We have been listening to KEXP's John Richards since we were but a wee child throwing down antic disposition in moshpits across the Pacific Northwest; like a lot of people from that area, we feel a little as though we have grown up with him. His radio show weathered us through the tail end of a stormy adolescence and the wild-eyed recklessness of our twenties; during the year we lived in Seattle (which was, in all honesty, the worst year of our life) we sometimes got out of bed only to turn on the radio for John in the Morning's cheery banter and facemelting musical selections. A man who is unafraid to deploy the English Beat back-to-back with the Pixies, follow Mark Lanegan with Public Enemy, and is sometimes so prescient in his song choices it startles us--SERIOUSLY, dude, how did you KNOW we wanted to hear Ride all morning on Thursday?--John in the Morning is in no small part responsible for the shaping of our musical taste over the last fifteen years. The powerhouse team of John and fellow KEXP DJ Cheryl Waters recently spearheaded KEXP's pledge drive, and their impassioned, impromptu on-air championing of local music, public radio, and the will of the people had us cheering at our computer (not to mention so homesick we almost packed our bags then and there). Whether he's ferreting out the best and most interesting new music or paying tribute to the finest contributions of the nineties, John in the Morning never fails to make our day a better one. Happy birthday, sir, and may you pump up the volume for many birthdays more.
(WHY ARE YOU NOT LISTENING TO KEXP RIGHT NOW, AUTHOR-FRIENDS? It is seriously THE BEST RADIO STATION IN THE HISTORY OF EVER.)