Thank you to all who entered for their sharing their love and creative spirit with the KZE Staff! What an absolute joy it was to look at your pictures, read your poems, listen to your songs… At times we were moved to tears. Below are the finalists submissions and winner of the drawing.  Click here to review the contest rules.

WINNER

William Clarke “Love From Sunrise To Sunset: Nature of The Northeast”

This illustration is inspired by my love of the beautiful area we live in. From The Hudson to The Housatonic, the natural beauty of this Tri-State area is something very special. A walk/ride/commute near a misty field in the early morning or catching the vivid colors of a cold winter sunset are just two examples of things that make me LOVE living here. -William Clarke

Many thanks to our wonderful sponsors who provided the incredible Grand Prize Package!


FINALISTS

Kevin Abney “Eye Heart Tacos”

The materials used are Baltic birch plywood and spray paint. The overall dimensions are 24″ x 58″.


Rosalie Esposito “Our Goal 99/100”

27 years to go….


David Capellaro “A Valentine’s Wish”

In the evening
When the sun is going down
I will think of you along my way,
And I will revel in the memories I have wound of you
Like golden threads of love, into my day.

I will see you standing in the nighttime light,
Wind blowing through your hair,
Bright starshine in your eyes,
The half moon glowing its soft substance on your skin,
And you’ll come flowing to me like the wind.

When in the morning
As the sun is rising strong ,
You will be the spark that starts my day.
Your presence in my mind will carry me along
Through solitude or come whatever may.

And so I ask myself
Again just one more time,
Will this day be the day that you are truly mine?
If you so feel the same and call upon my door,
No dream will ever be as wonderful.


Madeline Friedman “Cat Dreams”

Cat Dreams, Paper Cut Art. 9”x16”
My cat always twitches and moves his paws when he is in deep sleep and I like to imagine he is dreaming of mice and balls of yarn. This piece represents my cats dreams. Reality is shown inside the matt, and my cat’s dreams are represented outside the matt. The innocence of the sleeping cat is complimented by the gentle frame the yarn creates, and the curious mice sprinkled at the bottom of the piece. This is one of my favorite pieces because of the details in the cutting and the characters captured in the cat and mice.

Sending big love to all of our listeners on this Valentine’s Day, and every day, from all of here at 98.1 KZE. Thank you for your continued love and support!

Q: What do you do at KZE?
A: Advertising Sales Manager, and Host of Sunday Brunch & Nightshade

Q: What do you do when you’re not working at KZE?
A: Hah! That’s a good one (but seriously, seeing live music most of the time).

Q: What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?
A: Holy Cow has the best soft serve anywhere, love the chocolate/vanilla swirl.

Q: Do you have any pets?
A: Yes, a very cute, funny, needy, slightly sad, sweet cat named Adeline…she also does parkour.

Q: What’s the most useless talent you have?
A: I can do pretty good 2 second impressions of Ray Charles, Cat Stevens, and Willie Nelson.

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

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: There’s a few that come to mind…
“When someone shows you who they are…believe them” (Maya Angelou)
“We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are” (Anaïs Nin)

Q: If you could trade lives with anyone for a day who would it be and why?
A: Anyone who could transfer more of the wealth in the world to the people who really need it.

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

Q: Have you ever collected stickers that are on fruits?
A: Only unintentionally, in my belly.

Q: A penguin in a sombrero walks through the doorway and starts talking. What does it say?
A: I’m here for the audition…is this the Antarctic Mariachi Band HQ?

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!!