The WKZE Staff is proud to announce our Favorite Albums of 2018!

Here’s our list, in no particular order…

Professor Louie – Brandi Carlisle  “By the Way, I Forgive You”

Will B. – Bombino “Deran”

Phil – Jim Lauderdale “Time Flies”

Oilda – David Byrne “American Utopia”

Will S. – Beatles “The Esher Demos”

Lydia – Matt Witte “Ol’ Boy”

Corey – Renewable Energy “The New Mastersounds”

Paul – Prince “Piano & A Microphone 1983”

Jerrice – Bokanté “What Heat”

Faith – Jeffrey Foucault “Blood Brothers”

Gregg – Mammals “Sunshiner”

Dick – John Prine “Tree of Forgiveness”

Sally – Eliza Gilkyson “Secularia”

Rick – J Mascis “Elastic Days”

The end of the year means it’s time for the KZE Dollar$aver Winter Half-Price Sale! You work hard to earn your money and we want to help you keep more of it, while continuing to enjoy the local restaurants, retail locations and services you love. Every certificate in KZE’s Dollar$aver will be half-price starting Wednesday, December 19th through Monday, December 24th. Enjoy 50% off the next time you need to buy a gift, go out to eat, or treat yourself to health and wellness services! It’s easy with KZE! Your half-price savings certificate prints straight from your printer.  A dollar saved is a dollar earned with the KZE Dollar$aver Winter Half-Price Sale! Click on the image to start saving today!

Q: What do you do at KZE?
A: 50% owner

Q: What do you do when you’re not working at KZE?
A: Realtor & horse training.

Q: What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?
A: Really good vanilla.

Q: Do you have any pets?
A: 11 of them! 6 horses, 3 cats and 2 dogs.

Q: What’s the most useless talent you have?
A: Answering silly questions.

Q: When you’re having a bad day, what do you do to make yourself feel better?
A: My dogs and my horses along with good music.

Q: What is the best piece of advice you’ve received? OR Can you share one quote or saying you love, that keeps you going in life?
A: Choose your thoughts wisely, for they become your words. Chose your words wisely for they become your actions.

Q: If you could trade lives with anyone for a day who would it be and why?
A: I’m happy where I am! I do not want to envy. Envy is not a good frame of mind.

Q: What’s the closest thing to real magic?
A: Listening to your instincts.

Q: Have you ever collected stickers that are on fruits?
A: Seriously..what kind of a question is this!

Q: A penguin in a sombrero walks through the doorway and starts talking. What does it say?
A: It sings a Mavericks song.

Will Stanley

Q: What do you do at KZE?
A: As best I can figure, not much. I’m officially an owner/operator with my wife, and the general manager… or mangler, depending on whom you ask.

Q: What do you do when you’re not working at KZE?
A: My hobbies are writing songs, playing music, and reading. I’m also an avid, though not very skilled, racquetball player.

Q: What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?
A: Chocolate. I’ll also eat Neapolitan, as long as all three sections are chocolate.

Q: Do you have any pets?
A: Yes. I have 2 dogs and 3 cats in Florida with my wife. But I am possibly working towards getting another small dog to keep me out of trouble up here in New York. (*editor’s note – he did and she’s the best dog in the world!)

Q: What’s the most useless talent you have?
A: The ability to make very loud cracking noises with my knuckles before I start to play piano… a talent that is both irritating and useless.

Q: When you’re having a bad day, what do you do to make yourself feel better?
A: Eat chocolate.

Q: What is the best piece of advice you’ve received? OR Can you share one quote or saying you love, that keeps you going in life?
A: Don’t treat life as a zero sum game. A rising tide really can raise all ships, if we believe it can.

Q: If you could trade lives with anyone for a day who would it be and why?
A: Art Wolfe, the great wildlife and nature photographer. That’s something I toyed with as a possible second career earlier in my life. I just turned out to not be very visually talented.

Q: What’s the closest thing to real magic?
A: When a radio salesperson, which is what I have been for the last 40 years, makes “one more call” after making a big sale, the results are tantamount to magic. I guess success miraculously breeds success.

Q: Have you ever collected stickers that are on fruits?
A: Huh? There are stickers on fruits?

Q: A penguin in a sombrero walks through the doorway and starts talking. What does it say?
A: “My name, José Jiménez!”

KZE’s Parlour Session with Jeffrey Foucault took place on Friday, October 26th from noon-1 pm.

The performance took place in the Historic Elmendorph Inn, next door to the KZE Studios, a full hour of commercial-free live music. Congratulations to all the winners who scored tickets, courtesy of 98.1 KZE, on-air and on Facebook!

