Have been involved with radio most of my life in one form or another: college radio stations, WLKN, WTOS, the Wisdom Radio Network on Sirius Satellite Radio, community radio stations like WOMR, WERU, West Point Community Radio (LP station in PA), Radio For Peace International (community radio on shortwave from Ciudad Colon, Costa Rica), host of Spiritual Awakening Radio via HealthyLife.Net Positive Talk Radio and related podcasts/Youtube/online venues. Nice to be back on community radio and having fun creating music shows again via WXNZ LP FM. Am especially enthusiastic as this is local community radio, not someplace else far far away, but right here in the neighborhood, and where family members have lived going back a few generations in the Skowhegan/Canaan area.
Mark produces the Community Calendar which can be heard throughout the day on WXNZ. The calendar is a way for local organizations, groups, and businesses to publicize charitable, self-improvement, and community-building events”
“Mark grew up in Wisconsin and made his way to Central Maine twenty years ago. He is new to the radio business, but has always loved music and enjoys music production at his home studio
Mark also announces both community and performance arts calendars for the station.
Arrested Development/What You’ll Hear (in 15 minutes): Alt.rock/alt. & classic country/British Invasion/funk, soul, r & B/Girl groups!/Lounge/ABBA/Roxette & more from the Nordic lands/pop pop pop music & rockabilly, of course. I’ve absorbed a lot of influences in 50+ years of listening to, & loving music & happy to be able to share them with Hooskow Radio fans.
Duane Bruce graduated Skowhegan High School in 1979 and Maine’s own New England School of Communications in 1981.
He has been doing radio ever since. WTOS-FM (Skowhegan) WFNX-FM (Boston) WBCN-FM (Boston) are just some of the stations where he has applied his trade. Duane is also a published author with his memoir “Hang The DJ”, and 2 entries in the ‘Macabre Maine’ anthology series. You can see DB in the radio documentary, “We Want The Airwaves: The WFNX Story”, and hear him as the voice of a futuristic cyborg Santa in the animated feature, “Infinite Santa 8000”.
My grandmother was a huge influence in getting me into radio. She worked for Musack in the 50″s It was a hoot to hear her give the time while shopping at the grocery store or department store. She was a big influence in my life on many levels.
Late 60’s listening to Allison Steel: “The nightbird” on new York FM radio. Applied to go to broadcasting school.
Instead, I moved to Maine as part of the back to the land movement.
Early 80’s volunteered at University of Maine Farmington radio for a summer, then met Annie and I interned on her show at WTOS. Worked nights there and made great memories with a great group of people.
Delighted to be back on the air. I play music I like including everything from blues standards, Grateful Dead, Jimmy Buffett, Bluegrass, Bromberg, Big Band, Reggae and songs from the soundtrack of the 60’s like Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, Traffic.
Annie Stillwater Gray
RADIO WORK EXPERIENCE:
July 2017 to present – Music Director: WXNZ Community radio, Skowhegan, Maine
February 2014 – General Manager WXNZ Community radio, Skowhegan, Maine
March 2000 – The General Store Variety Show Syndicated/both internet and radio
to present , Producer, writer, and host
March 1999 – CUMULUS BROADCASTING / WCTB, WCME FM Skowhegan/Waterville/Augusta, Maine
to Sept. 1999 , Morning News Anchor and Cohost, WCTB & WCME
January 1994 – MOUNTAIN WIRELESS, INC / WCTB FM Skowhegan, Maine
to March 1999 , Announcer, mid-days on WCTB FM.
July 1986 – WMHB FM, Colby College Waterville, Maine
to present, Announcer, Community Advisory Board.to 9/99
October 1994 – MAINE PUBLIC BROADCASTING Statewide, Maine
April 1996, Wrote & produced news stories for Maine Things Considered
February 1992 – WHQO FM Skowhegan, Maine
November 1993, Announcer, news, weather, commercial production, on-air engineering, and studio maintenance.
Host of “Spotlight on Central Maine”, a one-hour interview show.
June 1986 – MOUNTAIN WIRELESS, INC / WTOS FM Skowhegan, Maine
February 1992, Announcer, weekends on WTOS FM.
