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Bravo for Beantown, Omming in the Berkshires, and the Great Halloween Hellstorm of 2011


I’m just back from a 10-day-plus-a-bonus-day vacation, largely tech-free (yay!) and partially electricity-free (boo!).

My view from the 25th floor of the Sheraton in Back Bay. Across the river is Harvard, the Davidson of the north.

• I flew to Boston and visited with my dear friends and erstwhile Davidson neighbors Jennifer ’92 and Ben Roe, late of WDAV fame.

Ben’s now managing director of WGBH’s classical services, and Jennifer’s trying to keep up with Roger Brown ’78, president of the Berklee School of Music, where she works in his office. Jennifer is still one of the planet’s hostesses with the mostest, whether it’s a fast beatnik coffee down the block from her office on an 11.3-minute break, or Sunday brunch at home overlooking the Mystic River. Bravo, Jennifer and Ben!

The aluminum, mid-century-modern, jet-age stairwell railings at Kripalu, which was originally constructed as a Jesuit monastery in 1957, tickle my fancy.

• I ommmed for five blissful days with Stephen Cope & Cie at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Lenox, Mass.

I’ve studied several angles of yoga with Stephen over the years, and am intrigued by his most recent work at Kripalu’s Institute for Extraordinary Living, to wit the neuroscience angles. I’m thinking that may be of interest to a Davidson friend, Julio Ramirez, the R. Stuart Dickson Professor of Psychology, who is recently receiving kudos for career success advancing undergraduate education in neuroscience, up to and including the White House. Hari om shanti, Julio!

Save the mums! My friend Amy wisely thought ahead to move her flowers inside before the snow hit the fan.

• Finally, I visited dear, longtime friends in the Hartford, Conn., area—just in time for the surprise October nor’easter that at this writing still has them without power.

We did manage to get in a Saturday morning Halloween yoga class, a movie (The Way, highly recommended) and a mostly-cooked ratatouille before the power failed under the crack and heave of falling branches, still fully clothed in their autumn finery as well as now approaching 12 inches of snow. This left us to a single fireplace, two down comforters, a couple half-gallons of soupy ice cream, a gas burner on the back porch for hot coffee, and a half a pack of Marlboro Reds between us. Hmmm, kinda like the old days in Winston-Salem.

Unfortunately, we didn't think ahead to move my rental car before the snow hit the fan. Chainsaws and much shoveling were required.

Miraculously, there was no damage to my rental car, and I got outta there about the time it all stopped being fun in any way. Keith has since reported by frozen-fingered e-mail that he has  broken out the brown liquor on weeknights to stay warm. Cheers, Keith and Amy!

Warmly, John.

My friend Keith has a favorite snow shovel. I hope I never have a favorite snow shovel.


John Kuykendall on WDAV Today: Tune in at Noon!



Interim President John Kuykendall ’59 is about to hit the airwaves from Main Street USA at the studios of WDAV, from 12 noon to 1 p.m. today, to help the station kick off its spring drive. Tune in now at!

WDAV Soothes the Savage Beasts Dodger and Boudreaux


[UPDATE 3/26/10, 13:06—WDAV has surpassed its all-time record-breaking goal, at $200,507, as well as records in number of gifts and in new members!]

I helped urn almost 2 hunnert tousand dollers for WDAV. Me and my kat Boudreaux even gived them $25 of our kibble kitty, sence we lissen all day while Him is at work, but they still needs a little bit more to make all their fund drive gold. The cookie lady at WDAV said her books will be open online til midnight tonight. Donate now! Classical music helps me and Boudreaux nap in the sunshine. Tank ewe!

Camera-shy Dodger and Him ’85

What’s On Your Radio or iPod? WDAV!


WDAV is going great guns these days on airwaves traditional and HD, by podcast and live broadcast. They’re even piping their mellifluous tones through tastefully understated (subtle, yet bold) front porch speakers at their Main Street studios in the Samuel W. Newell Building, complete with its full, spacious, shiny kitchen. The Samuel W. Newell Building is located right next door to my humble work abode in the Julia Johnston House, with its tiny, groaning, back-porch sink and Jackson Pollock microwave. Not that I’m bitter. Love my job, and the kitchen sink, too. Anyway, the technical talents of the WDAV team in 2010 are matched only by the passion they bring to the music they muse upon and share so thoughtfully and graciously with the rest of us. Their digs and their presence in radioland represents an apogee of a beautiful 30-year arc of growth from the station’s happy, humble beginnings in the basement of the college union, now appropriately enough the college’s Sloan Music Center. Today, I listen while I work, and you can, too. Just click “Listen Live” at the top of their homepage:

This month, the station marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of “The Poet of the Piano,” Fryderyk Chopin with special programs, including a special page of Radio Chopin, with 200 stories for the composer’s 200 years. Even American Public Media’s “Marketplace” got into the act on Chopin’s birthday, March 1, broadcasting a segment by announcer and producer Jennifer Bangley Foster ’92.

While you’re on the WDAV site, be sure to check out Rachel Stewart ’86′s show “Biscuits and Bach,” Frank Dominguez’s Spanish-language “Concierto” and—oh, I’ll never do justice to the diversity of offerings, you’d better just go check out the full programming schedule. Happy listening!

Coming Soon!


Daybook Davidson will go live on Sunday, Jan. 31. Meanwhile, hop on over to WDAV (linked at right) and listen in on some great classical happenings!

And come back soon, hear?

John Syme ’85

With my good buddy and next-door work neighbor on Main Street, Jennifer Foster '92, announcer/producer at WDAV. It was Pirate Day in the lobby of the Belk Visual Art Center. Ahhhrrrr….