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:
DJ: Terry Havel
Show Name: The Blues Drive
Day/Time: Wednesdays, 3 p.m. – 6 p.m.
How do you spend your days and nights when not hosting your radio show?
I am the media coordinator (like an advisor) to student radio at UW-Parkside in Kenosha as well as doing Rock and Roll Never Forgets, an oldies show for WLIP (AM 1050) in Kenosha on Saturdays from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. I try to get out and hear live music at least once a week. Otherwise, I’m a big Chicago sports fan and am currently suffering watching the hopeless Cubs. Can’t wait for football (go, Bears!).
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 loved music from a very early age listening to my parent’s records and discovering R & B from a low-powered Chicago AM station. But I think my turning point came while I was a junior in college. I got to tape a one-hour jazz show for a just put on-the-air commercial FM station in Waterloo, Iowa. I knew very little about jazz, but by doing the show learned a lot and started to realize just how complicated and broad based the music spectrum was. It was a real learning experience being introduced to Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Billie Holiday and so many more great artists.
What band have you heard or discovered in the past six months that reminded you why you want to continue being a WMSE DJ?
Smith Westerns, Mayer Hawthorne, Trapper Schoepp and the Shades are just a few. I was in Louisiana for two years (2008-2010), and didn’t know anything about Reverend Raven & the Chain-Smokin’ Altar Boys. But when I got back and heard them, I became an instant fan.
Who is your favorite non-you WMSE DJ and why?
Tough question, because this station has so many outstanding DJs. But in terms of his musical depth, very few folks can challenge Paul Cebar’s musical knowledge and music choices.
What do you want to be when you grow up?
I was a radio junkie since I was eight, but also thought I would enjoy teaching. I was able to do both over forty years and for that, I’m most proud.