Things to do in Sacramento and Beyond

The Bee's guide to events, activities, arts and entertainment


December 8, 2006
New 'dog' in KXJZ kennel

oshiro.jpg

This just in for all you public radio geeks:

John Florek, founding host of the popular Saturday night eclectic-music program "Blue Dog Jam" (7-10 p.m.) on KXJZ (90.9), is out. The permanent replacement as host will be Chris Oshiro (pictured, left), but KXJZ's jazz music director Gary Vercelli says staffers Dennis Newhall and Devin Yamanaka will serve as guest hosts in the next few weeks.

Florek, who also hosted "Acid Jazz" later on Saturday nights, is "no longer working at the station," says station manager Carl Watanabe. He declined to elaborate, and Florek was unavailable for comment. Vercelli will host "Acid Jazz" until a permanent replacement is hired.

"Blue Dog Jam," on the air since July 2005, dared to mix in alternative rock, blues, folk and country tunes into what normally was the station's all-jazz weekend programming. A typical set played by Florek might include the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Odetta, Sublime, Public Enemy and Dave Alvin.

Now that's eclectic. Maybe too much so for the taste of public radio fans. Watanabe would not address the future playlist of the show, but he did say: "People like to hear the words to songs they listen to." In other words, more singer-songwriters? That might not be a bad thing, since contemporary folk music gets exactly zero airplay in Sacramento.

But Vercelli says, "The music will be the constant, slanting in a more pop direction."

About Comments

Reader comments on Sacbee.com are the opinions of the writer, not The Sacramento Bee. If you see an objectionable comment, click the "report abuse" button below it. We will delete comments containing inappropriate links, obscenities, hate speech, and personal attacks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. See more about comments here.

What You Should Know About Comments on Sacbee.com

Sacbee.com is happy to provide a forum for reader interaction, discussion, feedback and reaction to our stories. However, we reserve the right to delete inappropriate comments or ban users who can't play nice. (See our full terms of service here.)

Here are some rules of the road:

• Keep your comments civil. Don't insult one another or the subjects of our articles. If you think a comment violates our guidelines click the "report abuse" button to notify the moderators. Responding to the comment will only encourage bad behavior.

• Don't use profanities, vulgarities or hate speech. This is a general interest news site. Sometimes, there are children present. Don't say anything in a way you wouldn't want your own child to hear.

• Do not attack other users; focus your comments on issues, not individuals.

• Stay on topic. Only post comments relevant to the article at hand. If you want to discuss an issue with a specific user, click on his profile name and send him a direct message.

• Do not copy and paste outside material into the comment box.

• Don't repeat the same comment over and over. We heard you the first time.

• Do not use the commenting system for advertising. That's spam and it isn't allowed.

• Don't use all capital letters. That's akin to yelling and not appreciated by the audience.

You should also know that The Sacramento Bee does not screen comments before they are posted. You are more likely to see inappropriate comments before our staff does, so we ask that you click the "report abuse" button to submit those comments for moderator review. You also may notify us via email at feedback@sacbee.com. Note the headline on which the comment is made and tell us the profile name of the user who made the comment. Remember, comment moderation is subjective. You may find some material objectionable that we won't and vice versa.

If you submit a comment, the user name of your account will appear along with it. Users cannot remove their own comments once they have submitted them, but you may ask our staff to retract one of your comments by sending an email to feedback@sacbee.com. Again, make sure you note the headline on which the comment is made and tell us your profile name.

hide comments

On October 14, The Sacramento Bee will temporarily remove commenting from sacbee.com. While we design the upgrade, we encourage you to tell us what you like and don't like about commenting on sacbee.com and other websites. We've heard from hundreds of you already and we're listening. Please continue to add your thoughts and questions here. We also encourage you to write Letters to the Editor on this and other topics.



FOLLOW US | Get more from sacbee.com | Follow us on Twitter | Become a fan on Facebook | Watch Bee news, lifestyle videos | View our mobile versions | e-edition: Print edition online | What our bloggers are saying

Categories


October 2013

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
    1 2 3 4 5
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28 29 30 31    

Monthly Archives