Louisville Magazine

MAR 2012

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[ Circuit ] College Guide Coming May 2012 Front Pages>> Kyle Meredith Louisville Magazine's complete guide to finding (and getting into!) the right college for your student. {Targeted Distribution} Put your message directly into the hands of area high school Juniors. 625-0100 x32 advertising@loumag.com [16] LOUISVILLE MAGAZINE 3.12 W FPK music director Kyle Meredith has been in and out of the radio and music promotion biz since his first job at 17 in field marketing for bands. In 2007 he landed behind the mic at WFPK, Louisville's adult album alternative station, or "college radio for grown-ups," as he calls it. He can be heard on-air Monday through Tursday from 9 a.m. to noon, as well as on Te Weekly Feed each Monday night, where he compiles the best new music making waves among music bloggers, and which is now syndicated in 20 U.S. markets. Recently the accolades have been piling up for Meredith, who was named "Music Director of the Year" for non-commercial AAA stations by the ra- dio and music trade magazine FMQB, as well as voted the 16th-best radio-music player by the adult-rock website Te Top 22. As music director he sifts through the dozen or so CDs that arrive in each day's mail to recommend 12-15 new songs for rotation. But what about our own music scene? "Louisville definitely has had some pendulum swings, but we're in a nice spot right now," Meredith says. "Tere are a handful of local bands that could well make some big, big noise." Book that has most guided your personal outlook or belief system: "Ish- mael: An Adventure of the Mind and Spirit, by Daniel Quinn. Tis really turned my world around. Told as a fictional dialogue between a man and an ape named Ishmael, it explains how our culture came to be the way it is and how the way we're living is going to de- stroy our world." Book you are reading now: "Runnin' Down a Dream: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, by Tom Petty. It's fun — a quick read from Tom Petty on the history of the Heartbreakers, told from different band members' perspec- tives. Tey were one of the first bands to take on the record industry over record prices and dirty contracts." Book you plan to read next: "Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell, by Susanna Clarke. I got into Neil Gaman, a modern-day gothic- fantasy writer, and this is in that genre of great fantasy writing set in the 19th century. Clarke's novel is a really, really big book, a tome, with lots and lots of dialogue that you think means nothing but ends up meaning everything." Favorite book or author when you were (about) 21: "I was deep into Te Duluoz Legend, Jack Kerouac's 16-book series that cataloged his life. Like most people, I was introduced to Kerouac through On the Road (the seventh in the series), but I was a bit dis- couraged that it was not life-changing. But I enjoyed the poetry in the book, and I found out that it was part of a much larger story." Great book you know you ought to have read but never have: "Te Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald, particularly after realizing the book had been Hunter S. Tompson's life-changing book. And especially with the Seelbach connection." Favorite book from childhood/early ado- lescence: "Te Neverending Story, by Michael Ende, is not just a great movie; the book goes even further. I read it at 11 or 12 on a trip to Florida, and it's one I can still happily lose myself in." Book that has most guided or served as a model for your professional outlook or artistic vision: "U2 by U2 (as told to Neil McCormick) completely changed how I run my professional life. Bono is one of the greatest salesmen and showmen of our life- times, and the book, told from each of the band members' perspectives, outlines their decisions and their processes for reinventing themselves with each album." Best music biography or music history: "Clapton, by Eric Clapton, easily wins this one. It's an amazing story about a hard road lived that most aren't aware of. Its pages are as important as any Beatle or Elvis biography as far as his actions changing the musical world forever." — Lynnell Edwards

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