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‘He’s just a kid, but God can he play the piano’

3rd Streaming presents 20th and 21st century classical, jazz, and motion picture music, and DJ Gary Chew has songs from all of the genres on this week’s show.

He starts with songs from two musicians from different eras who were born this time of year —  “I Want to Be Happy,” by the Chico Hamilton Quintet, recorded in 1955, followed by “Blue Nude” by Aaron Diehl, released in 2013. (The photo shows covers from their respective records.)

Hamilton would have turned 102 on Sept. 20, Gary says. Diehl was born on Sept. 22, 1985. “He’s just a kid, only 38 years old,” Gary says, “but God can he play the piano.”

A Constant Grin beckons you to dive head-first into the mischief

Each week on A Constant Grin, DJ Chris Mussen delivers indie rock — serious indie — plus Dada show descriptions, like the sentence on this week’s playlist: “Sweet blood bribing my reckless tuxedo egg enemies all winter.”

Chris says A Constant Grin, which has been part of KDRT for years, “is a home-recorded 30-minute maelstrom of mischievous miscellaneous music that can be heard every Friday at 2 p.m.,” plus via repeats and streaming. The current program starts with “Egg in a Frame,” by Palm, from its 2015 release Trading Basics (pictured).

Praise Time with Preacher helps the good spirit shine through music

“Movin’ On” by Grammy winners Jonny McReynolds and Mali Music (pictured) closes out this week’s Praise Time with Preacher, and it’s no hardship waiting ‘til the end of the show to hear it. DJ Preacher’s love for gospel shines throughout the whole program. The entire hour is a treat. The man knows the music.

Preacher -- his name, not his title -- wants to lift you up, too.

 “The aim of my show is to help you feel what I believe is inside of all of us, and that is a good spirit that drives us to be the very best people we can be. I hope through my music, I hope through my words, you can feel my spirit,” he says during today’s program. “We fall down, but we get up again. We will work together, we will be with one another, we will help each other, and get each other through these days.”

Tune your spirits up again with this week’s Praise Time with Preacher.

Independent and Local shows you the kind of talent we have around here

On Independent and Local, DJ Sam Hawk plays music performed by unsigned artists, and it’s hard to believe these musicians aren’t signed to a major record label. This week’s show includes songs by Hobby Horse, Lori Hawk, Elaine Davidson, Ruby Jay, Classic Q Band. Matt Jaffee, Wealth of Nations (a Davis band!, pictured), Mark Lemaire and Kevin Fagan.

Plus a couple others. Gotta leave some surprises. This is one fine hour.

Anton Barbeau plus summer songs on the latest Electric Compost Heap

Electric Compost Heap airs live on Fridays, but thanks to the KDRT archives you can listen to the Aug. 25 program anytime for the next couple of weeks. This time out, DJ Dug Deep spins plenty of summer tunes -- fall isn't here yet, y' know -- plus a couple of tracks by Anton Barbeau, who just happened to be playing in Davis last Friday night at Delta of Venus. Dug also wants you to know that the official color of this week's program is magenta!

On this week’s Heart to Heart, Dr. G remembers the influential ‘Dr. Love’

“Today I’d like to talk with you about someone who has been called the granddaddy of motivational speakers on television,” says Heart to Heart host Dr. Gitane. “At one time he had five of his books on the New York Times bestsellers list.”

On her program for this week, Dr. G invites listeners to learn more about “this fine person, who I had the pleasure of meeting, by the way, umpteen years ago” — Felice Leonardo Buscaglia, more commonly known as Leo Buscaglia, and also as “Dr. Love.”

Penguin Random House says his first book, Love (pictured), was a continual bestseller for more than 20 years.

Celtic Songlines starts this week with a 16th century ballad by Kerfuffle

On this week's Celtic Songlines you hear the band Kerfuffle, starting with the 16th century English ballad “Castleton Carol” from the band’s To The Ground album (pictured) of 2008, followed by Louise Mulcahy with a medley of jigs and reels, Drónán, the legendary Tommy Sands with Moya and Fionan, harpist/vocalist Mary O'Hara, the band Runa, a raven tune from Cuélebre, Port Isaac's Fisherman's Friends, the all-star band Usher's Island and Arty McGlynn.

Twang Thang brings you Greater Americana every Monday at 6

“Americana music didn't just show up one day — the genre has evolved from deep and varied country music roots,” says Twang Thang host Dirk Brazil. The show “explores both the old and the new and a bunch of stuff from the in between.”

Like this week’s show, which starts with Joe Ely’s “Whenever Kindness Fails” from his 1992 album Love and Danger.

Catch up with semi-pro Football Club Davis on latest Timeout Radio

Football Club Davis, a semi-professional soccer team founded in 2017, is based in Davis. On the latest Timeout Radio, FC Davis owner Adam Lewin returns to recap an eventful 2023 season. We talk about the adversity that both the men's and women's teams faced this season, and how the program will continue to grow for years to come.

We also look ahead to the fall 2024 season, when the Lions will join the United Premier Soccer League (UPSL).

Program host Rohan Baxi often features sports topics on Timeout Radio. In July he chatted with journalist Cam Inman, who talks about covering the San Francisco 49ers for the San Jose Mercury News, his advice to aspiring sports broadcasters, and what 49ers fans can expect this upcoming season. Check out Rohan's "Inside the 49ers with Cam Inman."

Na Mele O Hawai’i honors fire-struck Maui

Wildfires have scorched the Hawaiian island of Maui this week, with at least 55 people killed and thousands of people driven from their homes as of this morning, Aug. 11. Na Mele O Hawai’i host Beth Post has dedicated the first hour of her program for Aug. 10 to honor Maui.

“These wildfires have blown through all sorts of land, flattened the very precious town of Lahaina, and displaced thousands of people,” she says. "Our thoughts are with Maui, with the ohana we all have. Many of us have friends or family who live on the island. Some have lost homes or beloved pets, or have been displaced.

“We send our aloha to all of those, and all the people who are sending their aloha as well. We can lift one another up, as we lift Maui.”

Her first song this week is by Kuana Torres Kahele from Music for the Hawaiian Islands, Vol. 3 (pictured).