Mornings with Buff
Jimmy Buff began his career at legendary rock station WNEW-FM in New York City, where he produced one of New York’s top-rated morning shows and where he learned the art of radio. Buff has also co-hosted an outdoor adventure news television show for the Outdoor Life Network, and has contributed adventure travel segments to ESPN’s Cold Pizza morning show. Additionally, Buff has written about adventure, health and fitness for numerous publications including the Poughkeepsie Journal and the Catskill Mountain Region Guide. An avid outdoor enthusiast, Buff mountain bikes, mountain and trail runs, ice-and-rock climbs and kayaks both flat and whitewater. In addition, Buff has participated in adventure races, the Ironman triathlon, ultrarunning events and climbed Mt. Washington in sub-zero temperatures and hurricane force winds. Musically, Buff’s taste runs from Hank Williams to Mercury Rev and everything in between. Jimmy Buff lives in Kingston with his wife, son, 2 dogs and 1 patient cat.
After reading recent bio\'s on Steve Jobs, Keith Richards and Abe Lincoln I was feeling a little underwhelmed about writing something about myself for this part of our new website, then I came across the biography of Herman Cain and felt much better about the project.
I don\'t have a nickname like The Hermanator or anything like that but I once saw a guy on Jeopardy tell Alex Trebek that he gave himself the nickname \"Sparky\" while he was in college, so maybe I\'ll come up with something.
The Early Years: Mother? Check. Father? Check. Sister? Check. Dog? Check. Swimming pool? Check. Pong? Check. I guess I really had it all.
Climbing the Corporate Ladder? Not really. Political Ambitions? Nope.
Musical Heroes: You know, The Stones, Bob Marley, Patti Smith and anyone that can make a dollar playing music these days.
Personal: Married? Yeah, a couple times. Kids? Yup, 3.
Hobbies: oh yeah I should get one of those.
Justin discovered the magic of radio at a young age, falling asleep at night listening to the CBS Radio Mystery Theater. His love of radio grew with the creation of a pirate radio station, with several friends, at the age of 13. Starting with a low-power AM radio transmitter kit purchased at Radio Shack, they eventually upgraded to a small FM transmitter, similar to the wireless guitar-jack musicians would use on stage. But instead of the 9-Volt battery that came with the unit, they jacked it up with a bunch of lantern batteries, mounted an antenna on the roof of the house, and voila: they were broadcasting with a 5-mile radius, their own mix of rock and pop, news and weather read from the local newspaper, and requests from listeners. One of those requests came in the form of a complaint from a hockey fan who was trying to watch a game on TV, but instead of hearing the play-by-play (FM once used the frequency between TV channels 6 and 7); the little TV speaker was blaring rock and roll. The FCC was subsequently dispatched to shut down what was called WPJC-FM, and the local NBC-TV affiliate covered the story for their evening newscast. With his passion for music fueled by playing drums in a jam-band and working at a record store, Justin decided to go legitimate, enrolling at SUNY Fredonia, and becoming the Program Director of the college radio station. It was there that he developed a taste for Punk, Reggae, New Wave, Jazz, Blues, etc, and learned the art of creative, multi-track audio production. This led to a job as a part-time deejay on a classic-rock station for a few years. But after deciding he could no longer muster-up enthusiasm playing the same 300 songs over and over again, went behind-the-scenes, as a full-time audio producer. When a corporation took over that station, Justin decided it was time to get back to his roots, doing what he loved. Justin can now be heard playing the new music he craves mixed with classic and deep album tracks of his youth - while spewing out useful information about the music and artists - each weekday evening on Radio Woodstock. Radio is in his blood – it’s what he does. Only now he does it legally, with an official, 3rd-class radio-telephone license, and the blessing of the FCC.
I’ve had a varied and interesting life.
Starting at birth...Well never mind, that’s a long story.
This is my third go round at Radio Woodstock. I started working here before the station went on the air in 1980. I left 3 years later to get a real job. That didn’t work so well so I returned for another four years of fun and games. Then I really did get a real job in the hospitality industry where I learned, among other unpleasant life lessons, that not all people are worth a free upgrade or even a complimentary newspaper, and that a real job just isn’t as much fun. Now like Michael Corleone in The God Father, “Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in.”
So here I am again at Radio Woodstock. It’s good to be home.
I've had an interest in broadcasting as far back as I can remember, and I began DJ'ing and announcing in junior high. In high school, I started interning at WBAB on Long Island, and in college I DJ'd at WPRR / WVAM in Altoona, PA, before returning to WBAB for much of the 90s. I spent a few years working with Opie, producing his show and doing various bits (including "Bob Dylan Weather"). I took a break from radio in 1999, in favor of a glorious/disasterous career in the record business. In recent years, I've made my living in music, audio and video production. I also sing and play guitar, and write songs. I'm honored to be back on the radio again, at the amazing Radio Woodstock!
