Rocket Radio

Rocket Radio KDRT Davis California

Rocket Radio is a show aimed at Davis youth of all ages, from elementary to high school. DJ Rocket features music, poems, books, interviews, and current events, all while maintaining a young perspective.

Music programs are only online for two weeks after they are broadcast.

Steinbeck's Skeleton's Last Song

Two weekends ago, Rocket's band Steinbeck's Skeleton released their last song, Pillhead, having already been broken up for a couple weeks. The song is available on soundcloud and bandcamp. Rocket plays the song and talks about why being in a band is really cool and a great opportunity become a better musician. On a similar note (no pun intended) Rocket talks about the upcoming Mark Wood concert at DHS featuring choirs and orchestras from around Davis. Mark Wood is a famous electric violinist who is bringing his whole band along to give an authentic rock and roll concert experience to DJUSD students and concert attendees this Saturday.

Scary Movies and Stevie Wonder

This past weekend, highschoolers involved in leadership for Acme Theatre Company met and discussed the past and future of the company and Acme in general. Rocket talks about this experience and the upcoming summer show, The Madwoman of Chaillot (all highschoolers past 8th grade should consider getting involved!!!). Rocket also talked about some scary movies. Final Destination 5 is the most recent installment in the final destination series. The common thread between all the movies is that a group of people avoid a fatal catastrophe and then begin to die off in bizarre ways. Oculus follows the story of a brother and sister who's family was torn apart when they were young because of this creepy ornate mirror that can mess with people's heads. The siblings grow up and find the mirror and stuff goes down. Rocket reads the short story The Highway from The Invisible Man by Ray Bradbury.

Santa Cruz and Fire Katehi

Rocket talks about his trip to Santa Cruz last weekend and how the Santa Cruz school system is weird. There's also an update about last week's Speech and Debate showcase and Day of Silence. Day of Silence is a national student-led event organized by GLSEN to raise awareness about LGBT issues. Students around the country pledge their silence to symbolize the silencing the LGBT community suffers from harassment and discrimination. This year the DHS Gay-Straight Alliance had 87 participants. In other news the Fire Katehi protesters left her building this week but are by no means done. They released their exit statement which Rocket reads. Rocekt also reads some of "Kaleidescope", a short story from The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury.

Speech and Debate Showcase, Ashland, and Every 15 Minutes

Tonight is the DHS Speech and Debate Team's annual showcase from 7-9 at the Brunelle Theatre, tickets are $5 at the door. The showcase will feature an assortment of speeches including original and imporvised material. The Showcase will also include a public forum debate on whether or not pushng back school start times would be beneficial to DJUSD students. There is also a silent auction. Two weekends ago Acme Theatre Company went to Ashland to see the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Rocket talks about the different shows the company saw: Yeomen of the Guard, River Bride, and Vietgone. Rocket also talks about the recent Every 15 Minutes Program he participated in at the high school in which the administration simulated a drunk driving accident between students on Oak Street. This show also includes a minute of absolute silence to prepare for Day of Silence this Friday.

DHS Orchestra Disneyland Trip

In this show Rocket talks in depth about the Disneyland field trip the Davis High orchestras went on at the start of spring break. Rocket plays violin in the DHS Chamber Orchestra, one of the three orchestras at the school. Over the course of this four-day trip, students played (and won!) in a competition, stayed in a hotel in Anaheim, and got to record orchestral soundtracks to Disney films, as well as go on lots of rides in the park! Rocket talks about rides like The Tower of Terror, Splash Mountain, Hyperspace Mountain, Soaring Over California, California Screaming, Mr. Toad's Wild Ride, Pirates of the Caribbean, Grizzly River Run, and the Matterhorn. This show kicks off with Hakuna Matata from Disney's The Lion King, then I'm in Love by Dani Kerry (an artist from the Disney awards ceremony), and ends with So Long Goodbye by Sum 41 (a band on the recently released Warped Tour Lineup).

Wennberg and WWI

In this show Rocket talks about Da Vinci's World War One Night, the Davisville movie premiere, and Acme Theatre Company's spring show Scapino, as well as their current acting workshop. Rocket also talks about the twentieth anniversary of the Wennberg Music Festival. Rocket also talks a little about the current campaign to get UCD Chancellor Linda Katehi fired and reads a statement by students occupying her building. Rocket mentions the orchestra program Disneyland trip that happens in a couple days, pi day, and daylight savings.

Super Tuesday

Today is Super Tuesday! Rocket talks about World War One night coming up at Da Vinci High School, auditions for Acme's spring show, Scapino, and the upcoming Wennberg Concert at the Mondavi Center. Rocket gives the Words of the Week including "bissextile year" or a leap year (yesterday was February 29). Rocket talks about the debate tournament he went to on friday and the various debate topics including whether or not the United States Federal Government should stop subsidizing corn. In honor of Super Tuesday, Rocket reads Duck for President. Music for this show includes My War by Black Flag (WWI), All the Small Things by Blink-182 (Pop-Punk for Jamie), and Dear Mr. President by P!nk.

AP World Tour 2016

Rocket talks about the concert he went to last night with Like Pacific, Knuckle Puck, State Champs, and Neck Deep. He talks about the couple that got engaged during the Neck Deep set, the pick he found after the show, and biting his tongue at the show. He gives the Words of the Week which include Paranomasia (puns). Rocket then tells a really, really, really bad pun he came up with. Rocket also introduces a new book to the show: The Psychology Book. It's part of the same series as The Philosophy Book which has been featured on the show many times. The Psychology Book's entrance is timely because Rocket's English class is just starting to discuss Freud in the context of The Lord of the Flies. Because of the concert, all the music on this show is State Champs. Songs include All You Are Is History, Simple Existence, and Secrets.

Interview with Max the Dog


Max chilling in the studio.

This show features an exclusive first-time interview with Rocket's dog Max. Max sings a sonorous melody to harmonica accompanyment. Rocket talks about Jilly Foster, a DHS ski team member who recently suffered a severe skiing accident. Her story and donation information is available here. Rocket introduces a new segment to the show called Words of the Week in which he reads words from those word-a-day calendars. Rocket recently uncovered some narrative poetry he wrote in seventh grade for his English class. It's called "The Dragon's Lair" and it's hilarious. At the end of the show Rocket pulls out the Shel Silverstein and reads some poems from Falling Up. In preparation for the Alternative Press World Tour 2016 show coming up next week in Sacramento, this show features music exclusively by Neck Deep. Songs include Gold Steps, December, and A Part of Me.

Animal Farm

In this show, Rocket talks about the in-class debate he did on animal farm for English class. The debate was "Resolved: On balance, Animal Farm by George Orwell supports communism" and Rocket reads his case. Rocket also finally gives the anser to last weeks riddle about the poisoned apple. Rocket also reads a couple secitions from the book "Puzzle Math" for his upcoming math test. Music for this show includes Serpents by Neck Deep whom Rocket will see later this month, King of the World by Weezer from the soon-to-be-released White Album, and All I Need by Awolnation. King of the World is dedicated to Jilllian Foster who's a Weezer fan and recently suffered a ski accident

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Show will begin on April 6th!

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