The Poop (who we are)
Dave Leonard; Host
A Radio programming veteran for nearly 3 decades, radio UNLEASHED founder and taste-maker Dave Leonard has been nationally recognized for his ardent presentation of music — combining the best new music, under-appreciated old bones, and perennially awesome ear candy.
As a young pup, Dave nosed his way into the industry while a freshman at Denison University’s WDUB eventually becoming Program Director and later, Station Manager. Lured by the call of the wild (and skiing and mountain climbing), he then served as evening Programming Host for KMTN, Jackson Hole.
But like any red-blooded dog, the search for a bigger bone was on: it wasn’t long before Dave returned east, working by day as an account executive for Dutchess Newspapers and dj by night at WDST. In 1992 he left to help start up WKZE. He consolidated and combined his skills, lending his paws as afternoon dj, and Regional Sales Manager and unofficial Music and Program Director responsibilities to noncommercial Triple-A startup WKZE. radio UNLEASHED started airing on the weekends as he was joined in the studio with his yellow lab Jeffrey The Dog and it soon became the foundation for their daily programming format.
In 1996, Dave returned to WDST as top dog (Program Director) at legendary Triple-A flagship WDST, until Dave again had another opportunity to take his vision global and be on the ground floor in the burgeoning development of internet radio.
As Vice President of Programming for the Woodstock Broadcasting Network Leonard headed up five Internet radio stations and managed a staff of 25 dj’s, all the while continuing his Sunday night radio UNLEASHED show on WDST.
Leonard’s presence and passion has helped shape the musical direction of WKZE and WDST and has had an impact on the radio landscape of the Hudson valley and beyond. Determined to help artists that deserve to be heard by larger audiences, radio UNLEASHED started syndicating in the spring of 2011.
With the help of listeners and fans and friends, he selects the songs that become part of his weekly show and ultimately a part of today’s pop culture. Many of the bands go on to commercial radio success and are featured in film soundtracks and commercials. Well known for his rapport with artists, Dave has interviewed hundreds of local and national musicians and many of those interviews can be heard here.
Now, when Dave isn’t busy running through the wild and beautiful fields of tunage that makes up radio UNLEASHED, he leads the pack at JTD Productions, Inc., the Hudson Valley’s leading professional disc jockey entertainment service. Dave also produces three yearly charity events, having raised tens of thousands of dollars to date for organizations and people in need.
Leonard is a proud Dad to his two daughters, Eva and Luci, and they are often seen together parading around town. He is always frequenting festivals and music clubs, looking for great new music to bring back and share with his listeners.
Broadcasting from Woodstock to the world, every week Leonard showcases his wide taste in music and exposing adults to the best of today’s new music seguing seamlessly within the classic and alternative sounds of the past fifty years. radio UNLEASHED is heard weekly online and syndicated and currently airs every Thursday evening on KMTN, Friday evening and Sunday afternoon on NPR affiliate WHDD and Sunday evenings on WDST.
Craig Parker is musical lover and consultant . He lives in Los Angeles, goes to shows regularly and is always digging up the hippest, unsigned bands. He runs his own catering business when not listening to cool music and seeing live shows.
Evan Shornstein from Woodstock, NY, is the producer and engineer of radio UNLEASHED. He is currently a student at SUNY Purchase Music Conservatory majoring in Studio Composition. Aside from radio UNLEASHED, he plays drums with his band The Paper Planets who are touring, recording and playing shows all over the east coast. Evan has been playing, recording, and writing music with various bands since the 7th grade. Evan began studying drums in the 3rd grade. Aside from the band, Evan writes electronic music under the name Photay, a name he acquired while studying music, specifically the Djembe and Balaphon, in West Africa. His solo music combines electronics, natural sound, world and dance music.
For longer than I care to remember, I’ve been involved in music to one degree or another. At 15 I worked in my first record store (Tapeville USA) in a suburb just north of New York City. From there I went on to Bleecker Bobs in the 80′s, DJ’ing (WFDU, various NYC venues including Irving Plaza, & Niagara in the East Village), being a roadie for Birdland (where are they now?), tour managing Hem, running US offices for Creation Records, and Setanta Records, learning artist management while working with St. Etienne, and the Jesus & Mary Chain, and finally getting into digital music while at eMusic.com & Virtual Label.
I’ve written for, and continue to run much of the social media for Big Takeover magazine. And I’ve contributed several interviews to Perfect Sound Forever. In my spare time I run James Chance’s website & Facebook page, and blog regularly at Stupefaction. I also sometimes work with music photographers Godlis and Eugene Merinov, I watch a lot of major league baseball as well as the Oakland Raiders, and I walk my dog faithfully.
Norm Magnusson is an internationally acclaimed American artist. He has exhibited his work in galleries and museums around the world, and has lectured at universities and high schools across the United States. He is the founder of the art movement “Funism,” whose basic tenets are that art should be intellectually engaging without being intellectually elitist, and that art should be as much fun to look at as it is to think about.
“My task as an artist is two fold. First, I want to make something that’s pretty, beautiful even. Second, I want to tell a story, put forth a point of view, comment, cajole, illuminate…all the things that storytellers do to get someone’s attention and keep it.”
Jeffrey The Dog
Jeffrey The Dog is the brainchild and namesake behind all aspects of JTD Productions, Inc. A yellow Labrador, he was the model for the dog in the logo as well as the executive producer of “radio UNLEASHED,” Dave Leonard’s weekly syndicated radio program heard on WDST, KMTN and Robin Hood Radio, WHDD. Raised on a farm in Dutchess County, Jeffrey spent his final years in the town of Woodstock, NY. He passed away in the summer of 2005 at the distinguished age of 17.
Jackson The Dog
Jeffrey The Dog is survived by Jackson The Dog, a young Labrador/Rottweiler mix from the Woodstock Animal Shelter.