D.J. mixes politics with music
By JESSIE STENSLAND
Whidbey News Times Assistant editor
February 24, 2009 · 3:51 PM
Oak Harbor’s newest talk show can best be described as “eclectic.”
Daniel Miller, a former Friday Harbor resident, moved to Whidbey from California to host his own radio talk show on KWDB 1110 AM.
But “Politics Today,” every Friday from 5 to 7 p.m., is about far more than politics.
Miller explained that he plays music, especially local musicians. He even plays some music that he wrote and performed. He discusses news and welcomes people to call in. He plays comedy clips and plans to start “radio classified ads” in which people can announced their garage sales or advertise a job for free.
And that’s not all. He invited people will call in with ghost and UFO sightings, a la radio-phenomenon Art Bell. He hopes people will share their experience with angels and discuss biblical prophecies. Or maybe call in with a recipe. He admits he’s “not Dr. Phil,” but he wants to have a segment in which people call in and discuss relationships.
Miller said he’s even considering doing some “outrageous comedy” with crank calls.
“The news is so depressing right now, so I want to include a lot of entertainment in my show,” he said. “I want it to be an exciting show where people call in with interesting opinions and stories.”
Laura Noel inherited the Oak Harbor-based radio station, “KWDB: The Voice of Whidbey Island,” from her father James Tilton a year ago. She said she hired Miller, who went to the National School of Broadcasting in Seattle, and expected him to do a straight political talk show.
“When he actually came on, it was quite a surprise. It’s actually more of a variety show,” she said. “He covers it all. It’s definitely entertaining.”
Still, Miller said he wants the political aspects of his show to be taken seriously and he hopes to have local people come on the show. He said he knows his politics, having run for a variety of elected positions when he lived in the area. He recently invited representatives from the local Democratic and Republican groups to appear on his show.
As for the radio station, Noel said she hopes to sell it someday soon. The economy is obviously not doing well and she said she hasn’t had much support from the city so far.
Anyone interested in owning a radio station with at least one unique personality, call 679-7320.Contact Whidbey News Times Assistant editor Jessie Stensland at email@example.com or 360.675.6611 ext. 5056.