Show Spotlight: Party of One

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The next time you find yourself alone with your radio late, late night on a Tuesday, accept the open invite to join santamia’s Party of One. In this month’s Show Spotlight interview, meet the deejay whose fun, funky Electric and Indie playlists always connect you to an eclectic celebration. Viva free-form!

(Party of One airs live late night Tuesday / very early Wednesday from 1 – 3 AM.)

When did you discover Radio Boise?

I started following the happenings of Radio Boise back when I was going to college in Vermont a few years ago. I started getting interested in community radio around that time and wanted to see how different stations around the country did their thing.

How long have you been hosting Party of One [Po1]? What drew you to take on this show?

Party of One started in April 2019 and has been in the [Wednesday] 1 – 3 AM slot the entire time. I work as a night shift nurse so on my days off I’m up during the night. At the time, there were a couple late night openings so I thought “Hey, I think I’d be good at this” and reached out with my show proposal.

I was extremely motivated to develop a show that is approachable and full of content that people from all walks of life can identify with and hear something they like.

…And personally I was terrified of my voice. Working on Po1 helped me appreciate that I could like parts of myself that I was scared of at one time. Midwestern accent and all.

For those who may not be familiar with the show, how would you describe the Party of One sound/feel?

The show features lots of Indie Rock, Indietronica, Dream Pop, Low-Fi instrumentals and Australian homegrown music.

The unofficial vibe of Po1 is “songs you know and some you don’t”. I like to feature songs you know and love while connecting them to other songs you may like, but haven’t necessarily heard before.

Do you have a ritual surrounding your show? (A ritual meal or a certain artist you have to play on your commute?)

That’s easy: I crack open a Topo Chico and frantically finish organizing my playlist.

Other than that, I usually bike down to the station. When I do, I always blast Phantogram’s “Black Out Days”, “Tell ‘Em” by Sleigh Bells and Kanye West’s “Touch the Sky” in that order.

What can you not stop listening to these days?

Mdou Moctar, PNK FME, 070 Shake, Golden Vessel, July Talk, Glass Animals and old Born Ruffians. Holy cow, quite the spread.

What other KRBX shows do you listen to?

Necessary Luxuries, The Event Horizon Boogie, Vibe Archive, Fever Dream, Tennis Court Disco, The Chowdah and Spoonful are just too good to miss.

What other kinds of things keep you busy your life [outside of radio]?

Pro nurse, amateur community radio gal. Medicine is taking up most of my life right now. However, I love meeting new people and building my community with any free time I have.

Why do you believe volunteering for community radio is important?

I can’t think of a better way to connect people from all walks of life. Our community is full of different voices and Radio Boise is the medium to amplify those voices. Volunteering can be such a joy. There are a multitude of ways to share your time and talent with your community and I’m grateful that I have discovered a creative way to share something that I love with others.

It still doesn’t get old thinking that someone has to voluntarily listen to us. That’s so rad.

Santamia’s Party of One airs Wednesday from 1 – 3 AM.

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Past Show Spotlights

2020
Night Nurse’s Necessary Luxuries
K-Schef’s Beijo Brasileiro
DJ Sage’s Smoke and Mirrors

2019
Jason Beek’s Spoonful
The Big Tent
DJ Feelings’ Sunday Soul Party
John’s McCarty’s Jazz: Beyond the Sky
Joe Black’s Sonic Mushroom Cloud

Daphne’s Stanford’s The Poetry Show!
Joe Pollard’s Daft Manifesto
DJ Winkle’s Bangers and Mashups

2018
Grant Olsen’s It’s Now Right Now
Bonefish Sam’s Two Ducks and a Pollywog
Nichole Marie’s The Rapture
Dusty C’s The Uncertain Radio Programme
DJ Dan DeLion’s Riff Häven

2017
Wendy Fox’s Tennis Court Disco
Sadie Mayhem’s Femme Fatale
Norman Davis’ The Juke Joint
Arlie’s Sleepwalker
Wayne Birt’s Stray Theatre
Greg Harness’ Ramblers’ Retreat

2016
Dusky Durango’s Caravan
Jake and Lisa Hite’s Guilty Pleasures
Brion Rushton’s Strange Feeling

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