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Kurt B. Reighley : Development Communications Manager

I’m the guy who writes all the letters, newsletters, and other communiques that show KEXP music lovers the impact of their support.

I was raised in Virginia, educated in Indiana, and schooled by New York City. Shooting off my smart mouth to They Might Be Giants’ plumber at an East Village deli led to my first magazine assignment. That was in 1989 and I’ve been writing professionally ever since. My work has appeared in Rolling Stone, Variety, and Details and I’m the author of five books, including United States of Americana: Backyard Chickens, Burlesque Beauties and Handmade Bitters – A Field Guide to the New American Roots Movement (Harper, 2010) and the e-book Say Hello, Wave Goodbye: The Fleeting Fame & Lasting Legacy of Soft Cell (Rhino, 2012). In my spare time, I knit socks and reproduce classic new wave album covers in needlepoint. I live on Capitol Hill with my partner Mark, our two dogs, and over 4,000 vinyl records.

My alter-ego, DJ El Toro, can be heard weekly on Wednesday nights and often hosts KEXP events. You can learn more about that jackass here.