Forest, our programmer, producer and host,
and Madison Cole, host of The Starstreams Channel.
"all are welcome. go into the light.
AIRWAVES EXPLORERS. Forest is the producer, programmer and host of MUSICAL STARSTREAMS, the USA's first (December, 1981) syndicated, electronica based weekly music program on commercial radio. The show has been heard on nearly 200 commercial stations including a majority of the Top Ten markets in the USA, every Saturday afternoon on channel 84 of XM satellite radio and DirecTV channel 857, numerous internet sites and DCR - Digital Cable Radio (now Music Choice). In 1991, MUSICAL STARSTREAMS was nominated for a prestigious BILLBOARD magazine radio award for adult syndicated program of the year. That same year Forest received the coveted "Crystal Award" for broadcast media from the INAMC in Los Angeles. In July of 2002, while continuing to program and produce MUSICAL STARSTREAMS, Forest took a year off from hosting duties and brought in actress and voiceover talent Madison Cole as host. In July of 2003 he resumed hosting duties while Madison stayed on to host The Starstreams Channel version of the program heard online. Also in 2003, Forest became music director for radioioAMBIENT.com where starstreams program sets are also heard as a worldwide, full-time broadcast radio channel.
PERSNICKETY RECORD LABEL PERSON. In December of 1993, along with the since retired Michael Barnett of the UK, Forest started WAVEFORM records. WAVEFORM specializes in "exotic electronica." National USA and Canada distribution is through the Allegro Group in Portland.
ADDITIONAL RADIO RAVINGS. Forest's radio career began in the dark ages at WIDR, college radio at Western Michigan University. He also worked at WLRC, Whitehall, WTRU, Muskegon, WTPS, Portage and WKFR, "Keener 14" in Battle Creek. At the same time, he was earning a Bachelor's Degree in Speech Communications at WMU. He was elected Student Body President there (then 18,000 students) and there was talk of impeachment because of his free thinking ideas. After a nomadic journey to San Francisco he worked at KPFA in Berkeley while attending graduate school in Speech Communication at San Francisco State University. From 1977 to 1983 he worked at KTIM in the San Francisco bay area where MUSICAL STARSTREAMS first aired in December of 1981. He held many positions at the above stations including director of programming, promotion, music and sales. From March through October of 1995 he was named Operations Manager of KBSZ near Phoenix, Arizona and began programming the world's first radio station to air his full-time CIB (contemporary instrumental based) music format. The station's owner didn't "get it," pulled the plug and later switched to satellite country & western! Forest still has the desire and determination to program stations and other music providers on a full time basis. Any current station owners, rich folks or lottery winners that share the vision should make contact. In the spring of 1997, MUSICAL STARSTREAMS continued its pioneering ways as one of the first programs to begin full time broadcasting on the internet.
OTHER-WORLDLY ENDEAVORS. Back in the dark ages in Michigan, Forest played guitar and sang on occasion in rock bands including the Monuments, a group that included future members of SRC and Lighthouse. They performed throughout the midwestern USA. After living a year in London, England; playing music, teaching yoga and exploring the continent; to raise money for band equipment, Forest began working in retail clothing and eventually found himself in a really fun job - owning two women's clothing stores (SHE & RUE) on Union Street in San Francisco for seven years. Along the way he entered Law School at the University of San Francisco (USF) while still initially working in his stores and at KTIM radio. He graduated with a Doctor of Law Degree (JD), passed the bar exam in July of 1984 and became licensed to practice law in California in December of 1984. Because of his love for music, radio and the Bohemian way of life, Dr. Forest decided against pursuing the stress filled world of litigation, opting instead to brood over the success of MUSICAL STARSTREAMS and WAVEFORM records.
Besides full time attention to the program and label, Forest has written music reviews and news for Stereo Review, Billboard, The Monthly Aspectarian, The Arizona Light, New Frontier Magazine, New Age Retailer and trade publications like Radio & Records, Friday Morning Quarterback and the Mac Report. He also has served as a music consultant to NAIRD (now AFIM) and the DMX music service.
After more than a couple of decades back and forth, to and from the San Francisco bay area, the Starstreams tour dates have also included base of operation stopovers in Santa Fe, New Mexico; Sedona, Arizona; Austin, Texas; and currently near La Jolla, California.