New Midnight Dread Programs Now On Bay Area Airwaves & Streaming Globally Daily
Doug Wendt, host of the pioneering reggae commercial radio program MIDNIGHT DREAD, returned with recent programs on World One radio May 1st, 2012. The ground-breaking reggae radio program is forward with scarce and fresh selections, all based in the classic, progressive, roots rock reggae fashion that first made MIDNIGHT DREAD influential and popular. The shows air mainly at Midnight with some select editions also dreadcasting at High Noon (Pacific Times). Wendt's 1981 posthumous Bob Marley special was broadcast by RJR in Kingston, Jamaica. Doug's 21st century version of his program also includes dance hall and dub step plus several episodes of his GHOST TOWN SOUND radio specials, an outgrowth of his new live band of the same name where the red, black, and white unite in his unique blend of Reggae, Dub Poetry, Native American and Western styles.
MIDNIGHT DREAD had its first regular airing September 30th, 1979 on KTIM FM in San Rafael, California where it began weekly shows on March 17th, 1980, shortly after Doug's interview with Jamaican radio DJ/artist Mikey Dread, on tour with The Clash that year, gave birth to many of the program's distinctive stingers. KTIM AM and FM aired the nation's first-ever regularly scheduled commercial radio reggae show, THE REGGAE EXPLOSION, hosted by Cody Ryan, Tony Moses Wright, and Wendt in 1974-1976. MIDNIGHT DREAD ran continuously from 1979 to 1985 on KTIM and KQAK, The Quake, San Francisco's first Modern Rock station. It then continued on KFOG's Adventure Hour in San Francisco from 1987-1989 with Doug also doing reggae specialty shows on both KUSF and KPFA until the mid-1990s.
Wendt has already recorded over sixty new Midnight Dreads with a total of one hun-DREAD freshly made 90 minute programs slated for the first season. They will be broadcast every single day of the year at midnight on the bay area's only full-time World Music station KECG, West Contra Costa Unified School District public radio in El Cerrito, California. KECG's current Station Manager/Educator Corey Mason was inspired by Doug's long-running and highly successful Kennel Club World Beat VJ shows to create a full time world music radio station known as World One Radio. Wendt's nights at the Divisadero nightclub (now The Independent) ran from 1988-1994. Mason's vision for the East Bay radio outlet only recently reached complete fruition.
World One also carries Doug's NATIVE SON RISING, music by and for indigenous peoples, now in its 12th season, at 6am every day, as well as DOUG WENDT'S WORLD BEAT aka THE BEST OF ALL WORLDS on air daily at noon, in production since 2009. KECG just made major improvements in its two towers' signals at 88.1FM in El Cerrito and 97.7FM in San Pablo in order to more fully cover the bay area's inner rim. It's also finally started streaming globally, online at worldOneradio.org.
24/7/365, that's World One. Perhaps the world's only true full time radio station to actually feature all the world's music united in word, sound, power, and place.
As Doug Wendt says in his new MIDNIGHT DREAD "I flow with the go." Yeah mon! Each day always gets a new start at midnight.
"It was a sad day for me the day the Quake went under - mostly because of Midnight Dread! I was a huge fan and the music Doug turned me on to had such a major influence on my life! College radio reggae shows were nice, but the quality of the sound and selections just could not compare. Midnight Dread was the best radio show ever and I never missed it." -Debbie Sproule on Facebook, April 2012
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The studio for radio station keCg (aka worldOneradio) is located in El Cerrito's Performing Arts Center/High School, a broadcast service of West Contra Costa Unified School District. keCg also serves as a daily career tech/media and musical literacy learning-laboratory with Contra Costa County ROP/Career Tech classes offered through the on-site 'Media Academy'. High School students take to the mics, dialogues, and the decks weekdays from @ 10 am - noon often during the regular school year.
keCg's current Educator and Station Manager/Program Director Corey Mason admits he was "regularly TKO'd" by Doug's World Beat club shows. After a few years working locally at both KITS and KJAZ, Mason's innovative 1995 vision for worldOne has simmered while organically broadcasting ever-so-slowly towards today's fulfillment. Daily listeners can also enjoy Greg McVicar's Undercurrents featuring 'American Music with a Passport' from 7-9am along with Corey's all-inclusive world mixes taking up the bulk of every broadcast day and night, including his mellow Ambient/Vespers daily from 5-6am and 6-7pm.
worldOneradio is kultimultural musics with a message for all generations, curated thoughtfully by real deejays and attuned for our San Francisco Bay Area. Acting locally, rippling globally.
Links and such:
Doug's daily year long show times on World One:
Native Son Rising: 6-7am Pacific Time
Best of All Worlds: Noon-1:30pm Pacific Time
Midnight Dread: Midnight-1:30am Pacific Time
link for one of the debut shows:
vintage press clippings on Midnight Dread, Kennel Club etc:
Doug's brief bios from websites:
World One website:
World One stream: