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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?

Purchase a Weekend Pass for just $75! Save 50%!

The 2018 Clearwater Festival will take place on Saturday and Sunday, June 16 and 17 at Croton Point Park in Croton-on-Hudson, Westchester County, NY. Festival gates open to attendees at 9AM.

Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival (aka “the Clearwater Festival” or “Revival”) features seven sustainably powered stages with diverse music, dance, storytelling and family-oriented programming as well as a juried Handcrafters’ Village, the Green Living Expo, the Working Waterfront with small boat exhibits and rides, the Artisanal Food & Farm Market, environmental education displays and exhibits, and the Circle of Song where audience participation is the focus. The festival is wheelchair accessible and stage programming is staffed with American Sign Language interpreters. Visit ClearWaterFestival.org for performance schedule and more information.

This year’s lineup includes:
Jeff Tweedy of Wilco ~ The Mavericks ~ Ani DiFranco ~ They Might Be Giants ~ Rhiannon Giddens ~ Hot Rize ~ Beth Orton ~ Langhorne Slim ~ Willie Nile ~ Dave Alvin & Jimmie Dale Gilmour ~ and hundreds more!

98.1 KZE is proud to offer special savings to our listeners on Adult Non-Member Weekend Passes! Call us at 845-758-9810 during regular business hours to purchase a Clearwater Festival Weekend Pass for just $75! That 50% off the regular price! Get yours before they sell out!

THREE lucky 98.1 KZE listeners will win a $981 Healthy Food Shopping Spree!

One winner will be chosen each month from June through August, for a spree at either Sunflower Natural Foods Market in Woodstock or Rhinebeck, or Berkshire Co-op Market in Great Barrington. Pick up your entry form at locations throughout the Hudson Valley, then return your completed entry to the KZE Studios by the drawing date for your preferred grocery market. One entry per person, please. Non-winning entries will be automatically included in the next drawing.

Entry forms are available at: 

Good luck and bon appétit!

Q: What do you do at KZE?
A: Host of the Garden Show and Home, which airs Sundays from 8-9am

Q: What do you do when you’re not working at KZE?
A: I work as a gardener, as well as logistics for set up for the International Folk Art Market in Santa Fe, New Mexico. I’m also a bead and metal artist.

Q: What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?
A: Maple walnut, preferably with hot fudge

Q: Do you have any pets?
A: Not at the moment

Q: What’s the most useless talent you have?
A: I don’t believe there is such a thing as a useless talent.

Q: When you’re having a bad day, what do you do to make yourself feel better?
A: I try and do tasks I don’t like doing, because why waste a good mood doing bad tasks!

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: Stay awake!

Q: If you could trade lives with anyone for a day who would it be and why?
A: I’ve never met anyone whose life I would trade with. Everyone has problems.

Q: What’s the closest thing to real magic?
A: Be here now.

Q: Have you ever collected stickers that are on fruits?
A: Only for the garbage

Q: A penguin in a sombrero walks through the doorway and starts talking. What does it say?
A: “Because of global warming I need a bunch of ice. Give me a margarita on the rocks.”

Over 40 bands featuring Artist-in-Residence BILLY STRINGS, plus Del McCoury, Sam Bush, Hot Rize, Jerry Douglas, The Wood Brothers, Della Mae, Molly Tuttle, Dailey & Vincent, Peter Rowan, The Hillbenders, Front Country, Red Knuckles, and many more!

Four days. Six Stages. Dancing. Workshops. Kids Stuff. Vendors. Camping. Jamming. And more! On the Walsh Farm in Oak Hill, NY,  Thursday, July 19th through Sunday, July 22nd. Visit GreyFoxBluegrass.com for performance schedule and more information, or call 888-946-8495.

98.1 KZE is proud to offer special savings to our listeners on Day Passes! Call us at 845-758-9810, Mondays through Fridays, 9am-5pm, to purchase a Greyfox Bluegrass Festival Day Pass for just $60! That $20 off the regular price! While supplies last!

