Alternative Contraband‘s exclusive ’10 X 140′ puts Alternative radio and records tastemakers under the A.D.D. interview heat lamp of Twitter. 10 ?’s on Twitter and 140 characters of awesome answer. This week, Kris Metzdorf puts her charm to work Middays in Bend, Oregon at FM 92/9 . She is also the station’s Music Director. Metzdorf has worked both sides of the radio/records world putting in 12 highly successful years at Atlantic as VP Alternative Promotion based in LA. Early in the 21st century she and her family escaped the madness of L.A. relocating to the beautiful clime of Bend, Oregon.
You won’t meet many Alternative radio or record folk with as much encyclopedic knowledge of alternative music. Dig in and share the latest 10 X 140 with Kris Metzdorf.
@altcontraband Kris, welcome to Alternative Contraband’s 10 X 140. Are you ready for your 10 ?’s, Twitter-stylee?
@altcontraband Q1.u’ve full circled it from radio 2 records & back 2 radio. Some newbies may not know ya, give us your career rap sheet.
@929kris 3 years at A&R Consultants, 12 years Atlantic Records-VP Alt. Promo, 1 year indie promo, 5 years radio geek KRXF Bend, OR
@altcontraband Q2.What are your proudest band breaking moments at Atlantic?
@929kris Jewel, STP, Sugar Ray, Matchbox 20, Tori Amos, Bad Religion, Lemonheads, Pavement, Liz Phair, Melvins, Collective Soul…
@altcontraband Holy WOW. What a list! Q3.Is it harder to break a band now or back in the 90’s when you were smokin’ the charts
@929kris Honestly, I think breaking a band is incredibly hard work at all levels and there will always be obstacles…
@altcontraband Q4.Tell us about your management and ownership group and why you enjoy working at FM 92/9?
@929kris My super cool and dedicated owner ‘gets’ it, my PD is rad and he gets it too. We all love music and radio simultaneously…
@altcontraband Gr8 to know, sounds like my WOXY days! Q5.Tell us the three most unique things about FM 92.9’s sound
@929kris 92/9 is uber local, we actually play requests, we don’t adhere to a particular format. Makes for a juicy stew of awesomeness.
@altcontraband Q6.What is Alternative radio doing well these days
@929kris Hmm, my hope is that alt. programmers still have the drive & passion to break bands. That didn’t really answer your ? did it?
@altcontraband Well, when a new Green Day single does not hit #1 on the chart, that’s a small sign new bands are being broken
@altcontraband Q7 Living in Bend, Or. seems like a utopian existence. Tell us about the town.
@929kris Outdoor mania! Fit bodies everywhere. Biking, running, boarding/skiing, hiking, water sports, and lots of beer drinking.
@929kris and it’s gorgeous here!
@altcontraband That’s my current version of utopia!! Q8.What’s the 3 best microbrews in Bend?
@altcontraband That’s a lot of local beer discovery..love it! Q9.When you schedule music, what basic flow rules do you adhere to?
@929kris Rhythm, tempo, and pacing mean more to me than what band works well next to what artist. Plus, a little punk rock
@altcontraband Ha…a lotta punk rock! Q10.What are your five favorite records these days?
@929kris Japandroids, Bob Mould, just listened to Corin Tucker‘s new one & it’s brilliant, Jack White & Muse ‘Madness’ = smash!
@altcontraband Thanks Kris…always a pleasure to connect. Keep rockin’ on with yo bad self.
@929kris Right back atcha Phil. Thanks for asking.