One of our biggest stories of 2013 was “The Environmental Disaster You’ve Never Heard Of: Albuquerque’s Kirtland Air Force Base jet fuel spill” (v.22, i.48). In it, author David Correia lays out a mountain of evidence about a fuel spill right here in ABQ that’s twice the size of the Exxon Valdez disaster. Correia recently appeared on KUNM’s The Spitz Report to discuss his Alibi article, just how big the ongoing hemorrhage of jet fuel has been, the impact on the aquifer and what’s most frustrating about Kirtland’s response. As he explains to host Stephen Spitz,
“They were leaking jet fuel and aviation gas. ... Kirtland Air Force Base agreed to an estimate of 8 million gallons a few years ago; the New Mexico Environmental Department suggested it could be as high as 24 million gallons, so it’s somewhere in there, in that range. … But even if it’s a conservative estimate, it still makes this the largest underground toxic release in US history. That’s uncontested.”
If you missed our in-depth look at this shocking environmental catastrophe in Burque’s own backyard, catch it here, as well as the response from an Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority board member in our Letters section. Listen to Correia’s informed and informative full broadcast on KUNM here.
Derek Caterwaul is a longtime promoter of local, underground culture. He’s a DJ on 89.9 KUNM FM’s “Music to Soothe the Savage Beast,” which airs Tuesday nights from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m., and he has ties to the Mystery Media Free(k) box—formerly in the 200-block Cornell/Stanford alley—and now other free art boxes around town. Caterwaul is also responsible for Low Life, a DJ night at Blackbird Buvette (509 Central NW) that contains the sweet sounds of deep psych, garage, roots, post punk and punk, funk, and obscuro. On Thursday, Jan. 26, Low Life celebrates a one-year anniversary. This free, 21-and-over event includes guest DJs, free mixtapes and CDs, and video projections from Billy Da Bunny. Peer into Caterwaul’s music collection below.
Futures for Children has been working to make sure children in Navajo, Hopi and New Mexico Pueblo tribal communities achieve academic success since 1968. On Thursday at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, the Albuquerque-based organization is bringing awareness to its work by holding its first ever Native Jam Night. Hosted by Harlan McKosato of "Native America Calling," performances by Native Roots, The Plateros, Saving Damsels and Shelly Morningsong will broadcast live that night on KUNM 89.9 FM. The show will also air on radio stations throughout the U.S. and Canada via Native Voice One. Get in on the festivities by purchasing tickets at futuresforchildren.org/
Also, JJ Otero, lead singer and rhythm guitar player for Saving Damsels, did this week’s Song Roulette. See what turned up here.
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The album that changed everything 20 years ago.
A dress made of cow and yak nipples.
Tiny robot rocket jumps.
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Derek Caterwaul is a promoter of local DIY music and arts events, as well as a DJ—most notably he’s a long-time host on KUNM’s “Music to Soothe the Savage Beast” on Tuesday nights. Appropriately, his contribution of random tracks may be the most obscure this column has seen since its inception a year ago.
For those of you who are awake during the wee hours of the morning, you can tune into 89.9FM between 1am and 5am to listen to the Wolfman's show, Overnight Freeform. He's invited me to guest DJ and we'd love to have you listen in and ask questions! We'll be talking about fun and sexy topics and playing a wide variety of music.
If you're not awake at that hour, you can go to KUNM's website and listen in the archives for two weeks. Feel free to email me with questions, or reply here with questions or song requests. We'll also take calls in the studio, 505-277-5615.
I hope that while most of you are getting a good night's rest that those of you who prefer moonlight to sunlight will tune in to our local station for a fun time in the early morning. Maybe this time I won't break any rules!
Charlie Zdravesky says he doesn't remember much about his first “Hot Lix” show.
That might be because it happened more than three decades ago. Since 1978, Zdravesky—better known as Charlie Z or Mr. Hot Lix—has hosted his signature oldies radio program on Saturday nights from 8 to 10:30 p.m. on KUNM 89.9.