If you've ever happened upon KMHD on a Sunday evening and found yourself immersed in an awesome mix of afrobeat, soul, modern jazz and downbeat electronic music, you've been at the whims of one DJ Santo. Though Santo's got his hands plenty full running local promotions company Spectre Entertainment and hosting his weekly KMHD show, Something Different
(now on from 7 to 9 pm, Sunday nights at 89.1 FM), he recently scored yet another gig.
If you haven't heard, Seattle's mega-popular live and streaming radio station KEXP and NYC's Radio New York joined forces in what they call an "unprecedented radio partnership" on March 24. They're calling it "Radio Liberation," and DJ Santo's been recruited as one of the DJs to contribute to its late-night global music programming. Here's the project's mission, in a nicely blockquoted nutshell:
Through Radio Liberation, Radio New York airs four KEXP-produced shows Monday through Friday on Radio New York. This partnership makes it possible for KEXP to reach an additional 14 million terrestrial listeners in New York, sharing Seattle's unique music community with New Yorkers and fulfilling the station's mission to bring more great music to more listeners.
As part of Radio Liberation, KEXP and Radio New York will produce hundreds of live performances a year. With increased access to New York bands and touring artists, Radio Liberation will also bring additional “in-studio” performances by regional and touring artists to listeners on both coasts.
The KEXP-produced show that Santo (real name Dave Sanford) will be kicking out the jams for is called "Mo'Glo," which airs from midnight to 1 am ET on Radio New York's 91.5 FM (sorry, Northwesterners!). Santo will be providing the mix for one edition of Mo'Glo a month and, of course, he'll continue to keep it real over on KMHD every Sunday.
Here's how Radio Liberation describes Mo'Glo: "Music from an intoxicating global culture born of technology and travel.The history of indigenous music meets the influence of the West and contemporary club culture."
For his part, here's what Santo has to say: "It's dancier than the KMHD show."
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Photo: courtesy of DJ Santo.