Billy & Joni Marginot
Billy likes to have fun and play music. He has never thought about writing a bio, but he hosts Rock-a-Billy, an hour of rockabilly music, the genre most often considered the foundations for rock n’ roll.
With the influence of her European Husband, Jiri, Carol Fairlie spends her summers in Europe, traveling to music festivals and venues looking for interesting sounds and artists to share with West Texas. Her show, World Music, features multiethnic music from Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Americas. Mostly acoustic new releases and contemporary classics!
West Coast born, raised in a family of music nerds and vinyl junkies, Chloe Gallagher is a writer, curator and traveler. Her show, Wreck Shop, features hip-hop and R&B from the golden era to the present day.
Daniel Chamberlin is an artist and writer based at the Indianapolis Zen Center. Interdimensional Music has been broadcasting heavy-mellow vibes on the Far West Texas airwaves since 2010. It’s a freeform mix of classic New Age, contemporary ambient, psychedelic drone, Indian ragas, field recordings, dharma talks, and cosmic metal.
Dan Shiman is a Pennsylvania-born seven-year Marfa resident, archivist, flaneur and collector fixated on the 20th century’s recorded riches. Lost Frequencies is an audio escapism to a parallel universe of modern jazz, Latin sounds, atmospheric exotica and soundtrack moods, soul anthems, hypnotic R&B and blues, instrumental weirdness and electronic creaking.
Dave Leonnig was an intern at Marfa Public Radio as part of his MFA program in the summer of 2009 and has produced West Texas Jazz since September 2009. His show, West Texas Jazz, is a celebration of jazz history and music focused on locales and the personalities who have made Jazz a unique American art form.
David Beebe is a former full-time musician born in Houston. A UT Austin graduate, he is currently an elected official in Presidio County and is head cook at Hombres burgers and BBQ. He is a lover of the Big Bend and the border.
He hosts Night Train Express, a mix of R&B, soul and jazz—which he describes as grown folks music, late into the night.
Originally from Richmond, Virginia (which is more country than a Texan might imagine, or Southern at the very least) Mr. Branch found his way west, and west some more with some dozen years as an adopted Texan, now at the far reaches of that Republic. Among further undisclosed talents and interests he has been spinning an enthusiastic assortment of country, western, swing and associated records on his show, Honky Tonk Happy Hour, weekly at KRTS since 2009.
Jackson Wisdorf is a fan of the finer things (good food, good music, good beer and good company). When he’s not reading the news during All Things Considered, he hosts Thee Midnight Snack and co-Hosts No Country for Old Music. Thee Midnight Snack: A late night show for late night people will satisfy your late night music cravings. It’s the only show where you’ll hear ambient electronic paired with sludge metal, underground rap with Afro-Funk, Obscure Punk with Cambodian Psych Rock. Sometimes there’s guests and themes, sometimes it’s a random amalgamation of jammers, but it’s always a good time.
Joe Nick Patoski
Joe Nick Patoski is writer, a filmmaker, and he has been writing about Texas and Texans for over 45 years. Every Saturday night, his show, Texas Music Hour of Power, showcases all kinds of Texas sounds recorded over the past century of recorded music. Genres include indigenous music, including Western swing, hillbilly, TexMex, Tejano, Cajunto, swamp pop, Cajun, zydeco, and much more.
J.P. Schwartz has a medical practice in Marfa, but before switching to pre-med, he was a music major for his first two years of college. Back in Freeport, Texas, where he grew up, he was in a garage band and in a 10-piece soul band. He has stayed active in music plays keyboards, guitar, harmonica, writes and performs songs both solo and with various bands that come to the region. For the last 9 years, J.P. has been hosting the Far Out West Texas Blue Monday Show, playing blues and learning about the genres complex and historically-charged roots, through slavery, emancipation, Jim Crow, integration and to the present state.
“KRTS is the radio station is the kind of station I always dreamed about. It’s a community of it’s own, serving a vital need in an area of rugged individuals and maybe the last of it’s kind.” —J.P. Schwartz
Julie Bernal is a child of the 60’s; from playing air guitar on a tennis racket along to her parents’ oldies records as a youngster to jamming out to cassettes in her ’76 Mercury in high school, music has always played a big role in her life. She programs the Oldies Show to invoke a strong feeling of nostalgia, being most excited about those songs that you haven’t thought about in years but instantly take you back. She likes to pick songs around a theme which can be as random as songs that feature hand claps to ones with commonly misheard lyrics.
Leslie Wilkes is a painter originally from Athens, GA who moved to Marfa 11 years ago by way of New York, Austin, Chicago and San Francisco. Now in its 7th year, the Groove Line is where you tune in to get down to classic funk, soul and a touch of disco.
Michael Camacho P.E.
Having been born in the metal capital of the United States (San Antonio, Texas) and having honed his listening and mixed CD skills in the uniquely musical city of Austin, DJ Michael Camacho P.E. (aka DJ emcee PE) brings his 1000+ vinyl record collection with him to every The Rock Pillow show for Marfa Public Radio’s listeners’ enjoyment. The show puts MPR listeners to sleep, as Camacho drops the needle on classic rock, metal, and punk records.
Primo Carrasco & Tim Johnson
Primo Carrasco & Tim Johnson co-host Una Hora con Primo. Tim is the owner of the Marfa Book Co. Una Hora Con Primo is a Spanish language radio program featuring music from several different genres, but featuring norteño, conjunto, bolero, tejano, tex-mex, and borderlands music.
Roseland Klein of Fort Davis has begun her tenth year as host of Classical Midday; she is lovingly known as the matriarch of the station. Her show, Classical Midday, is a program of music, primarily instrumental, that ranges from the medieval era to that of the current century.
Hailing from the swamplands of Louisiana, Sara Melancon came to Marfa Public Radio as an intern before accepting the role as Office Manager. When she’s not managing the office she’s choosing tracks for her radio show. No Country for Old Music plays the freshest tunes in far West Texas—just released singles and albums from a variety of genres.
Stephen Rabourn is an architect and builder in Marfa; his interests include remote tectonics and Native American jewelry. Remote Soundtracks is an exploration of pastoral, gothic, and sublime themes in music and sound featuring experimental, devotional, and indigenous compositions.