John Grappone

grapphone 175

John Grappone

Sat: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.; Sun: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. & 10 p.m. – midnight

John is very excited to be back at KINK. He was first here from March of ’05 till November of ’06 when at that time he decided to go out and explore some other things in life. While at KINK he was the host of Sunday Acoustic KINK as well as a free-form program called KINK The Underground Link. He can now be heard on Saturday afternoons and Sunday mornings.

Music has always been in John’s life; from listening to the radio early on, buying records – his first LP purchase was Revolver by The Beatles (he never did get into the 8-track craze), and as a musician playing guitar, bass guitar and most recently drums.

He started his radio journey at a small station “WKAJ-FM” in Saratoga Springs, New York. This beautiful town is known worldwide for its famous racetrack that Carly Simon referenced in “You’re So Vain” (“well I hear you went up to Saratoga and your horse naturally won”).

Along the way he’s worked in Philadelphia, San Francisco and for a brief time hosted a show in Tokyo, Japan called Cafe Global.

The first major concert he attended was listening to Cream play their NYC farewell show back in 1968.

His favorite live bands: Haircut 100 in the ’80s, Midnight Oil in the ’90s and Paul McCartney in 2005 at the Rose Garden – he was phenomenal!

Bands/Artists he would have liked to see live but did not: The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Pink Floyd with Roger Waters (He was a bit young for Syd), Moby Grape, Talking Heads and of course The Beatles.

Over the years he has been fortunate to travel, which he loves to do, and he moved to Portland in ’05 and loves it here. From the vibrant music scene, great places to eat, a mountain and an ocean not too far away and a good vibe all around, he’s comfortable calling it home.

The greatest joy in his life, hands down, is his son, Julian.

He’s looking forward to having some fun at KINK and invites you to join in!