Volunteer Spotlight

WDBX-FM is sustained by the hard work and passion of our volunteers. The Blogapus salutes these amazing individuals, with an ongoing series of interviews and profiles. Past interviews are available in the drop-down “Volunteer Spotlight” menu.

Now, our Volunteer Spotlight shines on Filbert, host of “The Psychedelic Stomp.” You can hear “The Psychedelic Stomp” every Wednesday from 8 to 10 p.m.

The Blogapus: Why did you first start volunteering with WDBX?

Filbert: I just enjoyed what I was hearing and wanted to support it. At first I (our family business) was an underwriter, and we were proud to play WDBX in our store. Around that same time I started helping BRP* find promotional products for pledge drives, which I am still involved with. At one point I decided, after many conversations with BRP about the station, to do a show. BRP was telling me that the station could go 24 hours if we had someone who would do the graveyard hours/ early early morning hours. So I signed up to do a 4am to 7am show. It was great, it did not interfere with family time or work. Alas, it did interfere with work when my hours changed to a 7am start, but our fearless leader found me a new spot on Wednesday nights, and that has been my spot since summer of 2009.

TB: What makes a great broadcast of “Psychedelic Stomp”?

F: A great broadcast of The Psychedelic Stomp is “organic” (a very overused buzz word). The magik works like this: I do very little prep work for the show in an effort to keep it flowing; at the same time I purposely don’t bring a lot of musical selections with me either. So I have limited resources and when the show really flows from one song to the next I just keep playing the music & its soo far freakin’ out I don’t want to stop & talk & say that was this band with that song–that’s when the show is really cookin’!!! That’s when its a Psychedelic Stomp.

TB: Giant lizards have demanded you program a five-song dedication, going out to the Queen Lizard back in Lizardville. She’s listening online, and will be quite cross if it fails to blow her reptilian mind. What’s your playlist?

F: Well, if I was going to blow a reptilian brain cell the play list would look like this:

a. The Nile Song / The Pink Floyd

b. Prescription Love / The Flaming Lips

c. Cut in Carole / The Digits

d. Punk Rock Ambulance / GBH

e. Elephant Riders / Clutch

TB: What’s your favorite memory of WDBX?

F: My favorite memory is a toss up:

Favorite Memory “A” would be last summer when Farmer Jason came to town and did the show at Turley Park, it was great to see all the support from Kids Kamp (one of my all-time favorite shows). I was expecting to see maybe a dozen people there, but the place was packed! Close to maybe 100 people– it was full of good vibes, sunshine and all that jazz. Wow it still blows my mind just thinking about it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Favorite Memory “B” was being the show Frodus Room one year for Halloween. The host of that program, Chris W., had turned me on to a lot of his music, it’s just a great show. So I just said I was the Frodus Room, played music Chris had given me over the years, and did the whole show that way–as Chris– I don’t think that the listeners got it (it was like 5am to boot), but wtf I had a great time.

*BRP is the station manager, Brian Powell.

1) How long have you been with WDBX? - I've been with the station since the
very first organizational meeting with volunteers.  I had bumped into a
buddy that I had shared College of Education classes with while grocery
shopping (Kevin Antonovich, RIP), and he told me about the meeting.  I
attended the meeting, thought it was a great idea, and told Brian what my
idea for a show was (the "Galaxy" concept had been in my head for several
years, inspired by a show on KDHX in St. Louis, called "The Galactic Cat",
that alternated between hardcore/punk and experimental noise).  He told me
to write it down, so I went home and came up with a detailed 10 page
proposal that essentially detailed everything I do today.  Brian loved it.
We went on air in February (1995?) with an abbreviated schedule, and "The
Galaxy" premiered a month later, I'm thinking March 3rd.

2) What makes a good episode of "The Galaxy" for you? - There are a lot of
ingredients that can, by themselves, result in a good episode.  A show with
a nice flow of music and a multitude of ideas is quite pleasing to me, where
the music is swinging and I'll get the urge to sing along or play air drums.
But the show is also essentially an educational venture for me.  So if I can
plug in something that is intellectually stimulating, or something that has
striking beauty - that sort of thing also strikes a chord with me, even if I
have to devote an entire show, or even multiple shows, to one particular
piece of music.  Finding beauty in contrasting styles of music also strikes
a similar chord for me.  Of course, if a listener calls in to complement the
music, that is also quite satisfying.  I should note here that this happens
with multiple musical styles - I've had listeners call about artists and
composers ranging from Sun Ra to Gustav Mahler to Sigur Ros.  So it is nice
that people are listening to the range of ideas that I'm putting out there,
rather than just looking for one idea that I tend to frequent (i.e. metal).

3) Due to an unfortunate yacht outing, you've been stranded on a tropical
island with five albums and a functioning hi-fi stereo. What albums
constitute your island library?  I would be in real trouble - I would have
trouble choosing.  One of them would be a good set of Bach organ works - I
have a very nice compilation by the organ master Gustav Leonhardt.  But it
would be hard for me to go without my somewhat recent acquisition of Bach's
Well Tempered Clavichord, and I have also more recently acquired a 1950s
recording of The Art of the Fugue, also by Leonhardt.  I would also probably
have to have one of my Sigur Ros albums, but I'd have trouble choosing
between () (from 2002) and Takk (2005).  Helmet's Meantime (1992) would
probably have to be a choice.  I would probably have to make a Beatles album
a fourth choice, but I'd have trouble choosing between Revolver (1966) and
the Past Masters compilation.  The choice for the fifth album would lie
between my John Coltrane Village Vanguard 1961 box set, and my Charlie
Parker Live at the Royal Roost box set.  The latter was one of my first ever
jazz purchases, a tape copy of two of the sets presented in this box set,
one of which featured Miles Davis in his days as a sideman.  It helped
cement my love for jazz, and for years afterwards I pursued a cd copy of
these recordings, leading up to when they issued the complete collection of
Royal Roost recordings in '98.  Yet the Village Vanguard set is equally key,
with Coltrane and Eric Dolphy duking it out over the course of three nights
- Dolphy's bass clarinet can be mind-blowing at times.  Unfortunately, all
of this limits me from selecting anything from OMD, and their 1981
Architecture and Morality album would also be a good choice.  Of course, the
reality is that 1. If I were asked to actually make such a choice, my head
would probably explode; 2. If I were ever going on a yacht, I'd probably
have my iPod with me anyway.  The problem with that is that I do not keep
classical music or jazz on my iPod, owing to the length of the music.  

(Just in case you haven't noticed, the art of making choices is NOT one of
my strong suits.  It usually takes me hours of internal debate before I can
buy a single album in the store, and if I'm shopping online, it could take
days.)

4) What's your favorite WDBX memory?  It would either be my first show, with
the smell of construction still fresh in the air and my first use of the
intro from Richard Strauss' Also Sprache Zarathustra as a theme song for the
intro, or it could be our first WDBX Valentine's Day Ball, when most
everyone dressed formally.  Of course, every show, for me, is a new favorite
memory waiting to happen, and every V-Day Ball is loaded with potential (the
food was absolutely divine last year).

One comment on “Volunteer Spotlight

  1. alexpaull says:

    Great interview!

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