By the late eighties and early nineties what was started by Soft Machine, Eno and others took flower in the electronica explosion – especially in Britain and Europe. The Invisibleman took to it at once, assiduously collecting The Future Sound of London, The Orb, Aphex Twin, and other leading lights of this totally new way to create music.
Are there any guiding principles to such frenetic and far-flung musical tastes and collecting habits? The Invisibleman attempts to subscribe to the VIP model which weds three important elements in the music to be brought into his collection: Virtuosity, Innovation, and Poetics. If artists do what they do very well, offer a new approach or unique musical statement, and transmit sounds, sway, and signals deeply felt, they just may make it into the Invisibleman’s VIP club.
The Invisibleman first began experimenting with song and artist sequencing over forty years ago on an 8-track recorder (remember those?) for his own amusement. It wasn’t until the nineties that he allied himself with a cutting edge broadcaster in Milwaukee – best remembered as the Wireless Virus – and began spinning his vinyl and cds to the amusement and bemusement of others. Too much frost on the windows in March of 2000 catalyzed his flight southwest and brought the Invisibleman to Santa Fe. Shortly after KSFR became an independent entity, the Invisibleman contacted the Jazzman (aka John Greenspan) who helped to find him a three-hour weekly spot in the programming lineup. Map Is Not Territory was born in March of 2001. Catch it if your mom will let you stay up that late on a Tuesday
A native New Yorker, drummer and Straight Up leader John Trentacosta brought his collective big band and small group experience to New Mexico in 1992. After two decades as the rhythm force behind jazz notables Chuck Wayne, Jimmy Knepper, and the Al Porcino big band, John brought new energy to the New Mexico jazz scene.
He received his formal music education at New York University, and was an Assistant Arts Director for The Staten Island Chamber Music Players, from 1978 – 1992.
In 1993, he formed the jazz group Straight Up, and has since become the energy behind the group’s busy concert schedule and the two CD releases “Live Jazz in The Desert” and “No Need For Words.” In 2003, John won a “MIC” award for best producer of the CD no need for Words. He has been part of the rhythm team for concerts with saxophone legend James Moody, vocalist Teri Thornton, tenor sax sensation Doug Lawrence and 1996 Thelonious Monk saxophone competition Jon Gordon. Most recently he has performed with Eddie Daniels and The Santa Fe Symphony, Frank Morgan, Joshua Breakstone, Roger Kellaway, Nick Brignola, Lee Konitz, Bud Shank, Bobby Shew and Kenny Davern. In 2003, John began a long tenure as musical director of John Trentacosta and Friends, a trio plus special guests bi-monthly, which continued until June 2009 at Bumble Bee’s Baja Grill in Santa Fe. The Past Two years have been filled with concerts in New Mexico and New York, and Drum Clinics for Magnarella’s Drum Shop and Grandma’s Music in Albuquerque, NM. In 2010 John played for a Broadway Review staring Kaye Ballard, with Liliane Montevecchi, and Donna Mckechnie.
Since the beginning of March 2012, the KSFR “Music Café Series” has been the main focus of attention, presenting various artist in a jazz concert setting as a benefit to the Santa Fe public radio station.
John has been a jazz radio host at KSFR since 2006, originally hosting his own show “The Bopera House”, and currently co- hosting “The Jazz Experience & The Bopera House” with Arlen Asher on monday mornings.
Host of Good Morning Jazz since April, 2000.
Host of The Forum since January 2008
Attorney, Federal Communications Commission 1973-2000.
Married to Julianne Bodnar
Two children Teddy Greenspan and Katie Applefeld
Four grandchildren, Nolan and Phoebe Greenspan - Charlie and Daisy Applefeld
Three step-children, Emily Cline, Michael Cline and Leslie Cline
Five step-grandchildren, Logan and Sophia Frease, Noah and Hannah
Cline and Benjamin Vitale.
Currently serves on the board of the Friends of Santa Fe Jazz.
Has served on the boards of The Northern New Mexico Radio Foundation,
the Santa Fe Symphony and the Santa Fe Desert Chorale.
I also have a facebook account.
Jeff Dowd joined KSFR in 1989 doing the Sunday morning show 10:00 to 2:00 back when KSFR was primarily a classical station.
He worked for 35 years as a mechanic on German cars.
Jeff took over “Postal Pros” a printing and mailing company in 2005.
