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.
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!
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)
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
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'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.