KEXP means everything to me! All my life, I have lived, carried and breathed in radio as if it was a mission and a spiritual path to attain enlightenment. But being differently-abled with Cerebral Palsy has created a lot of obstacles for me making it really difficult to develop a professional career in broadcasting. Since I was a little boy, I havenâ€™t been able to talk very well either and so it made it hard to become a DJ. The radio industry created such a high standard for vocal performance that no one ever considered that I would be able to talk on the radio. But I was determined to remove these obstacles and even if I had to take the road less traveled I would do my best to fulfill my dreams.
As I grew up, I found Djâ€™s and radio professionals like Tom Mara who took me in and gave me a career in radio and I am forever grateful for their inclusion of my differently-abled skills. They have helped me instigate and follow through in creating my own independent radio station in Bellevue called KARE 107.3 FM. I broadcast daily from my channel and I am looking to go online soon with the help of PROVAIL, my supported employment provider.
When I am not broadcasting, I go to KEXP, who have taken me in and accepted me for who I am. As a volunteer at KEXP, I help write band reviews, track logs for DJâ€™s and write about the daily life at a radio station. The family at KEXP has been more the accepting of my disability. They have been strong allies and advocates in my campaign to educate listeners in supported employment and diversity not only in music but in culture. They have accepted a variety of talents across the spectrum including those whose voices are lost in the mainstream.
That is why I pledge to you that your donation to KEXP is more than giving money away to a great radio station. It is supporting a culture and a community of people who need support and another chance to fulfill their dreams that the mainstream world didnâ€™t give to them.