Sheldon & His Friends
By: Chance Cuson
Sheldon Eskin is a broadcaster, author, and performance photographer. His ties with entertainment, record and radio fields goes back to the 60's where he started at KPPC FM. It was the first Underground Station in Los Angeles, broadcasting from the basement of the Pasadena Presbyterian Church. He was able to learn all aspects of broadcasting, programming, and fine tune his craft from some of the best. Today, Sheldon is the radio host of The Route 66 Mother Road Hour and The Voice of the Blues.
How did you get started in the music industry?
It started at a young age because of family that was in the industry. I knew I wanted to be part of something in the radio business. I would go to radio stations in Hollywood where they would let me listen, ask questions and learn.
You've been hosting your Mother Road and Voice of the Blues shows, for quite a while now. How did the two shows develop?
Listening to many radio shows through the years, I realized that I wanted to do something that was different. I was tired of hearing the same thing on the radio.
As a radio host, who have been some of your most important influences?
Charles Brown and American blues singer, pianist, and composer who wrote among other songs "Driftin Blues" and did "Merry Christmas Baby" a Christmas classic and Ralph Hull along with Al Dinero of KPPC Radio. There are so many people who have helped and influenced me through the years.
You're now launching a new show titled Sheldon Eskin & Friends. How do you describe that show?
I really enjoy talking with people and hearing their stories. The show allows people to really get to know the artists and what they offer.
Will it be strictly an interview talk show, or will you also play music?
The show will focus on the artist and also play music that fits well with the interview.
Will you only be interviewing musicians?
The purpose of the show is to interview artists. They can range from painters, musicians, actors, and many fields of entertainment business.
You also managed musicians and artists for a while, what made you decide to leave that part of the business?
I had been given the chance to work with many amazing and talented individuals. I really enjoy helping others and making people happy. Managing talent was a great experience, but I realized that I wanted to have my own show.
How has the music industry changed since you started in it?
The music industry has changed in the fact that people want easy listening such as digital downloads. It is hard to find vinyl anymore and the quality of music from downloads sometimes is not as great as it could be. I feel that radio shows are not as intimate as the past. That is why I really wanted to do a new kind of radio show.
You've been interviewing artists for quite a while for your various radio shows. What are some of your most memorable interviews?
I would have to say that I have many but one that truly stands out would be Allen Toussaint. He is a composer, producer, performer and record company executive out of New Orleans and he has been performing since the early 60's and 70's. Check him out!
If you could interview any musician, who would it be and why?
I would have to say B.B. King. I really admired his work and appreciate what he has done for the music industry.
Where and when do your shows air?
You can catch me both online and on the radio. The websites are BabyBoomerRadio.com and Rte66Radio.com. My show Mother Road is every day at 12 p.m. PST. Sheldon and Friends is at 6 p.m. PST every second Monday of the month. Voice of the Blues is every Friday at 7 p.m. on KCLAFM.com.
Check out Sheldon Eskin and be ready for a great listening experience.
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