In honor of Veterans Day, The Melon would like to point to a radio show we did back when we were on KUPS.
Our show, focusing on vet issues, featured Congressman Norm Dicks, Senator Patty Murray and Veteran and Government Relations Director of the Northwest Chapter of Paralyzed Veterans for America Skip Dreps.
You can listen to our special discussion on veteran issues here. Now get out and support our veterans!
05/03/08 – Season Finale
(not recorded due to idiocy) Guests: Equal Time Radio’s Frank Blair, Tacoma Cartoonist R.R. Anderson, Melonite Joseph La Sac and filmmaker Lila Kataeff
04/26/08 – Special Edition – Veterans Guests: Professor of IPE at the University of Puget Sound David Balaam, Government Relations Director of the Northwest Chapter of Paralyzed Veterans for America Skip Dreps, Congressman representing WA 6th District Norm Dicks, US Senator Patty Murray.
The Melon – Melon 5 (Food Crisis w/Prof. Balaam and International Correspondent Walid Zafar, Zimbabwe, Hamas, Student Loans, Supersonics), Tech Report, Local Yokel.
04/19/08 Georgia, Haiti food crisis, Supreme Court lethal injection decision, discussion on Iraqi War. Guests: Whitney Rhodes from exit133 and Professor of English at the University of Puget Sound Hans Ostrom.
The Melon – Melon 5/Tech Report
The Core – exit133 report/ discussion with Hans Ostrom
04/12/08 Columbia Trade Pact, the Petraeus Paradox, the food crisis in Haiti Guest: Professor of History at the University of Puget Sound Theodore Taranovski
The Melon – Melon 5/World Report
Around the World with Walid Zafar
The Core – Interview with Professor Taranovski
04/05/08 NATO, Blackwater returns, Spit-Seeds. China/Tibet discussion. Guest: Todd Little of Students for a Free Tibet.
The Melon – NATO, Blackwater, Zimbabwe, Venezuela, Spit-Seeds.
Tech Report w/ Walker Lindley
The Core – Local Yokel report, Around the World w/Walid Zafar, China/Tibet discussion.
Local Yokel w/Chris “The Wedge” Van Vechten
03/29/08 (recording stifled by internets)
Guests: Professor of Economics at the University of Puget Sound Garrett Milam and Washington State Poet Laureate Sam Green.
The Melon (about 2 minutes recorded):
Interview with Washington State Poet Laureate Sam Green:
Guests: University of Puget Sound Professor of Politics and Government Eric Williams
The Melon (1st hour – Melon 5, Tech Report, World Report)
The Core (2nd hour – Eric Williams, Elections)
02/16/08- (Fuzzy recording!) Chris “the Wedge” returns to take over hosting duties for a out-of-town Electric Elliot. Local politics and world news.
Guests: Correspondents Walid Zafar, Walker Lindley, Phil Munsterman
02/09/08 - (Not recorded due to idiocy). Kenya Conflict, Stimulus Plan, Bush’s Budget, Caucuses/ Candidates. Guests: Walid Zafar, Walker Lindley, Ari Milner, Chris “the Wedge” Van Vechten, and libertarians Andrew Bourdon, and Jeff Ammons.
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12/08/07 – Education Special Guests: President of the University of Puget Sound Ronald Thomas, and Vice President of the Tacoma Education Association Darrick Hartman
12/01/07 – Status of Iraq, Guiliani, Google’s bid for 700MHz spectrum. Guests: Conservative Activist Tim Eyman, Tech Corespondent Walker Lindley, President of the Washington State Stonewall Democrats, Anita Latch. Video interview with Tim Eyman
11/17/07 – (Due to technical difficulties this recording is missing the first portion of the show.) Chiquita Banana, more Pakistan, Georgia Guests: Washington Representative Dennis Flannigan, Student Activist and Trail Newspaper writer – Walid Zafar, Former President of the UPS Young Democrats, and member of the UPS Political Science Association Steven Sparks. Interview with Dennis Flannigan.
11/10/07 – Overturn of Bush Veto, Fighting in Sri Lanka, American Economy. Guests: Student Activist Bart Bodrian, Liz McGourty and Cara Munson, Co-Presidents of the UPS Logger Pep Band, ASUPS President Hart Edmonson, Executive Vice President of the Tacoma Education Association, Darrick Hartman, and Maralise Hood, Executive Director of the Pierce County Center for Dispute Resolution. Interview with Maralise Hood.
11/03/07 – Mukasey’s approval, Hugo Chavez’s Amendments, Israel’s action in Gaza. Guests: Professor of Politics and Government at the University of Puget Sound, Seth Weinberger, Sam Armocido, Rian Johnson from P.I.S.S.A.R., Leana Schwatz and Shannon Wright from Students for a Free Tibet, and Robert “The Traveler” Hill, recent candidate in the Tacoma City Council Primaries. Interview with Robert “The Traveler” Hill.
10/27/07 – California Fires, Russia and Iran, New UN Environment report. Guests: Peter Braun, President of Cocktales. LGAP’s Shira Goldstein, SAC’s Eric Lanigan, Barrack Obama organizer Debby Pattin of Thurston County, and Rebecca Wolfe, State Coordinator for the Dennis Kunicich campaign. Interview with Debby Pattin. Interview with Rebecca Wolfe.
