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The first show broadcast October 1991 - yes the show is almost ten years old (young?). I still remember the first broadcast - though I had practiced for weeks ahead of time in the one of the studios, I was still a nervous wreck. I began with Donna PeŮaís, "With the Rising Sun" and the song has remained as my opening theme. Steve Farney was among the first artists broadcast and Marty Haugenís "Awake O Sleeper" was the song immediately preceding my first announcement as a d-jay. Louis Van Den Berg, KUCR Station Manager had come in to introduce the show. I still remember him saying, "Lots of people are going to like this music." And so they do.
The programís title came about in a rather round about way. I thought of the title before
the first broadcast, but wondered if it should stick. A friend who was experiencing jet lag
called upon return home to see how my first show had gone, having missed the premier. I said
I received a lot of questions and comments - the music was too religious, too pop, too boring.
"Oh so youíre getting a lot of cross reactions from people." Bingo! (Truly Catholic!)
Shift forward about a decade and let me see where Iíve come from. Over the years Iíve learned an incredible amount about radio and music and people. I owe a continuing debt to Louis Van Den Berg who agreed to let me broadcast music that is spiritual, more specifically Catholic in orientation. He took a chance and let me give it a go. Thanks Louis. The playlist is unique among college radio playlists, secular or parochial in the country. So too the playlist is unique among non-commercial and commercial stations across the country. The number of collections continues to grow, now numbering to over 3,000 collections, running the gamut from chant, Polish, instrumental, gospel, Celtic, pop, Vietnamese, rap, Hawaiian, reggae, Latin, polka, Spanish. Most of the artists are just so pleased to have an avenue for their music to receive airplay. They are the young and the old, the amateur who writes and records in their basement, and the more polished contemporary choir who has taped a Sunday service and mailed it in, on the chance that it would receive broadcast. Iíve had companies ask for payment to broadcast their material. Iíve received press passes, tee shirts, mugs, and videotapes. Iíve been asked to develop Catholic music videos, be an artist manager, and speak at various local functions. Iíd been in contact with the late Erma Bombeck and families from Columbine. A priest befriended on the internet arranged for papal blessings for myself and the Station Manager.
I still am often reminded and humbled, just what a blessing this program is for me. I honestly do not know who listens in. Iíve no "target" audience, but just play music that is being utilized within current Catholic liturgical and devotional practice. I also am in contact with mainline Protestant liturgical composers and contemporary Jewish liturgical composers. Iíve had the opportunity to speak with artists both domestic and abroad, and hence I consider the program a tremendous blessing in my life. The program is planned ahead of time, though sometimes I just get the hunch to play a particular piece. I remember premiering a collection one morning. A couple days later, a station employee called me, explaining that a listener had telephoned,needing a copy of a song Iíd premiered the previous Saturday, for a funeral. A family member had died just that week and had found that song particularly meaningful. And so it goes. The spiritual continues to overshadow.
St. Cecilia is the patroness of music, St. Teresa is known for her mysticism, and St. Therese, my namesake, is known as the little flower. Together these women exemplify the best of that which is humanity creativity, spirituality, and the beauty of simplicity. I trust and pray that in some way that "Cross Reaction" will continue to follow in those lines.