That's Life

Lois Richter’s format for That’s Life is mostly interviews. Recurring topics include Davis activities and groups; work and life choices; philosophy and theory; plus birding, cooking, art, and other passions. Lois occasionally breaks into music — from ballads to the slack key sounds of Hawaii to golden oldies rock 'n' roll — but mostly there is just talk.

To suggest a topic for discussion or a person to interview, text Lois or leave a message in the comments here.

Lois seldom (but occasionally) updates her other website. Check it out at 

Replays Thursday 11am-12pm
Music programs are only online for two weeks after they are broadcast.

That's Some Re-Play!


Some repeats broadcast during April 2021.  (I just got too busy.  I'm fine; just catching up now.)

15 April 2021 -- replayed  the Judy Fjell show from  the previous week (4/8/21).

22 April 2021 -- replayed the interview with KDRT host Gitane which first aired in February 2019:

29 April 2021 -- replayed an early home-made show from a year ago --  Blue #1 --

I expect to make some new shows for May.  

That's Life with Judy Fjell, part 1

In the 1980s, oneof the best-loved performers of Women's Music was Judy Fjell.  She wrote her own songs, performed widely, and was an uplifting singer to listen to.  In 2016, Judy Fjell re-issued her 1985 album as a CD -- "This Side, That Side". -- which is the focus of this episode. [Re-played in 2021.]

Since then, Judy has continued singing, writing, an performing -- but she has also taught many others to sing and write.  Her music camps ... well, I think she says it best on her current (2021) website at -- 

"Judy has written and recorded over 20 album collections, published several songbooks and ukulele instructional books, and continues to teach and perform from her home in Helena, Montana."

That's Life with HardWater's Osmosis from 2009

When the debut CD "Osmosis" came out from the local band Hard Water, it was NEW! (and 2009). Over ten years later, we have heard these songs and this Davis band at many places around town, often assisting with fundraisers for local nonprofits.  Over the years they have reconfigured, added differant members, played lots of places, and transformed in many ways.  Yet they remain true to their beginnings -- sharing with us good music and good times.  This show was originally broadcast in fall 2009, and we re-air it for your timeless enjoyment.

If you would like to hear what the band is doing more recently here's a link to their Facebook Page and to their website --

That's William T "Bill" Hollingshead, 1937 - 2021

This is in memory of Bill Hollingshead who died last month.  He was a UCD alum, a native of Woodland, and the son of a famous photographer.  During an interview on That's Life in 2009, Bill shared much of his history as well as that of his father -- Paul W Hollingshead.  We re-air that interview now so that Bill's friends can hear his voice one more time.

Bill's obituary was published by the Daily Democrat (Woodland CA) and is online at:

That's Life for Freddie Oakley in 2019

Do you remember when Freddie Oakley was our Elections official for Yolo County?  She has done so much more than that!  I've know Freddie for many years, interviewed her here several times, had her as a guest on my television series back in the 1990s, and she even hosted that show once ("Thoughtfulness" on DCTV).  Today on That's Life, we reminisce about the old days (good old days? bad old days?) and hear what Freddie has been doing since she retired. 

Retired?  HAH!  Busier than ever is more like it!  Hope you enjoy the chat.

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I love listening to your Hawaiian music choices and your comments on Hawaii when you play Hawaiian music. :-)

-- Arielle

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 11/15/2012 - 1:16pm

I forgot about all this great music...thanks for reminding me.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 11/16/2009 - 10:42am

Great show! Never knew so much about green building...great guest. [Casa Verde]

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Mon, 08/24/2009 - 10:31am

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