KTG

Midday Personality

Influenced by music starting at an early age, it comes as no surprise that KTG has found herself working in radio. Her diverse taste in music stems from her upbringing in West Virginia; listening to country music with her father, bluegrass with her grandparents, classical music with her maternal grandmother and artists such as The Clash, Van Morrison, Fleetwood Mac , and the Grateful Dead a with her mother.

She remembers the first time she was able to control the radio in her parents’ car, and it was then that she discovered modern rock and artists like Pearl Jam, Nirvana and the Spin Doctors. She’s been passionate about discovering and acquiring new music ever since. While a big piece of her heart remains south of the Mason-Dixon, Katie has called Upstate New York home for about ten years.

Prior to moving to the Capital Region, she lived in Ithaca where she went to college and was able to thrive as a live music junkie. She graduated from Ithaca College with a B.S. in Television/Radio Communications and a Theatre minor.

When Katie’s not on the air, you can find her at a local show, hiking in the Adirondacks, exploring new places, eating yummy food and spending time with her family in West Virginia. You can also catch her every Wednesday night at 7:30pm hosting WMHT-TV’s local arts program, AHA! A House for Arts.

Ways to Connect

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After leaving her home in the Bronx as a teenager, Alynda Segarra hitchhiked, train hopped, and made her way to New Orleans where she learned how to play music and started the band Hurray for the Riff Raff. Segarra has proven herself to be a prominent voice for a new generation of folk singer-songwriters. Hurray for the Riff Raff's new album "The Navigator" strays a bit from the band's traditional folk sound, but Segarra shines as she tunes in to her Puerto Rican roots, and shares a powerful message and story. 

Artist

Rolling Stone once referred to Sarah Jarosz as "Gillian Welch's long lost daughter." A mandolin and banjo prodigy who graduated from the New England Conservancy of Music with honors, Sarah Jarosz, continues to make strides in the contemporary bluegrass world. Her most recent album "Undercurrent" won her two Grammy Awards in 2017-for Best Folk Album of the Year and for Best American Roots Performance for "House of Mercy." She also won the award for 2017 Folk Album of the Year from Folk Alliance International.

Listen: Talay Live @ EXT

Aug 18, 2017

NYC based singer-songwriter Megan Talay dropped by to play tunes from her new EP "Talay." She talks about her new sonic direction and being inspired by early 90's/00's pop/rock. 

Stuart Levine

Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks, a match made in musical heaven. Both established musicians with their own solo careers, they decided to join forces and created the Tedeschi Trucks Band. Since the band's inception back in 2010, they have been wowing crowds all over the globe. KTG talks with Susan Tedeschi about the formation of the band, their most recent live album, Live From the Fox in Oakland, and their Wheels of Soul tour which is coming back to SPAC on Monday, July 3rd.   

KTG and Joseph Thompson
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Director of Mass MoCA, Joseph Thompson, stopped by the station to talk with KTG about the museum's newly renovated wing. With the expansion, Mass MoCA will have more gallery space than any other contemporary art museum in the country. The new space with feature installations from Jenny Holzer, Robert Rauschenberg, Louise Bourgeious, James Turrell, Laurie Anderson and Gunnar Schonbeck. The addition will add even more to the already culturally rich region, dubbing the area as "art country." 

The Suitcase Junket
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Matt Lorenz a.k.a. The Suitcase Junket  stopped by to play tunes from his Signature Sounds debut, Pile Driver. Matt played with his full set-up, bone box and all! He talked about the new record, the pros and cons of being a one man band, and why the world needs more righteous women.

Check out videos of the songs below the audio of the full session.

Best of 2016
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We've been with you discovering great new music all year long.  We've also been saddened by the loss of legends like Prince, David Bowie, Leonard Cohen, Leon Russell and so many others.  It has been both a great year and a terrible year when it comes to music.

Here's the PDF of this year's list, the Top 97 of 2016. And here's the PDF of the Top 60 Local 518 of 2016.

We are hoping you'll join us by sending along your selections for the Best of 2016.  Send an email.  The DJ's lists are below.

Sawyer Fredericks
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What a pleasure it was to have Sawyer Fredericks in the studio! The winner of the 8th season of NBC's The Voice proves yet again that he is wise beyond his years. 

"From his song 'Red Memories,' to our conversation about his song 'Not Coming Home,' Sawyer Fredericks never ceases to amaze me. The future is so bright for this local 518'er, he might need some shades to go along with that iconic hat of his!"

Videos are below the audio player.  In the session, he plays "Red Memories," "Not Coming Home," and "A Good Storm."