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Nixon and Mao had their red phone.  Now we have ours.

So, why in the world should I call  HA – HA – BOATER? 

To give a happy birthday wish… To suggest a song… To tell a story… To report a lost wedding ring… To request a snack… To break a news event… To publicize a garage sale… To share a whale sighting… To rant about a parking ticket… To greet a sailing buddy… To congratulate a new mother… To dispel an island rumor… To invite us to a party… To… To…

Ahhh the beauty of it…. just leave a message and Island Radio will pass your voice along through the airwaves and across the island. 


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some thoughts on feeling music

my music was on shuffle and these songs played back to back:

Sigur Rós – Samskeyti
Gigi D’Agostino -bla bla bla

stream of consciousness:

Sigur Ros – The rolling piano and the pulling strings entice the anticipation of the long steps/stairs in life.

Gigi (Discoteca) – Reflects on the relentlessness of our heart beats. The unforgiving, unchanging thump-thump which keeps us alive everyday. The heavy beats audibly surround our individual hearts and provide the strength of a group working in unison to keep all of us alive-to encourage each other (like in a race ‘come on!’)
Sigur Ros is the butterflies in your stomach.

If Discoteca keeps you alive with its heart beat-

Sigur Ros gives us the moment before we take the defining steps in our life…the anticipation, buildup, unknown…the wave of music that hits us, like an ocean wall, crashes around us but we are under the surface, floating in the calm below the waves, but are still pushed by the current.

Discoteca wants to leave you gasping for air, with your heart pounding as you are using your body -running around feeling your body pull you as you find the limits of ‘human’ (breathing hard) while finding the limitless life in the body’s spirt.

Sigur Ros leaves you gasping because you need more oxygen. It is the deep breath before you plunge into the big steps down the path of life unknown.

Discoteca-the known. The fact that life goes on everyday. That our heart beats are always there, always everywhere.

Sigur Ros-the unknown. The unknown look at life. We look but don’t know what is ahead, especially as we move ourselves: we start actions that we don’t have clear answers to, there is no ridged blue print for how to live.
Sigur Ros is that adventure.
The personal triumphs and tragedies expressed outwardly as they are experienced inwardly.

Discoteca is the continuos heart beat, the pounding that you know is coming again and again, and it moves you, just like your heart moves your body, but with the music it is like having 50,000 people all having the same heart beat sharing their energy to move yours.

Sigur Ros gives the flutters to your heart and stomach. it takes your breath away like your first day of… like a public presentation… like the personal question you only ask one person with hope of an answer that is ‘the rest of your lives’…like waiting for the beginning of…like waiting for the end of…

I find myself picking music to play the same way I pick my movies- based on the mood I’m in, the feeling I want to feel.

This is the tangible side of sound.

Or, it is just music. And you like it, or you don’t care for it. Nothing more, nothing less…

Fedde Le Grand captured it in his video for ‘put your hands up for detroit’ in a sort of Brave New World sentiment with the music giving the beat of life, and in his version, sex gives the movement to life.
viewer discretion is advised: if Le Grand’s music was Aldous Huxley’s Ford assembly line (read the book)

What songs move you? What songs can dictate your mood? Change your feeling at the press of a button- ‘play’?

examples (for me):
Tiger Mountain Peasant Song -First Aid Kit
Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right -Bob Dylan
Glósóli -Sigur Ros
Deceptacon -Le Tigre
Paper Planes -M.I.A.
j. c. m.

Your list here:

Nice Rack. Or… How KISL Gets a Needed Donation.

It’s Sunday afternoon and I’m lounging around at the Getty Center waiting for a call from the KTTV sky copter. My iphone starting buzzing just as I finished an overpriced Caesar salad.

“Meet me at the Van Nuys Airport in thirty minutes.”

The Van Nuys airport, lodged between a Home Depot and a Budweiser brewery on a desolate stretch of Roscoe Boulevard in the San Fernando Valley is probably best known for its central role in airlifting South American pharmaceuticals to Hollywood nostrils during the snowstorms of the 1970’s. This is not LAX.

Larry Flint’s private jet taxis by as I enter the security zone. In a wide open hangar I glimpse the gleaming blue fuselage of a vintage test craft, the kind of speed machine Chuck Yaeger would fly. Or Chuck Norris. BK waves me over to his SUV and we survey the merchandise.

“Nice Rack.”