My earliest exposure to radio, besides listening to it at home, was when I was about 5 years old and my father took me to a local radio station. I asked where all the bands, orchestras and singers were. I was severely distressed to learn that they were all on records! I had wanted to meet some of them. As I grew older I had a little transistor AM radio that I listened to under the covers after I went to bed at night. That music still plays in my head, and I can still hear the voices of the DJ’s.
Eventually, I had a career in radio, but left to follow a different path. Now, at a different phase of life, the opportunity arose to get back to it. I have always loved music, and will listen to anything, from Beethoven to the Beatles. To me, if it sounds good, it is good.
I am a songwriter and musician and respect the thought and effort that it takes to produce good music of any genre. I value artistic expression and the free exchange and exploration of ideas.
RadioWoodstock supports the creation and exposure of music that often does not get heard on main-stream corporate radio. Music of all types is a vital part of the culture of our country, and can help shape the future by influencing how we think, feel, and act.
The Indigo Hour
Connor Kennedy is a singing writer of songs, a multi-instrumentalist and future cynic. He has traveled to Middle America, down the East Coast, into Canada, and spent a few minutes in Honduras; however, most of his time is spent in New York\'s Catskill Mountains, where he likes to call home. Born in northern New Jersey and raised in the quaint blue-collar town of Saugerties, NY; Kennedy spent his childhood years collecting classic movie monster memorabilia and cultivating an obsession with twentieth century pop culture. From the ages of 14-18, he considered himself a professional musician. After relocating to Woodstock, NY in his late teens; Connor began work on his first record, a collection of songs written over the course of several years of his adolescence. \'Nothing Lasts : Nothing\'s Over\' was released in 2013. In the time since, his ability as a songwriter has strengthened and he continues allocating subjective inspiration on a daily basis for the purpose of broadening his body of work.
Born on a snowy winter night in Connecticut, Brett has grown up to be here, now. You'll always be able to find him find him right where he is. And wherever that may be, there's a good chance that he'll have music playing. And every Wednesday night you'll find Brett on the airwaves sharing one of his true musical loves, Jam Bands! From new electronic-influenced groups to the good ol' Grateful Dead and everything in between, it's all in here... plus a little more. So join the party and get ready to shake your body with Young Brett on Woodstock Jams.
The Tool Shed
Paul Green is an American record producer, film producer, director, screenwriter, singer-songwriter, music teacher, entrepreneur, and philanthropist who founded School of Rock (formerly known as The Paul Green School of Rock Music), a performance-based music program for kids. This for-profit educational company operates and sponsors franchises for after-school music instructional programs in the United States.
First established in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1998 by Paul Green, schools have opened in states including New York, Utah, California, Illinois, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Maryland, Oregon, Washington, D.C., Virginia, Florida, Georgia, Texas, Colorado, Delaware, Washington, New Jersey, and North Carolina and internationally in Mexico. In 2005, the company was the subject of a documentary film titled Rock School. In early 2010, Paul Green left the Paul Green School of Rock Music, which is now known as The School of Rock.
On August 9, 2011, the Woodstock Film Festival announced that Green has moved to the Woodstock, New York area and has joined as the Music Coordinator. He is also working with Woodstock Festival co-founder Michael Lang in founding a music college in the Woodstock area.
The Heavy Light Show
A loving mom, friendly soul, and capable tooth whistler, Ida Hakkila loves to play the soul punk music on her Heavy Light Show. In the past she was a DJ at WNYU, 92-3 K-Rock, and Q104.3 in New York City. She’s written jokes and been a musical consultant for The Late Show with David Letterman.
As Woodstock’s leading radio talk show host for almost 30 years, Doug Grunther has sought out and interviewed many of the most insightful teachers and authors in the country. Whether focusing on the Four Noble Truths of the Buddha with popular Tibetan scholar Robert Thurman, trading comic insights with MAD Magazine Senior Editor Joe Raiola, or delving into the human psyche with renowned poet Robert Bly Doug Grunther has helped bring wisdom and humor to the airwaves for decades. Doug is also a popular speaker including a presentation he calls, Enlighten Up: How Laughter Improves Our Physical, Emotional and Spiritual Health. Ten years ago he became so fascinated with his dreams that he began a deep study and is now certified as a dream work facilitator by the Marin Institute For Projective Dream Work, leading dream works shops and working with private clients.
A Triple-A (Adult Album Alternative) radio programming veteran for nearly 3 decades, Radio Unleashed Founder and Program Director Dave Leonard has been nationally recognized for his ardent presentation of music --- combining the best new music, under appreciated old bones, and perennially awesome ear candy. As a young pup, Dave nosed his way into the industry while a student at Denison University's WDUB, eventually becoming Program Director and later, Station Manager. Lured by the call of the wild (and skiing and mountain climbing), he then served as Evening Programming Host for KMTN, Jackson Hole. But like any red-blooded dog, the search for a bigger bone was on: it wasn't long before Dave returned east, lending his paws as Program Director and Regional Sales Manager to noncommercial Triple-A startup WKZE. Then, in 1996, Dave became the top dog at legendary Triple-A flagship WDST, serving as both Operations Manager and Vice President of Music Programming for the worldwide broadcast entertainment company, the Woodstock Broadcasting Network.
