by: Rain Morgan
All things considered, KUCI has persevered and is now even showing signs of becoming a full-fledged adult. We are now on the web and beginning to take our place among the major stations as a major player, with professional people at the helm and the mike. We are more then just a college radio station, playing alternative music although we have that too. As a matter of fact, we have something for everyone.
Let's begin with jazz. Nobody, and I mean nobody, does a jazz show like the Esquire. Over the 17 years the Dr. Roland Holmes has been at KUCI, he has seen a lot. When asked what his show does for the community, he said, "It bridges the people and it keeps the music alive. In jazz and blues, you see the fabric of America."
Roland reminded me that it was Louis Armstrong who was sent to heal relations between the European market and the US. But if great music is not enough, Roland Holmes, Esquire, will throw in some love advice, and he get calls from women who want to thank him, Not only does he get calls from local listeners, but from listeners in Chile and even Paris, proving the power of the web. Why don't commercial stations play jazz and blues? I asked him. The answer was simple: There isn't as much money in it as there is in other music. Might we say that KUCI and the Dr. help to keep jazz and blues alive and cookin'? Dr. Roland Holmes' jazz show, "All About Jazz" airs Mondays and Fridays 8-9 AM.
"We (at KUCI) have something for everyone."
Another host with the most at KUCI is Cherri Farah, who has had her show for almost five years. It is an entertainment magazine type of show, and has seen many famous people as guests; James Whitmore, Tippy Hedron, BB King, Ray Bradbury and Juice Newton have graced her golden mike. All this sounds great, but there is more to her then the stars. Cherri works for the charities that make a big difference in the lives of so many. I asked her to give me a "for instance" where her show helped someone. She said she had done a show with Perry King and the Olive Crest staff on child abuse. A child who was being
severely abused heard the show and made a call that quite possibly saved her life. Sherri has a mission to raise money for the station. She believes the shows are improving and would like to see us promoting ourselves in the community where we belong, being of service to the people of Orange County. Cherri Farah and Marla Miller's show "The Marla and Cherri Show", airs Mondays 4-5 PM.
I did not want to write an article about KUCI and not talk to at least one member of the new management team. Barbara DeMarco Barrett, director of Public Affairs, has been with the station nearly three years. On her show, "Writers on Writing," she interviews authors, literary agents and poets on the art and business of writing, and teaches at UCI and CSUF (California State University, Fullerton). As the director of Public Affairs, her biggest concern is the quality of radio that the PA
hosts are doing, and that we reach as many members of the community as possible. Between herself and Julie Espy--and Dave
Jun, Kevin Stockdale, and the whole PA clan-she believes Public Affairs can become real radio, important radio. Barbara wants to see all PA hosts take responsibility for marketing their own shows and the station as a whole. And she stresses participating at meetings and volunteering, too. Many of us share your goal, Barbara. We welcome you aboard and we salute you. Barbara DeMarco Barrett's show, "Writers on Writing", airs Thursdays 5-6 PM.
"... the (KUCI) shows are getting better and better..."
My article would not be complete if I did not tell you about my own show, "Ask Mother Earth." I talk about what I call evolving thought. The mission of my show is to advocate personal power. This means that each of us is responsible to ourselves. No one is a victim. We are co-creators with the Father/Mother God ( as it says in the bible, made in his image ) and therefore powerful. We all have our own set of tools for everyday living. Perhaps we draw a Tarot card to see what actions would benefit our business needs. Maybe we take an hour each day to meditate on God so our stress level lowers or perhaps we use past-life regression to heal a difficult past. Some may study numerology and astrology so we can see deeper into the psyche, allowing us to help ourselves, and others, to move into healthier minds and bodies. Some of us become learned in the arts of Reiki or Pranic Healing, and some use Huna or Mantra. Whatever the Esoteric path of choice, it is meant for the highest good of The Earth. If you have any questions, "Ask Mother Earth." "Ask Mother Earth", hosted by Rain
Morgan, airs Mondays 9-10 AM.
And last but not least, a few words about the rest of the staff and management at KUCI . We have some great DJ's, I must say. Continue the quest.
As I Am, Rain Morgan, AKA Mother Earth