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Cuzin' Dave Wilson of WRUW passes away, leaves behind legacy

Emma Sleva

Issue date: 9/10/10 Section: Focus
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The words "college radio" tend to conjure up either images of Pitchfork.com devotees in skinny jeans or more often than not, they connote images of middle aged men who, once a week venture out of their parents' basements into an equally dank little room to brag for 2 hours on-air about some extremely rare record you're too unrefined to appreciate. Ego seems to be the common ground on which these hypothetical, yet often realistic, characters tread; WRUW host Cuzin' Dave Wilson proved to be the exception to the rule, for he had no ego.

Dave Newman, better known as Cuzin' Dave Wilson, passed away on September 2, 2010, at the age of 65.

Newman began his legendary career at WRUW-FM in 1973 with a show called "Down Home," which he co-hosted with his wife Denise on Saturday mornings. From then on, he settled into Thursday evenings, first sharing the studio with Daniel Ewry, known as Cuzin' Dan Wilson, and later with James E. Guyette, known on the air as Mr. JEG on the station's longest running program to date, "When the Roses Bloom Again." Dave took this name from a folk song which dates back to the mid 1800's, and has been re-orchestrated by the likes of Johnny Cash and more recently, by Wilco.

Cuzin' Dave's show was as canonical as the song itself. He wittingly defined his program as, "Country music: roots and branches," and occasionally, he would add, "sometimes, we'll go out on a limb."

Unlike many other programmers, at WRUW-FM and elsewhere, who tend to rest in a so-called musical "niche" and never sway from it, Cuzin' Dave stretched beyond his 'roots and branches' to incorporate a unique selection of local, national, and international acts. Those he reluctantly had to leave out of the show, he associated with various other programs on the station, eagerly endorsing his listeners to frequent these shows as well.

Similarly, Cuzin' Dave not only tuned into his comrades in roots-rock and twang, but regularly listened to shows steeped in everything from indie-rock to 60's pop to world music. He was an active listener; he purposefully called on-air programmers to offer his kind words and humble suggestions - and if he couldn't listen live, he would download the show and e-mail the DJ with his compliments.
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