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Community Radio in Amsterdam


Amsterdam is known for a lot of things but the town also has a thriving community radio/TV network known as SALTO (Amsterdam Broadcasting Authority).


“The Amsterdam Broadcasting Organization is an independent foundation that is intended for, and open to, all residents of Amsterdam. It is important to remember that the Amsterdam Broadcasting Organization is not a mouthpiece for the city council, or for specific pressure groups or institutions. 

The Dutch Media Board, a national authority, has granted us the license to broadcast locally and the city council's only responsibility is to check that the Amsterdam Broadcasting Organization board is representative of the diversity of the Amsterdam population.” 


Jeanne and I received the cooks tour and any and all questions where answered. Stand outs. 


Listening Lyrics for 4pm, Sept 27th, 2013 with TREE-O


We are all in for a treat this coming Friday. I had the pleasure of seeing them perform this past week. Harmony and exceptional song writting skills sets the TREE-O apart.

Tree‑O’s sound features lush three-part harmonies supported by a driving rhythmic accompaniment. Each member shares lead vocals throughout the set. George Haver, guitar, leads with a warm and engaging tenor voice. Rick Palkovic offers instrumental color on mandolin and Dobro, adding his high baritone to harmony and lead vocals. Jamie Knapp holds down the bottom end with the upright bass and adds harmony and lead vocals. But any of the three is likely to pick up a banjo, recorder, keyboard or other instrument if not restrained. The result is a delightfully diverse and eclectic instrumentation.

Listening Lyrics Sept. 19, 2013 First year anniversary show

Listening Lyrics started in late August 2012 but we are not counting the few first shows (call it the learning curve). A year into the show and with 25 guests interviewed you might say Jeanne and I have found a format we are comfortable with. To put it into perspective we are having a blast. On top of that our guests are given a full hour to share their story and their talent. For me personally its like spending one hour a week on the psychiatrists couch, I leave the studio pumped up and ready for the week-end. Yep, usually head to a watering hole to down a beer or two after the show.

In addition the show has given me a rare glimpse into the talent, dedication and fascinating lives of the guests on the show. So this week we will be playing some tunes and poems of previous guests while Jeanne and I sip some bubbly wine. Tune in and share the year with us.

Listening Lyrics Sept. 6, 2013 with KEVIN WAN

Listen to the complete interview and music NOW, http://www.kdrt.org/node/12889

If you ask anyone in Davis who influences the music scene locally, a good bet would be that the name KEVIN WAN will pop up. Yes, KEVIN will spend an hour with us talking about himself, the music business and how the city of Davis responds to live events. Kevin of course is the driving force behind Sophia's Thai Kitchen so a little food talk might also pop up. 

Listening Lyrics is excited about this show especially since the play list will be KEVIN'S selections. Want to know what KEVIN listens to - well then - tune in this Friday

Listening Lyrics for 4pm on Aug 30th, 2013 with the Dan Dressen

If you have been around town to some of the open mics for singer/songwriters you have probably seen Dan Dressen. Dan likes to paint a picture with lyrics and his guitar. Dan is a Davis resident and we are thrilled to have him spend an hour with us to chat about his music. he will also be performing some covers of his favorite songs.

Listening Lyrics Friday August 16, 2013 with ANDY LENTZ

Talk about a special hour, this is one guest I have been looking forward to - ANDY LENTZ

With a background in classical violin, bluegrass, and country, Andy adds depth and fire to any ensemble. He has performed and recorded with many artists including The Devil Makes Three, Rita Hosking, The West Nile Ramblers, The Brothers Comatose, and Nicki Bluhm. After many years of performing in California, Andy relocated to Austin, Texas in 2011 and began playing with Silas LoweThe Sieker BandCornell Hurd and many others.

Vist ANDY LENTZ at www.andylentz.com

Listening Lyrics - August 9, 2013 -featuring MYSTIC BRAVES

From Los Angeles the MYSTIC BRAVES will be in the studio. An interesting group since their music is a mix of the today and of the past going back into the psychedelic 1960's. 4 young men creating a stir in the west coast music scene. The whole hour will be dedicated to hearing this extremely talented groups music and digging into their story.


Vist the MYSTIC BRAVES at www.mysticbraves.com


Folow LISTENING LYRICS on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/ListeningLyrics

or on Twitter https://twitter.com/ListeningLyrics

Friday July 19, 2013 - RITA HOSKING is our guest


Rita Hosking sings about forest fires but it is her that is setting the folk music scene on blaze. Her new album "Little Boat" appeared as #7 on the folk music charts and her single "Parting Glass" as #3. So listen in this Friday as we spend an hour with Rita and her guitar.

"In scorching form" (UK Telegraph), Northern California's own Rita Hosking sings of forest fires, culture clash, demolition derbies, the working class and hope.  From major U.S. festivals to Bob Harris's BBC show, Rita is moving audiences around the globe with her stories in song and doubly sweet and sinewy voice, "a captivating performer," (R2 Magazine.)

Visit Rita at www.ritahosking.com


Listening Lyrics July 12, 2013 with NAT LEFKOFF

This past weekend I was invited to see and hear some live music at a new coffee shop in town. Nat Lefkoff was the first act and he blew me away. His vocals, lyrics, stage presence and a touch of mischief made him an instant must for this show. Fortunately I had an opening so get ready to spend an hour with Nat.

Nat will also be introducing his new CD.

You can visit Nat at http://natlefkoff.bandcamp.com

or his facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nat-Lefkoff/