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VVD:  And I’ll tell ya, it was one of the highlights of my life.  It’s one of those things you dream about when you’re a kid and you watch the award shows on television, and for me to actually go up on stage and be able to thank Doug and Mary and the fans and my fellow broadcasters and the tremendous musicians. It was just a golden, golden night for me. It was my fans.  I mean, it was the most votes and I got the most votes and that’s because I’ve got the best fans, and that’s really what it comes down to.

Smitty:  There you go.  I like that.  That’s very cool. What happens for Vickie now? I mean, what would you like to do that you haven’t accomplished? Because you’ve accomplished a lot.

VVD:  I would love to record.  I’ve done some demos with Stan Fomin, my piano player, and I would actually like to get into the studio and….I have sort of three dream albums that I would like to do before I die.  I would like to do one album of original music, just some stuff that I’ve written in the last five or six years that I would love to get recorded; I would like to do one album of standards, you know, just pick my 15 favorites and get them on a CD; and I would love to do an album of Christmas music.  Oh, I love Christmas. I am a Christmas girl.  And I love so many Christmas songs, you can put a really great jazzy spin on them, so that’s something that I would still very much like to do.  I would like to perform out more often live.

Right now my band, we work maybe four or five times a month and we do a lot of intimate venues, restaurants, we do some festivals, we do some corporate kind of stuff. I would love to get on a big stage in front of a whole lotta people and perform. That’s something that is in my dream back pockets. Other than that, I love my radio gig, I don’t ever wanna give it up. I just love being on the air talking about the music and I love helping out other artists, and I think that’s the one thing that I am known for in Canada is that the Canadian talent, they know that whatever I can do to help them, I’m there.  We do something on our Web site with The WAVE which is called The WAVE Save and the DJ’s take turns reviewing an album, and I’ll tell ya, if I get a chance, I will review a Canadian every time because you guys down there in The States, you’re just that much further ahead of us and you’re gonna get lots of press anyway. I want to help out the Canadians as much as I can, so that’s something that I really enjoy doing.  Writing…I do love to write as I mentioned.  I mean, I’ve written my little show, I’ve written the script for the Smooth Jazz Awards, and I’m always up for writing.  If you give me a project that involves writing, I’m at it ‘cause that’s something I love to do.

Smitty:  Yeah.  Very cool.

VVD:  Someday perhaps my autobiographical novel.  (Both laughing.)  Something like that.

Smitty:  Oh, would that be something! Vickie, I must say that I’ve enjoyed talking with you and really admire you for all that you’ve accomplished and what you’re doing there at WAVE 94.7 and would say to continue doing what you’re doing and keep pushing the great music out there because I think regardless of where we hear it, it’s always great music and it’s always great to see the advocates and those great passionate people that are certainly keeping the music in the face of the fans, which is where we want it.

VVD:  Well, that’s what I figure. That’s my responsibility, is to fly that Smooth Jazz flag, you know?

Smitty:  Yeah.

VVD:  I meet so many people and I will mention the radio station, mention where I work, and the next time I see them they’ll say “Oh my God, I have fallen in love with your station, there’s nothing else on my car radio, nothing else on my home radio, nothing else I listen to on-line.”  So many people, once they realize what this music is, they become, true blue lifelong fans, and that’s my gig, is to let them know what we do and I’m always happy to do that.

Smitty:  Nice! What musical request do you get the most?  I mean, what are some of the requests you get that are distinctive and amusing?

VVD:  You know what I am very thrilled about is the number of requests that we get to feature our Canadians. We’ve got some of my favorites.  Mark Jordan, he’s a tremendous songwriter. He wrote the song “Rhythm of My Heart,” which was a huge hit for Rod Stewart. Well, you should hear Mark Jordan’s version because he sings it the way it should’ve been sung, the way he wrote it, which is much more Smooth Jazz.  And what I find really intelligent about our listeners, and that is one thing that I do credit Smooth Jazz listeners with having is superior intelligence, and I mean that quite honestly because there really is a sophistication and a knowledge of the music; a willingness to learn about the music and learn about the artists and learn about the writers. So what I really appreciate is the e-mails and the calls I get saying “Play more Mark Jordan”, ‘play more Carol Welsman.”  Even, for instance, my piano player, Stan Fomin, and here he is, he’s from Moscow, he’s been in Canada now since, I believe, 1998, he really is a tremendous talent. I think at our Smooth Jazz Awards, Bob James was actually quite blown away by Stan and invited Stan into the final jam of the night when everybody came on stage to jam with Bob James.  Bob James got up from the grand piano and offered it to Stan Fomin.

Smitty:  Oh wow.

VVD:  And, I mean, talk about a gentleman, Bob James is a doll….but Stan is also a doll and a year ago no one in Canada even knew this Russian boy existed, and when I say Russian I mean Russian-Canadian because he is Canadian now, and now people know who Stan Fomin is and that’s what I love.  I love getting those kind of requests.

Smitty:  Yep, you’ve got some great artists up there. I remember talking with Nura.

VVD:  Oh, Nura, she is an absolute beautiful girl and a great songwriter and singer and musician and working on new stuff right now, and we’re hoping to have it on The WAVE very soon.

Smitty:  Yes, very cool, and I certainly enjoy working with D.J. (Fazio), our reviewer. She’s quite popular around the world. She’s nonpareil.

VVD:  Yes. There’s a lot of talented Canadian blondes.  (Both laughing.) Yeah.

Smitty:  I had not looked at it that way, but yes. Vickie, I must say that you have really cast a very bright light on Smooth Jazz along with WAVE 94.7 with Mary and Doug, and I take my hat off to all of you for what you’ve done, and it’s fascinating what you’ve accomplished not just in radio but in other areas of your life, which is super cool.

VVD:  Well, I like to be a Renaissance woman, you know?

Smitty:  Yeah, absolutely. I will certainly look forward to next year’s award show and hopefully we will see that novel out there where we can actually view it. We’d certainly like to see some of that stuff come to fruition.

VVD:  Oh, well, thank you, Smitty.  One day.

Smitty:  All right.  We’ve been talking with the fabulous and amazing Ms. Vickie Van Dyke.  Check her out at WAVE 94.7 and the Web site is…

VVD:  It’s or I have my own personal Web site,

Smitty:  Yes indeed. And you will get the 411 on a lotta things that we did not even mention.

VVD:  And don’t forget to e-mail me because I will e-mail back. I always do.

vickie van dykeSmitty:  There you go, all right.  Well, Vickie, best of everything in 2006 and I hope to see you before the year’s over.

VVD:  Thanks, Smitty.  I’m coming to Houston, so put on the ribs, okay?

Smitty:  There you go, girl!  (Laughing.) You know my flava!

VVD:  Thanks again, Smitty




Baldwin “Smitty” Smith