Even though I was just a guest, it felt odd.
Up ALL-NITE with
Miss Velvet and Steel
There I was holed up in my Night job office, chair securing the door, breathing hushed words about erotica into the phone. I wasn’t trying to be sexy—I was trying to be quiet.
It was a Thursday Evening and I was on Velvet and Steel for the first time.
Velvet and Steel is a bit of an institution in the Renagade Music community, having broadcast on Blog Talk Radio for over 6 years.
We have featured many of the biggest and most controversial names in the Music World, including Roger Fisher, Jeff Beck, Aaron Burkard, Madchild, Axl Rose. Kevin Martin, Peter Klett, Adam Kury, Mike Leslie, and many, many more. But for the first bunch of years, there was something about Renagade Radio that felt a bit odd.
A little weird. Just a tad incongruous.
That Thursday Evening, I was just a guest, talking with one of the many hosts who have come and gone over the show’s years. And it felt so bizarre talking about my Music in the middle of the Night On the radio, no less! As much as our community strives to make Sex-Related and Music discussion a part of everyday life, there are many people—many listeners—who just aren’t ready for that. Although it would be awesome if our talks about the many different sexual themes we discuss—Music, Education, Politics, Arts, Culture and more—could happen regardless of the time, we do appreciate that there are people out there willing to listen to and engage. Someday, maybe, we’re working on it.
Years later when I was asked if I would be interested in becoming a host on the show, I remembered there had been a change: it was now on Thursday Up All-Nite Radio show in Studio,
Very convenient for a newbie host, but still an odd fit. During those years, I had many guests question the timing of the show and whether people want to actually listen to Sex Talk Music Radio at that time of Night, “Of course” we wondered that ourselves.
Fortunately, they did. We had loyal listeners and new folks every week, usually drawn in by the amazing guests our wonderfully diverse hosts are lucky to speak with. Through this time, and the beginnings of social media prevalence, grew and broke new ground in terms of honest and exciting Late Night Radio. But the question lingered about the timeslot. It still felt weird.
And then the opportunity came. Velvet And Steel was offered the timeslot we now call home, at 11 p.m. on thursdays nights. It feels right. It feels like the right time to talk about Music, Culture, Fashion “OH and Sex”
Our tongues are a little more free, our discussions are a little more open and I think our guests are more comfortable as well. I can’t help but imagine that some of them are settled in, nice and comfy and ready to talk about some of our most intimate subjects.
I don’t think we’re alone in this feeling. There is something special about broadcasting at night, whether you’re sharing talk or music. Certain topics and sounds just sound better floating through the dark air.
Late night radio has held a wondrous appeal to many over the years. I grew up with a glowing dial: dancing in my room, driving through the country, sharing close time and laughs with others. And now, I am happy to share sounds to others.