NEW RELEASE SPECIALS & INTERVIEWS
Special Interview with Arslane Merabet
On this KCOD Special interview with active member of the creative community in the Coachella Valley, Arslane Merabet, we talk about his creative work in the Coachella Valley, what inspires him creatively, collaborating, and dream creative projects.
KCOD Special | Rocksteady with DJ Alize
In this KCOD Special, DJ Alize brings you the hottest reggae and dancehall music form the past and present. Including local concerts and events as well as news from across the College of the Desert campus. Tune into 1450AM and KCODCoachellafm.com to support the reggae movement!
KCOD Special | Vet's Voice | Hosted by Richard Finn
Vet's Voice is a KCOD Special, hosted by COD student Richard Finn, for the veterans of the Cochella Valley and beyond. Finn will provide a spolight on veteran's issues for every day citizens to know more about the lives of those who served and live in this community. In this special we are going to look at a variety of organizations that are out there providing services to Vets. Even if you are not a vet, you might have one in your family or know one that could benefit from theses wonderful organizations.
KCOD Special Interview with Tim Bruneau
On this KCOD Special, COD student Sam Mircovich interviews Tim Bruneau, Artistic Director of The California Desert Chorale and COD instructor, and COD student John Velasquez. They dive into Tim's career, teaching students at COD and talk about the upcoming concert Rejoice! A celebration of joy and wonder, being held Sunday December 10, Wednesday December 13th, and Sunday December 17th.
KCOD Special | HIV Now: New Tools. New Strategies
The AIDS epidemic started 35 years ago, but where there was once fear - we now find hope. Everything's changed. We talk about the stigma of HIV. Delve into the new science of HIV treatment and prevention. We have Dr. Barry Zingman Medical Director of the AIDS Center at Montefiore Medical Center to put light on the fight. Hosted by Nick Edwards.
New Release Special with Earth Moon Earth
On this New Release Special with Earth Moon Earth, host Toni Bakal talks with Gabriella Evaro and Dan Joeright about their collaborative rhythm and creative influences, we get to listen to the new single New Mourning (Hummingbird), they talk about the track and inspiration behind it, and we talk about upcoming plans for Earth Moon Earth. They will be playing the Ace Hotel on November 22nd in Palm Springs and Pappy and Harriets on December 15th.
Special Artist Interview with The Kingston Trio
KCOD Host Toni Bakal got to talk to The Kingston Trio about their upcoming performance at the McCallum Theatre on Sunday, November 19th, 2017! They talked about the evolution of The Kingston Trio, Josh, Mike and Tim's experiences with the original members, and the huge influence the band had on major artists and music today, what people can expect from their tour and performances, and they offer incredible advice to rising musicians and artists. The Kingston Trio will be playing the McCallum Theatre on Sunday, November 19th, 2017!
Special Interview with Carol Bell Dean from the COD Foundation
On this special interview with COD Foundation Board Member, Carol Bell Dean, we hear all about the upcoming online art auction presented by the Heather James Fine Art Gallery and Artsy that will be benefiting the COD Foundation at College of the Desert. The auction will go live online at 9am on November 14th and it ends at 7pm on November 29th.
Special Interview with Rowlow, Jorge, Everett from Coachella Magazine about the Short Film Festival
On this special interview, we talked with RowLow, Jorge and Everette from Coachella Magazine and Chellavision about the upcoming Short Film Festival held at the Indio Performing Arts Center on November 18th, 2017 and December 16th, 2017. They received over 3,000 submissions for the festival! Tickets are still available so tune-in for more info!
Special Interview with Sharon Ryder
On this special interview with artist, model and active member of the arts and music community in our desert, Sharon Ryder talks about her work in the Coachella Valley supporting musicians and artists while curating at the Art Pop gallery, with the monthly music event Dream House, and she talks about her upcoming exciting plans.
KCOD Special: Solstice Literary Magazine Special
On this KCOD Special, College of the Desert Professor Ruth Nolan reads pieces from the 8th issue of the COD Solstice Literary Magazine and interviews student and COD alumni contributors to the Solstice. The Solstice Literary Magazine includes writing contributions from COD students enrolled in creative writing, english and more. COD alumni also contribute to the literary magazine and it can be picked up at the COD Bookstore, in the Library or in the Communications department.
Special Interview with Patricia Ward Kelly
On this special interview, Patricia Ward Kelly, the wife of the late screen legend Gene Kelly, joins us at KCOD to talk about musicals, Gene Kelly and the state of musical-making today.
