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WHERE THE ISLANDER INTRODUCES YOU TO THE VOICES BEHIND KISL'S LIVE RADIO PROGRAMMING. THIS WEEK: LOUD TOE " TAPPING ENCOURAGED, Every Sunday night from 6 to 7 p.m Glenn Robison brings KISL and Catalina back to the era of the Sugarloaf Casino. "Rapidly Rotat- ing Records" not only shares the songs of the '20s and '30s but ex- plores the artists that made them and the events that shaped their sounds. We were able to pull Ro- bison away from his record collec- tion and find out more about the music he loves to share. KISL: WHAT IS A RAPIDLY ROTATING RECORD? Glenn: A rapidly rotating re- cord is a 10-inch diameter disc made of shellac that rotates at ap- proximately 78 RPM. They were produced from the late 1800s until the early 1950s. What I play on the show are primarily pop, jazz and dance band records from the 1920s and 30s. but sometimes go- ing back to the early 1900s and on rare occasion into the early 1940s. KISL: HOW DID YOU GET YOUR START IN RADIO? Glenn: I minored in broadcast- ing at San Diego State in the early 70s, but never did anything with it at the time. Back in 2000 some- one at (Catalina Island Marine Institute) at Toyon Bay who knew I collected 78s told me that KISL was looking for DJs. I had been doing a 15-minute show as a guest on a friend's Internet show so I contacted the station and sent in a Founded in 1913 by Ernest Wiedle Group Publisher Vince Bodiford vince@cinews.us Editor Dennis Kaiser ed@cinews.us Advertising Pat Jamieson advertising@cinews.us Office Manager Jennifer Leonhardi manager@cinews.us Accounting Judy Murray j udy@localnewspapers.org 101 MARILLA #6 AVALON, CA 90704 [ (310) 510-0500 FAX: (310) 510-2882 Postmaster: Send address changes to The Catalin'a Islander P.O. Box 428, Avalon, CA 90704 DEADLINES Calendar: Noon Monday I News: 5 p.m: Monday I Display Advertising: 2 p.m. Tuesday I Classified Advertising: Noon Tuesday I Legal/Public Notices: 5 p.m. Monday SUBSCRIPTIONS Send to manager@cinews.us One Year Sulascription: Catalina $39 Mainland $48 Subscriptions via First Class Mail are available for $80/year demo and lo and behold they put me on the air! And I've been'on KISL ever since, with the longest running show on the station. KISL: WHAT DOES HAVING KISL COMMUNITY RADIO MEAN TO YOU? Glenn: It helps me to preserve and promote the music of that era. Streaming online at kislavalon. com, the show can be heard any- where in the world. I get feedback from all over the world, which is very satisfying. KISL: YOU RECENTLY CELEBRAT- ED A BIG MILESTONE IN YOUR SHOW'S HISTORY, 12 If EARS ON AIR, WHAT HAS THE EXPERIENCE BEEN UKE? Glenn: I have a lot of fun doing the show. Whenever I mention to anyone that I'm on the radio, they seem to find it fascinating. A lot of people think radio is dead and that nobody listens, but -radio is KlfiL: DURING 'OUR SHOW YOU certainly not dead on Catalina. OFTEN GIVE FANTASTIC INSIGHTS AND STORIES ABOUT THE SONG, KISL: WHEN YOU ARE NOT CREAT- ARTIST OR ANYTHING ELSE INTER- ING A RADIO SHOW WHAT DO YOU ESTING FROM THE RAPIDLY ROTAT- SPEND YOUR TIME DOING? ING RECORD ERA, WHERE DO YOU Glenn: Frafikly~ much of my FIND THIS INFORMATION? free time is spent working on the show. I put in a lot of time doing Glenn: I have a significant num- research on the composers and berofreferencebooks, biographies artists- and share a lot of that in- on composers and musicians and formation with my audience. I also discographies that I've collected still collect 78s. over the years. Some information I'm a fan of old movies and a comes from liner notes on LPs and theater organ aficionado and of CDs. And I'm part of a group of course.we have a wor~derful page collectors, musicians and scholars. theater right here in the Casino. which is a wonderful resource. If I Outside of radio I am the HR and pose a question to the group about compliance director for Guided a song, composer, artist or record, Discoveries and work in the busi- I'll have multiple responses within ness office in Claremont. Guided minutes. I've written liner notes Discoveries operates Catalina for an upcoming CD on the Riv- Island Marine Institute at Toyon ermont label about a group known Bay, Fox Landing and Cherry . as the Shannon Quartet. It was a Cove. male vocal close harmony group founded in 1917, and this CD cov- Glenn Robison brings KISL and Catalina back to the era of the Sugarloaf Casino. Courtesy photo ers their electrical recordings from 1925-1928. KISL: HOW DO YOU ORGANIZE EACH SHOW, IS THERE A THEME? Glenn: The show generally has five segments of three or four records each, with each one typi- cally celebrating a composer or artist's birthday, or commemorat- ing a historical event. For exam- ple, for the anniversary of Charles Lindbergh's 1927 flight, I played a number of the many records that were made about it at the time, such as one called "Lucky Lindy." KISL: WHAT IS ONE OF THE STRANGE MUSICAL DISCOVER- IES YOU'VE MADE DURING YOUR SHOW? Glenn: I've come across a few unusual records. One was on last week's show and was called "Buckin' Horse Hula," sung in Hawaiian and Pidgin English by Pua Kealoha. It was recorded in 1935. One of this week's segment topics is a bit strange. Aug. 10 was "National S'mores Day" and since "s'more" is a contraction of "some more" I played a set of songs with "some more" in the title, such as Bing Crosby's "Fool Me Some More." KISL: DO YOU FIND INFLUENCES FROM THE '20S AND '30S IN TODAY'S MUSIC? Glenn: People who hear my show for the first time and aren't familiar with the music of the era sometimes say it reminds them of music they hear in soundtracks of old cartoons, such as Betty Boop or in Laureland Hardy or Our Gang short films from the '30s. KISL: AFTER 12 YEARS ON THE AIR, WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE SOMEONE GOING INTO THE FIRST DAY OF THEIR SHOW? Glenn: Just about anyone can do a radio show. Just make your show about something you have a KISL, Page 9 Well look no further! MIKE LOSEY Specializing in Vacation and ~Boat Dock Homes www.MarinaH omesbyMike.com M ike.LoseyC/~ahoo.com ~~ Cell: 18C 5) 509-1177 DRE Lic.#00597162 RE/MAX Gold Coast Realtors Beach & Marina Office 1151 S. Victoria Ave. Oxnard, CA 93035 A Publication of CommunltyMedia Corporation. CATALINA ISLANDER (USPS 093-140) Acc.eptance under 39C, F.R. 3464 periodicals postage paid at Avalon, CA 90704 and other additional offices. Adjudication Decree" No. 377598. Date of Adjudication: Oct. 4, 1934 Exact Name of Newspaper as shown in the Petition for Adjudication: The Catalina Islander. Published weekly at 101 Marilla Avenue, #6 Avalon, CA 90704. The entire contents of The Catalina Islander are copyrighted by The Catalina Islander. No part may be reproduced in any fashion without written consent of the publisher. This publication is printed almost entirely on recycled paper. Contents Copyright 2012 and Title Registered, Catalina Islander. Inc All Rights Reserved. I~ PROUD MEMBER OF THE CALIFORNIA NEWSPAPER E~ PUBLISHERS ASSOCIATION 2 i Friday, August:J2 4, 2012 THE CATALINA ISLANDER