Monday, September 22, 2008

Radio Whiteaker - KWVA 88.1 fm - Eugene, OR

Updat 2/21/2013:
It is with sadness that we inform our listeners Radio Whiteaker has retired after 10 years. Thank you for listening throughout this time, and a special thank you to the many who submitted music, whether your own projects, or other artists! I would also like to thank Charlotte, Shawn, Tim, Scott, Lee, and all the wonderful folks who worked to bring our listeners the program every week. It was a great run. I look forward to our next radio venture some time down the road!    - Jc     


Radio Whiteaker, now in its 10th year, is a weekly ethno-electronica, ambient and chillout music show that airs every Sunday in Eugene Oregon from 4-6pm on the University of Oregon's KWVA 88.1 fm, and heard worldwide on numerous internet radio sites and phone apps. It is also available for streaming through iTunes at The broadcast celebrates psychedelic soundscaping, the Whiteaker District, Eugene culture as a whole, and the numerous festivals in the area.


Radio Whiteaker is a celebration of the quirky, funky Whiteaker District in Eugene. It's best known as an ultra-green, avant garde hotbed for rising artists and eco-anarchists, but there's much more to it than simple socio-genre's and counter culture steryeotypes. This is a neighborhood that cares deeply about art awareness and music, and they take pride in letting you know it. Whiteaker became nationally recognized as an anarchist think-tank and operations home base during the Seattle riots, commonly referred to as the "Battle of Seattle". The neighborhood is also home to some of the Northwest's most well known musicians, including artists from The Pixies and The Cherry Poppin Daddies. Eugene Mayor Kittie Piercy also resides in the Whiteaker. On any given day, rain or shine, activities are bountiful, the parks bustling, coffee shops packed, and the pubs on Blair St are always serving up some great Northwest sounds. A bike friendly city, the Whiteaker district is the main gateway to the metro bike path system, one of the largest and friendly in the nation. The 'Whit' as the locals call it, is home to the largest community of glass artists in the Northwest, and Eugene as a collective has recently been named the glass blowing capitol of the world, exporting more glass products than anyone. These are just a few attractions that make the Whiteaker district a fantastic place to experience, and a major influence for Radio Whiteaker.
About your Host

My name is Jc Spiva and I got my start in radio at the age of 15, hosting a series of shows on Whitman College's KWVA in my beautiful hometown of Walla Walla, Wa. Growing up, I always admired the NPR radio hosts my parents listened to, and wanted to learn to be like them some day. It was during this time that I fell in love with the more ambient and electronic side of world music.

That gig eventually led me to Europe, after auditioning for and being selected by a military broadcast panel to work as a professional radio DJ for AFN. I was sent to the prestigious Department of Defense broadcasting/journalism school outside of Washington DC, where upon graduation I moved to Germany, more particularly an off-base village called Huttingen A.D. Kyll. I co-hosted the Eifel 105 morning show with my mentor Veronica Aeceveda and won best AFN morning show worldwide in 1997. While doing radio and spot production, I also worked as a reporter for AFN Television News, spending extended periods of time in Italy, Norway, France and Holland. The highlight of my military broadcasting career in Europe was attending fighter pilot training in Amersfoort NL, eventually flying numerous sorties in F-16 fighter jets while filming and writing stories about the pilots & missions of the 52nd Fighter Wing, the largest fighter base in Europe. In my free time, I enjoyed exploring the music scenes in various countries, but by far was most impressed with the Berlin Love Parade, a peaceful electronic music festival attended by 2.1 million people, with 1999 being on record as the largest party ever recorded. I was there, and completely hooked on the electronic music being produced in Europe. Tragically in 2010, 21 people were killed and 510 injured in a stampede at the Love Parade, and the festival was shut down for good.

I returned to the states in 2001 to complete my degree at the University of Oregon, and landed a show at KWVA 88.1 fm. I've been on the air in Eugene ever since! KWVA is a flagship college station located downtown in the heart of the University of Oregon campus. It was recently upgraded to 1000 watts, and is currently scheduled to be renovated into one of the premier university stations in the country. I'm super proud to be a part of their broadcast family.

