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.
I am Desiree Mays, producer of Yoga Moments on Fridays just before 5pm and Sundays just before 8am. The idea for Yoga Moments is to provide a quiet two minutes in busy times to relieve stress and provide a little food for thought. My readings and books come to me and cover all faiths and philosophies from the Dalai Lama to Yoga for Chickens (visualize meditating standing on one leg, chicken-style - Tree pose for those in the know).
I produced CenterStage for years for KSFR, an interview format with music speaking to classical music people. Now I talk about the Santa Fe operas on Radio Cafe with Mary-Charlotte in the spring and summer months. Radio is fun, informative and sometimes uplifting.
Bruce Taylor Hamilton (aka "Uncle Homey" or "Joe Bob Biscuit")
I joined KSFR about 15 months ago. It came about because of my teaching indoor cycling at clubs around Santa Fe where I build class playlists from all types of musical sources (blues, jazz, pop, Arabic, north African, Brazilian, even some classical, among others). Because of the popularity of my playlists, it was suggested that I try to find a slot at KSFR to play the many kinds of music I use. I did so, and have savored doing my show ever since.
Part of my interest in music come from a traumatic personal cessation of early musical lessons, which has led to a life-long desire to always be involved with music.
Ron Hale was born in Mexico and has lived in New Mexico for over 30 years. Ron has been doing radio since the 1960s—first at WRSN in Swarthmore, PA, then at WGDR in Plainfield, VT, and then in New Mexico at KUNM in Albuquerque and KSFR in Santa Fe, where he is part of the Acoustic Explorations team of DJ’s. Ron has been involved with folk, bluegrass, and traditional country music since high school and college, playing guitar and singing in a number of acoustic bands—currently with the Atomic Grass bluegrass band (with fellow KSFR DJ Phil Vergamini). Ron has a strong interest in the history of traditional American country music and in how that history is reflected and expressed in contemporary culture and music. In his other life, Ron has worked for many years as a consultant to non