BLOOD BROTHERS, the much-anticipated follow-up to Jeffrey Foucault’s critically acclaimed 2015 album Salt As Wolves (“Immaculately tailored… Close to perfection” – New York Times; “Pure Songwriter, simple and powerful” – Morning Edition, NPR) is a collection of reveries, interlacing memory with the present tense to examine the indelible connections of love across time and distance. From the first suspended chord of ‘Dishes’ – a waltzing hymn to the quotidian details of life, which are life itself (‘Do the dishes / With the windows open’) – Foucault deftly cuts the template for the album as a whole, showing a mastery of technique as he unwinds a deeply patient collection of songs at the borderlands of memory and desire.

A departure from the austere electricity of his last outing, BLOOD BROTHERS sets blues aside to pull together strands of country, R&B, gospel, rock’n’roll, and folk in a series of delicate small-canvas portraits. There’s a touch more light coming through the window, a certain gentleness in play, with layers of backing vocals sung by women – including Foucault’s wife Kris Delmhorst, as well as the various partners of the band – adding hue and shade.

Cut live to tape in three days at Pachyderm Studios in rural Minnesota, BLOOD BROTHERS reconvenes SALT AS WOLVES’S all-star ensemble: Foucault’s longtime tour partner Billy Conway (Morphine) on drums, Bo Ramsey (Lucinda Williams) on electric guitars, and Jeremy Moses Curtis (Booker T) on bass, joined this time by pedal steel great Eric Heywood (Pretenders) to unite in the studio both iterations of the band with which Foucault has toured and recorded for over a decade.

As noise and politics, fashion and illusion obtrude on all fronts, BLOOD BROTHERS is a deep breath and a step inward, with tenderness and human concern, paying constant attention to the places where the mundane and the holy merge like water. In language pared to element, backed by his world-class band, Foucault considers the nature of love and time in ten songs free of ornament, staking out and enlarging the ground he’s been working diligently all the new century: quietly building a deep, resonant catalogue of songs about about love, memory, God, desire, wilderness, and loss.

KZE’s Parlour Session with Jeffrey Foucault was sponsored by:

Lydia Pidlusky

Q: What do you do at KZE?
A: Host of the Midday Show, Office Manger, Traffic Manager, and some tech stuff like maintaining our website

Q: What do you do when you’re not working at KZE?
A: I do quite a bit of acting with MurderCafe.com & TheatreOnTheRoad.com, as well as Board Member for their parent non-profit, Steamer Trunk Productions, Inc. Lately I’ve been performing regularly with my band, the Uncommon Gestures, in which I write, sing and play clarinet. I can also sometimes be found singing jazz, giving voice lessons or vocal workshops.

Q: What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?
A: Chocolate with lots of gooey chunks

Q: Do you have any pets?
A: Currently four cats, and wondering how many qualifies you to be a crazy cat lady.

Q: What’s the most useless talent you have?
A: Wiggling my ears

Q: When you’re having a bad day, what do you do to make yourself feel better?
A: The Essential Cs: couch, cats & cuddles

Q: What is the best piece of advice you’ve received? OR Can you share one quote or saying you love, that keeps you going in life?
A: Rejection is Protection

Q: If you could trade lives with anyone for a day who would it be and why?
A: My oldest cat who is 18 years old. I’ve always wanted to be a cat for a day, and he’s particularly smart and thoughtful. I wonder what he thinks about.

Q: What’s the closest thing to real magic?
A: Creativity & imagination, the most powerful forces in the universe!

Q: Have you ever collected stickers that are on fruits?
A: Yes but not anymore. I used to stick them onto big spice jars.

Q: A penguin in a sombrero walks through the doorway and starts talking. What does it say?
A: Is this WKZE, the home of musical diversity? Have a got a show idea for you!!

Dick Hermans

Q: What do you do at KZE?
A:  I host a folk/bluegrass/mostly acoustic show on Saturday mornings 8-10 called New Harmony.

Q: What do you do when you’re not working at KZE?
A: I co-own Oblong Books & Music with my daughter Suzanna. I am chairman of the Harlem Valley Rail Trail Association and I chair the Democratic Committee in the Town of Pine Plains.

Q: What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?
A:  Butter pecan

Q: Do you have any pets?
A:  We lost our favorite cat last year at a ripe old age and are petless at the moment.

