Sub Pop’s Bruce Pavitt Gets the Nod

Posted: September 7, 2011 in Interview Clips

This conversation is with former KCMU (now KEXP) music director and DJ Mike Fuller.  KCMU began transmitting in 1972 as the University of Washington’s radio station.  Mike became music director when the University cut station funding in 1981.  This clip relates to Mike’s interaction with legendary Sub Pop Records label creator Bruce Pavitt.  By 1983, Bruce was hosting a radio show on KCMU called “Sub Pop USA” before he turned it into a label (unless you count the Olympia Sub/Pop zines/cassettes…but that’s a whole other story.)  In any event, Bruce would routinely show up for his shifts fatigued, broadcasting periodic yawns to his listeners.  Mike recalls one night where Bruce took things to their logical conclusion.

Date of interview: March 5, 2008.  Used with permission.


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