He enjoys the positive input from listeners who say they like the variety and scope of the music he presents.
Jeff got interested in the Blues during the 1960 “British Invasion” when he learned that the majority of the Blues music was based on U.S. not U.K. artists.
Jeff lives south of Santa Fe near Lone Butte where he operates “All Ears Bassett Sanctuary”, a dog rescue and adoption service.
Spinifex has been spinning records since he could get his head and hands inside the Sylvania console stereo his parents had in their living room. Spinifex has also been a collector of many types of music, with his music understanding and collection growing exponentially over the years.
Since 2000 Spinifex has been the producer of the KSFR radio show the Twisted Groove airing Saturday eves 10pm to midnight.
Spinifex plays a groove-based exploration of the past, present and future of Funk, Soul, Afro Funk and Rare Groove propelling your music pleasures into futurity.
I’ve been the host of Tuesday Night at the Opera since early in 2004. My initial involvement with the station was the result of responding to an on-air search for someone with a bit of knowledge of classical music to occasionally fill in on KSFR’s then-running Afternoon Classics. Although I had absolutely no experience in radio—other than listening—I thought hosting a radio program would be both interesting and challenging. And I was correct! The patient folks at KSFR taught me the ins and outs of producing my own programs and eventually I was asked to host Tuesday Night at the Opera. The rest is (minor) history.
And, speaking of history, I’m originally from Duluth, Minnesota. After I completed college, I pursued gainful employment via a career international business, during which I was posted in various interesting and musically rewarding cities, including Sydney, Toronto, New York, and Buenos Aires. Eventually, I decided to hang up my carry-on and passport, so in 2001 I retired and moved to somewhere I wanted to live: Santa Fe.
During my time in the City Different, I evolved into what may be called a “professional volunteer:” I am serving or have served on various boards, including Santa Fe Pro Musica, the Aspen-Santa Fe Ballet, and the Santa Fe Council on International Relations. I’m also a regular volunteer at the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market. In order to minimize any spare time available for crimes and misdemeanors, I attended the Graduate Institute at St. John’s College, earning a Master of Liberal Arts as well as a Master of Eastern Classics. Another means of keeping myself occupied is trying to keep fit by running daily and skiing as much as possible during the winter months. Santa Fe’s an ideal place to enjoy the great outdoors and I’m out a lot!
My own opera and classical music experience is as a long-time devoted and enthusiastic amateur. Although I’m an inveterate record collector, there’s no substitute for a live performance. That’s why I subscribe to the Santa Fe Opera and Santa Fe Pro Musica and regularly attend many of the other musical events in the City Different.
If you’ve tuned in to the program, you know my approach to opera is pretty straightforward: I believe opera is magnificent and magical musical entertainment and should be enjoyed as such. Too often folks are led to believe that the enjoyment of opera is dependent on a certain sensitivity, educational level, or socio-economic stratum. Of course, that’s hogwash and that’s why the sole purpose of Tuesday Night at the Opera is to present complete operas and allow our listeners to make their own judgments as to what appeals to them (or not). My primary function is summarize the opera’s plot and, as time allows, provide background on the composer, where the opera fits in his or her oeuvre, and any other interesting and entertaining facts or factoids that lend additional perspective and insight. And I do hope you enjoy it!
15 years ago my brother, Tom, was teaching a course in radio here at the SFCC and worked at the KSFR radio station. It was coming on to winter and he asked me if I could fill in for a couple DJ's who were taking a winters break. I've been a record collector since the late 50s and had a little experience sitting in with a friend on his show "Cracker Barrel" at a college station in St Louis.So before long I had 3 shows going that winter 15 years ago, blues,jazz,and a R&R show ,but I really liked the idea of a "Blue Monday" 7-9 ( no more late nights).I love being a part of KSFR and really enjoy producing shows that are a little different than the usual 'oldies shows'. Santa Fe and Northern New Mexico have a wonderfully diversified listening audience who support the unique programing.
Marion's professional career is in environmental management. She spent the early years of her career working for State and Federal government agencies in several different environmental management and protection programs. In 1990 she opened her own environmental consulting company providing services to government agencies, private clients, and local communities throughout the country. Throughout her career, Marion has remained primarily interested in how individuals and local communities are impacted by environmental management decisions that directly affect their lives and quality of life. She believes that every community is capable of making important and meaningful contributions to the environmental decisions that affect their communities when provided with information and access to the decision making process in a timely manner.