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GERALD WITT

Name: Gerald Witt

Catch me on: 90.9 FM WQFS

Show title: “The Morning Slide”

Show time: 6 to 8 a.m. Friday

Request line: 336.316.2444

What I play: Hippie music, bluegrass, jazz, indie, classic rock and a few other surprises.

What you’ll hear: Lately it’s been some Del McCoury, Tom Waits, Tony Rice, Jolie Holland, Dinosaur Jr., the Rolling Stones, Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead, Medeski, Martin and Wood and Ween. The station keeps a great rotation of indie music and I’ve played a lot of the Heligoats, the Tallest Man on Earth and Deer Tick in the last bit. Each show ends with a live Phish track.

Why I play it: I’m a community DJ at the station, and I like to give people something to enjoy on air. Since 6 a.m. is kind of early for most I usually start pretty mellow and ramp up the show’s energy to pickin’ and jammin’ by about 7:30 a.m. or so. Also, working stiffs like me enjoy hearing some good tunes on the way in to work. It’s a good way to start the weekend.

Why I love this gig: Listeners occasionally call in with their own stories and requests, so their input helps make the show a little different from week to week. If I can’t find a track in the WQFS record stacks, I’ll dig one out to play from my own collection the following week. I also enjoy finding odd tidbits about songs or a recording’s history to tell listeners.

Got in the game: I have been listening to community radio since high school, when I would tune in WGSE from Gaston College and listen to blues shows in my bedroom. When I was at Appalachian State I would tune WNCW from Spindale or WASU, the campus station. One of my favorite all-time shows is “Dead Air” every wednesday on WNCW — I listen online at home. I wanted to DJ when I was at App State, but I joined the newspaper instead. When I moved to Greensboro about five years ago, I started listening to WQFS and the “Stoners’ Seranade” on Sundays and “Moose’s Monster Metal Show” during the week. The station is open to getting community voices on-air, so I showed up at an organizing meeting and went through the steps to get on air.

Service time: Since the summer of 2010. Album recommendations: These albums have gotten stuck in my CD player for months at a time: Tom Waits — Mule Variations; Talking Heads — Stop Making Sense; Ween — Chocolate and Cheese; the Rolling Stones — Sticky Fingers. And, of course, various live recordings from the Dead or Phish.

Other DJs to check out: “Stoners’ Seranade,” “Mooses Monster Metal Show” and Carlton, who follows me each week. The station varies so much, it’s always a pleasant surprise to just tune in and listen.

I’d like to add: There is a very, very newborn website up that will soon show playlists and other music stuff from the “Morning Slide” at morningslide.wordpress.com.

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