Special Interview with Adrian Robles about the Murph Event at COD
On this special interview with Adrian Robles, a representative from the Student Veterans Organization, we discuss the upcoming Murph Challenge taking place on November 8th, 2017 in the COD gymnasium. We hear about what is the Murph, who is the Murph named after, and why did it start in the first place. You also hear Adrian's point of view on exercise and what keeps him fighting through everyday like a true warrior. Listen here for more information and don't miss the Murph on November 8th, 2017 in the COD Gymnasium.
Special Interview with Courtney Chambers
On this special interview, we talk with Courtney Chambers, and members of her band Rob Peterson and Armondo Flores, all about their upcoming performance at the Desert Oasis Music Festival on October 7th. We play some great tracks from Courtney and hear more about her influences, how she got started in music and her upcoming plans.
New Release Special with Anna Tivel
On this New Release Special with Anna Tivel, we talk about her influences, how she got into music, her upcoming plans, and we hear about her performance coming up on October 5th, 2017 at the venue 'Hell' in Yucca Valley. We also get to listen to some great tracks off her album Small Believer.
Special Interview with David Vogel & Kate Spates about the upcoming DIGICOM 10th Anniversary Event
On this special interview with David Vogel & Kate Spates, we discuss the upcoming DIGICOM 10th Anniversary Event: An Evening at the Movies, happening Thursday, November 9th at 7pm at the Camelot Theatre at the Palm Springs Cultural Center in Palm Springs. We hear all about DIGICOM and the Academy of Musical Performance, as there will be a screening of a collaborative documentary made by DIGICOM about AMP at the 10th Anniversary event. Both programs are inspiring students to create and activate their abilities, whether through storytelling, songwriting, filmmaking or music. Listen here for more information and don't miss out on the 10th Anniversary event!
Special Interview about the Desert Horticultural Society of the Coachella Valley and the Horticultural programs at COD
On this special interview, we talk with Paul Ortega, president of the Desert Horticultural Society of the Coachella Valley, Jeff Place, COD Horticultural Professor, and COD student and scholarship recipient Ernesto Salcedo. We talk about the upcoming 12th Annual Desert Garden Community Day at UCR on Saturday, October 28th from 8:30am - 4pm where there is tons of great programming happening through-out the day. We also talk about the amazing Horticultural programs here at COD.
Special Interview about the Exercise is Medicine program at COD
On this special interview with COD student Adrian Robles, we talk about the Exercise is Medicine program at College of the Desert. The program offers free yoga and circuit training to COD students and faculty, and is a great way to stay in shape and be healthy.
Special Desert Daze Interview with David Catching & Peter Stahl from earthlings?
On this Special Desert Daze Interview with David Catching and Peter Stahl from earthlings? we talk about collaboration, the ecclectic and growing desert music scene, recording at the famous Rancho De La Luna recording studio in Joshua Tree, what to expect from their live performance at Desert Daze 2017, plus they offer great advice for rising artists in the desert.
New Release Special with DJ Alex Harrington
On this New Release Special with DJ Alex Harrington we catch-up, listen to some new mixes, talk about Alex's career and he offers great advice for aspiring DJs and College of the Desert students.
Special Interview with Josh Heinz about the 10th Annual Concert for Autism
On this special interview with Josh Heinz about the 10th Annual Concert for Autism, we find out all about the event this year, and the amazing lineup of bands playing the 2-day event held on Friday, October 13th and Saturday, October 14th, 2017 at The Tack Room Tavern in Indio. The proceeds from the benefit go to The Desert Foundation for Autism.
Special Desert Daze Interview with Jesika Von Rabbit
On this Special Desert Daze interview with Jesika Von Rabbit, we got to preview a new track off her upcoming new album! We talk about what we can expect to see from her at the upcoming Desert Daze festival in Joshua Tree, October 12th -15th, plus we talk about upcoming plans for the year, 2018 plans, inspirations, and more!
New Release Special with Andrew Victor
On this New Release Special we talk with artist Andrew Victor about his new album The Light That Touches Our Skin Is Also Within, which he wrote partially in Joshua Tree. He is currently residing in Yucca Valley and is still touring the US. We preview some tracks off the new album, talk about his growth as an artist and what's coming up next for him musically.
Special Interview with Morten Lauridsen
In this KCOD special, world class choral music composer, professor at the USC Thornton School of Music and 2007 National Medal of the Arts winner, Morten Lauridsen, discusses his upcoming world tour and his collaborations, including world renowned film musician and Coachella performer Hans Zimmer.
