In 2002, I trained at KUCI 88.9FM in Irvine, California and got myself cleared to act pretentious and play indie rock at, deservedly, three in the morning. (I got better.) The next year, on my show renewal form, I ditched my (far superior) co-host and decided to go it alone, rebranding my show as “Pirate Radio with Captain Cari.” As a joke, I listed my show’s genres as “sea shanties, pirate rock, and other buried treasures.” The program director took me seriously and gave me a stellar timeslot for my creativity.
It was the best thing that could have happened to me, because suddenly I was forced to stop sucking and really put some effort in. I scoured the internet for sea shanty compilations and begged the distributors to send me a free copy in exchange for airtime. Shockingly, it worked. But there’s only so many shanties you can listen to in a day, so I had to get creative. Pretty soon, I had all sorts of fun traditions, like pirate merch giveaways for answering nautical trivia questions and–my favorite–a daily, live mashup of some ambient indie rock (Godspeed You Black Emperor, for example) and the vocal track from the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disneyland.
…I said I got better, not less pretentious.
Host and Board Operator
Children of the Revolution (KUCI 88.9 FM, 2002-2003)
Pirate Radio with Captain Cari (KUCI 88.9 FM, 2003-2004)
The Mystery of Agatha Christie (2002)
Sorry, Wrong Number (2003)
Soap Noir, lead (BBC Radio, 2004)
The Bottleneck Cafe, featured (FCC Free Radio, 2010)
Assistant Training Director (KUCI 88.9 FM, 2003-2004)
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- Jonah Matranga