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Diane Desmond

Diane Desmond was born on October 23, 1949 in Lakewood, Ohio, raised in the Cleveland area ("a great place to grow up!") and graduated from Kent State University with a degree in Early Childhood Education. Right after this, Diane headed for California and lived in Santa Cruz before moving to Warren, Vermont and a job as a first grade teacher. Diane says, "There was an enclave of former Cleveland musicians living in the Mad River Valley at that time.......late sixties early seventies 'refugees' from various out of state urban areas, relocating to Vermont. (It was that 'back to the country thing')."

 

Diane got married, became a Mom to sons, Justin and Ash and left the teaching world after baby number 2. In 1987, Diane decided to get serious about pursuing her dream of being a disc jockey. Her first radio experience was at WGDR in Plainfield at Goddard College where "my first radio shift ever was on Saturday afternoons. I hauled a lot of my favorite vinyl albums into that studio."  On Saturday nights, she did it all over again at Middlebury College's WRMC. A friend persuaded (reluctant) Diane to give one of her aircheck tapes to a guy named Russ Kinsley who was looking for weekend disc jockeys for WKLZ ("my favorite radio station at the time") She was hired and "I've been working in radio ever since!" WIZN was next, then WMNM for 3 years ("what an amazing professional group!"), WEXP, K101 Classic Rock in Middlebury, Vermont Public Radio  and The Album Station.

 

Diane loves to read, especially music biographies, loves animals, and has a beautiful Golden Retriever named Abbey and a fluffy gray and white cat named Earl S. Robinson. She likes horses, walks, writing, playing the piano, movies, cooking, traveling, drawing, and flowers.  

 

Diane's favorite bands are: The Beatles, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Traffic, the Byrds, Fleetwood Mac and The Allman Brothers. She also loves Joni Mitchell, Steve Winwood, Donovan and Dave Mason.  First Rock Concert: The Byrds, Cedar Point, Ohio 1965 (It was a dance-$1.50 at the door! I got all of their autographs.)  Best Concerts: The Beatles (it's true) Cleveland Stadium 1966,  The Moody Blues 1968, backstage w Yes & King Crimson at Boston's Orpheum 1972 and Savoy Brown in Vermont 2004!

 

Nicest musicians Diane has met: John Sebastian, Shawn Phillips, David Cousins, Ernie Williams, Kim Simmonds, Ian Anderson, James Montgomery, Gordon Lightfoot, Robert Cray, Mel Collins, Jon Anderson, Chris Squire, Richie Sambora and Bonnie Raitt.

 

Diane has interviewed Savoy Brown, Davy Knowles & Back Door Slam, Laura Love, Chad & Jeremy.....(super nice and funny, those two!)

 

"There were so many great concerts in Cleveland in the late 60s and early 70s. I was so lucky to be there."

 

A few Favorite Albums: Revolver, Rubber Soul, Forever Changes (Love), Mr. Fantasy, Fleetwood Mac (1975), Dave Mason's Alone Together, For the Roses (Joni), In Search of the Lost Chord, Mr. Tambourine Man (Byrds), Mr. Fantasy, At Filmore East by The Allman Brothers, Argent's first and King Crimson's "Islands".

 

Diane is on the air every Friday starting around 5 until 7 PM or later. She also hosts and produces The Blue Sky Cafe every Sunday morning from 8-10. She's been known to sit in occasionally on weekday mornings.....and sometimes just walks into the studio, opens the mike and "rocks the valley" with tunes you won't hear anywhere else.

Diane