Volume 2, Issue 6 
June 21, 2012
In This Issue
KDB Around Town
Summer Bus Trips
Karen Pelland, Part II
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"Carnival of the Animals"
On Saturday, July 7 at 5 pm and Sunday, July 8 at 9 am, KDB will broadcast a special concert of "Carnival of the Animals"
recorded live on July 2nd (before an audience of invited children!) and narrated by Marilyn Horne. Tune in and listen with your children or grandchildren at 93.7FM or online at www.KDB.com!
 Summer Bus Trips
with  KDB 
Hollywood Bowl

Hollywood Bowl

Bus Trips:


Tuesday, July 10 -

Beethoven's Ninth!

Leonard Slatkin conducts the Los Angeles Master Chorale


Tuesday, July 19 -

Joshua Bell plays Mendelssohn, plus

Weber and Meyer.

Ludovic Morlot conducts.


Tuesday, July 31 -

Yefim Bronfman plays Brahms!Lionel Bringuier conducts Brahms' Piano Concerto No.2

& Elgar's Enigma Variations.


Thursday, August 23 -

All Mozart!

Nicholas McGegan conducts with Henning Kraggerud, violin

Symphony No. 32

Violin Concerto No. 4

Chaconne from Idomeneo

Symphony No. 39


Thursday, September 13 - Itzhak Perlman plays Tchaikovsky with Bramwell Tovey, conductor

Brahms' Hungarian Dances

No.s 10, 4 & 5

Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto

Dvorak's Symphony No. 8

 For more information go to 
Call 966-4131 for reservations.
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Happy Summer Solstice!  Today we feature a poem on the longest day of the year, written just for KDB by Santa Barbara's Poet Laureate, Paul Willis.  Listen to it online.
We also bring you Part 2 of our interview with KDB's Features Producer, Karen Pelland.  And look over the left-hand column for our just-announced Music Academy of the West special broadcast, and KDB's five summer bus trips to the Hollywood Bowl. 
Remember - you can always customize the news you receive from KDB.  Just go to our web sign-up to receive special announcements in addition to this newsletter.  Enjoy! 

Karen Pelland: Journalist Extraordinaire

KDB's Features Producer in Conversation with

Ellen Pasternack, Development & Sales Associate

Part 2 of 2


KDB's Features Producer, Karen Pelland

Ellen: Tell me about your work on NPR's show "Here and Now."


Karen: Most of the production I did for "Here and Now" wasn't interviewing people, it was pre-interviewing people. And then the host would do the interviewing. And occasionally I would have the opportunity to go out into the field and do my own stories.


I left Boston in 2002 and moved to New York, and lived in NY for 7 years doing free-lance work and documentary filmmaking, and that's when I started to hit my stride doing my own interviews. The work I do for KDB, in terms of the sheer number of interviews and the concentration of them, is the most I've ever done, consistently. Prior to this, I would produce stories for other people. And I've really honed my skills too. I can feel myself getting better at it.


Ellen: Do you like it?


Karen: I really like it, very much so. Everyone has their own style.  I don't write down questions, before I go.  I just research and have a conversation.  When I do something in the studio on the phone, I usually prepare the script ahead of time and have questions laid out in front of me.  But if I talk to someone in person, then I'm really casual.  Over the phone I chitchat with them for a few minutes. I don't want to waste their time, and you know,

there's no harm in laughing, I've worked with hosts who button their lips. But if I feel like laughing, or interjecting, who cares, I mean it's a conversation. 


Ellen: I think it's more fun for the audience that way.


Karen: Unexpected thing about this job: I did not expect to be out and about as much as I have been and meeting all the interesting people.  For some reason I didn't put two and two together and realize that I would be networking with a huge chunk of the community, and becoming personable with them, and even friendly.  My friends who have lived in town for four years, we go out and I know more people than they do, and they often comment on that. So that has been the biggest joy and the most unexpected thing about it. My previous work, I've always been cooped up in a radio station at a desk, producing, running up and down the hall to the studio, and very occasionally, very rarely, getting out, except for my years free-lancing in New York city.


There are hordes of radio people out there, getting by, living off of just free-lancing. Very difficult. You work ungodly hours, it's almost impossible, they do it, but it's a hard life to just get by on free-lancing on the radio. It's nice because you're out in the field, and you set your own hours, you have a lot of autonomy, but at the same time you're constantly...it's just hard. Financially, it's very challenging. Public radio free-lancing doesn't pay very well, I'll just put it that way. So I've got the best of both worlds. I've got the stability of a full-time job but the life of a free-lancer.


Ellen: How do you find your material?


Karen: I read all the papers, and there are a lot of coffee shops in town that have a lot of flyers up all over the place.  Now as I'm almost a year into this, I'm getting soliciations; people have started to figure it out. And then I just have to investigate for myself.  I ask around; is something worthy? It's not hard to look around and see what's happening in the arts world. There are the major organizations that are right there in front of you and then there are little nuggets tucked away that you have to find, and they're just as valid.  There's no shortage; it's a very rich town in terms of the arts and other nonprofits.


Ellen: You can hear Karen's interviews anytime online.  Thank you, Karen!

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