If I have to miss a show, it's probably the result of a Eugene festival, Ducks sporting events, or I'm off traveling. So occasionally the lovely Leigh Barret of KRVM flies the air-chair, along with the talented Tim Carraher of long-time world music show 'Planet Soup'. They are two of the most talented and well known radio fixtures in the Willamette valley, and I'm honored to have them as a part of this show. Also, you might hear the electronic spin-master DJ Shawn Kahl. Shawn, also a product of the University of Oregon, is one of the most-respected party and rave DJ's in the Northwest, and we're so happy to have him as a part of our family! In all, we're in our 10th year of programming, formerly known as The New World Cafe, and we enjoy a loyal following in the Eugene metropolitan area and surrounding areas thanks to you! And if you're not in the area, RW can also be heard worldwide on the KWVA Internet stream. Many thanks to all of you who listen online, as we enjoy your calls and emails from around the world! As always, anytime we're on the air, we love hearing from our listeners. Don't be shy. Reach out and say hi! Studio line: 541.346.0645

Thanks for making Radio Whiteaker a part of your weekend!~~~

Further reading: Our interview on the Whiteaker


Radio Hero's:

Stephen Hill - Hearts of Space
John Diliberto - Echoes
Peter Van De Graaff - 'God' of late night classical



Even Bartholomew, aka Bluetech:
Ambiant Nights:
Favorite streaming radio stations:


Myspace Music:

Musician? Want to submit your work? Mail it to:

KWVA Eugene, 88.1 FM

Attn: Radio Whiteaker
PO Box 3157
Eugene, OR 97403

Broadcast History (1989-2010)
KWVA 88.1 fm University of Oregon, Eugene, OR
AFN Eifel 105.1 fm, Bitburg Germany
RTL 104.7 fm, Luxembourg City, Luxembourg
KWCW 90.5 fm Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA



  1. Anonymous30.10.08

    a fantastic way to spend sunday afternoon. i look forward to it every week! ~emily~

  2. sergio30.10.08

    Many greetings to you and kwva. I happy to find show that play beauty of ambient music!! i lisen to you 12am with shoutcast from my spain!

  3. Anonymous1.12.08

    Love the site and the music man!


  4. Anonymous4.12.08

    Thanks for offering the "Chillout, Vol. 6" for us to post on our sites, I went ahead and posted it on MySpace page and like going there often just to listen, unwind, and relax.


  5. Anonymous8.12.08

    Awesome! I've caught your show a few times in the past few months and I love it. I'm psyched to finally have a radio show that I LOVE in Eugene.

  6. jeremy and ashley8.12.08

    hey guys! the show yesterday was groovy!

  7. Anonymous9.12.08

    Not just Eugene...Now with your G-Cast on my My Space profile, I can enjoy the latest show over here in Sioux Falls, South Dakota! I find myself liking this type of music the more I listen to it and don't miss the other crap you always hear on every other radio stations with their chatter. Radio Whiteaker puts one into a mellow trance with time to reflect on what is truly important in one's life. There's my deep thought for the day! LOL


  8. java girl19.12.08

    an oregon classic and the best radio in eugene. we play you every sunday at work for all to hear. guess who?

  9. Anonymous26.1.09

    Your show yesterday was fantastic! Can you tell me what song you played to start off the second hour? My email address is Thank you!

  10. james4.2.09

    hey when are you guys going to post new playlists? i love your show.

  11. Anonymous19.4.09

    Umh, that Arian dude has a sexy voice..keep talkin bro! The music pics are excellent!

  12. Anonymous27.9.10

    thank you for your perfect sunday music. it means a lot to my family and I.

  13. The show yesterday was so beautiful. Thanks you for a great afternoon, Sash

  14. Anonymous3.11.10

    luv this program so much!!!!!!!

  15. what the hell was that on Sunday? Mazyyy Starr? We love it!

  16. Anonymous18.9.11

    such a beautiful show. thank you.

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