Get to know the OpenAir guides

January 27, 2015

Welcome to all the OpenAir listeners on 102.3 FM! 

Whether this is your your first day on the music safari, or you've been with us through the AM jungle, here's a quick introduction to your OpenAir guides!

photo: Keefer Fulgham staff photoKeefer Fulgham: Production and CPR Performance Studio guide

  • Shift: ​Mon-Fri 6 a.m.-10 a.m.
  • Twitter handle@openairkeefer
  • Title: Morning Show host, Performance Studio Session Director, Production Director
  • Recent / Iconic albums: "Exile on Main Street" - Rolling Stones, "Blood on the Tracks" - Bob Dylan, "A Love Supreme" - John Coltrane, "Class Clown" -George Carlin, "King Of The Delta Singers" - Robert Johnson
  • Colorado artists: Nathaniel Rateliff, Dragondeer, Heroin Ham Sandwich
  • Recent / Iconic movies: "Pulp Fiction," "Cool Hand Luke," "Apocalypse Now," "Rushmore"
  • Recent / Iconic books: "Fear & Loathing In Las Vegas" - Hunter S. Thompson, "Post Office" - Charles Bukowski, "Goldfinch" - Donna Tartt, "Dispatches" - Michael Herr
  • Heroes: Hunter S. Thompson, Keith Richards, George Carlin, my mother and grandmother 
  • Food: I love meat. Anything hot and spicy. And popcorn. I could eat it everyday.
  • Teams: '72 Miami Dolphins 
  • Strangest radio moment: My lawyers have advise me to plead the 5th. Statute of limitations has not run out on some of those moments.
  • Words to live by: When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. 

photo: Alisha Sweeney staff photoAlisha Sweeney: Colorado music and social media guide

  • Shift: Mon-Fri 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Twitter handle: @openairalisha
  • Title: Midday host, Colorado Music Coordinator
  • Recent / Iconic albums: RECENT- Ex Hex - "Rips," Spoon - "They Want My Soul," Alt-J - "This Is All Yours," ICONIC- David Bowie - "Hunky Dory," Pixies - "Doolittle," Yo La Tengo - "Electr-O-Pura"
  • Colorado bands: From Warlock Pinchers to The Czars, and Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats, my love runs deep for local music through the decades. Also, all bands related to Mike Marchant, Julie Davis and Josh Trinidad.   
  • Recent / Iconic Movies: RECENT- "God Help the Girl" and "A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night"; ICONIC- "Valley Girl" and "Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains"
  • Recent / Iconic ​Books: RECENT- "The Art of Asking" by Amanda Palmer and "Yes, Please" by Amy Poehler; ICONIC- "The Catcher in the Rye" by J.D. Salinger, "On the Road" by Jack Kerouac
  • Heroes: John Peel, Terry Gross, Jenny Lewis, Lou Reed, Bill Murray, John Waters, Miss Piggy, Mark Mothersbaugh
  • Food: Avocado toast.
  • Teams: The Go! Team and "Team Boo" by Mates of State.
  • Strangest radio moment: When a listener rode his adult Hot Wheels all the way to the studio and into the air room to ask me out on a date. 
  • Words to live by: "Be excellent to each other." - Bill S. Preston, Esq.

Photo: Jessi Whitten staff photoJessi Whitten: Music director guide

  • Shift: Mon-Fri 2-4 p.m.
  • Twitter handle: @openairjessi
  • Title: Music Director / Assistant Program Director
  • Recent / Iconic albums: Perfume Genius - "Too Bright"; Chet faker - "Built on Glass"; Angel Olsen - "Burn Your Fire for No Witness"; The Magnetic Fields - "69 Love Songs"; David Bowie - "Hunky Dory"; Cyndi Lauper - "She's So Unusual"
  • Colorado artists: Hot IQs, The Knew, The Blue Rider, Snake Rattle Rattle Snake
  • Recent / Iconic Movies: "Frank," "Harold and Maude," "Finnian's Rainbow"
  • Favorite Writers: Maggie Estep, Christopher Durang, Philip Roth
  • Heroes: Amy Poehler, my high school speech coach, Dolly Parton
  • Food: Ramen, Dim sum
  • Strangest radio moment: When a fan sent me a homemade painting of a Smurf holding a dagger.
  • Words to live by: "If you don't love yourself, how the hell are you gonna love somebody else?" - RuPaul

