Smile Jamaica Preview: Jah-vember 15, 2014: 25 Years of Roots Reggae Radio – Aluminum Coaster Stylee

 

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This album changed my life and led to 25+ years of Reggae Radio on Smile Jamaica

Smile Jamaica live every Saturday 4-7 PM Mtn. Time:

  • 90.9FM in Utah
  • Stream:  Tune In Radio
  • Ark-Ive. Here on Smile Jamaica blog; without commercial interruptions
  • Twitter: SmileJ_KRCL for live alert and stream upload/blog posts

Greetings,

I invite you to listen to KRCL’s Radioactive tomorrow:

Sunday, Nov. 16; 6:00-6:30 Mtn Time. 90.9FM (local) KRCL.org (world wide + intergalactic).

Myself (KRCL vet since 1988); Brian Kelm blues savant since 1980 and Renee and Dawn, Drivetime Imposters, 2002-2008 talk about how we got involved at KRCL. Your station that rules the nation!

Radioactive was KRCL’s listener call in show that ran from 2003 Labor Day until summer 2012.

I did the very first hour long interview on Labor Day 2003. The show was born from the 3 hour call in we did on Smile Jamaica when the 2003 March Iraq Invasion went hot. No music. Just listeners calling in with their thoughts on the war and me talking about Middle East politics which I have two college degrees in.

I probably did 400 interviews. Nick Burns, who was there the nearly nine years the show aired, interviewed us on our history at KRCL. Nice.

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Radioactive Progressive Interviews. Sept. 2003 – July 2012. I did 400 of them: Howard Zinn, Amy Goodman, Ralph Nader

That Black Uhuru album above pretty much lit the fuse on nearly three decades of collecting, listening and promoting Roots Reggae and Mutant Dubwize.

25 years of Reggae Radio on Smile Jamaica.

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Since Jah-tober 1989: krcl.org 90.9FM SLC

So to celebrate that legacy I am going to try and recreate what my first Smile Jamaica Ark-Ive show might have sounded like: Jah-tober 1989.

i did this back in September with All Vinyl: Best of Smile Jamaica – 25 Years

Now I am going to do the same with those antique aluminum by-products things which can serve dubble duty as a drink coaster:

Best of 25 Years of Smile Jamaica: All CDs.

Rare that I don’t bust out any Black Wax, but today I’m going through what I was deep into, Roots and Dubwise, back in the mid 80s (Oct. 1986 is when I first touched down on Black Uhuru – Anthem) up until 1988 when I started early mornings on KRCL (3 o’Clock Roadblock) and then primetime Saturdays on Smile Jamaica: Jah-tober ’89.

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Dub Album of the Week: Early addition to the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives

So I spent the week jotting down tunes and artists that I would have really played in the first two years of being on air. Year 1: 3 o’Clock Roadblock, learning how to do radio. Then a little more than a year later doing Saturday Afternoons to a bigger and loyal Salt Lake Reggae audience on Smile Jamaica.

  • Wailers Family Tree: Bob (Uprising); Peter (Legalize It); Bunny (Blackheartman); Marcia – Naturally; Judy – Black Woman; Rita – One Draw
  • Heavy Roots: Spear, Culture, Israel Vibration
  • Seven Leaf: Rita, Max Romeo
  • 2 Tone Ska: The Selecter and The Beat
  • Deejays and Dub  Poets: LKJ, Mutabaruka, I Roy, Dillinger
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Early addition to the Smile Jamaica Ark-Ives

 

So I get 3 hours and that means about 33-35 songs. I pulled 50 and then put them in chronological order. (As a Librarian I have a database of my music.) “Year” is one of my data entry cells.

From the earliest (1967) Prince Buster to 1990 (African Head Charge). Tune in to see how it all sounds.

bless, robt

Smile Jamaica live every Saturday 4-7 PM Mtn. Time:

  • 90.9FM in Utah
  • Stream:  Tune In Radio
  • Ark-Ive. Here on Smile Jamaica blog; without commercial interruptions
  • Twitter: SmileJ_KRCL for live alert and stream upload/blog posts
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When Island released the entire Marley LP catalog on CD, I bought every one on the first day of release. Graywhale CD – SLC. Thanks to Ronnie Raygun’s student loan program.

 

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