MEET the dj's
KXPB Radio is a NON-PROFIT organization so all our on air personalities are volunteers!
UNCLE THOM & Aunt kandi
Fun Friday Doubleheader Happy Hour
4 pm - 6 pm
My love for radio started when I was just a child. I was 11 when I had my first "radio station", using the garden hose as a mic and the transmitter. My brother and the neighbor would listen on the other end as I DJ'd my show for endless minutes... lol, I only had two records in my music library! As many know, back in the 1950's, radio was considered the window to the world, which I eagerly listened to and began creating custom playlists for friends and family. Upon graduating High School in Seattle I played in a band for a short time, then spent 38 years in California, finally returning to the Pacific Northwest. I was part of the original crew that DJ'd during our "pirate radio" years, then assisted Max Better in obtaining the station's official FCC license, which we have to this day. I feel lucky to be a part of the KXPB Radio family and even more lucky to have Aunt Kandi helping out.
The howard & breezy show
Third Sunday of every month 11:00-3:00pm
If you like rock mixed with a little bit of eclectic stuff and a touch of the wacky, this is the show for you!
Howard & Breezy were both born with vinyl in their veins! Howard's family was in the music business and Breezy inherited two music collections with over 700 records! Both are from the Pacific Northwest and although they live in Graham, they consider themselves as Pacific Beachers: their home away from home. While they never considered themselves as DJ's until a chance meeting with Wacky and Handlebar Mike who put them in the hot seat on air! The rest is history....
THE RUSTY & RED SHOW
Saturdays 7 pm - 9 pm
Must have made a thousand mix tapes. Waiting patiently to press record on the cassette deck when your favorite song came on the radio. Always had some DJ start talking before the song ended. Every time you played the mix tape you cursed the DJ for screwing it up! Every time Rusty and Red are doing their show, it's another mix tape, complete with DJ's talking over the end, start and sometimes singing with the song. Nobody is going to record off the radio now anyway right so we can ham it up....
Don't tell Red but I, Rusty, used to work in a disco. Two turntables, lot's of polyester, high heels, and perms. Always hated disco music, but funk ruled the day. Also was a member of the AV crew in grade school, you know, the guy who set up the 8mm projector for the class, with geek written all over me from an early age.
Red grew up in the Panama Canal Zone, listened to military radio, and never saw MTV. She also taped music off the radio but never cursed DJ's as that would be wrong, as a good Catholic girl does not curse. Since then, she has learned to curse at Rusty! LOL She loves music with a beat, and also hates disco.
I hope we passed the audition,
Rusty & Red
THE RIGHT REVEREND- DR. WACKY, ESQ & JULIA
KXPB Radio started with my desire to listen to music while working at the Wacky Warehouse. Because there were few radio stations I could receive and the programming was repetitive with lots of commercials, I played my own cassettes and CD's from a boom box. But the Wacky is a large building and I couldn't hear it in many parts of the building. So, I obtained a small FM transmitter that was designed to cover only a single residence or building. I will take the 5th on what happened next! LOL A short time later, Congress amended the Communications Act of 1934 and the FCC was authorized to issues low power FM licenses to community, government, and religions organizations. My high school friend, Kelly (Max Better), waded through the bureaucratic paperwork and obtained the first LPFM license in western Washington. I hoped I could attract musicians, artists and people who were into good music to join me in Pacific Beach to enjoy the laid-back lifestyle and freedom from big city stress. After watching cable movie shows where a celebrity did cooking during commercial breaks, I invited Julia to do a show with me on Sunday afternoons....
Friday 10 am to 3 pm
I was born in the "country" of Ballard, WA in 1955. Having spent most summers with uncles and cousins from Moclips to Ilwaco in the late '50's to '60's I fell in love with PB.
A lot of my family were commercial fishermen. Between fishing seasons, I played guitar in many popular clubs and bars in Seattle while also holding down "legitimate" jobs. One of my other jobs included working for radio stations.
I always played my guitar when I had downtime. My favorite genre is the Blues. I also love the rock and roll of my youth. Unfortunately, I can no longer play my beloved guitars due to a traumatic injury causing severe nerve damage. So now I enjoy playing my favorite tunes for the listeners of KXPB.
