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Frightened by Fourplay

I’ve had the pleasure of having dinner several times with Fourplay’s keyboardist Bob James. One funny time, at Croce’s, Fourplay had a new release out [in 1994]. We were talking about the guest artists featured on it and then, out of the blue, Bob says, “Why the fuck aren’t you playing the single?” I almost fell out of my chair laughing. It was just so unexpected and so perfectly timed in the conversation….

I know Nathan and his brothers Marcel and James well. A great memory I have is when I was doing overnights. It was 2:00 a.m. And anyone could walk up to the second floor and look in the booth of those studios at KIFM if they wanted. And two guys decided to [do so] one night. I saw the frame of these two black guys. I got scared and hid behind a part of the wall. I thought they were going to kill me or rape me or something.

I looked around the wall and they were laughing. It was Nathan and his brother. I let them in, and they hung out for three hours. We talked. They picked out music I was able to slip in. I wasn’t the music director in those days, so I couldn’t just do anything I wanted.

DJ: Kelly Cole

Station: Smooth Jazz 98.1 FM

Shift: Monday–Friday, 2–7 p.m.

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I’ve had the pleasure of having dinner several times with Fourplay’s keyboardist Bob James. One funny time, at Croce’s, Fourplay had a new release out [in 1994]. We were talking about the guest artists featured on it and then, out of the blue, Bob says, “Why the fuck aren’t you playing the single?” I almost fell out of my chair laughing. It was just so unexpected and so perfectly timed in the conversation….

I know Nathan and his brothers Marcel and James well. A great memory I have is when I was doing overnights. It was 2:00 a.m. And anyone could walk up to the second floor and look in the booth of those studios at KIFM if they wanted. And two guys decided to [do so] one night. I saw the frame of these two black guys. I got scared and hid behind a part of the wall. I thought they were going to kill me or rape me or something.

I looked around the wall and they were laughing. It was Nathan and his brother. I let them in, and they hung out for three hours. We talked. They picked out music I was able to slip in. I wasn’t the music director in those days, so I couldn’t just do anything I wanted.

DJ: Kelly Cole

Station: Smooth Jazz 98.1 FM

Shift: Monday–Friday, 2–7 p.m.

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Every DJ (that has worked at a station with a window from the studio) has a horror story about people showing up. I remember doing a late night shift, and looking over just after I turned the mic off, and a huge person was standing there with a beer, giving me a "thumbs up". I jumped about 10 feet. Another time, a listener showed up at 10 p.m. wanting to pick up concert tickets they won. But the best, most DJs will say...are the drunk women that lift up their shirts and press their breasts into the window. Very odd. Basically, when you do a night shift, it's better to just shut the shades, and not be distracted.

Feb. 19, 2008

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