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." (no CDs yet) 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") Russ hired her and "I've been working in radio ever since!" WIZN was next, then WMNM for 3 years ("what an amazing professional group!"), WEXP ("Russ called again"), K101 Classic Rock in Middlebury, Public Radio ("kind of boring") and now! WEXP was short-lived, but fateful, in that it brought Russ and Diane back together as co-workers and friends. ("The music truly did bring us together.") Russ and Diane got married in fall of 1996. Diane loves to read, especially music biographies, loves animals, especially dogs, Nellie and Cassie, and 3 cats: Earl Grey aka Smokey, Prudence and Marley. She likes horses, walks, writing, playing the piano, movies, cooking, travelling, drawing, and flowers.
Diane's favorite bands are: The Beatles, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Traffic, the Byrds, Fleetwood Mac and Savoy Brown. She also loves Joni Mitchell, Steve Winwood, Donovan and Mark Knopfler. 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, Gordon Lightfoot, Robert Cray, David Malachowski, Jon Anderson, Chris Squire, Richie Sambora and Bonnie Raitt, to name a few.
"There were so many great concerts in Cleveland in the late 60s and early 70s. I was so lucky to be there."
Top Ten 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) and Argent's first.
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 for Russ 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.