New Release Special with Kate London
In this New Release Special with Local CV Artist Kate London, we get to hear 3 tracks off the new EP, talk about how she got started in music, dream collaborations, creating and performing in the Coachella Valley and where she is headed next in her music career.
Special Interview with Phil Pirrone, Festival Founder of Desert Daze
In this special interview with Phil Pirrone, Festival Founder of Desert Daze, we talk about the upcoming 6th Annual Desert Daze happening October 12th - 15th, 2017 in Joshua Tree at the Institute of Mentalphysics. We talk about the lineup this year, the history of Desert Daze, what attendees can expect, the incredible experience of camping in Joshua Tree and more.
Special Interview with TomTom from Chill Magnet & Brent from Daytime Moon
In this special interview with Tom Murray (TomTom) from Chill Magnet & Brent from Daytime Moon, we talk about their upcoming show at The Red Barn Friday, August 18th, what the bands are up to, we play a few tracks and talk about what's next for both bands.
Special Interview with Doug Wilson, Artistic Director for the Palm Springs Gay Men's Chorus and Jeff Hocker, member of the chorus.
In this special interview we spoke with Doug Wilson, the Artistic Director for the Palm Springs Gay Men's Chorus and Jeff Hocker of Hocker Productions and also a member of the chorus. We find out all about the upcoming auditions, the holiday and spring productions, and how to get involved in the Palm Springs Gay Men's Chorus.
New Release Special with Krystofer Do
In this New Release Special we talk with Krystofer Do and listen to some new tracks off his new EP. We talk about how he got started in music, working and creating in the Coachella Valley and what's next for him musically.
Special Interview with the band Mozaiq
Join KCOD for this special interview with the band Mozaiq. The band is playing the upcoming Desert Oasis Music Festival at the Empire Polo Fields in Indio on October 7th & 8th. We talk about how the band got together and how they all got started in music, their creative and collaborative rhythm, dream collaborations, creating and playing in the Coachella Valley, and what's coming up next for Mozaiq.
Special Interview with Bob Hamilton and Students from AMP Camp
KCOD got to tour the Shadow Hills High School Performing Arts Center, the location of AMP Camp this year, the Academy of Musical Performance, which has their big event showcasing the student bands on July 22nd, 2017. We got to interview Music Co-Director Bob Hamilton and some of the amazing students in the camp about all things AMP Camp.
Special Interview with The Adobe Collective
The Adobe Collective stopped by KCOD for an interview and to play tracks off their most recent album Take Heart, Take Care. The Adobe Collective is a 29 Palms, CA based musical project headed by Tim and Faith Chinnock. They will be playing Pappy & Harriet's in Joshua Tree on July 27th, 2017 so don't miss it!
Special Interview with Lee Espinoza and Citlalli Ortiz, USA National Junior Welterweight Champion
In this special interview, KCOD Sports Director Alex Zatarain had the pleasure of interviewing Lee Espinoza of the Lee Espinoza Coachella Boxing Club and Citlali Ortiz, the USA National Junior Welterweight Champion. She is off to India in November to compete in the World Youth Championship.
Special Interview with Beverly Noerr, Director of the Redlands Summer Music Festival
Steve Kelly of KCOD interviewed Beverly Noerr, Director of the Redlands Summer Music Festival which starts on June 30th, 2017
KCOD's White Party Palm Springs Event Coverage | Hosted by Joe De Hoyos
KCOD host Joe De Hoyos covered the White Party Palm Springs and had great interviews over the weekend of events including the city proclamation for Jeffrey Sanker's cultural contribution to Palm Springs. He interviewed Jeffrey Sanker, Founder of the White Party Palm Springs, Phil Lobel who does the public relations for the White Party, Palm Springs Councilman J.R. Roberts, and yearly attendee drag personality Maude Chapeau.
Special Interview with Cherise, Luke and Jake Sonderman from the Academy of Musical Performance
On this Special Interview with Cherise, Jake and Luke Sonderman from AMP - Academy of Musical Performance, we find out all about the 4-week camp that runs over the summer, year-long events and performances, the audition process and the upcoming final audition for 5th - 11th grade students on May 21st, 2017!
New Release Special with The BrosQuitos
Check out an interview with The BrosQuitos and preview tracks from the new album Vinyl Image.
Special Interview with Kajsa Thuresson-Frary, Director of Education at the McCallum Theatre, about Open Call
Special Interview with Tracy Dietlin & Phil Lacombe to talk CV Weekly's 5-Year Anniversary!
