By Ron Staschak
Every week I am amazed at the dj’s we have at our community radio station- WRFR. They are diverse and exciting. Jake is a great. He produces a 2 hour music show- Saturday 8-10pm. Not only will you hear great music, you will receive a history lesson regarding Reggae.
What do you do at the radio station?
I host a weekly reggae show on Saturday nights from 8-10PM called Two Hours of Reggae Power
How long have you been volunteering?
I started in March 2020
Why did you decide to volunteer/why did you want to have a show?
I hosted a weekly reggae show when I was in college I don’t want to say how many years ago, and it was a lot of fun. I was looking for ways to get involved in the local community and came across WRFR. I’ve spent decades listening to Jamaican music and really enjoy my time in the studio and hope others do as well.
Other than the show you host, what is your favorite show?
As a fellow vinyl collector, I like the Vinyl Hour.
Is there a question I should have asked you?
How did you start listening to or become interested in the style/genre/topics that you showcase on your show?
I started listening to Ska and reggae after my parents went to Jamaica (without me) and brought back stacks of cassettes that I started listening to over and over.
Why are you known as “Spliff?”
A spliff is another name for a marijuana joint, and Skankin’ is a type of dance, just thought it was a funny name.
Who are some current Reggae musicians? Who is your favorite?
There’s a lot of great reggae coming out of the UK these days. There are some DJs and producers putting out great music like Mungo’s Hi-Fi from Scotland and Prince Fatty from England. Plus the US Northwest has produced some great bands like The Frightners, and 10ft Ganja Plant to name a few.
Do you enjoy the rhythm or the lyrics? Why?
They both speak to me. I’m not a religious person per se, but I do enjoy the unique worldview and spirituality in a lot of reggae songs, and the beat just makes me want to dance.