Nikki Leskinen


The music biz...where to begin?! I read an excellent article by Ari Herstand in Digital Music News that perfectly articulates what’s going on. The industry has diverged: “one [industry is ] run by musicians defining their own career destinies. And the other  by money-hungry opportunists, “ writes Herstand. When major labels (for the most part) treat artistic creation like stocks on Wall Street, you have to wonder about what’s being recorded. Is it a sincere expression or is it a variation on a time-tested formula that is a guaranteed money-maker? “Gone are the days where a Columbia records sticks it out through two failed (full length) albums because they (the industry) believe in an artist, says Herstand. He’s right. In this industry, to get signed, you have to already be “proven act”.


By now you are probably feeling quite cynical about the state of music, but as someone who believes in saving the best news for last, spoiler alert: there is hope. Like the Rebel Alliance in Star Wars, the independents (musicians/labels/media outlets/blogs) are “damning the system and proclaiming they are not in it for the quick fame and instant success, but because music is at the core of who they are,” as Herstand states.


Here at KSLG, music is at the core of what we do. As a locally-ran radio station, we have the power to play music in our format that the big corporate giants won’t touch. This is not to say you won’t hear any overlap in our playlist from other stations (hell, our audience enjoys catchy earworms too), but noone is forcing us to play certain music. Here at KSLG, we have complete creative freedom over the music we select for our format. This is what makes us an “independent”, part of the musical “Rebel Alliance”.


Happy Listening!

(Here's a link to Ari Herstand's article) 



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Favorite Tracks

"Where's My Love"

I imagine Gollum from "Lord of the Rings" searching for the "precious' that Bilbo has stolen, whenever I hear this jam!

"I'll Be Around"
The Growlers

Favorite Lyrics: "Ignorance is Complacency"!!! The sound is like sipping on your favorite Friday night cocktail slowly in some smokey lounge.

"Call It Dreaming"
Iron & Wine

In this track, submitted by Mark, Sam Beam (aka Iron & Wine) really exemplifies love with a musical sound that is "warmer than blood". Favorite lyrics "Where our hands hurt from healing". Damn powerful!

KSLG Interviews

The Truth About Puerto Rico Disaster Relief Efforts with Nurse Randee Litten

It's been 30 days since Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, but disaster relief has been "chaotic", and the situation "dire", according to Randee Litten, who has spent two weeks in Puerto Rico with RN Response Network (National Nurses United). With information scare or misleading about what exactly is going on, Nikki interviews this St. Joseph's emergency nurse to get to the truth of the challenges these 3.4 million American citizens face. Want to help? Donate now:

Arcata Police Chief Tom Chapman in the KSLG Studio

Arcata Police Chief Tom Chapman came by the KSLG studio to talk about his "Not In Our Town" Letter. His letter addressed racism in our community and the denouncing of the White Supremacist movement. He and Sabina touch on a variety of subjects concerning prejudice and what it means to be a person of color in this community as well as how people can help in reporting racism when they see it. Chief Chapman also speaks about the Fair and Impartial police training set to take place this month. The training is an opportunity for the Arcata Police Department and surrounding law enforcement to come together and talk about racism while addressing concerns of possible bias policing.

Mike Craghead of Food Network's "Halloween Wars"

Nikki talked to local artist/carver extraordinaire Mike Craghead about being a part of Food Network's "Halloween Wars Season 7" , and how it feels to carve pumpkins in front of judges and cameras. Visit his website to view his work. ********************************** Halloween Wars Season 7 on Food Network: Jonathan Bennett hosts the new season, where six teams composed of a pumpkin carver, cake artist and sugar artist battle it out to create mind-blowing edible Halloween- themed displays. The creations are judged by renowned cake decorator Shinmin Li and horror director and make-up effects master Todd Tucker, along with a rotating panel of celebrity guest judges (on the premiere is Shane West). One team will be eliminated after each episode. In the end, only one team will be declared Halloween Wars Champion and will walk away with a $50,000 grand prize. New episodes air Sundays at 9pm PST on the Food Network.

The Weekly Exchange

Beck "Colors" Album Review

Track Listing: 1) Colors, 2) Seventh Heaven, 3)I'm So Free, 4)Dear Life, 5) No Distraction, 6) Dreams (Colors Mix), 7) Wow, 8) Up All Night, 9) Square One, 10) Fix Me, 11) Dreams*****************THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS: Louise's Gourmet Seasoned Finishing Salts & Companion Animal Foundation. ******Other Credits: Dirty Dancing (1987), Zoolander (2001), This Means War (2012), "The Song That Doesn't End" - Bob Golden & John Rodby, Barenaked Ladies "One Week", The Police "Roxanne", Scarface (1983), Unk " 2 Step", Black Dynamite (2009), Seinfeld "The Parking Garage" (1991), The Notebook (2004),The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003), Billy Blanks Tae Bo® Body Shape, Chocolat (2000 film), HANS & FRANZ: PUMPING YOU UP HOME VIDEO (1987), The Transporter (2002), Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997).

The Halloween Edition

Happy Halloween!!! Here's our Indie Halloween Picks*****THE PLAYLIST: Phantogram "Fall In Love" , Shakey Graves "Dearly Departed feat. Esme Patterson", Kings of Leon "Closer", The Black Keys "Sinister Kid", The Decemberists "The Mariner's Revenge Song", Elle King "Where The Devil Don't Go", Glass Animals "Mama's Gun", Wolf Alice "You're A Germ", Radiohead "We Suck Young Blood", Kauf "When You're Out" *****THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS: Louise's Gourmet Seasoned Finishing Salts, Myrtle Avenue Pet Center, Companion Animal Foundation***** ***Other Credits: Barns Courtney "Hellfire", The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993), Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986), Right Said Fred "I'm Too Sexy", Waking Life (2001), Michael Jackson "Thriller feat. Vincent Price", Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994), Trailer Park Boys (2001-2018), V for Vendetta (2005), Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (1995), A Clockwork Orange (1971), White Heat (1949), The Revenant (2015), South Park: The Biggest Douche In The Universe (2002), Gravity Falls Series, The Shining (1980), Final Destination 5 (2011), House of 1000 Corpses (2003), Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997), Friday the 13th (1980), Jeepers Creepers II (2003), Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992), Pineapple Express (2008), Queen of the Damned (2002), The Silence of the Lambs (1991), The Collection (2012), Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980), In Living Colour: "Dracula Meets Ugly Wanda" (1992).


No one wants the Apocalypse, but here at KSLG we like to be prepared. Memorize these songs because there will be no streaming services after the apocalypse hits. Playlist Songs: AWOLNATION "Sail", Big Data "Dangerous feat. Joywave", Lo Moon "This Is It", Lo Moon "Loveless", Kaleo 'Way Down We Go", Lod Huron "Until The Night Turns", Alt-J "In Cold Blood", The Decemberists "This Is Why We Fight", Lana Del Rey "High By The Beach", Muse "Knights of Cydonia". THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS: Louise's Gourmet Seasoned Finishing Salts, Myrtle Avenue Pet Center, and Companion Animal Foundation *********Other Credits: Muse "Dig Down", Waterworld (1995), Zombieland (2009), The Road (2009), Mad Max: Fury Road (2015), The Twilight Zone: The Shelter (1961), War of the Worlds- Original 1938, Night of the Living Dead (1968), Lord of the Rings: Return of the King (2003), Dr. Strangelove (1964), Hellboy (2004), History Channel's "Nostradamus: 21st Century Prophecies Revealed: Accurate Predictions(2015)", Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002), Divergent: Allegiant (2016), Braveheart (1995), Wayne's World (1992),