KZE’s Parlour Session with Chris Smither took place on Friday, May 25th from noon-1 pm. His 18th and newest record “Call Me Lucky“, is arguably his best and features his first set of brand new originals in six years. 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 the many lucky winners of a pair of guest passes who got to be part of the live audience!

Click here to view the photo album on 98.1 KZE’s Facebook page.

KZE’s Parlour Session with Chris Smither was sponsored by:

Q: What do you do at KZE?
A: I’m the host of Movin’ & Groovin’ on Saturday nights from 7-9. I’m also on the air Sunday afternoons from 12-5.

Q: What do you do when you’re not working at KZE?
A: When I’m not at KZE I like to hike, bike, kayak, snowboard, and snowshoe all over the Hudson Valley.

Q: What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?
A: COOKIE DOUGH!

Q: Do you have any pets?
A: No pets

Q: What’s the most useless talent you have?
A: Most useless talent would be knowing useless trivia.

Q: When you’re having a bad day, what do you do to make yourself feel better?
A: When I’m having a bad day I put on some great tunes to turn that mood around.

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: “Be yourself, everyone else is already taken” – Oscar Wilde

Q: If you could trade lives with anyone for a day who would it be and why?
A: I wouldn’t trade places with anyone, I prefer to live my own life.

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

Q: Have you ever collected stickers that are on fruits?
A: I collected comic books when I was a kid, does that count?

Q: A penguin in a sombrero walks through the doorway and starts talking. What does it say?
A: “I’ve come here to party and chew bubblegum, and I’m all out of bubblegum”

Every day in May, two local businesses will offer savings certificates at half-off! That’s two different deals each day, one restaurant and one non-restaurant, until the end of the month. Deals of the day will be announced on air, and at the Hudson Valley Dollar Saver at wkze.com. You can also sign up to get the daily deal every day right in your inbox. No waiting for the mail; the savings certificate prints instantly from your printer. 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! Enjoy!

Congratulations to Tom from Rensselaerville! Enjoy your prizes!

Tom won all the amenities to throw a great deck party!
Prize Package:
– A brand new Weber Stainless Steel gas grill – The Genesis II E-310 (a $699 value!) from Williams Lumber and Home Centers, with 8 locations including Rhinebeck, Red Hook, Hudson, High Falls & Pleasant Valley
– Food for 35 people from Adams Fairacre Farms in Kingston, Poughkeepsie, Newburgh and Wappinger
– Cases of red and white wine from The Wine Hutch on Route 28 between Kingston & Woodstock
To ENTER:
Just email “I want to win the Deck Party” to DeckParty@wkze.com.
Then tune in to 98.1 KZE to hear if you’ve won on Friday, May 25th. We’ll be choosing the winner at random from all the entries during the “Up & Running Morning Show” with Rick just after 9am.  Good-luck!


Q: What do you do at KZE?
A: Update the Arts Calendar & spin music on Saturdays from 10-2.

Q: What do you do when you’re not working at KZE?
A: Momma bliss: reading a ton of books out loud, living room dance parties, kitchen science experiments, watching nature unfold & generally gazing the world through fresh eyes.

Q: What’s your favorite ice cream flavor?
A: Can I say fruit, since I’m abstaining from goodies? Apricots and or Saturn peaches popped off of their pits fresh and warm from the trees at Montgomery Place Orchards.

Q: Do you have any pets?
A: An ant colony.

Q: What’s the most useless talent you have?
A: Peeling fruit jackets in one single strand.

Q: When you’re having a bad day, what do you do to make yourself feel better?
A: Take a bath while listening to The Smiths.

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: “What you seek is seeking you.” – Rumi

Q: If you could trade lives with anyone for a day who would it be and why?
A: Amma, so I could hug people ALL day.

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

Q: Have you ever collected stickers that are on fruits?
A: When I was a much busier bee in my younger years, yes – on the dashboard of my car. Now I collect Yogi Tea sayings & tape them to the hood of my stove.

Q: A penguin in a sombrero walks through the doorway and starts talking. What does it say?
A: “Has anyone turned in a top hat?”