Interview with Jack Kirk, Deb Taylor Davidson, Paul Hunter Davidson, September 14, 2008

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

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Interview Summary

The interviewees begin by recalling what the first meeting about starting WRFL was like. Next, the death of a WRFL colleague is commented upon on, as well as an exploration of the climate of WRFL in the 1980s. Then, Paul Davidson considers how WRFL gave him a greater perspective on musical history. The qualities of WRFL that made a diverse and welcoming environment are then debated, followed by a discussion of WRFL's musical variety. The mainstream reaction to WRFL is articulated. Paul and Deb Davidson then provide an insight into what it was like to be a WRFL DJ, including the use of segues, and the challenges of creating and producing a radio show. Deb Davidson also talks about her favorite WRFL memories. The Jello Biafra flag burning incident at one of his concerts in Lexington is recalled. The durability of WRFL is examined by Paul and Deb Davidson. Following this, Jack Kirk compares the punk movement to the hippie and beatnik movements within American culture (in the 1960s, and 1970s, respectively). The primary lessons that the interviewees learned from their time spent working at WRFL are also shared.

Interview Accession

2009oh056_hbk038

Interviewee Name

Jack Kirk

Deb Taylor Davidson

Paul Hunter Davidson

Interviewer Name

Mick Jeffries

Interview Date

2008-09-14

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Kirk, Jack Interview by Mick Jeffries. 14 Sep. 2008. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Kirk, J. (2008, September 14). 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.

Kirk, Jack, interview by Mick Jeffries. September 14, 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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