Public radio inspiration and homage to Bebo Valdes

Hey y’all. Missed ya. I’m still here – listening and digging deep for the best in roots and roots-inspired music. I felt inspired tonight listening to the heart and soul of LA music on public radio. Yesterday a legend of Latin music passed away, Bebo Valdes, and over at KJazz (88.1), they were playing his incredible discography.

LA’s public radio scene is truly too diverse and voluminous to even begin to do it justice (not to mention the amazing radio stations around the country – KUT Austin, WWOZ New Orleans). Later in the evening, I heard ska and old school reggae over at KSPC (88.7) and then over at KCSN (88.5), they were playing some mean-ass classic rock, Derek and the Dominoes and the always welcome Jimi Hendrix. I would be remiss if I did not give a shout to two of my favorite DJ’s in LA including Miss DJ Moonbaby who will be guest DJing next Saturday night/morning (March 31st), Easter morning, at 4 a.m. for Morgan Rhodes’ The Listening Station on the always stellar KPFK (90.7). DJ Moonbaby will be playing some great soul music from 1980 on the show which features “progressive soul and alternative electronica.” I can listen to that for hours. I love me some down-tempo house or Portishead. Also back on KSCN, my friend Kat Griffin hosts Americana Matinee on Sunday mornings from 9-noon as well as an internet radio show on Wednesdays 5-7 pm called Madly Cocktail. Kat’s shows are truly balm for the soul, I promise you. So please head on down left of the dial or if you’re around the world, check out these folks on the radio working hard for your listening pleasure via the magic of the world wide web.

In the meantime, here is the Maestro, may he descanse en paz:

One comment

  1. Hey Marina! Great to see you in action again. I’ll be sure to checkout your public radio suggestions the next time I’m on a ship docked in Long Beach–next time probably towards the end of next month. Since the 80’s, I’ve tuned into KCRW. I’ve listened to KPFK before, as well as KPFA in the Bay Area. All great stations.

    BTW, thanks for the Alabama Shakes tip. It’s amazing how far they’ve gone since you first pointed them out.


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