WYEP's Kyle Smith Celebrates 20 Years with a Career Spanning Playlist Featuring Artists like Moby, Beth Orton, Michael Franti, and Feist
Kyle Smith marks his 20th anniversary at WYEP on December 1, 2018. Kyle started as The Morning Mix host, then served as Program Director and currently is WYEP's Midday Mix host and Music Director. To celebrate his two decades in the 'Burgh, Kyle has put together a playlist that features songs from every year of his tenure at 91.3! A few words from Kyle about curating his playlist:
How does a Music Director and on-air host that listens to 150 plus new singles, 10 to 15 new albums per week, pair down 20 years of music at WYEP to 5 songs per year? A lot of spreadsheets, quite a few smiles, a couple of tears, combing through old hand written playlists, and glancing back at WYEP Year in Review books for hours on end.
It’s always been difficult for me to narrow down and choose a song over another. At first I tried to keep the list to 100 different artists, then after a handful of artists kept bubbling to the top, I gave in, and included a handful of artists that appear on the list twice. There are tracks on here that remind me of the band’s live performance, experiencing Live & Direct sessions from our studios, and those moments while on-air when you receive an overwhelming amount of reaction from the audience.
Here are 100 songs, 5 from each year that I’ve been at WYEP. After making several lists, I can go back to these cuts today and say these are great songs that have had an impact on myself and the listeners I’ve shared them with over the years. Hope that you enjoy this list of 100 of my favorites from the past 20 years while working at WYEP. Music has that power to make our days and lives a little better, hope this playlist does that for you.
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