10/20/07 – Bombing in Pakistan and Pre-9/11 Wiretapping. Guests: Walker Lindley – Treasurer of UPS Young Democrats and Marilyn Strickland, candidate for Tacoma City Council Position 8. Interview with Marilyn Strickland.
10/13/07 – The Cleveland School Shooting, Armenia Resolution, ENDA and Gore’s Peace Prize Win. Guests: Carolyn Ham – Treasurer of VOX, Maddy Ryen -UPS student of History and Activist. Walker Lindley and Walid Zafar. Interview with Ellly Claus-McGahan – candidate for the Tacoma School Board. Interview with Elly Claus-McGahan
09/29/07 – Myanmar Protests, Ahmadinejad visits America. Guests: Former Director of Centro Latino Dr. Julio Quan & Professor of Comparative Sociology Monica Dehart. Interview with Quan and DehartWalid Zafar, UPS Young Dems President Phil Munsterman, with Rio Connelly.
09/22/07 – Jena 6, U of Florida Taser incident. Guests: UPS Young Dems Treasurer Walker Lindley and Darrick Hartman, Vice President of the Tacoma Education Association.
It wasn’t until Chris reminded me to check, but as it turns out, today (September 22nd) is The Melon’s 1 yr. birthday. Although The Melon Online didn’t launch until January 17th, 2008, our first radio show and the true beginning of The Melon occurred one year ago today in a small Tacoma based radio station known as 90.1FM KUPS Tacoma.
To commemorate this astonishing achievement The Melon is excited to announce our official launch date for the new website. Come October 6th, you’ll be able to experience and taste The Melon in a whole new dimension.
So, in honor of our first birthday, let’s take a journey down memory lane and listen to the first ever Melon recording. I give you: Melon Radio – Episode 1.
In November of 2007 twenty-two year-old Daniel Pace unseated longtime Fife School Board incumbent Lew Wolfrom by a 59.45% landslide. He thus became the youngest person ever elected to the Fife School Board. Daniel is not a teacher, a parent, nor a native of the district. He claims he was “an average student” in school who ran cross-country but was nothing special to be sure. The son of a police officer and a working professional – both of whom live outside his school district (and thus, did not vote for him) he lacked the family connections that generally are associated with upsets like his.
Inspired by his unlikely victory, The Melon met with Daniel at Sam’s Taqueria in Puyallup to discuss the many challenges that confront the young leaders of today.
John Reed’s life has been filled with dramatic ups and downs. Married at 19, he once was a bright young man from a good Christian family in Ohio’s rustbelt region with a promising future marked by a full ride scholarship to his state’s university. But within a few years he would be divorced, separated from his children and addicted to drugs and alcohol. He managed to escape his situation by joining the army where he rose in the ranks to captain, only to find himself in the clutches of addiction once again. Discharged from the army, Mr. Reed checked himself into a VA rehab center in Jacksonville Mississippi. Midway through his treatment, Hurricane Katrina swept through the Gulf, forcing the still fragile Reed to be evacuated to another center near Fort Lewis. Last week, Mr. Reed became homeless following a dispute with his landlord and now finds himself unemployed and living at the Tacoma Rescue Center.
And yet Reed remains hopeful because of his self-evident talent for gospel music, which he now performs for spare change at Tully’s Coffee House at the intersection of 9th and Broadway in downtown Tacoma. Over the course of the following interview, Mr. Reed shares his thoughts on gospel music and how it has touched his less than blessed life. Mr. Reed ultimately concludes that perhaps gospel music is his ticket to success – as well as salvation.
Since I can’t always get Peter or Chris to do a Melon or Core with me, I decided to start my own show called Super Electric. It’s nothing special, and not up to the Melon/Core caliber (in fact it’s basically just me being a jack ass), but it’s just going to be me talking about what I find interesting in the news.
Without further ado, here’s episode 1 of Super Electric:
*Correction (05/29/08 11:04am): Obama did appear on the ballot in Florida receiving 33% of the vote to Clinton’s 50%.
After a brief hiatus, we’re back with a whole new Melon episode. Well, it’s actually only a brief version of the show, but a slice of Melon is better than some vegetable. Take a listen and enjoy. My favorite part is when I say “Defense Security” instead of “Defense Secretary”.
That’s right folks, our final radio show on KUPS will be Saturday at noon. We’ve got a wonderful finale planned featuring an abundance of awesome guests.
For our first segment we’re proud to bring you Frank Blair of Equal Time Radio, Veteran, Rossi Campaigner and Melonite John Alexander.
In our second half we’ll appropriately be doing a focus on Independent Media and will be joined by famed Tacoma Cartoonist RR Anderson, Melonite and Indy Media fellow Joseph La Sac, and filmmaker Lila Kitaeff!
Who knows what other surprises we’ll have in store for our final show. I really don’t.
Tune in from noon to 2pm on 90.1FM KUPS Tacoma, or stream offline here.