Show Spotlight: Sunday Soul Party

Rejoice, refresh, relax. However you spend your Sunday afternoons, we have a feeling it needs some funk. Enter Feelings, someone who knows her way around a stack of Soul 45s and how to set if off for any occasion. Sure, you may know her long-standing Sunday Soul Party show, but let’s meet the host, DJ Feelings.

(Sunday Soul Party airs live every Sunday from 12 – 2 PM or listen anytime on Radio Free America’s archive.)

What can you not stop listening to these days?

The newest Kelly Finnigan album is a real dream, as well as the newest Durand Jones and the Indications. Outside of Funk and Soul, I have been on a real deep George Harrison kick the last couple of weeks, as well as early REM, Devo, Witch and The Feelies.

How did you discover Radio Boise?

Back in the internet stream days of Radio Boise – when it was known as the Boise Community Radio Project – I had a couple of friends that did shows, one of which would become my future husband. I would hang out during their shows and check out the station. From there, I sat in and helped pitch during Radiothons and eventually began subbing shows for a few years until I finally gave in to the idea of doing a show.

How long have you been hosting the Sunday Soul Party? What drew you to take on this show?

I started doing Sunday Soul Party September 10, 2017. The original host was DJ Dusty C, who now hosts “The Uncertain Radio Programme” on Saturdays from 3-5 PM. I subbed for the show here and there and felt it was an important show on the dial and a whole lot of fun to sub for. I later was asked by DJ Dusty C along with [Programmer Director] Wayne Birt if I would have any interest in becoming the host for the show, and I happily agreed.

For those who may not be familiar with your show, how would you describe its sound?

A blend of Soul and Funk, with splotches of R&B. If you need to dance or get your house cleaned in record amounts of time, this might be the show for you!

Do you have a ritual surrounding your show? You know, a ritual meal or a certain artist you have to play?

Coffee. Always. Also: cat petting.

What other Radio Boise shows do you listen to?

Two Ducks and a Pollywog, Drift Correction, Sleepwalker, The Hip Chick, Daybreak Syndicate, Guilty Pleasures, Global Grooves, High Wild and Free, Fever Dream, Spoonful and Strange Feeling.

What other kinds of things keep you busy outside of radio?

Play music in a band and by myself, as well as hiking, art and laughing as much as I possibly can.

Why do you believe volunteering for community radio is important?

Volunteering in general is important, and especially in community radio. Community radio is a dying breed across this vast country of ours, as well as other locally created places (local mom and pop markets, small record shops, etc.). All of those cool cats out there who dig having a voice within their community should embrace locally grown radio, considering it is the only radio you will ever find that gives you a voice.

Feelings hosts Sunday Soul Party Sunday from 12 – 2 PM.

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