Thank you to Emily Sachar, Publisher & Editor of The Red Hook Daily Catch, and Nick Karpinski, Correspondent
“It was a pleasant afternoon in mid-June when Barb Stanley looked down at her phone and smiled. She saw a text message from her husband, Will, who was trying to bake a chocolate cake. He’d never baked, not once.
Barb and Will texted a lot. They had to in order to stay connected. Since 2014, the two had lived 1,100 miles apart: Barb in Ocala, Fla., and Will in Red Hook. Barb’s love for horses pulled her to Ocala, where she owns and operates a horse farm. Ocala is renowned for its extensive farms and horse training programs. It’s one of those places, like Kentucky, where horse lovers want to be…..” click below to read the rest of the article
The performance will be outdoors on the green in front of the KZE Studios and behind the Historic Elmendorph Inn, a full hour of commercial-free live music. Stay tuned to 98.1 KZE, on-air and on Facebook to be one of the lucky winners of a pair of guest passes and be part of the live audience! Or tune in to 98.1 KZE for an hour of commercial free live music.
Founding Tommy Tutone guitarist/songwriter Jim Keller‘s recently released new solo album, called By No Means, is a collection of 11 well-crafted tunes rich with wry, dark humor and stripped-down instrumentation. Among the 25-plus musicians who’ve contributed to the album are David Hidalgo of Los Lobos, who plays guitar on 10 of the album’s songs; Wilco’s Nels Cline; ex-Black Crowes member Audley Freed; the late Gregg Allman’s music director Scott Sharrard; and veteran session bassist Bob Glaub who appears on 10 tracks and has played and/or recorded with John Lennon, Jackson Browne, Warren Zevon, Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan, among others.
KZE’s Parlour Session with Jim Keller is sponsored by:
The Law Offices of Michel P. Haggerty Upholding a strong commitment and dedication to the needs of their clients by offering experience and expertise in the area of Elder Law. At 37 West Market St in Rhinebeck and at HaggertyLawOffices.com
Thanks to CB Wismar for this lovely article on some of the history of KZE!
The very nature of radio broadcasting in the United States has gone through what Shakespeare termed a “sea change” in the 100 years since KDKA in Pittsburgh, PA, took to the airwaves on November 2, 1920 to announce that Warren G. Harding had defeated James D. Cox in the presidential election. Harding won in a landslide. The few residents of western Pennsylvania and neighboring Ohio who had receivers found that out the night before America’s daily newspapers carried the news.
Radio had the advantage of being instant, filling its broadcast area with “free” information. The revolution had begun.
AM, then FM … satellite channels then streaming services across the internet. Some things about radio programming have change over the past 100 years while others – the fundamental services of information and entertainment – have doggedly remained the same.
A radio station for Salisbury, Connecticut
It took a full 66 years between that first broadcast on KDKA and the granting of an FM broadcast license for station WKZE -FM assigned to Salisbury, CT. There was a “daytime” license in place for an AM station, but the addition of an FM license changed the radio landscape in western Connecticut, southern Massachusetts, and western New York.
Ownership changes, format re-alignments, locating the right place for the station transmitter, and finally placing the broadcast studios in Red Hook, NY, are all mile markers on the road to what is, today the station that reaches across the Mid-Hudson Valley to portions of the southern Berkshires and the Litchfield Hills. WKZE-FM, 98.1 … “the home of musical diversity.”
A family affair
WKZE-FM’s broadcast format is, at the very least, an eclectic presentation of carefully curated music that spans a rich variety of genres, a refreshing consciousness of the communities the station serves, and the local businesses that comprise its advertising roster. All of those elements are flavored with a justifiably earned measure of pride.
Station owners Will and Barb Stanley came to the “Album Adult Alternative” formatted station after years of being fully immersed in New England radio. From Hanover, NH, and White River Junction, VT, down the Connecticut River Valley to Northampton, MA, they have been “radio people” working together for over three decades. The owner/operators have a very clearly focused approach to broadcasting. “We are musicians at heart,” offers Will Stanley. “We hire people for the station who are truly engaged in music, and we make them into radio people. It makes a big difference.”
