Twirl Radio #807: DJ Gidget Bates

After ten years at a National Public Radio station in Chicago, Mike Lidskin returned to California in 1997 and created Twirl Radio, a weekly two hour radio program which features the finest independent music and artists from the rock era. Mike’s on a mission to not “just spin rock music, but to educate listeners about this vital art form.” Indeed, he doesn’t just announce the songs, but gives histories about some of the artists, the albums, and the songs themselves.

You can catch Twirl live each Saturday afternoon, from 4:00 to 6:00 PM PST on Sacramento’s Voice, KUBU 96.5 FM, and archived right here, as well as at If you haven’t headed into your Saturday night with an earful of Twirl, you’re doing it wrong!

Artist | Track | Album
Maxi Dunn | Always Be My Friend | Welcome To Soonville
The Who | Don’t Look Away | A Quick One
Last Breath | It’s My Time | Uncovered
The Smithereens | Now And Then | Blow Up
The Cherry Bluestorms | As Above So Below | Bad Penny Opera
Fun Of The Pier | Possible | 14:42
Elton John | Grow Some Funk Of Your Own | Rock Of The Westies

DJ Gidget cohosting segment
The Dollyrots | Last Christmas | Single release
Stevie Wonder | Someday At Christmas | Single release
Cult Of Wedge | Pop Musik | Single release
Mike Collins/Kyle Vincent | Sign Me Up | Single release
The K-7s | The Never Ending Love | Single release

Lannie Flowers | Tired Of Being Alone | New Songs Old Stories
Duncan Faure | Wouldn’t It Be Good | Anthology
Nushu | Here’s To Feeling Free | Hula
Felsen | Private Airline | Blood Orange Moon
Natalie Cortez & The Ultraviolets | Three Times | Twitch!
Richard X. Heyman | Everybody Get Wise | Incognito
XTC | Melt The Guns | English Settlement


Today’s show is the final live Twirl Radio show of 2017, so we went out with a fun show. My very special guest cohost was none other than DJ Gidget Bates of Woody Radio! I’d been wanting to get her back on the show for a few years, and the opportunity presented itself, so we made the most of it. We spent an hour playing music, and engaging in, er, a “free-ranging, unmoderated” conversation. To say the least.

There’s a reason I like listening to Gidget on her radio shows, and it was fully evident today–she can talk about anything, and make it sound fun and interesting. Her enthusiasm for independent music is infectious. Now I enjoy a good conversation myself, and honest to goodness, we didn’t really plan any of this out–so the topics flowed easily. We covered everything from burritos to DNA ancestry testing, all the way to the non-existent private parts of steers! Oh–and music too!

Gidget brought along some music for us to play–a couple of Christmas songs, and she gave us the great honor of announcing her top two favorite tracks of 2017, right on the show!

I’ve been a fan of Woody Radio for the past several years, and always admired their passion for music. The DJs there are all incredibly knowledgeable, and very real. Gidget has occasionally hinted that I’d be welcome there if I ever wanted to join them, and recently, I took the plunge. I’ve started my own show there (twice monthly, 1st and 3rd Tuesday nights), and was welcomed with open arms and brought into the fold. It’s a lovably quirky station, and Gidget is the ringleader. I’m proud to call myself a member of the Woody Radio family.


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