September 1979 – WINDJAMMER COMMUNICATIONS/ WTOS FM Skowhegan, Maine
October 1985, Music director, full time afternoon drive air shift on WTOS FM, commercial production.
September 1976 – SYNDICATED RADIO FEATURE Hartford, CT, and Boston, MA
Andy Wendell (WXNZ Program Director, djTimewalker, Jazzbeat) grew up listening to radio in Philadelphia, and was greatly influenced by some of the djs and specialty radio shows produced locally and other syndicated shows like Dr. Demento. Andy regularly taped shows to capture some of those favorite radio moments.
Fondness for radio and music grew through the years as he moved to Maine and tuned into radio, Maine style. Since the fall of 1994, Andy has produced a jazz/world/techno show called Jazzbeat as a community member on the Colby College radio station in Waterville – 89.7 FM, WMHB. Andy now also brings Jazzbeat to WXNZ for daytime play, Sunday morning jazz, and Monday evenings at 9pm.
Starting in the year 2000 and to this day, Andy and his wife Annie produce the syndicated radio variety show: The General Store Variety Show. Along with Annie, the two of them also compose and play music, currently as driving force behind their vintage and original western music band ‘Merry-Go-Roundup’ and their record label ‘Welcome Radio’.
As if that isn’t enough, Andy’s actual day job is with ClearWater Lab in Newport, Maine, where he is their senior chemist and quality assurance officer. Andy has been in the business of water and wastewater analysis and consulting since 1990, and currently serves on the executive committee of the Maine Water Environment Association (MeWEA), as the Laboratory Committee Chairperson.
I started DJing at UMF on their FM station in 1971, just about the time we first heard WBLM come over the airwaves. We couldn’t believe it! My mother loved music and would often play records on the family RCA console. I remember bringing home Joe Cocker’s rendition of “Bye, Bye, Blackbird” to share with her because I knew she was familiar with the song. I’ve gone from buying 45s and LPs on vinyl, 8 track tapes for my 65 Ford Falcon stationwagon,casettes, CDs and now digital music.
We bought a farm in Cornville and raised our daughters there. We also bought a Percheron draft horse to get our firewood out of the woods. Then after a few years I decided to work in the woods full time with the horses. I did this for eight years and we bred and raised draft horses as well. I then went back to teaching and finished my career in 2007.
Music has been a huge part of my life and over the years I have enjoyed listening to music and going to live shows. About eight months ago, Annie and Andy invited us to be DJs on this unique station. I can’t sing or play an instrument but felt I could share the music I love with listeners of Hooskow Radio. Just recently, I became General Manager of the station and hope to move it forward from the wonderful station other people have built from scratch.
I’m a native of R.I. Graduated high school in Mass. Met my wife, Denise, at Unity College in ’85 where I also met Andy. After 8 more years in RI, Denise and I moved back to her home state of Maine in ’95 to start a family. I reconnected with Andy and he let me know about the Colby College radio station WMHB. I was surrounded by music all my life.
I had two older brothers. One a drummer and one a guitar player. Their music influence on me is immeasurable. Later in life the drummer sold drums in RI for 20 years. And the guitarist became a wedding/party dj. So, needless to say a radio gig was right up my alley. I ended up doing a prime time Friday night show called Amp Ear which was billed as a “weekly guide to what was new in the world of Rock, Punk and Ska”.
I also got very involved with the music direction at WMHB. Acting as year-round Punk director and filling in as the overall MD during the summer and winter breaks. My duties included staying in contact with the record and promotion companies, reviewing and debuting new cds, and reporting weekly ADDS and Top 30 playlists to CMJ (College Music Journal) magazine. I loved what I did and I did it for 12 full years (96-08).
I am thrilled to be back on the air at WXNZ!
DJ Goki and Beka
Johnny Alsop and Rebecca Jones are DJ Goki and DJ Beka. They bring you Musical Beats at 9:15 every Wednesday evening. This is a program devoted to electronic dance music featuring such acts as the Sick Individuals, Dannic and Hardwell. Goki and Beka are new to being djs but are passionate about electronic dance music and very happy to be part of WXNZ.