Radio personality Skip (The Funktologist) Reeves’ voice is one you may recognize from his “A Funk Above the Rest” show, formerly on 89.3 KUVO’s Saturday night lineup. That show begins it’s new run on KZKO radio’s Saturday evenings from 9-11 PM on January 7, 2012. The Funktologist is well-versed in the “old funk, the new funk, and the everything-in-between funk.”
Skip was kind enough to chat with me over the phone recently after we met in person at KPE network’s Denver studios, where he records his internet radio broadcasts. Skip currently is involved in four different radio productions (2 of which launch shortly) and a host of other projects and ventures. These include a VIP Funk -themed sea cruise and doing the soundtrack for a film about soul music as a co-producer.
Skip says radio is rewarding for the connections you make to real people. He related an anecdote about a caller whose autistic son enjoys Skip’s funk show and is dedicated to listening and dancing to funk music. Skip did his first radio show 6 years ago on January 5, 2005. He initially got his slot on air by pursuing a format he was “completely confident no one else is doing,” and ended up creating “A Funk Above the Rest.”
Tune in to “A Funk Above the Rest” online Saturday nights to get the benefit of the Funktologist’s experienced tastes in funk in a welcoming and grooving format. Check out this funk skit Skip did with fellow KUVO DJ Erik Troe as a promotional spot to get a good sense of the spirit of the show. I will be publishing an article on Erik shortly, subscribe here to be sure you do not miss it.
More than anything else, Skip Reeves embodies the do-it-yourself, I-think-I-canniness of the contemporary music industry. Starting as a drummer touring the country more than 35 years ago, he has since diversified his talents and interests into efforts that are more focused on the business side of the music world. His various pursuits, including working on the promotional team for Denver Festival of the Arts (slated for September 2012), are driven towards far-sighted goals.
Over the airwaves Skip can be heard two places. Starting Saturday, January 14, Skip the Funktologist will be on 760 AM with DJs Richy Rich and Holiday from 6-8 pm doing a talk show called “The Oreo Report.” Twice a month Skip DJs the Wednesday Sleepless nights show on KGNU. Skip can be heard online on “A Funk Above the Rest” Saturday nights and his health show “Skip & Lenny” Monday mornings from 10-11 on Castle Rock Radio. On-air, Skip seeks to provide enjoyable shelter for those who have been “scared away” from commercial radio by relentless repeats of the “same 50 hits.” He says “My music and shows come from my heart and love. That’s why they succeeded”