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b INTRODUCING YOU TO THE VOICES BEHIND KISL'S LIVE RADIO PROGRAMMING. THIS WEEK: COMMUNITY RADIO REMEMBERS STEVE SHAWVER BY JORDAN MONROE It is with a sad heart that KISL presents this week's Meet the Voice article forever incomplete. Fi-iend and disc jockey Steve Shawver passed away on Saturday, Aug. 4, after a battle with cancer. Even though it was difficult for him to muster the strength for our phone interview and each time he said, "No, lets do the interview next time," he would ask ques- tions abgut the community and the station for the next 10 minutes. Steve like that, always put- ting the interests of others ahead .of himself. Steve played a role in developing the voice of KISL over the last year, as he played a role in developing the community KISL serves. KISL will all have to work a little harder to fill the void left by Steve, and to honor his patriotic spirit of service. Steve Shawver, Mark and Gay- le Tasca, Paul Thetreau and Jeff McKinion make up the core of the Radio Free Catalina gang. Satur- day night from 9 p.m. to midnight, RFC (as it is often shortened to) makes space for all the other things that need to be said during the show--which covers a con- coction of contentions concerning Catalina. If that was a lot to take in, so is RFC--but in such a good way. KISL caught up with the gang to get a look inside the world of Radio Free Catalina. Founded in 1913 by Ernest Windle Group Publisher Vince Bodiford Editor Dennis Kaiser Advertising Pat Jamieson Office Manager Jennifer Leonhardi Accounting Judy Murray 101 MARILLA #6 AVALON, CA 90704 I (310) 510-0500 FAX: (310) 510-2882 Postmaster: Send address changes to The Catalina Islander P.O. 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Contents Copyright 2012 and Title Registered, Catalina Islander, inc All Rights Reserved. I~ PROUD MEMBER OF THE CALIFORNIA NEWSPAPER PUBLISHERS ASSOCIATION KISL: Can you introduce us to the gang? Mark: Barney Moped is some- thing I conjured up one night with some friends, and I was looking for a name in the phone book, I wanted to be anonymous, and I took the moniker of Barney Mo- ped, that was in the early '70s, he vanished for a while, and then he came back for the show. Gayle: Deeumthka the gypsy healer from Pooristan, the reason !. picked that was so many people don't take holistic health informa- tion seriously unless it is coming from someone from a distant land, as distant and different as some of the holistic ideas seem. Paul: My stage name is Rambo, it came-from being in the Marines, and it all comes out in the show, like in grunts. I also do the fish report, weather and local news. Jeff: I'm just me on the show. I just do the commentary and news, whatever Steve wants me to do. Jeff: It is relaxing, I work a lot KISL: What is your favorite and it is nice to do something dif- part about doing a group ferent and something people will show? enjoy. Mark: I think the fact that we all let our hair down, we're among KISL: Between your group, real close friends, just like a band you have involvement in that's playing for 30 years, we can many parts of the commu- almost guess what the person is ni~/, what are some of the going to do, it is a great chemis- things your do besides a try. radio show? Gayle: The spontaneity, never Mark: I think Freakdog put knowing when you are going to it the best, I want to give back to get thrown to the wolves. There the community. It is great to have was never any rehearsal, depend- no constraints for RFC, so I feel ing on how long-winded everyone we have a duty to put on the best was dictated how much time you show. When I operate the movie got. It keeps you on your toes, projector in the theater I can't con- sometimes you get a task you were trol the content, but I can on our totally unprepared to do. show! Paul: It is great camaraderie, Gayle: I voluntee? for the hu- we're all volunteers having a good mane society, and now I volunteer time and sharing the good infor- for the Hospital auxiliary, the Un- mation with the pubfic, loved Gift Shop. ]Seller man 2+ 6edreom, 2 Balll, 3 Slery oeMe This is not your typical Sol l sta Condo! From the increased living/sun room size to the completely finished basement, all 3 spacious levels show tremend0us pride of ownership. Attic converted into storage, enhanced remodeled kitchen, large family room with fireplace, deck, private patio, colorful mountain/canyon views. 2 Bedroom + sleeping loft, 2 Full Baths - 2015 sq It living space Large CustonlLiving Room + Sun Room Parking, Pool, Spa Expertly finished basement with fireplace, wet bar, patio - Currently Offered at $469,000 Open House Saturday, Aug 11= 11:00-3:00 Broker: Earl Schrader DRE# 00971634 119 Sumner Ave, Suite A reaity ,catalinaisp.eom It is the Radio Free Catalina gang. From left are ,Paul: I'm with the Veterans of Foreign Wars and work with Junior Lifeguards for the county. I help the Boy Scouts with some merit badges, too. Jeff: I'm on the water a lot, that's why I do harbor reports for the show, driving a shore boat I get a lot of exposure to the boating community. KISL: What is a highlight for you from one of your shows? Mark: The repartee between Steve and Deeumthka is great, and the 11-12 o'clock spot with Steve, when we have our sign off and re- flections, that is of real personal nature for me that I enjoy. Gayle: Hahn, oh gosh, the night I tried to teach my cast members how to do yoga breathing. Paul: I think the best thing is when Steve plays the national an- them to start, shares his military background and his pride, and then shares what is going on in the community, he is really involved and it is great to hear and be a part Paul, Jeff, Steve and Gayle having fun. Photo courtesy of Jordan Monroe of. Jeff: WeJl, it is usually Rambo (Paul) he's a pretty funny guy. His weather report, he's a great guy but he messes up words all the time, it is funny on the radio. KISL: What advice would you give to someone con- sidering doing a =group show?" Mark: Pick your friends wise- ly. Make sure that you have a real good chemistry before you step behind the mic. Pick as though you were inviting friends over for an intimate dinner. Gayle: Just to jump in feet first and go with the flow. You never know where the current is going to take you. Paul: You have to be able to interact, you start a sentence and someone else finishes, you think about what you can do to add, it is not a one person show. No one has the golden mic. you have to be flexible. Jeff: I would say to try and plan KISL, Page 13 2 ; Friday, August 10, 2012 THE CATALINA ISLANDER