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 biweekly series 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. Now up:
Show Name: The Grant Show
Day/Time: alternating Mondays, 6 a.m. – 9 a.m.
How do you spend your days and nights when not hosting your radio show?
I spend my time with my family and friends and at work. I have a fantastic wife and two wonderful young children. I am an attorney in private practice, focusing on business litigation and health care disputes. I also do a bit of arts and entertainment law, including advising on some music law issues.
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?
I always remember liking to listen to music. I was born in the 1960’s and grew up listening to a lot of music from that era that my parents played around the house, like Johnny Cash, Diana Ross and the Supremes and Bob Dylan, as well as artists from the prior era, such as Perry Como, Bing Crosby and Johnny Mathis. I also was an avid listener to Casey Kasem’s weekly “American Top 40” radio program, Staying up late on a school night with my radio turned down low so my mother wouldn’t hear it as I tried to stay awake through his entire countdown. I later went to a high school that had a small radio station, WGBP, 90.7 FM, and served as a volunteer DJ there.
But it was upon my arrival at college in St. Paul, Minnesota in the early 1980’s that I became a fervent music fan. The Twin Cities had a great music scene at that time, with Prince, Husker Du, The Replacements and The Suburbs all around and about. A ton of outstanding acts played regularly around town, including at First Avenue in Minneapolis. It was fantastic. I became a volunteer DJ at my college’s radio station, WMCN, 91.7 FM, and later became its Music Director and General Manager.
What band have you heard or discovered in the past six months that reminded you why you want to continue being a WMSE DJ?
One band I discovered late last year through WMSE was Beirut. Their album, The Rip Tide has a number of nice singles, including “Santa Fe”.
Who is your favorite non-you WMSE DJ and why?
My favorite WMSE DJ is, of course, my alternating co-host, Pat Buckley. But the WMSE DJ roster is consistently excellent across the board. I have been a big fan of Paul Cebar forever. Rich Mars is excellent (even though he left the oh-so-hip WMSE early morning DJ crew). Dori and Melissa put on fantastic shows. Dr. Sushi’s show is one of a kind. And, of course, Dewey Gill’s Sunday morning big band show is an institution.
What do you want to be when you grow up?
I want to spend more time with my family, travel more, get in shape and keep listening to as much music as possible.