John Grappone

John Grappone

Sat: 3pm-7pm; Sun: Noon-4pm

First off I’d like to say how exciting it is to be back at KINK. I was first here from March of ’05 till November of ’06 when at that time I decided to go out and explore some other things in life and it has been an incredible journey. While at KINK I was the host of Sunday Acoustic KINK as well as a free-form program called KINK The Underground Link. I will now be heard on Saturdays from 10am-3pm and Sundays from Noon-4pm.

Music has always been in my life; from listening to the radio early on, buying records – my first LP purchase was Revolver by The Beatles (I never did get into the 8-track craze), and as a musician playing guitar, bass guitar and most recently drums.

I started my radio journey at a small station “WKAJ-FM” in Saratoga Springs, New York. This beautiful town is known worldwide for its famous racetrack that Carly Simon referenced in “You’re So Vain” (“well I hear you went up to Saratoga and your horse naturally won”)

Along the way I’ve worked in Philadelphia, San Francisco and for a brief time hosted a show in Tokyo, Japan called Cafe Global.

The first major concert I attended was listening to Cream play their NYC farewell show back in 1968.

Favorite live bands: Haircut 100 in the ’80s, Midnight Oil in the ’90s and Paul McCartney in 2005 at the Rose Garden – he was phenomenal!

Bands/Artists I would have liked to see live but did not: The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Pink Floyd with Roger Waters (I was a bit young for Syd), Moby Grape, Talking Heads and of course The Beatles.

Over the years I have been fortunate to travel, which I love to do, and moved to Portland in ’05 and love it here. From the vibrant music scene, great places to eat, a mountain and an ocean not too far away and a good vibe all around I am comfortable calling it home.

The greatest joy in my life, hands down, is my son, Julian.

I’m looking forward to having some fun at KINK and invite you to join in!

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