Mondays 10am to 2pm
DJ Dizzy Dave, hailing from Portland, Oregon, has long been enchanted by radio. From young nights tuning into stations like KGO and WLS, to becoming a licensed Ham Radio operator, Dave's passion for broadcasting has only grown. His travels led him to a deep appreciation for Hawaiian culture and music, from slack key guitar to lively Hawaiian beats. After an adventurous stint as a full-time RVer with his wife, they found their home on North Beach and Dave established himself at KXPB.
On-air, Dave masterfully weaves Hawaiian rhythms with diverse classics, reflecting his rich travels and experiences. Committed to KXPB, a community-owned station, Dave not only supports local media but also shares his vast musical journey with his listeners. Celebrating 45 years of marriage and a lifetime filled with stories, DJ Dizzy Dave remains a beloved figure, captivating audiences with his musical flair and heartfelt dedication to radio.
Saturdays 11am to 7pm
Handlebar Mike has had quite an interesting life...
A Vietnam Army Veteran, Mike served our country with honor and returned home to Southern California, where as a National Wood Finishing Expert, he scored contracts for some of the biggest celebrities, producers and executives in Hollywood. This included Michael Landon (Little House On the Prairie, Bonanza), Director, John Frankenheimer (Black Sunday, Reindeer Games, Path to War), George Barris (Designed the Batmobile), Director Phil Alden Robinson (Sum Of All Fears), and even Brandon Tartkicoff (NBC Executive), among many others. He was also contracted by all the major studios, including Paramount, Disney, Warner Brothers, Universal Studios and NBC.
What some may not realize, upon his return from Vietnam, Mike's passion for radio was ignited and he sought to become a DJ. Lucky for him, he attended the KISS Radio Broadcasters Workshop. where he was trained by the best in the biz at the time- actor Bob Crane (Hogan's Heroes) and Laugh In's Gary Owens,
Seven years ago, Mike moved to the Pacific Beach area where a chance meeting with Wacky sparked his radio career at KXPB Radio. A favorite among listeners, he previously served as President for two years and is a driving force behind marketing the station to local businesses for sponsorship of the non-profit organization.
Mike considers himself to be an entertainer, not only spinning records, but also as a talented singer, clarinetist & piano player. He is currently a lifelong member of: V.F.W. (Veterans of Foreign Wars), D.A.V. (Disabled American Veterans), American Veterans, American Legion and Vietnam Veterans of America.
Thursday 1 pm - 5 pm
I'm Joe Sykes, your Tuesday DJ. California by birth. Arizona by youth. Washington by choice.
I've been interested in radio ever since I hung out with my best friend at his summer job at a radio station in Williams, Arizona.
That was in 1976. My best friend went on to become a professional DJ who works at KMGN, in Flagstaff, Arizona. He is now my brother in law. I went on to become a Greyhound Bus Driver. I drove for 24 years. People have told me in the past, that I have a nice voice for radio. So, here I am...fulfilling another dream.
Thanks for the opportunity.
Thursdays 7:00-9:00 p.m.
My father worked in radio in Seattle for 49 yrs. One of his first gigs was at a station in Aberdeen where I was born. We moved to Seattle the next years, where growing up, I was able to quench my thirst for music. For my first concert I went to see the legendary 'The Doors' in 1967! Then I got to see Jimi three more times and I was fortunate enough to be at Led Zepp's Seattle debut at Green Lake, and would go on to see them at least five times over the next 10 years. My taste moved from funk jazz to the blues and everything in between. At least half of my blues shows feature artists I have seen live.
We have had our house at Pacific Beach since the 1980's and started listening to KXPB early on, At one point there was a party going at the station and they where playing great music but had the mic on, so I walked up to the station, met everybody and the next thing I know I’m playing the blues Thursday night on KXPB Radio!
Currently, I spearheaded getting the town gazebo tiles sold and will have a town party when the tiles are set and hope to get KXPB involved.