Q: What’s the most useless talent you have?
A: Whistling

Q: When you’re having a bad day, what do you do to make yourself feel better?
A: Tequila

Q: What is the best piece of advice you’ve received? OR Can you share one quote or saying you love, that keeps you going in life?
A: My Dad impressed upon me that the most important thing in any endeavor is showing up. I lived in Tucson after college and had a memorable meeting in a living room with a few activists one of whom was Ceasar Chavez. I had a short one on one with him and he told me I needed to know my community before I could represent that community. That influenced my decision to move back to northern Dutchess many years ago.

Q: If you could trade lives with anyone for a day who would it be and why?
A: Someone who knew how to play guitar. Not being disciplined enough to learn to play is something I regret.

Q: What’s the closest thing to real magic?
A: Music, obviously

Q: Have you ever collected stickers that are on fruits?
A:  We used to carry a line of postcards at the store that were wonderful illustrations from old fruit boxes. I sold them, but didn’t collect them.

Q: A penguin in a sombrero walks through the doorway and starts talking. What does it say?
A: Chilled, amigo.

The end of summer means it’s time for the KZE Labor Day DollarSaver Half-Price Sale! You work hard to earn your money and we want to help you keep more of it, while continuing to enjoy the local restaurants, retail locations and services you love. Every certificate in the KZE DollarSaver will be half-price starting Friday, August 31st and continuing all weekend, through Monday September 3rd. Enjoy 50% off the next time you go out to eat, need to buy a gift, or treat yourself to health and wellness services! It’s simple, your half-price savings certificate prints straight from your printer.  A dollar saved is a dollar earned with the KZE Labor Day DollarSaver Half-Price Sale! Click on this Dollar$aver link to start saving! A great way to save money, support local independent businesses and musical diversity at 98.1 KZE!

Oilda

Q: What do you do at KZE?
A: As Marketing Manager I drive a lot and talk a lot and meet people all day and do my best to help businesses showcase themselves with the Hudson Valley’s favorite “Grown Up” radio station.

Q: What do you do when you’re not working at KZE?
A: When I’m not working at KZE I’m reviewing my emails, thinking about KZE, listening to KZE, it’s a part of my life. I also write and read, cook, be in nature, see friends, go to concerts, destination travels to cool towns, museums, eateries…

Q: What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?
A: Vanilla/chocolate twist

Q: Do you have any pets?
A: Everyone’s pet is my pet.

Q: What’s the most useless talent you have?
A: There is no such thing.

Q: When you’re having a bad day, what do you do to make yourself feel better?
A: I go be with nature or, other people’s pets.

Q: What is the best piece of advice you’ve received? OR Can you share one quote or saying you love, that keeps you going in life?
A: “Expect nothing. Appreciate everything.”

Q: If you could trade lives with anyone for a day who would it be and why?
A: Wonder Woman. So I could fly and protect myself from incoming bolts with my bracelets.

Q: What’s the closest thing to real magic?
A: Love is real magic. Music is the closest thing.

Q: Have you ever collected stickers that are on fruits?
A: No. I have collected dust though, not on purpose.

Q: A penguin in a sombrero walks through the doorway and starts talking. What does it say?
A: “Stupid taxi driver!”

gregg

Q: What do you do at KZE?
A: I’m at the front desk and coordinate things, like interviews and meetings with new advertisers. I’m also host of the evening show, M-F 7-10pm. Also record and produce the Garden Show and Home with my good friend Sally Spillane, amongst other behind the scenes duties.

Q: What do you do when you’re not working at KZE?
A: Listen to music and when I’m not doing that, I’m playing music, Guitar, Piano, Ukelele, Harmonica or whatever else you put in my hand.

Q: What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?
A: Rocky Road

Q: Do you have any pets?
A: Currently no, But my last residence was a farm with 4 horses, 2 goats (Sugaree & Ripple), and 4 dogs and 6 cats in the yard.

Q: What’s the most useless talent you have?
A: I have some nifty basketball tricks up my sleeve. Loved the Harlem Globetrotters growing up.

Q: When you’re having a bad day, what do you do to make yourself feel better?
A: See question # 2.

Q: What is the best piece of advice you’ve received? OR Can you share one quote or saying you love, that keeps you going in life?
A: It’s a great life if you don’t weaken.

Q: If you could trade lives with anyone for a day who would it be and why?
A: Bob Weir, and be able to play with Jerry.

Q: What’s the closest thing to real magic?
A: Music is true magic. It can transcend space and time. Lucky to be part of WKZE.

Q: Have you ever collected stickers that are on fruits?
A: No

Q: A penguin in a sombrero walks through the doorway and starts talking. What does it say?
A: I think I took a wrong turn, can someone point me in the direction of Mexico?