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On-Air Schedule
Monday 06:00am - 10:00am Morning Show with Jack and Kim
Tuesday 06:00am - 10:00am Morning Show with Jack and Kim
Wednesday 06:00am - 10:00am Morning Show with Jack and Kim
Thursday 06:00am - 10:00am Morning Show with Jack and Kim
Friday 08:00am - 11:00am Morning Show with Jack and Kim

Jack Smith

Jack was born into radio in Miami Beach and it’s been the family business his entire life. His father started his career in radio right here in Key West back in 1954 at WKWF - which stands for Wonderful Key West Florida!

Jack has literally worked in radio all over the world with stops in Denver, Minneapolis, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and even St Petersburg Russia where he owned and operated 107.9 Super Radio. Jack left traditional radio to work with SPIN Magazine in New York producing SPIN Radio which was broadcast on more than 700 College radio stations in North America.

With a big global idea Jack formed the company Bridge Media International and began to work with Unique Broadcasting in London in collaboration with MTV Europe where they produced MTV Radio programming broadcast to more than 17 countries in East Europe where millions of young adults discovered their MTV! Jack has interviewed lots of big name artists from Boy George, Paul Oakenfold, Peter Noone to most recently Jimmy Buffett right here in Key West!

Jack decided there was no better place on earth than Key West and The Florida Keys to call home. It was time to create something on radio that’s a true original. And it was on August 11, 2011 that Pirate Radio Key West was born! We hope you enjoy the station as much as we do bringing it to you everyday! Thanks for listening and we hope you’ll spread the word about Pirate Radio Key West!

Kim Works

Kim Works
A.K.A. (Janet Planet) sometimes!

Kim’s back in radio and couldn’t be more happy than to be on Pirate radio every weekday morning from 6 to 10.

Hailing from Kentucky, Kim worked in radio in both Lexington (WKQQ) and Louisville (WQMF and WHAS) before moving to Key West MANY years ago.

She’s been in all aspects of radio, TV and newspaper in the Keys as deejay, manager and account executive.

She lives in the Lower Keys with her pet basset hound Jill, her Terrier Jackson and can be seen in the backcountry on her boat most weekends!

Kim Works's Latest Blog Post: Kim's Blog

Ian Shaw

Ian Shaw host of Ian Shaw's Indie & Unsigned Show.

Sunny Key West seems to suit UK record producer, studio owner and recording guru Ian Shaw. After living and working in the music industry in London for thirty years, Shaw found himself seeking not only a change from the rainy, chilly London scenery, but the chance to expand his talents in America.

“My wife and I visited Key West a couple of years ago and fell in love with the climate, the music scene and the artistic vibe.” Shaw explains. “Warm Fuzz, my studio and record label, has had most its chart success in the last ten years in the US and I have a US client base.” Shaw laughs. “It takes very little cajoling to persuade my clients to visit Key West to work in a studio and stay on a houseboat.” Shaw quickly points out that wife Vicky is a former professional chef. “So the food is great as well!”

Shaw’s chart and album success had humble beginnings. At seventeen, he experienced a recording studio for the first time and discovered his life‘s work. “A friend with some recording experience took me to a little studio in London to record some songs I’d written. I loved the atmosphere, the gear, the knobs and the mics. I was hooked on the idea that I could make a living recording music.”

Shaw applied to work at several top London recording studios. He was turned down. “I saved every penny I could and eventually bought a simple open reel four track I installed in my Grandmother’s attic in decidedly unfashionable South London. It was the 70’s, at the tail end of punk, and my Grandma would gamely make tea for all kinds of strange people with orange and green Mohawks, tattoos and bondage trousers.”

Shaw taught himself recording techniques and, as his skills improved, his client base grew. He moved from his Grandma’s attic to a commercial space in hip Fulham and upgraded to sixteen and then twenty four track. Within two years, Shaw’s clients were asking him to produce their projects. The rest, as they say, is history, encompassing critical acclaim, awards from BBC Radio, several Best Of awards from New Music Weekly and airplay and charting for his various projects.

Shaw’s recording and producing credits (too numerous to list here) figured heavily in the UK Riot Grrrl scene in the mid 90s, resulting in three number ones and four top ten efforts on the UK Indie Charts. His work includes albums with The Would Be Goods, Heavenly, Nick Heyward, and the legendary Edward Ball of the TV Personalities.