Now, when Dave isn't busy running through the wild and beautiful fields of tunage that makes up Radio Unleashed, he leads the pack at JTD Productions, Inc., the Hudson Valley's leading professional disc jockey entertainment service.
Based on the unconventional wisdom of early free-form FM, Radio Unleashed airs every Sunday evening from 6pm to 8pm EST, broadcast from the infamous Utopia Studios in Woodstock, New York. Listen here.
Steven Van Zandt is a musician, songwriter, arranger, record producer, actor, human rights activist, and international radio DJ. He is a founding member of Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band and a well known musician in his own right.
Along with recording and performing with his band Little Steven and the Disciples of Soul, Van Zandt is also a critically acclaimed producer for artists such as Bruce Springsteen, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, Artists United Against Apartheid, Darlene Love, Gary U.S. Bonds, Ronnie Spector, The Chesterfield Kings, The Cocktail Slippers, and The Breakers.
His other music production credits include Musical Director and Band Organizer for the Monday Night Football theme on ESPN featuring Hank Williams Jr. and the All-Star Band, 2007. He also acted as Film Music Supervisor and Soundtrack Executive Producer for Christmas with the Kranks, released by Sony Pictures, 2003.
Van Zandt’s songs have been recorded by artists such as Jackson Browne, Pearl Jam, Jimmy Cliff, Southside Johnny, Darlene Love, Gary U.S. Bonds, Ronnie Spector, Nancy Sinatra, Brian Setzer, and Black Uhuru.
Adding acting to his repertoire, Van Zandt became an original cast member on HBO's hit television series The Sopranos in 1999, playing the role of Silvio Dante from the show’s inception through the final season.
His television production credits include Executive Producer of ESPN’s New Year’s Eve with Little Steven’s Underground Garage (2005), and Executive Producer of the Cheap Trick or Treat Halloween Ball (2006).
In 2002 Van Zandt created the nationally syndicated radio show Little Steven's Underground Garage, which now reaches over 1.2 million listeners in North America, with affiliates across Europe, and broadcasting to over 45 countries around the world via Voice of America and American Forces Network. Van Zandt also created and programs two formats on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio, the Underground Garage (Sirius 25, XM 59) and the Outlaw Country channel (Sirius 63, XM 12).
2006 marked the beginning of Wicked Cool Records, the imprint Van Zandt started to further support traditional Rock and Roll, now called Garage Rock. Wicked Cool is home to twenty bands including The Chesterfield Kings, The Woggles, The Breakers, The Urges, The Len Price 3, and the Cocktail Slippers. Among the label’s releases are the critically acclaimed compilations featuring the best music from the contemporary Garage Rock scene, and the Halloween and Christmas A Go-Go collections.
Van Zandt is also chairman of the Rock and Roll Forever Foundation which is developing a history of Rock and Roll curriculum for all grades in all schools scheduled to pilot in 2012.
eTown is an exciting weekly radio show that’s been on the air from coast to coast for 20 years. Unlike any other program, eTown mixes live music from top performers in a wide variety of styles with conversation and information about our communities, our environment and common sense stewardship. Every eTown show is full of great music, and the musicians get a chance to open up during interviews with host, Nick Forster. The weekly presentation of the E-chievement Award highlights hometown heroes from around the country, each one taking small steps towards solving big problems. It all winds up with the grand finale with all musicians joining together in one last song.
eTown’s mission is to educate, entertain and inspire a diverse audience, through music and conversation, to create a socially responsible and environmentally sustainable world.
Whether at the Boulder Theater or one of the many other venues around the country where the show is recorded, eTown is an entertaining, informative and downright inspiring live show. Hosts Nick and Helen Forster lead the show seamlessly, mixing music and message with humor and energy to create a one-of-a-kind live radio experience.
Upstart Punk Rock Radio
Upstart Punk Rock Radio brings you the best of all the classic punk of the past, mixed with a healthy dose of today?s punk hero?s, as well as up and coming bands who are keeping the scene alive and well all over the world. From the smallest dive bars and record shops to the biggest tours and festivals - Upstart Punk Rock Radio keeps it?s finger on the pulse of the underground and independent music scene, spinning the best the punk world has to offer and bringing you interviews with some of your favorite punk recording artists.
World famous punk protagonist Crash Murphy, host of the Upstart Punk Rock Radio show, brings you one hour of killer punk each week from the Punk Penthouse in New York City. Crash, a life-long punk rocker who has put together and promoted more punk shows worldwide than any 10 people you know.
Martha Frankel is a writer, knitter, meddler, busybody. Anything you know, she knows better! She is also the executive director of the Woodstock Writers Festival and the author of the acclaimed memoir, Hats and Eyeglasses. Like most writers, she's lonely. Email her at [email protected]