Steve Schmidt

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.