2019 Summer Break

Photo of Doug Fabrizio.
Austen Diamond

In late May, KUER host Doug Fabrizio announced that the station’s long running program RadioWest was taking a summer hiatus to rethink and retool the show. Doug and his team spent the summer brainstorming, listening to other shows and talking with listeners about the elements of the show that are most important to them. 

Image - message from Doug.
KUER

I’m fascinated by conspiracy theories. When I was young, I used to get suckered into believing them from time to time. The first one I paid attention to was about the Beatles, how Paul McCartney, according to the story, had died in a car crash and the rest of the band had covered it up by replacing him with a lookalike. My friends and I used to pore over all the so-called clues on the album covers. It was exciting to think there was a truth out there that had been hidden and we were part of the recovery. 
 

Image - message from Doug.
KUER

Don’t get me wrong. I’ve enjoyed the break we’re taking from RadioWest. It has given us a chance to really think about the possibilities of making a new version of the show. Yet ... I’m starting to feel antsy. It’s because I’m constantly reading things or seeing things that make me think, "That would be a cool show." But we’re not doing the show right now, so we have to wait and then the moment passes.

Image - message from Doug.
KUER

Don’t get me wrong. I’ve enjoyed the break we’re taking from RadioWest. It has given us a chance to really think about the possibilities of making a new version of the show. Yet ... I’m starting to feel antsy. It’s because I’m constantly reading things or seeing things that make me think, "That would be a cool show." But we’re not doing the show right now, so we have to wait and then the moment passes.

Image - message from Doug.
KUER

I’ve been thinking about Ira Glass this week. And Wendell Berry. 

Image - message from Doug.
KUER

It’s weird not having a deadline. That’s been my usual response to people asking how our break is going.  One of the first things I’m asked is, ‘What are you doing, exactly?’ I feel sheepish about saying I’m doing a lot of thinking right now, because that doesn’t exactly seem productive. 

Image - message from Doug.
KUER

Hi friends,

We didn’t really plan it this way, but it turns out the last show we did before our summer hiatus was the perfect inspiration for taking a break. Part of what we wanted to accomplish in these few months, was to step away from the grind, to go off by ourselves for a time and really just think about things. 

Photo of Doug Fabrizio.
Austen Diamond

RadioWest is taking a summer vacation that starts Monday, May 27. Read Doug’s letter below and then check out our summer schedule changes.

Hi Everyone,