Mary Oishi joined KSFR’s volunteer corps in 2019. That August, she filled the Friday night 8 pm – 10 pm slot with Wang Dang Doodle, a blues show that educates as well as entertains. Oishi started in community public radio at KVNF in Paonia, Colorado in the mid-1990’s. It quickly “got in her blood” and became her lifelong passion.
“Community radio was not available in my native Pennsylvania, so when I discovered it in western Colorado, it was so wonderful. It completely resonated with my ideals, and as a bonus, I could perform the music I love without packing up equipment at 2 am and trying to lose drunken men from the club on the way home,” she laughs, recalling her days touring with a blues/Americana band.
She worked behind the scenes in development and on-air at 4 public radio stations: 2 community stations, 1 college station, and at a hybrid college/community station. She is also an internationally published poet who performs in Albuquerque and Santa Fe. Rock Paper Scissors, the book she co-wrote with her daughter, Aja, was a finalist for the 2018 New Mexico/Arizona Book Award