October 2012
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As a valued listeners we want to keep you up to date on the latest from our station 

It's a Crime", with Margaret McLean



   Listeners who crave a jolt of excitement on a lazy weekend afternoon will enjoy the tales of grisly murder and police heroics presented every Saturday by host Margaret McLean. Her program, "It's a Crime", focuses on true crime stories and features interviews by authors of both fiction and nonfiction works relating to either the lives of criminals or policemen. On her September 1st program, McLean's guests included James Redfearn, author of The Rising of Roxbury Crossing, and Mark Silverman, former member of the Boston mob and author of the memoir Rogue Mobster: The Untold Story of Mark Silverman and the New England Mafia. During the first hour, Redfearn discussed the story of the Boston Police Strike of 1919, and how this history tied into creating his historical fiction novel. Later in the program, Mark Silverman opened up about his role in the Boston underworld, first as a member of the Irish Winter Hill Gang, then as a member of the Italian mob. Throughout the program, McLean mentioned news stories about high-profile crime events, such as the trial of accused murderer Drew Peterson.

Notwithstanding the potentially macabre and lurid nature of true crime stories, McLean and her guests approach their topics with sensitivity and depth, focusing on the long-term consequences resulting from certain events, rather than showcasing the stories for their shock value. McLean's tone is energetic but poised, giving the listener the sense that the show is intended to edify rather than amuse with cheap tabloid sensationalism. As a former prosecutor, McLean brings an insider's insight of the justice system and crime into her guest interviews. Listeners will be pleasantly surprised by the program's frank nature and intelligent analysis of topics ranging from mass murder to police corruption. "It's a Crime" airs every Saturday from 12:00pm to 2:00pm. Listeners may find more information at the show's website, www.itsacrimeradio.com/about/, and at the host's personal website: www.margaretmclean.com/.  



"In the Moment", with J. Cole Thomas



    Every Thursday evening, host J. Cole Thomas offers words of encouragement and hope for those who feel stuck in dismal situations. Mr. Thomas's basic message is summarized by the title of his program: he advises listeners to live "in the moment", and put aside the negative attitudes they bring with them from their past experiences. Living "in the moment" means that one should judge another person or situation based solely on what one actually observes at that moment, rather than on assumptions based on stereotypes or on one's previous life experiences. Mr. Thomas also encourages his listeners to make an effort to improve their current situation, and not to use problems from the past as an excuse to not work for their own betterment. These themes form the framework for Mr. Thomas's program, which discusses social relationships ranging from those between men and women, or those of African-Americans with American society at large.


   Listeners stressed during the evening drive home will find positive and constructive messages from Mr. Thomas's program. The host does not talk down to his listeners, and in fact admits the mistakes that he made in his life, allowing listeners to empathize with him as an equal rather than treat him as a voice from on high. In a time of economic hardship, when many people feel that their life is hopeless, Mr. Thomas offers reassurances that individuals have the power to improve their lot. His show airs every Thursday from 6pm to 7pm. The show's website address is following: www.inthemoment-jcole.com/. One may also find the Facebook page for the show at the following address:  www.facebook.com/InTheMomentwithJCole. 



"Go Vegan Radio", featuring Bob Linden



Every Sunday afternoon, Bob Linden encourages listeners to eat healthy and live well with his program, "Go Vegan Radio". Linden supports veganism not only for its health benefits, but also because he is opposed to raising animals for meat. He discusses both issues by introducing related news stories, such as upcoming ballot initiatives and bills up for debate in the federal legislature. Linden's guest on the September 23rd program was John Robbins, former heir to the Baskin-Robbins ice cream fortune and author of No Happy Cows. Early life experiences shaped John Robbins' decision to cut himself off from his association from Baskin-Robbins and devote himself to the cause of animal rights. Among these were the early death of his uncle to heart disease, which Robbins believes was related to his uncle's passion for eating ice cream; and the shock he felt from viewing the condition of the Baskin-Robbins dairy cows in factory-style feedlots. On the program, Robbins said that, contrary to the California Milk Producers' Association's slogan that "happy cows come from California", many dairy cows in California are sheltered in cramped feedlots and fed dry feed rather than fresh grass. He also argued that the belching and flatulence from free-range cattle ("eructation") is a significant contributor to greenhouse gas emissions. Towards the end of the program, Robbins described the negative effects of industrial-scale commercial farming on the environment, such as tropical deforestation and the creation of antibiotic-resistant diseases.  


Listeners will appreciate Linden's use of data and commentary from lawmakers and animal rights groups in order to lend credence to his opinions. Some listeners will not accept Linden's strong viewpoints against meat as a food source, nor share his belief that veganism is a righteous way of life; nevertheless, they may admire the candor of his convictions. Listeners who are animal rights advocates or are simply looking for healthier alternatives to the usual fare in American cuisine will appreciate what "Go Vegan Radio" has to offer. "Go Vegan Radio" airs every Sunday from 1pm to 2pm. The program's website is www.goveganradio.com/. Listeners may also find out more about the program on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Go-Vegan-Radio-with-Bob-Linden/, and on Twitter at twitter.com/#!/GoVeganRadio.   



"Lion's Tent Radio" With Kali & Erik




  Long-time listeners to KCAA are familiar with the voices of Erik Hunter and Kali Smith. A long-time board operator and engineer at KCAA, Erik frequently chimes in on various programs throughout the week, providing elaboration and commentary on topics the hosts bring up on their own shows. Kali Smith is cohost of  "Marijuana: Compassion and Common Sense", heard every Monday evening at 6 pm.


Every Wednesday night, Erik and Kali get together for "Lion's Tent Radio", a show focused on sports and entertainment commentary. On the September 26th program, Erik and Kali spoke at length about the recent controversy over replacement referees in NFL games, and how this negatively affected the outcome of Monday's game between the Seattle Seahawks and the Green Bay Packers. The hosts also argued over the legitimacy of steroid use by professional athletes. Erik felt that it was acceptable for individual athletes to take steroids only if they had proven their greatness in the field prior to taking steroids. Kali disagreed, stating that it was unacceptable for professional athletes to take steroids under any circumstance; he elaborated by arguing that, since athletes are role models for young people, school kids would be encouraged to take steroids to excel in sports. Towards the end of the show, the hosts joked about a gaffe from one of the referees, wherein he accidentally gave a player a "five year penalty".


 Erik and Kali seem to have fun bantering with one another; their conversation is always spirited and light-hearted, and never degenerates into angry argumentation, even when the hosts disagree with one another. While Erik and Kali present preselected topics, their conversation sometimes leads in directions divergent from the original point, such that the program does not feel wedded to a topical format.  The casual and improvised tone of "Lion's Tent Radio" will appeal to listeners who are more interested in shows that emphasize engaging dialogue over topics. The hosts' youthful verve and friendly demeanor is sure to captivate both regular and new KCAA listeners. "Lions Tent Radio" airs every Wednesday from 8 pm to 9 pm. Listeners may find more information at the show's Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/LionsTentRadio.



All articles by.
Michael Kaufman - Staff writer