Michael Olsen got his start as a DJ at KBPS, Benson High School’s radio station in Portland, Oregon when he was sixteen. His musical awakening began the day his brother brought home a dubbed cassette of Toots and the Maytals’ Reggae Greats. The next day, Olsen bought his first LP, a collection of Jamaican Ska Instrumentals, and has been collecting records ever since. Olsen’s collection starts with Reggae, Jazz, and Soul, and reaches out to Samba, Highlife, Disco, Soukous, Cumbia, Funk, Boogaloo, R&B classics and more.
In a post-scarcity future, Captain AFAB is on communications detail. Their duty: to orbit Earth and hand-deliver messages to faraway stars aboard the Cosmic Surf.In their spare time (and because they’re a little bored), they indulge their passion for hearing and transmitting musical handiworks from Earth. People from all timelines are welcome to Cosmic Surfin’, a weekly musical cruise hosted by the Captain AFAB.
“One Of The 50 Most Influential Musicians In Seattle History” – Seattle Metropolitan Magazine. Recorded 21 albums. Songs covered by Doobie Brothers, Christy Moore, Dick Gaughan, Michael Hedges, Roy Bailey. Toured 13 countries. “If Jim Page ain’t the bastard son of Woody Guthrie I’m T-Bone Walker” – Robert Hunter
I was born in Bogota, Colombia and I’m currently studying at Bellevue College. I’ve lived in the Seattle area for about 6 years, and I’ve always been interested in radio broadcasting and podcasting. I’m passionate about helping others and impacting people’s lives through powerful stories.
Widder got into radio because her mom was always listening to it. Fast forward ten years later, she loves listening to and editing Hard Knock Radio, Converge Media, Democracy Now and the cool stories produced by students from Nathan Hale High School (C89.5). Widder works on the Grit, KBCS local stories and any other opportunities that come up at the station.
You might say public radio is in the Embler blood, once upon a time, Zoe’s father Robert Embler was a host and producer for Tennessee stations WDXN 54FM and WAMB 1160AM/98.7FM. Zoe listened to local NPR affiliate station WPLN 90.3FM at least once a day throughout her childhood and still tries to tune in when she can via the magic of online streaming.
Although two of the three stations are now defunct (the Nashville WAMB station closed in the early 2000s and WDXN now broadcasts the daily weather on repeat rather than music) the family’s love for public radio has never wavered and neither has Zoe’s desire to be involved. Initially content to be a devoted listener she detoured into the corporate job sector after college and spent the next decade working while listening, daydreaming, and running hobby podcasts in her spare time.
However, like many did when the pandemic began to take over, she reassessed her career decisions and decided “if I want to do it, why not try it”! So, with the decision made she became a part-time BC Communications Department student and as of April 2022 a KBCS intern.
Zoe is incredibly excited to help KBCS wherever they need it and be as involved in as many things as the staff will let her, time and experience permitting! She hopes to one day be hired full-time at a local PNW public radio station to live out her childhood dream and keep the family profession alive.
Firdous grew up listening to public radio, listening closely to the stories told through the car radio. Observing and contributing to the culture and societies she is a part of drives her fascination with the media. Her involvement in KBCS marks the beginning of what she hopes will be a career engulfed in storytelling and advocacy.
DJ General Strike hosts Protest Tunes, a weekly collection of music from all genres and eras sharing a theme relevant to current news, events, and protests.