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With the departure of Pat Michaels, the long-time host of Z107.7’s Local Music Showcase on Sunday afternoons, a new host has come on board. Managing editor Tami Roleff introduces Pat Kearns…

Pat Kearns – Local Singer-Songwriter, Audio Engineer, and Local Music Showcase host

Pat Kearns, who moved to Landers from Portland, Oregon, and built a home and recording studio that are totally off the grid, has been involved in all aspects of music for 25 years.

“I’ve worked in radio before. I’ve been a professional audio engineer for over 25 years.”

Kearns is also a singer-songwriter, and has released two albums of his own: “So Long City” and “Down in the Wash.”

“ ‘So Long City’ was about saying good-bye to Portland and love affair with the desert down here. ‘Down in the Wash’ was really, once I got to be here, was influenced by the quiet and solitude I found out in Landers.”

Kearns has plans for the Local Music Showcase.

“There’s some local music that I’m in touch with that wasn’t on the show, so I’ve been gathering new artists that aren’t in the library and adding them to the library. And I also want to promote shows that local artists are doing, both in the Morongo Basin, and a lot of people are starting to play at the Alibi down in Palm Springs. I just want to make sure that everyone in the Hi-Desert knows about these things that local musicians are doing.”

The Local Music Showcase, which features the unique sounds of the desert is the only Morongo Basin program of just local artists, can be heard on Z107.7 Radio at 4 p.m. Sundays, right after the Ben Vaughn show.

If you’d like to contact Pat Kearns with suggestions for local music, email him at z1077localmusicshowcase@gmail.com.