Now how can a professional book indexer end up being an award-winning radio disc jockey?
Easy, if you’re KVMR Monday Music Magazine host Greg Jewett (4 to 6 p.m. Mondays, 89.5 FM, kvmr.org streaming).
“I throw myself into the indexing work,” said Greg. “It takes a single mental focus, the same way I treat my radio show.”
According to Jewett, “I get tunnel vision. I can focus on something I really love in both cases.”
So whether it’s compiling a compelling music playlist or an accurate dissection of references in a book, this guy is hooked.
Greg thought he was heading to host an oldies show when he took the KVMR training class. Instead, he adapted and became “eclectic.”
“My whole thing is music variety, from one set to the next,” he continued. “What you hear at the beginning of my show is not what you’ll hear at the end. I want to make it an adventure, subtly, as in how did I get here from there.”
With a flight plan like that, it’s no wonder Jewett was a recent winner of a KVMR John Nichols Excellence in Music Programming award.
And it’s also no wonder Greg was invited to be a broadcast training class instructor in 2013 for the Nevada City community station.
He recalled how well he and co-instructor Elisa Parker complemented each other.
“She’s got the outgoing personality,” he noted, “while I got more into telling students that this is what I think works, take from that what you think will work for you.”
One thing that definitely works on his weekly show is the 4:30 p.m., five-minute feature on adoptable cats and dogs at the Nevada County Animal Shelter, hosted by Barbara Graves.
“Barbara is a great partner on my show,” beamed Greg. “She brings her heart and her humor to that segment.”
Meanwhile, Jewett credits a parent for his sense — and love — of music.
“My father was really into music … he really wanted to lead a Big Band,” he remembered. “So I grew up listening to music all the time … I mean, all the time.”
OK, the Monday Music Magazine host also says he likes “to read like crazy,” has always been a running enthusiast, digs cats and small intimate dinner gatherings as well as “fascinating, surprising people” and “breaking the mold.”
Oh, “And community.”
Guess that’s what community radio is, in effect, all about. And Greg breaks the mold mighty well.
Now in their 34th year of poking fun at the world, the Austin Lounge Lizards will be guests on the FAT Music Show next Monday at 1 p.m. (KVMR 89.5 FM, kvmr.org streaming). Host Felton Pruitt “chews the fat” with founding members Hank Card and Conrad Deisler and plays highlights from their recent Center for the Arts concert.
“No insects were harmed in the recording of this interview,” noted Pruitt.
And folk roots music artist David Bromberg is scheduled to drop by KVMR for a live studio performance between 2 and 4 p.m. Saturday on Wesley Robertson’s “Rockin’ & Stompin’” series.
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