A fine example of that transition is Rick Schneider who hosts the Monday through Friday 6 to 10am Up and Running Morning Show and serves as the station’s Music Director. A trained vocalist, Rick appeared with several bands in the Hudson Valley, developed an affinity for engineering, mixing and recording the bands that appeared in local venues, then made the jump. “I was serving as the announcer for Thursday sessions that were being broadcast across the valley,” he remembers. “One day, the local station made the off-handed suggestion that I ought to think about being on air. I tried it. It stuck. And, here I am.” Since 2007, Schneider has been on air and is responsible for the fascinating mix of music that fills the WKZE-FM day.
Blurring the decades
***“I assemble all of the playlists, finding connections between genres that range from jazz and world music to folk, rock, and classic American Songbook offerings.” The station welcomes what Schneider terms “thoughtful” suggestions from the listening audience, many of whom are regular listeners and respond to the “musical diversity” that has become the hallmark of the station.
From the deli counter to the control room
Afternoon drive time host Will Baylies remembers the energizing moments when his radio career began. “I was a PoliSci major at Bard College,” the production director of the station recalls. “When I was a junior, the college station, WXBC, went on the air and it was truly student run – with all that term implies. Folks wouldn’t show up for on-air shifts. The station would go dark for a while. It was as undisciplined as it could be.” Undisciplined except for Will Baylies. “I had a weekly show on Friday night from midnight to 2am. I always showed up. It was energizing.”
College behind him, Baylies, a California native, decided to stay in the area and found work at a local deli. With his keen sense of music history and appreciation of music of all genres, he met the Stanleys across the deli counter. Casual conversations led to an appreciation of both the dedication and the eagerness to learn projected by the young man from Bard College. “I started out as an intern – just learning the techniques and tricks I’ve been on-air since 2004.”
Gone are the days when a radio signal went only as far as the transmitter could send the radio waves. WKZE-FM streams its signal, live, on its website … a fact that allows Will’s father, who now lives in Oregon, to keep up with his son on a regular basis. “We know the community – the businesses – the farmers. And now, so does my dad.”
Local means local
While the radio programming services that fill the nationwide appetite for country, classic rock, Gospel, urban contemporary, and the other mass market formats attract national advertisers, WZKE-FM is a true local voice and respected force. Advertisers are businesses that dot the Hudson Valley and neighboring communities in Massachusetts and Connecticut. Not only do many of the advertisers voice their own commercials, but the station gives them additional time to do station identification spots throughout the day. John and Cindy, familiar voices on the air from their spots promoting their store, North Elm Home in Millerton, NY, summed up their attachment to the local station: “WKZE is the hometown voice we need more than ever! They are a comforting radio station keeping us all in touch.”
Several years ago, a sponsor came to the studio to voice his own commercial. Will Stanley heard the resonant tones of a local business owner and was pleasantly surprised. “He was a dead ringer for Karl Cassell, the legendary NPR voice that was a national fixture on Morning Edition for years.” Stanley asked him to voice the legal station identification that plays at the top of every hour, and those who remember Cassell’s resonant voice are still fooled every time it airs. Since the rules adopted by the Federal Communications Commission allow stations to place their studios within a 25 mile radius of the city of license, the hourly signature acknowledges both. “This is WKZE-FM, 98.1. Salisbury … Red Hook.”
With a deep affinity to music and the performing arts, the Stanleys have ensured that entertainment opportunities in local venues are promoted on a regular basis through their Arts Calendar feature. Whether it’s the weekend concerts at Infinity Hall in Norfolk, CT, or the next scheduled performance at the Bardavon in Poughkeepsie, NY, or what’s happening at Daryl’s House in Pawling, NY, the schedules are promoted and attendance encouraged, often with on-air ticket giveaways.
The activities on the many non-profit organizations that dot the area are equally featured, provided as part of the Community Bulletin Board announcements that highlight the fundraising activities that are eager for attendees.
Through the seasons, through times of national emergency, through the economic, physical and social challenges that have beset the country, the enduring role of radio stations has kept audiences informed and entertained. WKZE-FM is a singular example of that service, lifting the spirits of its listeners by consistently “celebrating musical diversity.” •
WKZE-FM is at 98.1 MHz on the radio. Online, the station information and streaming service can be accessed at 981kze.com.
***Correction: While our excellent Music Director, Rick, has great influence over much of the wonderful musical diversity you hear on 98.1 KZE, most of our DJs assemble their own playlists completely from scratch, and every KZE DJ has creative control over the music they choose to play. That’s how we continue to bring you Musical Diversity at it’s best!
Commercial free from 9pm until midnight.
