Volume 2, Issue 3 
March 21, 2012
In This Issue
May and June Bus Trips
KDB's Arts Interviews
Meet Karen Pelland
KDB Fun Facts
Quick Links
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 May and June   
Bus Trips
with KDB  
Stephen Sondheim's FOLLIES

 Stephen Sondheim's Follies at the Ahmanson Theatre,

Los Angeles Music Center

Saturday, May 5 at 2 pm

Pianist of Willesden Lane
The Pianist of Willesden Lane stars actor/pianist Mona Golabek in a story drawn from real life...her family's!  Wednesday, May 9 at 8 pm at the Geffen Theater, Westwood.
PCPA's Little Women

PCPA's production of the Broadway musical of Louisa May Alcott's beloved classic, Little Women,

Solvang Festival Theater,

Friday, June 15 at 8 pm.

For more information, please contact Roby Scott at
966-4131 x325, or go to 

Fun Fact from "Drinking Made EasySteve McKenna and Zane Lamprey from Drinking Made Easy"


Karen recently interviewed Steve McKenna of Drinking Made Easy, a HDNet show featuring the drinking culture and hot spots of various cities in the United States.  Our Fun Fact for the month comes from their conversation about Santa Barbara, which can be heard online at KDB's Features Archive.  More about Steve and Zane at: www.drinkingmadeeasy.com



Question: What is the proper order of the four top wine producing regions in the world?





(Answers below)


Steve McKenna and Zane Lamprey from Drinking Made Easy
Visiting Santa Barbara: Steve McKenna and
Zane Lamprey from
Drinking Made Easy.


















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This month, KDB interviews Karen Pelland, our station's Features Producer, announces three bus trips for May and June, and tests your knowledge on the major wine-growing regions of the world.

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KDB Interviews and Features
Opera Santa Barbara's Marriage of Figaro
Opera Santa Barbara's Marriage of Figaro plays at the Granada Theatre March 23 & 25.  Listen to Karen's interview with lead singer Karen Vuong at
KDB's Interviews and Features program, one of the hallmarks of the new KDB, began almost two years ago. The initial, three-part interview featured world-renowned violinist Itzhak Perlman in conversation with our own Vice-President and General Manager, Tim Owens.


Since then, KDB has produced over 150 interviews and features, focused mainly on the performing arts, but also expanded to include the visual arts and literary arts, and this year, features on the good work of local nonprofits.


KDB's arts and social service segments air on various weekdays at 6 am, 8 am, noon, and 5 pm. They are posted on KDB's homepage the day of airing and them are accessible here at KDB's website...all 150 of them.  Catch up at your leisure!


At the same link, you can also listen to the "Book of the Week" segment with Karen Pelland, KDB Features Producer, and Santa Barbara Poet Laureate Emeritus David Starkey.  These features air on Fridays.


Read our interview, below, for more on Karen. 

Karen Pelland: Journalist Extraordinaire

KDB's Features Producer in Conversation with

Ellen Pasternack, Development & Sales Associate

Part 1 of 2


Karen Pelland, KDB's 

Features Producer

Ellen: Your bio online at

 www.KDB.com says that you were working in corporate America.  How did you move into journalism?


Karen: When I was 28, I left my corporate life in advertising in Seattle and travelled overseas for eight months, knowing that I did not want to return to the corporate world, ever.  And then while I was overseas, I became addicted to the news, and English-language newspapers.  I was in Europe, and a little bit of Asia. That was the summer of 1998, with the Clinton impeachment hearings, and the home-run race between Mark McGuire and Sammy Sosa, which was huge news overseas, funnily enough.  But the Lewinsky scandal was definitely a headliner, everywhere you went, the furthest corners of Greece, and Turkey. 


So there was a lot to absorb that summer, and I was so far away that I really relished it.  And then I started to notice how the news was written by foreign expatriot journalists living in the U.S.,  much differently than it was here, and I started to notice how it was interpreted and seen by other cultures.  So all of that just sort of got me interested in it and I became a news junkie where I never really had been before.


When I came home, I didn't even know I wanted to get into radio; I just wanted to get into the news somehow.  I had a connection to the NPR station in Boston through an aunt, so I moved to Boston thinking I could somehow get my foot in the door, maybe as an unpaid intern, and I did!" So I moved, and I managed to get paying work waitressing and free-lancing for the company I had worked for in Seattle, and then I interned at the radio station a few days a week. 


Next thing I knew I was the Production Assistant for "Morning Edition", which meant being there at the station at 4 am, and getting off work around 10 am.  And they started paying me, and that was great.  Little by little by little I was able to quit my other jobs.  Long story short, I moved up quickly and began producing stories for shows.  The Production Assistant for "Morning Edition" does a lot of things: they write newscasts, they cut tape...you name it. But then I moved into producing the show "Here and Now" which at the time was just a local show, and then it became a regional show, and now it's a national show.  That's how I got into journalism!

Please let us know what you think of the new KDB by writing to us at newsletter@kdb.com or by contacting me 805.966.4131 X373.


Tim Owens

Vice-President & General Manager

KDB 93.7FM

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