As Shaw’s new Key West digs attract regular and new clients, he turns observant about not only his new surroundings, but how American musicians will view and work with a UK producer/engineer. “Brits are all about driving gear in ways it wasn’t designed to be used. American producers seem respectful of technology. They have a much more precise recording style than Brits. I think Brits can be more intuitive and less reverential about the process of recording than our respected American counterparts.”

And it is indeed this willingness to explore, discover and expand that makes Ian Shaw and Warmfuzz Studios such a perfect fit for the artistic, rustic, entrepreneurial environment of Key West. “The hardest part about moving here was transporting the Princess. Since she’s just a pug dog and not real royalty we couldn’t fly transatlantic with her. We had to take the Queen Mary 2 because airlines wouldn’t fly her transatlantic. We carried her as luggage from New York to Key West. She wasn’t pleased about that but Key West is dog friendly and she’s welcomed most everywhere on the island with bowls of water and dog treats.”

After such an ambitious move, Shaw is eager to dive back into his day to day of producing and engineering music as he and wife Vicky settle in as island residents. And The Princess? She’s finding the Key West royal treatment much to her liking.

On-Air Schedule
Saturday 08:00pm - 09:00pm Ian Shaw's Indie & Unsigned

Jeff Parets

Jeff Parets host of The Acoustic Storm.

Jeff Parets grew up in the New York suburb of Tenafly, New Jersey. Naturally, the rich radio landscape of the Big Apple was a big influence. Jeff graduated from absorbing the Top 40 of WABC and Cousin Brucie to delving deeper into the progressive rock of WNEW-FM with Allyson Steele and Rosko.

Jeff’s college radio experience followed a similar path. At the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, he started out at the Top 40 WUVA-AM. As a sophomore, he got the opportunity to host a radio show on the University's free-form WTJU-FM, where he was able to play his own choice of album tracks. Jeff spent his junior year in France, studying at the Sorbonne in Paris, listening to Radio Luxembourg and hitch-hiking around Europe.

After graduating with honors and a B.A. from Virginia, Jeff made his way out to Phoenix and landed his first professional radio job with KTAR-AM as the overnight sports and weather guy. Soon after, he moved next door to KBBC-FM, and began a weekly new-album review hour, "LP Corner." In 1979, Jeff became Music Director of KIOG-FM/KQXE-AM (K-104, "The Alternative"). Just one year later, new owners changed the progressive format, and despite thousands of letters and petitions protesting the change, K-104 was no more.

In 1981, Jeff discovered the next home of progressive radio in Phoenix. At the time, KSTM was an obscure 3000 watt station licensed to Apache Junction, Arizona playing automated adult contemporary music. Jeff approached the station's owners about trying a weekend progressive rock program, to attract new listeners and sponsors. So at midnight on June 7, 1981 Phoenix-area listeners were able to hear the song "Wing and a Prayer" by the British group Camel and progressive radio was back in the Phoenix area.

On August 5, 1981 "The Storm at 107" was born. Jeff Parets was named Program Director/Music Director, and hosted evenings on KSTM, before eventually moving to mid-days. The station slowly built a following, and by 1985 The Storm had become the number one station in the Phoenix market for Men 25-34. Sadly, The Storm ended on June 14, 1987 when owners decided to change the station to a Hispanic format to combine with their existing Spanish AM.

That summer, Jeff joined KEYX-FM (100.3 FM) an alternative rock station licensed to Globe, Arizona. He hosted a free-form afternoon show until the rock format was replaced by new age and became KGRX-FM. Ever the adventurous sort, Jeff expanded his musical knowledge into that realm, and as Music Director he hosted the weekly new age show, "Atmospheres". But once again, the fickle world of commercial radio brought an end to the station's live new age programming, and Jeff Parets began looking for new horizons.

In 1989, Jeff was hired as Music Director at KDKB (93.3 FM) and host of the album alternative show "Sunday Night Spectrum." Two years later, he moved over to KJZZ (91.5 FM), to host a daily contemporary jazz show and the new age program "Night Moods."

When KJZZ shifted to a news-talk format in the mid-90’s, Jeff took on reporting duties and became the mid-day news anchor and Features Producer for the NPR affiliate. Jeff won eight broadcast journalism awards in just three years, including the only national first place award in the station's 50-year history for his radio feature on One Foot in the Grave, a senior citizen punk-rock group.

Jeff created the concept for The Acoustic Storm in the late 90's, using the original Storm as a blueprint: a radio program that plays the finest acoustic-rock. On October 25, 1998.

On-Air Schedule
Sunday 06:00am - 12:00pm Acoustic Storm

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