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.
“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
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.
Michael Schell has been passionate about modern music ever since being spooked by a recording of The Rite of Spring as a toddler. He has two degrees in music, and has had various avocations as a composer, intermedia artist, systems engineer and cribbage player. He’s lived in Texas, California, Iowa, Nepal and New York, and now enjoys life in Seattle, where he hosts Flotation Device on KBCS and Radio Eclectus on KHUH, and writes about contemporary music for Sequenza21.com.
Michael hosts Flotation Device Sundays 10pm-12am.
Spinning tunes on KBCS since 1995, Gordie’s never-ending music education began with his sister’s Beatles records, his dad’s Chopin collection, his mom’s novelty songs, and his own affinity for the Motown and pop he heard on CKLW. He resides in Puget Sound with his family, his dogs Jaco and McCoy, and a houseful of records.
Gordon hosts Mostly Acoustic Mondays, Saturdays 7-9pm.
Sista Elaine lived on O’ahu in the cute town of Aiea before moving to Seattle. She began broadcasting in 2014 and enjoys sharing her love of the Hawaiian Islands with anyone who will listen, Saturdays at noon.
Sista Elaine helps host Hawai`i Radio Connection Saturdays 12-2pm.
I received my first radio experience at KCAW in Sitka Alaska, in 1985. The basic broadcast class was taught by then program director Marika Partridge, who went on to direct All Things Considered. She had a profound effect on my radio sensibility.
I have been hosting Folk Music on KBCS since 1991. I hosted Tuesday – Lunch with Folks for over 7 years and have been holding down shifts on Folksounds since then. Along the way Jean Geiger joined me as a co-host helping to split up the commitment and lend her ear and expertise to the mix.
My early years at KBCS were very much influenced by several colleagues who were mentors to me in many ways. Susan Madden, Dru Druzianich, Jon Geirlich and Marianne Bundren all helped cultivate my ears to be a better programmer.
On Folksounds I feature acoustic folk music played with expertise, authenticity and spirit. I try to play a mix of music that covers a range of genres such as singer-songwriter, Old-Time, Bluegrass, Celtic, Scandanivian, Swing, Cajun, Blues and other styles. I am a big fan of fiddle-tunes and dance music so there is always something in the mix to help you move your feet in a happy way. The essential ingredient in every program is fun. I want listeners to have a smile on their face for at least part of the time and if the music touches them in some profound way, we all come away winners.