It was December 1982 when Deirdre O’Donoghue made her debut in “SNAP!” on KCRW. The playlist reflected the avant-garde music of the time: Soft Cell, Grace Jones, Lene Lovich, Pigbag, Depeche Mode and many more. Over the next decade, Deirdre’s show became a star of the underground and independent music scene of the 1980s. This music finally caught on to me years later as MTV and Middle America caught up with it. Little did I realize, as a teenage suburban music nerd in Illinois, that the source of my early musical education came from a basement in Santa Monica, California.
It’s been almost 40 years since that first broadcast, and 20 years since O’Donoghue left that plane. The boy who grew up on Camper Van Beethoven and Laurie Anderson records writes to you today as KCRW’s Senior Producer in the Music Department. And With my co-producer, Bob Carlson, we have spent the last two years creating “Bent By Nature”, a 10-part podcast series accompanied by a living online archive of O’Donoghue’s work. For me, it was a way of repaying a spiritual debt to the woman who redrawn my conceptual map of the musical world.
“Bent By Nature” is, among other things, a love letter. It is also a celebration of possibilities, a free spirit, an unwavering commitment to its ideals. These same qualities still represent KCRW and our community of listeners, supporters and creators.
We know that you are connecting to experience the same sense of wonder, discovery and exhilaration that we feel. And in this way, we continue to give back to each other, as music always has, from generation to generation. When you donate today, at any level, you give back to Music Discovery.
Myke Dodge Weiskopf
Senior Producer, Department of Music
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