Special Interview with Dr. Stan Hill, Artistic Director of Modern Men, Coachella Valley Men's Chorus
New Release Special with brightener
We got to preview new tracks off the new brightener album "Headroom" and talk about the upcoming tour!
Special Interview | About the Waring International Piano Competition with John Bayless, Concert Pianist, Composer and Artistic Director of the Competition, Michael Rolland Davis, Producer of the events and Peggy Cravens, Chairman of the Board.
Special Interview | Bruce Fessier from The Desert Sun talks about the 2017 Tachevah Showcase and previews tracks from the 10 artists
Special Interview | Tim Bruneau, Artistic Director of the California Desert Chorale & COD Student Javier Contreras
Special Interview | Hard Rock Global Lounge Sessions w/ Esjay Jones
We had the pleasure of sitting down with Esjay Jones and talking about the amazing show coming up March 11th, 2017 at the Hard Rock Palm Springs Global Lounge Sessions! Check out the interview and to hear some of Sotomayor who will be coming to the desert on March 11th!
New Release Special w/ Venus and the Traps
Local CV Band Venus and the Traps joined us in the studio to listen to some of the tracks off their new EP 'No Flies Included' and to talk all things Venus and the Traps!
New Release Special w/ Cakes & Brains
Local CV band Cakes & Brains have a new album coming out February 24th at their album release party at Bart Lounge!! Listen here to preview some of the new tracks and for our interview with the guys!
Interview w/ Bruce Fessier from The Desert Sun about Tachevah 2017
Bruce Fessier, Entertainment writer for The Desert Sun joined us in the studio to talk about the upcoming Tachevah Showcase. The video submission deadline for bands is Friday, Jan. 27th and public voting opens on Friday, Feb. 10th.
Interview w/ Doug Wilson, Artistic Director of the Palm Springs Gay Men's Chorus & member of the chorus + COD student Joe DeHoyos
On this KCOD interview, Doug Wilson, the Artistic Director of the Palm Springs Gay Men’s Chorus, and member of the Chorus and COD student Joe DeHoyos come talk about the chorus and the upcoming show “Hollywood Holiday - Christmas at the Movies” happening on December 17th and 18th at the Richard’s Center for the Arts.
Halloween Special | Vampstakers - Produced by COD student Jason Ramsey
Happy Halloween! In this Halloween Special, Vampstakers, COD student Jason Ramsey takes listeners through the twists and turns of a horror/comedy audio drama about a vampire hunter. Jason produced this episode and many of the sound effects + used voices from the RTV Announcing course at COD!
Interview with Josh Heinz about the 9th Annual Concert for Autism
We talked to Josh Heinz from Blasting Echo about the upcoming 9th Annual Concert for Autism to be held at The Tack Room in Indio on November 18th and 19th. There is an amazing lineup of artists and the proceeds support Lumpy's Foundation for Autism.
Behind the Scenes w/ CIVX
On this episode of Behind the Scenes we talk with CIVX about stories and tales from the road, shows, rehearsals and more. Listen here to find out what the band is listening to right now, hear some of their tracks plus more great behind the scenes stories!
Interview w/ the Director & Choreographer of the COD Production of Little Shop of Horrors, Se Layne
In this special interview, we talk with the director & choreographer of the COD production of Little Shop of Horrors, Se Layne. The musical will be playing in the Pollock Theater at College of the Desert October 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 28th, 29th and 30th, 2016 - just in time for Halloween! You can purchase tickets here: https://collegeofthedesert.ticketleap.com
Behind the Scenes w/ The BrosQuitos
On this episode of Behind the Scenes, The BrosQuitos preview tracks from their new EP coming out November 17th, 2016, and the band tells stories and tales from the road, rehearsals, shows and more. Listen here to find out what The BrosQuitos are listening to right now, how they first met and performances they will never forget!
New Release Special w/ Shawn Don & Kate London
Check out this New Release Special with Shawn Don and Kate London. Shawn is originally from the desert and just released a new single with Snoop Dogg. We had a great dialogue about bringing more attention to the Coachella Valley, mentorships and that dynamic with his new artist Kate London, and we preview both of their new tracks!
New Release Special w/ THE FLUSTERS | with special guests Cakes & Brains, brightener and YIP YOPS
On this New Release Special, we are joined by The Flusters, who are releasing their new EP on October 1st, 2016. We talk about the recording of the EP, preview some of the tracks and hear from the bands playing the EP release party at The Hood on Friday, September 30th! Listen here for the interview with The Flusters, with special guests Cakes & Brains, brightener and YIP YOPS!