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Behind the Mic: Kit Ciorba, The Breakdown


Ever wondered what that sample was in your favorite song?  Every Thursday night from 9 to 11 pm Kit Ciorba brings you The Breakdown. He’ll deconstruct sample-based music (Downtempo, Hip-hop, Electronic) and showcase the source material in its original form. We caught up with Kit to learn more about the man behind the mic.  

How did you first get into radio?

I first got into radio in college. A friend suggested that I do it. And I ended up working at the station for five years.  

What would surprise people most about what you do in your personal life?

Probably that I am a huge football fan. I grew up in Wisconsin and the Green Bay Packers are sort of a way of life back there. So you can find me on Sundays tuned into the game during football season.  

When you aren’t listening to the music you play on KMHD what are you tuned into?

Aside from a heavy dose of NPR, I spend time listening to all kinds of music from classical to classic rock.   

Tell us about an interesting hobby you have.

At this point in my life, aside from collecting records my three-year-old son is my main hobby. Between the two of them, they consume the majority of my free time.  

Where do you live and what are some of your favorite neighborhood spots?

Actually, I just moved from Northeast Portland to Southeast Portland. So, I can tell you my 2 faves in both. In NE I love Fleur De Lis Bakery & Du’s Grill, both in the Hollywood district. In SE, where I’ve owned a house for 15 years, it’s Otto’s Sausage Kitchen & Toast, both I’ve frequented for many years.  

If you could bring someone back to life from jazz history and hang out with them for an afternoon, who would it be and why?

I would probably pick Al Jackson, the drummer for Booker T & the M.G.’s. As a drummer myself, there is no one whose playing I respect more than his. He was a master of keeping the groove in the pocket and his nuanced fills were always impeccably executed with an unmistakable flair.   

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