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Excerpt from Meri St. Mary interview with Punk Globe

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Ginger Coyote interviews KVMR's own Meri St. Mary from Hollywood for PUNK GLOBE!
To read the entire interview go to Punk Globe http://punkglobe.com/meristmaryinterview0412.php
 
Meri St. Mary has been a long time fixture in the California punk scene. Punk Globe interviewed her a few years ago and we decided it was high time to find out what she has been up to lately...

Meri has been very busy!!! Doing a stint as a Dee Jay at KVMR in Nevada City, CA with her own Underground Punk Show twice a month.... She is also performing with her band The Housecoat Project along with solo acoustic shows...

She has also found success doing spoken word and will soon be releasing a poetry/art book with Cold Water Press...

 
Meri St. Mary
 
Punk Globe:

It has been a while since our last interview.... Tell us a bit about what you have been doing since that interview?

Meri St. Mary:

I've been doing radio, my acoustic songs, the band (Housecoat Project) & poetry readings.

 
Punk Globe:

How is your Dee Jay work at KVMR coming along?

Meri St. Mary:

Well I'm still there, I became a certified broadcaster in 2007. I started my Underground/Punk music show (twice a month) so that's going strong. I also do a Gospel show the first Sunday of the month. I received a rookie of the year award in 2007 & then a late night award in 2011 of which I'm very proud of & keeps me going carving my own niche at a really cool radio station. Always nice to be acknowledged by your peers for doing good radio.

Punk Globe:

For people who are not aware of KVMR. Can you give them some details about the station?

Meri St. Mary:

KVMR has been around 33 years now and started at the top of a mountain with a handful of folks. KVMR has grown considerably in the years and is a well respected station among other grassroots radio stations. It is operated and run by a plethora of volunteers with donations from folks who realize the importance of non-commercial radio. Go to KVMR.ORG to check out what's going on in our area and the schedule of shows one would be interested in. It's an eclectic progressive bunch and one of our last forums of free speech, both locally and worldwide. Support the little station that could!

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Punk Globe:

What is the radio station's special connection to Michael Moore?

Meri St. Mary:

His sister lives in Grass Valley so he has a connection there and he supports community radio and all we do so.. He often comes up and does talks for the people and the station. Amy Goodman is another regular at KVMR events.

Punk Globe:

Tell the readers more about your radio show on KVMR?

Meri St. Mary:

The Underground Sound is my first love, it's a 4 hour block of time (from midnight to 4AM) that gives voice to underground/punk music from all over the world and locally, it is usually twice a month. I support new and old music that is not likely to be heard on any other show and have alot of fun with it. My Gospel show is a 1 hour block of inspirational music ranging from South Africa to Urban/Contemporary/Old timey that is on the first of the month Sunday and celebrates the spirit and music of this music, the show is from 12noon to 1PM.

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Punk Globe:

Are you open to submissions from the readers and if so in what format?

Meri St. Mary:

I get music from folks I know and I don't know from all over the globe - mostly for my underground show, if I like it I'll play it. I can work with MP3's, CD's & Vinyl. Just send to me c/o KVMR 401 Spring Street Nevada City CA 95959 - bio's are imperative, the more artistic the better.

Punk Globe:

You also are doing now doing more interviews on your show am I right?

Meri St. Mary:

Yes, I started doing the interviews in 2010 to promote and bring attention to my friends who have been doing counter culture work for over 30 years and as I have a four hour block of time why not give voice to the artists/poets/publishers/musicians/writers/photographers I love/respect for an hour! I don't think anyone else had the time to do hour long interviews on their shows so it was a chance for me to promote others. I then started pod casting the interviews and they sort of took off. KVMR is a local station but we stream worldwide (FCC bound). I also did a KUSF in exile show (because what happened to them was just plan wrong). Basically I do what I believe in. I also give voice to the local outsider artist young folk because I liked what they were doing and wanted to get them on the radio. I like giving people a start in radio - some pursue it to become certified and that is my payday right there.

Punk Globe:

Tell us about some of the people that you have interviewed?

Meri St. Mary:

Oh jeez, there are a whole bunch of interesting and thriving folks: Let's just start with the women: Ginger Coyote, Kathy Peck, Carole Lennon, Janet Cunningham, Jenny Lens, Tequila Mockingbird, Dinah Cancer, Kira, Cara Vida -V.Vale, Monte Cazazza, Don Bolles, Paul Roessler, Museum of Death, Lennon Studios, Jack Sargeant, Jim Morton, Lob Instagon, Dave Boles, Adam Parfrey, Fred Gianelli, LUSTMORD, Steven Gray, Jon Moritsuga and Amy Davis. These interviews are all pod cast - one can find them on KVMR.ORG or links on my website www.meristmary.com. - listen in they're fun and informative.

Meri St. Mary
Punk Globe:

How do you find your guests?

Meri St. Mary:

Most of them are friends and/or acquaintances whose work I admire and believe they deserve an hour of radio time. Often times it's like having a conversation over the phone about what they've done, how they survived doing what they do and to plug whatever new works they have and how can people get a hold of them and check out or support what's going on now.