Interview with Steve Preston Daniels, September 25, 2008

Project: History of Broadcasting in Kentucky: Radio Free Lexington (WRFL) Oral History Project

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Daniels begins the interview by discussing his work with WRFL as a DJ during its first years on the air (in the late 1980s). Subsequently, Daniels describes one of the founders of WRFL, Kathleen "Kakie" Urch's column that she wrote for the Kentucky Kernel student newspaper. The first meeting of people interested in starting an alternative music college radio station is also mentioned. The WRFL community is then compared to the university and its social structures. The interviewee also examines the social climate of WRFL itself. The skills that Daniels obtained from being a DJ at WRFL are articulated. Next, Daniels explains the appeal of alternative music, as well as the experience of leaving WRFL and its emotional impact. The effect of WRFL upon the University of Kentucky is also considered. Additionally, the interviewee discusses the music genres that WRFL played, as well as those that were played by other radio stations in Lexington in the 1980s. The tasks that DJs were expected to complete are then listed. The essence of WRFL is characterized by Daniels, coupled with the impact of WRFL upon the interviewee personally. Daniels concludes the interview by providing his favorite memories of WRFL, and an overview of the Lexington alternative music scene in the 1980s.

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2009oh061_hbk043

Interviewee Name

Steve Preston Daniels

Interviewer Name

Mick Jeffries

Interview Date

2008-09-25

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Daniels, Steve Preston Interview by Mick Jeffries. 25 Sep. 2008. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Daniels, S.P. (2008, September 25). Interview by M. Jeffries. History of Broadcasting in Kentucky: Radio Free Lexington (WRFL) Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Daniels, Steve Preston, interview by Mick Jeffries. September 25, 2008, History of Broadcasting in Kentucky: Radio Free Lexington (WRFL) Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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