Kentucky-based Kurt David hosts the ever-popular Takin’ Ya Back programme on XeRW.
We broadcast his 60′s edition of the programme and it has been well received by our listeners. Kurt always manages to reveal interesting stories about the records he plays and finds the hidden gems which rarely get played on radio.
This is what Kurt says about how he got to love radio and music:
“My parents were not my favorite people growing up in the sixties and seventies – sound familiar. We moved too many times – new cities, new friends, new radio stations. The last part turned out to be the best part of my early years. (thanks mom and dad) This exposure to some of the best radio stations in America would later play an all important part in allowing me to share the music I heard growing up…with YOU.
The appreciation I have for what it takes…and what it took to create a song is what drove me to create my own programs.
Sharing the secrets behind the songs…and blending together the music is my passion. I enjoy telling a story through a song or group of songs…and with that comes memories we have shared and experienced. Thanks for allowing me to share these slices of my musical memories. A special thanks to the players, singers, songwriters and producers who share my passion.”
After the usual hospital and land-based pirate radio apprenticeship Mikey K started his professional radio career on the floating radio station Voice Of Peace, which broadcast to the Middle East from a ship anchored in the Eastern Mediterranean. Mikey presented almost every single programme on the station during his two years there, but fondly remembers the daily ‘oldies’ programme, as it was the type of music he loved.
He later joined the famous Radio Caroline which broadcast to Europe from a very stormy anchorage in the North Sea. During his time on Radio Caroline he was interviewed and featured in French TV and BBC TV programmes as well as in various newspaper and magazine articles. Mikey also presented programmes in Dutch and English for the Dutch language station Radio 819 as well as reading their weather and news bulletins when required. He remembers opening Radio 819 up one morning when the scheduled Dutch DJ failed to appear due to a heavy drinking session the night before! Moving ashore he joined pioneer satellite radio station Euronet where he presented a number of programmes and contributed to the station’s output in various ways.
Mikey then moved into publishing and was the editor of British radio trade magazine Playback for three years before moving on to be publisher of Atari Computing magazine.
Mike has an eclectic taste in music, but if pushed he will say he loves Northern Soul above all other forms, but he can’t dance to save his life, so he prefers to pogo to the collection of punk rock records he has in his bedroom!