9:00-9:30pm: A Tribute to some of the great artists we love and miss
9:30pm-midnight: The best of 2020, sprinkled with other great tunes to raise your spirits
Rick – Bob Dylan “Rough And Rowdy Ways”
Corey – Khruangbin “Mordechai”
Will S. – Drive By Truckers “The Unraveling”
Dick – Sara Thomsen and Paula Pedersen “Winter Wanderings”
Lydia – My Morning Jacket “The Waterfall II”
Paul – Nightshade – Mercury Rev “The Secret Migration” (Deluxe Reissue)
Paul – Sunday Brunch – twain “Days of Effort and Ease”
Jerrice – Ane Brun “After The Great Storm”
Faith – Sarah Harmer “Are You Gone”
This year our party may be virtual, but our joy is very real, and the only thing you’ll catch is the dancing bug! Invite your friends and we’ll share some love and light together. For updates, subscribe to KZE’s YouTube page, and find our event notice on Facebook.
We cannot forget the real good we do for children in need this time of year. Once again we’re asking for your donations to The Center for Prevention for Child Abuse in Poughkeepsie, NY. You’ll be entered for a chance to win some fabulous prizes (see below)! For more information about The Center for Prevention for Child Abuse and to donate now, visit thecpca.org, and read more below.
3 Ways to Give:
Select a gift in honor of someone, and CPCA will send them a holiday card letting that person know about your generosity!
Read baby Olivia’s story and see the impact you are making this holiday https://www.thecpca.org/baby-
5 Children Die A Day from abuse but it only takes 5 minutes to save a life
*You must check the box “This is part of the WKZE Fundraiser” on your online donation form to be entered. One entry per person, please. Donate between Tuesday, December 15th and Friday, December 18th to be entered into the raffle drawing. Thank You and Good Luck!
Bodhi Holistic Spa, Yoga & Salon – Georgene from Pleasantville, NY
Oblong Books and Music – Paul from Millerton, NY
Swoon Kitchenbar – Karen from Athens, NY
The Culinary Warehouse – Pat from Red Bank, NJ
The Dreaming Goddess – Diana from Beacon, NY
Winter Sun & Summer Moon – Elise from Rhinebeck
Congratulations to all our winners, and thanks to everyone who entered! Special thanks to Billy Denter of Overlook Bicycles in Woodstock, NY, for contributing four amazing bikes given away over four weeks! Not to mention the cool videos he made for all of us each week showing off the bike. View all the winners, watch videos and check the out the amazing bikes by visiting the contest page.
Overlook Bicycles will ship any bicycle part or accessory directly to your doorstep! They also offer drop off and pick up service for purchased bikes and repairs. View their inventory and available services at OverlookBicycles.com
Inspired by last year’s KZE River Tour and the amazing towns we visited, we decided to change things up this year. This year’s theme was “Love Where You Live.” We invited you to share the place YOU love most with an artistic representation, and we were not disappointed with many lovely entries received! Below are our top picks.
original water color and ink drawing on greeting card.. and four shark’s teeth!
painting, View of Mt. Mohonk, a treasure of the Hudson Valley
The Hudson Valley is the place for me,
the beauty that surrounds me is as lovely as can be,
I grew up in New York City, no flowers, no trees,
here we have those, and mountains, lakes, and bees.
The view from my window is a dream come true,
I live in the woods now, and every season, every day, is so beautiful too,
home is my very favorite place to be,
I can cook, paint, write, and listen to WKZE!
A getaway to Mount Tremper with all the bells and whistles too,
Is an incredible prize to win,
absolutely perfect for a lucky “two”.
This was taken in Jamaica Ocho Rios! My husband saw it on my Birthday. Without him, I would never have seen it. I feel it speaks directly to us and for the 35 years we have spent together! We are going on our 35th wedding anniversary and we would just adore this prize. My husband is always overworked, but much loved.
“Song for the Woods”
It’s a song I wrote inspired by a weekend trip I took with my partner a few years ago. It was our first real weekend away together and we stayed in a small cabin in the woods in New Hampshire. It was a beautiful, secluded getaway among the trees, and to this day it’s one of my favorite memories.
Lost with you for two days
So far out of town
Safe in the trees’ embrace
Never want to come down
All that we could desire
All that we were
The soft light of the fire
In the turning hour
Lost with you for two days
In that little home
The woods set your eyes ablaze
We had a life of our own
Of all that we had left
Of all that we had there
The song of our breath
Forever in the air