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Michael Thomas started "Music For Listeners" in August of
1999 after eight years of regular and fill-in work at the station.
After being a fan of John Peel's radio show since the early 90’s,
it was always a goal of Michael’s to have a show where he could break
format barriers and play whatever sounded good. Music For Listeners
is not a rip-off of Peel’s show, but more of a companion. John Peel
was always the place to hear new music, and MFL tries to carry on
the tradition of anything goes. From Brian Eno to Beethoven, to the
Buena Vista Social Club, and then back to some classic brit-pop, you’ll
never know what your ears will hear.
When Michael joined KRTU in 1991, it had the format of classical and
jazz; but in order to best serve a missing radio format in San Antonio,
it was decided in the summer of 1999 to change the format of KRTU
to jazz during the day, and college freeform overnight. "Music
For Listeners" started during this transition, and
it became the first show of its kind on KRTU.
In the summer of 2000, Michael started playing the most popular segment
of the show, "The Mid-Morning Recording". Every week a show
is produced, "the listener" can hear a full album presented in
a complete, unedited form. In essence, you will hear a collection
of songs from a different band every week a show is produced.
In 2004, after a several stints as a co-host, Orlando Torres joined
Music For Listeners as a permanent and welcome co-pilot.
Orlando and Michael met in the early 90’s while Orlando was producing
a public access music video show entitled "Indievision". Orlando’s
original vision for his program was to spotlight a different band
each week through interviews and complete collections of video work.
Ride, Sugar, My Bloody Valentine, Lush, The Verve, James, Frank
Black, The Breeders, The Wedding Present, Luna, and many others all
made appearances on "Indievision". Not too many people know it, but
Orlando also has the distinction of playing Radiohead's video for
"Creep" before anyone in America. Playing the video only
a week after it premered in the U.K. and months before it would be
shown on MTV.
Clearly through the editing, interviewing and filming experiences
Michael and Orlando had working on "Indievision"; that show's influence
slowly made its way into the fabric of Music For Listeners. Now with
Orlando as a permanent co-host, Music For Listeners has essentially
become a radio version of that video program.
Every week Michael and Orly bring nothing but the best.
New music that no one has heard, and older music that everyone should
Music that can only be heard if you're listening...
Some staples on the show-
In the year 2000 "The
is launched. Since then, an entire album has been played on the show
each week. This way a different band can be showcased each time a
show is produced. See what albums we’ve played here.
In 2004 we began using "Country Mike’s Theme" by the Beastie Boys
as our theme song. Before Orlando became a permanent co-host on the
show in 2004, "Country Mike’s Theme" was only played when he was a
We also usually play a country/folk song for the first song of the
show. Good country isn't played on the radio anymore.
In 2005 the website musicforlisteners.com was erected, and now people
from around the world can not only hear an encore webcast of the FM
broadcast, but also hear exclusive recordings and interviews through
our podcast feed.
2005 we began using "Sayonara" by the band James for our closing music.
2005, we tried to play a Talking Heads song every week.
2006, we tried to make each show a special occasion.
2007, we played a Poster Children song every week. -
In honor of their 20th anniversary
Friday Nights - Saturday Mornings - Midnight to 3 A.M.
KRTU 91.7 FM San Antonio, Texas
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