WMSE loves free-form radio. Our format’s complete and genuine freedom allows our DJs to explore an insane number of genres — music without limitations! It’s a fact that each WMSE show has its own community within the larger, more inclusive WMSE community; diverse radio programming is rewarded with a loyal listenership like no other.
But because the WMSE DJs are only on the air for three hours each week, you the listener might not get to know them quite as well as you might like, so to give you all a bit more insight, we’re proud to introduce the Get To Know Your WMSE DJ series. Each WMSE DJ gets the same five questions, and just like our free-form format, they choose to answer however they want: short or long, intense or humorously…we ask, they answer, we post.
Sonic Diet will be posting a new addition to the series biweekly on Mondays and the first batch of WMSE DJs featured will be those whose show falls within the 6 a.m. – 6 p.m. show slots. Next up: Shopkeeper Ken.
DJ: Paul Cebar
Show Name: Way Back Home
Day/Time: Wednesday, 9am – Noon
How do you spend your days and nights when not hosting your radio show?
When not hosting my show, life is an empty husk blowing hither and thither through a pale fogscape. No, actually I prefer to spend my time playing with my band, preparing to play with my band, reading like all get-out, cutting Dad’s lawn, sifting through the records and looking for Al Pastor tacos that taste anything like the ones in the street in Oaxaca.
Do you remember what band, album or song took you from being a casual music listener to a passionate music lover? Is there a memory associated with that experience?
“Love Me Do” and “Hold Me Tight” by the Beatles took this dreaming seven year old to the party. The mysteries of’ “Working in a Coalmine” by Lee Dorsey ushered me into new levels of immersion. ‘Thelonious Monk’s Greatest Hits’ bought on State St. in Madison as a callow youth, “Paradise and Lunch” & “Mo Roots” playing in the dorms the first week of college. “Crawfish Fiesta” playing in a record store in Minneapolis…
What band have you heard or discovered in the past six months that reminded you why you want to continue being a WMSE DJ.
A Senegalese band called Fonseca et les Anges Noirs remind me (as if I needed reminding) why I’d like to continue sailing songs into the air at MSE.
Who is your favorite non-you WMSE DJ and why?
Johnny Ziegler, Dewey and Shopkeeper Ken are my favorite compatriots for the sheer intrepidity and mayhem-laden fun.
What do you want to be when you grow up?
When I grow up, I will perhaps be paid…and dancing.