It barely fits into my Toyota but we squeeze it in. 16 hours later it’s on a barge to Catalina Island, where its new home is the Greenhouse. High-rise housing for the console power supply, the Universal Power Supply, the Optimod, the Studio Transmitter Link, and the Emergency Alert System. The Greenhouse just got a whole lot cleaner. Thank you KTTV!

Electronics Rack for KISL
Electronics Rack for KISL

The Power of Radio

Turn on the radio, and what can you hear?
What can’t you hear?
When you turn on the radio it is possible for everyone in your city, county, state, and nation even, to be listening to the same thing.
But that doesn’t seem so revolutionary these days.
These days we find ourselves with more and more access to people and things further and further away.
Television, telephones, cell phones, computers and internet, not to mention the good old postal service, all provide similar functions- they connect us all.  And each form does it in a different way, highlighting different characteristics that tell their own special side of the story.
Communication is anchored in stories; conveying what is in one thought to more than one person. This is not the the simplest of accomplishments, whether we are expressing the everyday routine, the everyday lovely, or the everyday amazing…everyday things are happening that people want to share.  Share to remember, share to understand, share to do better, share to look into the future, share to connect…
That is the entire function of radio: music, talk, news, performances…sharing.  And yet still, radio seems no different in purpose than any other communication means already mentioned.  The feelings, the insights, the music, the message, all brought directly to you by means that can reach the masses.
To You-
Radio is communication to the masses.  And the story sharing of radio is powerful like a book.  As you turn each page, as you listen to each segment the greatness of the narrative is only reached in the world of your mind, in the vast of your imagination.  So while everyone around you is listening in, only you can recreate the story in your mind as it is told to you.  It is an incredibly personal experience shared by many.  And each time the story is recreated in a mind it is a little different.  Not that they story itself changes, but the understanding, the meaning, the pictures all are brought together by you, and only you.

The Power of Radio-
The power to reach millions, and to be only understood one at a time.  The power to tell a story that everyone can listen to, but in order to capture you must bring in your whole mind and hear for your self.
I think Steve Allen said it very accurately…

But you will have to tune into Radio Obscura to find out what he said!

Radio Obscura is a new series that takes telling personal messages to the masses to a whole new level, in secret code!  Tune in and hear if you can transform the message on the radio into a message just for you.  Inspired by the Navajo coded messages of World War II, and the childhood giddiness to be passing secret messages on the radio, “how cool is that?!” -Jordan Monroe, at age 10, and 27, Radio Obscura will test your ear and mind to find the common link that breaks the code.  A hint for this first episode, the code can be broken as fast as you can hear it…

radio obscura one

Jordan C. Monroe
Community Outreach Director
KISL Avalon Radio
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Wanted: You. And him. And them. And her.

The KISL studio
Our Studio

Catalina community radio – where do you fit in?  Is it your passion for music?  Are you a history buff with stories to tell?  Got a great idea for a quiz show?  Has it always been a dream of yours to produce original radio theater?

This gem, this working, breathing, living radio station can help bring your idea to our community of listeners on Catalina Island, and anywhere in the world through the internet.

Write or call me to find out how how we can train you, provide technical support, and guide you to your finished program – and to the ears of Catalina and beyond.

This is your year to do radio!

Yours in the airwaves,

Dave Markowitz,
Station Manager, KISL
(424) 226-2837

the Sounds Good idea.

As we approach broadcasting on the radio waves – this 10 year anniversary/new beginning of Avalon Radio – we at KISL are redefining what it means to ‘broadcast’.  Radio today is more than just a frequency on the dial, or a voice from some studio.  Today radio is tuned in on more than just radios.  We are free to roam from the spark coils, antennas and speakers that captivated audiences and literally ‘kept you glued to your radio’ of yesterday.  But we will not roam from the quality, creativity and care that previous generations of radio built as they established this medium into the experience and world it was and can be.

The voice on the radio is free to roam too.  Anyone can capture their story and broadcast it for people to pick up.  We at KISL are here to pick up your story and to bring you untold stories.  To explore writing stories with our voice and letting your mind be the parchment.  We are here to be a mirror for your mouth and ears reflecting back an image that you may have forgotten, or an idea that may have been blurred.  We are here to tell and be told.

As KISL expands its outreach you will hear our voice on the radio, read our messages on the internet, see our faces in the community, and be a part of all that makes up this local station, because our station’s make up is our community.

As we attempt to recapture those airwaves and stories that always surround us but too easily go unnoticed, we wish to help you see them by giving this simple reminder…


we are listening.

life has ups and downs.  they are called sound waves.  they are wonderful.

kisl.avalon radio.sounds good.