Photo: Mike Flanagan staff photoMike Flanagan: Program director guide

  • Shift: Mon-Fri 4-6 p.m., Retrofit 5 p.m. Saturday
  • Title: Program Director 
  • Twitter handle@openairmike
  • Recent / Iconic Albums: "Lazaretto," "Content Nausea," "Benjamin Booker," "Astral Weeks," "Blonde on Blonde," "Exile on Main Street," "Yankee Hotel Foxtrot," "The Velvet Underground and Nico," "Aladdin Sane"
  • Colorado artists: Ian Cooke, Esme Patterson, Wheelchair Sports Camp, Nathaniel Rateliff, Kissing Party, Tennis, Snake Rattle Rattle Snake, A. Tom Collins, Chimney Choir, so many more!
  • Recent / Iconic Movies: "Boyhood," "Nightcrawler," "Still Alice," "O Lucky Man," "Boogie Nights," "Goodfellas," "Summer Lovers," "The Last Picture Show," "This is Spinal Tap"
  • Recent / Iconic Books: "The Goldfinch," "The History of Rock and Roll in Ten Songs," "Last Train to Memphis," "Catcher in the Rye," "Slaughterhouse Five," "The Velveteen Rabbit"
  • Heroes: Lenny Bruce, John Lennon, Maya Angelou, Joe Don Looney, Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
  • Food: Indian cuisine, chili, mulligatawny, hot and sour
  • Teams: Broncos, Sooners, Buffs, Rams
  • Strangest radio moment: While I read the news the GM's dog had puppies on my feet.
  • Words to live by: "Expect the unexpected." "Don't panic."

Photo: Aaron Johnson(Photo: CPR/Daniel Mescher)Aaron 'Ukelele Loki' Johnson: Production guide

  • Shift: Saturdays and Sundays 8 a.m. - noon
  • Twitter handle: (coming soon...)
  • Title: Fundraising Production Coordinator / Host
  • Recent / Iconic albums: "Loaded," The Velvet Underground; "Violent Femmes," Violent Femmes; "Aerial Ballet," Harry Nilsson; "In The Aeroplane Over the Sea," Neutral Milk Hotel; "Fear of a Black Planet," Public Enemy; "Fate," Dr. Dog; "This is My Hand," My Brightest Diamond
  • Colorado bands: Ian Cooke, Halden Woffard and the Hi Beams, Chimney Choir, Wheelchair Sports Camp
  • Iconic Movies: "Babe," "Hedwig and the Angry Inch," "Harold and Maude," "You Can't Take it with You"
  • Recent / Iconic ​Books: "Jitterbug Perfume," by Tom Robbins; "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare"; "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian," by Sherman Alexie; "A Hard Day's Write," by Steve Turner
  • Heroes: Alice Humphrey Jensen (my Grandma), Pete Seeger, Jim Henson, John Lennon & Yoko Ono
  • Food: All, but especially brunch.
  • Teams: Gryffindor, The Guardians of the Galaxy, The Fellowship, Buffy and her Slayerettes​
  • Words to live by: "When we speak, we are afraid our words will not be heard or welcomed. But when we are silent, we are still afraid. So it is better to speak." - Audre Lord

photo: Scott Carney staff photoScott Carney: Promotions guide

  • Shift: Saturdays 1-4 p.m., Sundays 2-5 p.m.
  • Twitter handle: @OpenAirScott
  • Title: Promotions Coordinator / Music Librarian
  • Recent / Iconic albums: Viet Cong - "Viet Cong," Parkay Quarts - "Content Nausea," Alvvays - "Alvvays," DJ Shadow - "Endtroducing....," The Velvet Underground - "The Velvet Underground & Nico," Talking Heads - "Talking Heads: 77"
  • Colorado artists: Nathaniel Rateliff, DeVotchKa, The Blue Rider, Pizza Time
  • Recent / Iconic Movies: "Boyhood," "Inherent Vice," "2001: A Space Odyssey," "True Stories" 
  • Recent / Iconic ​Books: "Going Clear" - Lawrence Wright, "Babbitt" - Sinclair Lewis, "Miss Lonelyhearts" - Nathanael West, "White Noise" - Don DeLillo
  • Heroes: David Byrne, Jello Biafra, Lou Reed
  • Food: Anything
  • Teams: Pinball is my sport of choice
  • Strangest radio moment: Watching Father John Misty perform on a couch in a living room was pretty surreal.
  • Words to live by: "Onward! Through the fog!"

Photo: Daniel Mescher staff photoDaniel Mescher: Web guide

  • Shift: All day at
  • Title: Digital Producer
  • Recent / Iconic albums: "The Moon Rang Like a Bell" - Hundred Waters, "Cerulean Salt" - Waxahatchee, "The Man Machine" - Kraftwerk, "Let England Shake" - PJ Harvey, "The Queen is Dead" - The Smiths
  • Colorado artists: Snake Rattle Rattle Snake, Gregory Alan Isakov, Eros and the Eschaton, Science Partner, Inner Oceans
  • Recent / Iconic Movies: "Dazed and Confused," "There Will Be Blood," "What About Bob?"
  • Recent / Iconic ​Books: "Blood Meridian," "Rip It Up and Start Again," "One Hundred Years of Solitude"
  • Heroes: Brian Eno, Abraham Lincoln, Kathleen Hanna
  • Food: Indian
  • Teams: Chicago Blackhawks, Bears, Cubs, Bulls
  • Strangest radio moment: Hosting a weekly Zappa/Captain Beefheart show in college
  • Words to live by: "Make it new!"

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