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Colin Peden

Colin was a 2014-2015 Audio Academy intern and is currently training as an as-needed board operator / announcer. He is a producer for Philosophy Talk, #FSFSF, and My Mixtape here at KALW. When not making radio, Colin plays in bands, some of which are louder than others. 

My Mixtape asks people from the Bay Area and beyond to contribute a song that is meaningful to them. Local musician Gren Coffee tells us why this song lets him know that even those who don't fit in can find their own place.




My Mixtape asks people from the Bay Area and beyond to contribute a song that is meaningful to them. San Francisco artist Josefa Vaughan picked this song that showed her that difficult emotions could be processed and evoked and made into great art.   

My Mixtape asks people from the Bay Area and beyond to contribute a song that is meaningful to them. Local author Kevin Smokler chose this song about love by Rufus and Chaka Khan.    

My Mixtape asks people from the Bay Area and beyond to contribute a song that is meaningful to them. Oakland mayor Libby Schaaf's mom sang this for her, and she sang it to her children.  Call your mom, because Mother's Day is coming up!

My Mixtape asks people from the Bay Area and beyond to contribute a song that is meaningful to them. Ziggy Canales shares this song by The Archies that makes him think about his relationship with his mom.  

My Mixtape asks people from the Bay Area and beyond to contribute a song that is meaningful to them. Jinho Ferreira aka "The Piper" is a hip-hop musician and police officer. Jinho chose to contribute this song by his group Flipsyde that is featured on the soundtrack to his play "Cops and Robbers." You can listen to the full song here.

My Mixtape asks people from the Bay Area and beyond to contribute a song that is meaningful to them.   Sunset Youth Services affiliated artist Sire chose this Slim Thug track (featuring none other than megachurch pastor Joel Osteen) because of its personal message about letting go of those who bring us down.

Today it is best known as the anthem "Jerusalem", with music written by Sir Hubert Parry in 1916.
William Blake / Public Domain

My Mixtape asks people from the Bay Area and beyond to contribute a song that is meaningful to them. Author Janice Nimura contributes the song "Jerusalem," the William Blake poem set to music by Sir Hubert Parry in 1916. The performance here is that of English singer Billy Bragg.

My Mixtape asks people from the Bay Area and beyond to contribute a song that is meaningful to them. Journalist Karen de Sá drops a song onto our mixtape that she has been dancing to since she was a kid.  

My Mixtape asks people from the Bay Area and beyond to contribute a song that is meaningful to them. NPR Tiny Desk Contest Winner Fantastic Negrito chose this song (recorded 79 years ago) because of its lasting power.

My Mixtape asks people from the Bay Area and beyond to contribute a song that is meaningful to them. Trinidad Escobar is a poet, cartoonist, and educator in Oakland, California, and she elegantly describes for us why she chose this song for the ever-growing mixtape.

My Mixtape asks people from the Bay Area and beyond to contribute a song that is meaningful to them. Dee Hibbert Jones and Nomi Talisman made the short documentary film Last Day of Freedomand chose this song because of the echoes it has with their own work.

My Mixtape: "Stars" by Sylvester

Apr 4, 2016

My Mixtape asks people from the Bay Area and beyond to contribute a song that is meaningful to them. Actor Anthony Wayne portrays disco singer Sylvester in the musical Mighty Real. This is one of his favorite songs from the musical... and beyond!

My Mixtape asks people from the Bay Area and beyond to contribute a song that is meaningful to them. Artist Rene Yung tells us that she plays this song from time to time when she settles down into moments of truth and beauty.

Sandra Chen chose to add this song to My Mixtape because of its melancholic beauty.

Joshua Bloom adds this piece of conscious hip-hop to My Mixtape, because it is a piece of radical music with the potential to reach people.  

Karla Ceja adds this track to My Mixtape because it makes her think of self reliance and independence.

SF punk Penelope Houston adds a very important track to My Mixtape.

Lawrence Chan adds this song by a former San Francisco resident to My Mixtape because it makes him dance.

Adrian Graham adds this enigmatic Nick Cave song to the mixtape... but why?

Today we revisit one of the earlier entries to My Mixtape, a song that Kyle Tabuena-Froli had on repeat to psych himself up for a very difficult summer job.  

Kenneth Monteiro, the dean of the college of ethnic studies at San Francisco State University, chose this uplifting anthem for our latest entry to the mixtape.

Alex Aroche drops this summery track onto My Mixtape - it might just make you want to get in your car and take a drive.

Reporter Amy Harris has been using this song to help her write while on a deadline since she was in high school, so of course it had to make it onto My Mixtape​.  

Musician Scot Sier makes his contribution to My Mixtape​, a song that reminds him of growing up in Gary, Indiana in the late 1960s during a time of civil unrest. 

Colin Peden

[Editor's note: Following the death of The Alley's iconic pianist Rod Dibble in December 2017, we at KALW News are re-posting this classic Audiograph of a visit to the famed Oakland piano bar.] 

All week long, we've been playing this sound and asking you to guess what exactly it is and where exactly in the Bay Area we recorded it.

San Francisco Sheriff's Department

We’re one week away from election day, and San Francisco has a contentious race for sheriff. All three candidates were on the KALW program City Visions last week. KALW’s Colin Peden put together this report from their discussion. 


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