Tune in 2nd & 4th Sundays Every Month
Captain Ron has always had a great affection for music and radio. Growing up in the midwest in the 60's, AM Radio was the source for soul, R&B and top 40 music. He worked on his universary's FM radio station in the early 70's, as the music Program Director. After graduate school, radio again became a part of the background in his life. However, during this period he developed a profound appreciation for jazz. Truly America's cultural contribution to the world.
His professional career eventually led from the Midewst to Pacific Northwest, finally finding his way to Pacific Beach, where he has owned a home for 20 years. As a result, he has listened to KXPB Radio since its inception- in both its pirate and legal formats. While KXPB has a wonderfully eclectic playlist, it seemed somewhat thin on Jazz programing. That's where Capatain Ron decided to step in!
His taste started with sweet music, moving through swing, bebop, hard bop and west coast, ending mostly with the birth of the cool era. The great American songbook features prominently along with the greats of those eras and their sidemen.
Tune in on the 2nd and 4th Sundas of the month to follow along as we cruise
through the smooth tones of the greats!
Smooth jazz beach radio WITH
"on air personality" Louis marcs
Wednesday 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m
First inspired by the character "Animal" on Lou Grant, and later on Television Producer - Dick Wolf, Louis Halcyon Simmons first picked up the camera at age 6. From then his eye developed into something amazing with his everlasting visuals that capture life, both past and present.
“My passion comes from the heart, as I love to share my images, visuals, and sharing unique styles of music with the world,” explains Louis. “It is an exciting feeling when you are able to introduce yourself to the public and have them immediately vision your dreams.”
Along with being an “On Air Personality” aka Louie Marcs with his branded music show, “Smooth Jazz Beach Radio”, Louis recently moved up to the pacific coast and owns a production company, “Blu Iguana Cinema”.
Louis' motion picture and television credits include: "Charmed" , "Without A Trace", "CSI", "Honda", "Fujinon", "Impossible Pictures", "Modern Marvels", "Samurai Girl", "NAS", "State of the Union", "In Plain Sight", "NCIS" "The New Los Angeles", and “Aerial Los Angeles".
Sunday 8 am to 11 am
Born and raised on the Harbor my interest in radio started about age 9. My grandpa gave me a radio when I was about 8 years old. This radio had a reading light and an AM radio that hung on the headboard. I remember laying there and tuning to any station I could find. With any luck on a clear night you just might get to listen to the Wofman Jack Show. This was my dream job when I graduated. But life gets in the way of your plans. Music what can you say I love it listen to it everyday still listen to vinyl or tape now its mp3 and wav couldn't live without it. And enjoy listening to new as well as classics
I was born in Seattle and our family moved to Aberdeen by the time I was a year old. At the age of 6 I started piano lessons and continued for about 14 years with a local teacher. My background was basically classical oriented. During my teen years I had a few brief stints with a couple local bands and eventually formed my own band which was well known as The Rockies. We did our own material and had short Northwest tours with Heart, Dr. Hook, and Lee Michaels.
I am presently working with The Murchy Brothers as a composer, producer, engineer. The Murchy Brothers released a new record on the 3rd of April which has become popular locally. I’ve personally released my won original material for several decades and continue to compose and record music.
I have always loved radio and have always had the desire to work as a DJ. I am honored to have the opportunity to offer my vast knowledge of music that covers a large variety of genres. I believe music is the heart and soul of the human experience, and that it is music that makes us happy and reflective on our past, present, and our visions of the future. Let the music flow, let it flow, let it flow.
Sunday 8 am to 11 am
(Aka) Paul Groessee III
THE BUS DRIVER
I was born in Santa Monica Califronia, deeply immersed in the 60's H0llywood movie and music scene. My father, Paul Groessee II, was an Oscar winning art director for MGM and was nominated 11 times with 3 wins for "The Yearling", "Pride and Prejudice" and "Little Women"!
I traveled the world for three years in the 1960's and worked on a couple of movies in Italy---Verona and Rome. I've lived on a couple of Kibbutz in Israel and traveled through India and all of Asia on a motorcycle and then back home.
I love the piano, blues, harp and drums...and the radio!
Your Host on the Coast "The Bus Driver"
"Eat salmon and live longer"