Well, well, well. It’s been a bit, my friend. In the words of Thomas Jefferson, “What’d I Miss?”
Let me go back a little bit. In what seems like 100 years ago, back when the Cabazon Dinosaurs were real (and not hidden in back of ugly fast food buildings), I hosted a moderately good morning radio show in Palm Springs on an alternative, hip hop (no, seriously), and rock station – waking up every weekday at 4 am to play some good music, interacting with some cool people, giving away things, and occasionally standing outside of a car dealer in 120 degrees promoting their free hot dogs and 0.9% interest or whatever it was they were doing.
It was good times.
Along the way, I got a chance to meet quite a few awesome people like you who could’ve listened to anything else as they dodged and cursed snow birds on Highway 111 in the morning, but chose to listen to me and I can’t thank you enough for it.
It allowed me to do a job that I loved in an occupation that paid enough to nearly pay my bills. I got to do some amazing things, meet some awesome listeners, and I also got to work with some great people along the way – including one co-host in particular, Kristen, who I couldn’t bare to only be with for four hours a day, so I did what any smart fella would do, I put a ring on it! Which was the smartest thing I have done in my life.
Unfortunately, eventually the dreaded corporate budget cuts caught up with Kristen and I just before Christmas in 2014 and we were let go from our morning show (on the same day, what fun!) and decided that it was time to explore other opportunities.
While Kristen went off to make the world a better place in the non-profit sector, I grabbed a keyboard and began working with local businesses to make their websites better and help them get good handle on digital marketing and social media (NERD!!!).
In my spare time, I also started blogging and, well, Cactus Hugs took off and is now doing better than I ever could’ve imagined. If you haven’t read it yet, maybe give it a shot. It’s nearly adequate.
And that leads us to today – a day that leads me back onto the radio and into your car as you curse yet more snow birds on Highway 111 who just won’t stop cutting you off!
A few weeks ago, Todd Marker (the smart guy who launched and runs ALT 101.5) called me and asked if I wanted to do radio again. We talked about it over the course of a few days and, while I just couldn’t commit to the time and effort (and farmer’s hours) that you deserve from a good morning show, I did miss you guys and the chance to be a part of the radio station playing the best music in the Coachella Valley was appealing. An offer of doing afternoons was eventually extended and, well, here I am – every weekday from 2 to 7 pm.
I am really looking forward to sharing some new, cool music with you. The desert has been deprived of an alternative station ever since the old m99.5 changed formats all those years ago. It’s always weird that a town that has Coachella didn’t have an alt station. Then again, the Palm Springs area has always been weird as hell.
I really hope that you can join me along the way on this new adventure by listening on a radio (if you still have one) on ALT101.5 fm or streaming the station here. They have really been playing some great music over these last few months (and giving away Coachella tickets!!). You may be particularly interested in tuning in over this first week back for me, as I haven’t done this for a bit and I am bound to screw something up – and there is nothing better than a good ‘ol train wreck.
As the afternoon show will be more musically oriented, I won’t get a chance to take your calls and stuff – but, I would love to be in touch with you. So, feel free to drop a line here, comment at the bottom of this post (or any blog post) on this freshly made website) or post or comment over at the Radio Casey Facebook page.
Thank you for all of your support over these years and I promise that I will do my best not to screw this new thing up.