Like many of us, he rose from humble beginnings as a music lover who made “shows” on cassette tapes and sent them to friends. Then he spent eight years honing his skills as a mobile DJ in Austin, Texas. He continued to make shows for friends. In fact, that’s how he got me. When we reconnected after 36 years (we were high school smootch-mates who drifted apart in the 70s), he began sending me some of his custom shows. Serendipity stepped in, and brought us through the aughts, to 2010, when he got a gig at a community radio station in Ashland. He sharpened and upgraded his skills in a weekly, digital format for another year or so. After leaving “The Little Station That Couldn’t,” he began creating his own weekly, unfettered, three-hour podcasts a week later, from his own studio, without missing a beat.
Why the name, "El Wayno Loco?" According to Wayne, he "didn't want the show's title to be defined by any particular form of music." His CD collection does however, include several versions of the soundtrack to the movie Psycho.
But enough about chronology. The man is a savant; a veritable encyclopedia of popular music. The choices of songs and the manner in which he weaves them together are magic. Most shows have a theme, such as “Chillaxin’ At The Beach,” “Perchance To Dream,” and the fantastically popular three-part series, “One-Hit Wonders of the 1960s.” Each one is like floating on an enchanted sea, its segues flowing together with a delightful sense of acuity. He draws upon rock, folk, ska, Americana, British pop, R&B, and the occasional movie soundtrack. His introductions to each show are often comical, peppered with sound bytes curious enough to cause the likes of Svengoolie to blush.
You can download any one of over 250 shows at the free archive.org site, where he has his own page. His shows range from three to four, sometimes five hours long, and they've been downloaded over 28,000 times. Toot!
So tune in, download a show, and enjoy!