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8pm - 9pm
host: David Hinkley
Each week for just over a year Upstream has presented a musical tribute to a different featured artist or personality who has contributed to American history, especially music history. The range of musical genres is wide, from jazz and blues to country, gospel and rock’n'roll, doo wop, R&B, folk and bluegrass, rockabilly and rock. The format is: after the station ID and sponsor spots, I play an emblematic song, then intro the show and the next segment, normally three to five songs performed by some of the featured artist’s musical influences. Then after a break in which the songs in the past segment are identified and the new segment introduced, four to seven songs, depending on length, by the artist and his/her contemporaries. Another ID break, followed by a segment of four or five songs by the featured artist, sometimes adding songs by those the artist has influenced. A signoff message, then one more signature song by the featured artist. Of a show length of 57 minutes, typically 54 minutes are music.
In addition to performing artists, Upstream has spotlighted: Veterans of WWII (3 shows, swing music); Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. on his birthday (gospel and movement songs); American Trains (train songs); composers Jerome Kern and Irving Berlin; radio and TV personalities Dick Clark, Johnny Otis, Alan Freed, Tom Donahue and Nat D. Williams; Walt Disney and The Movies (movie music); and Mario Savio (sixties music).
The show exists to present great music rarely heard on radio, showcasing the enormous richness of American music and its relation to our history. I play songs that evoke personal memories and that I believe represent a kind of sound track of our times.
Hope you enjoy it.
DAVID HINKLEY has a long history in radio, primarily as the subject of hundreds of broadcast interviews over a 35-year career in the field of human rights. From 1985 to 1989 he was the voice of Amnesty International on KCRW-FM’s original news program, “Amnesty International Reports,” hosted by station manager Ruth Seymour. The monthly 30-minute show was syndicated on National Public Radio to 20 cities in the U.S. and 25 internationally.
David has a lifelong passion for music of many different genres and styles. Inspired by radio legends Johnny Otis, Tom Donahue, Nat. D. Williams and Alan Freed, David began putting together compilations of blues, rock, r&b, and soul music in 1990, the year he brought his family to Sonoma to stay. He says of producing and hosting “Upstream,” the new hour-long weekly music program on KSVY-FM, “My motivation is simple. I want to play the kind of music I’ve been longing to hear on radio for many years. America is blessed with so much great music. Upstream showcases its rich variety and the power it has to bring back our fondest and most important memories.”
Upstream is produced by IAN HINKLEY. In addition to owning and operating Hinkley Gardens, a landscape and garden maintenance company serving all of Sonoma County, Ian is an accomplished songwriter, vocalist and musician, widely heard throughout the Valley as a solo act and in bands like Cavemen and Punchface Sally. Ian lives in Boyes Hot Springs with his wife Danielle and daughter Greta. See Ian’s FaceBook page or contact him at email@example.com