Q&A with Nicole Galbraith aka Niki FM
(EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is the next in the Sun-Gazette’s series about WXPI 88.5-FM on-air personalities. Every so often, a disc jockey who hosts a regularly scheduled radio program will be featured.)
WXPI 88.5-FM radio disc jockey Nicole “Niki” Galbraith hosts “The Curfew with Niki FM” from 11 p.m. to midnight each Thursday.
The show airs music in the rock, metal, hardcore and alternative genres with a focus mainly on the local music scene and its musicians. The show debuted April 1 and became one of WXPI’s most popular shows.
“My friends thought it was an April Fool’s joke but I assured them it was for real,” Niki said.
Niki said the name of her show was chosen by her fans on Facebook – since they would be the ones listening to the show – and was influenced by the time it was on each week: curfew time.
Niki found out about WXPI through Casey Gleghorn, owner of Converge Gallery downtown, who thought it would be a great venue to highlight her interests. He introduced her to another WXPI DJ who was looking for new talent and someone to do a show highlighting local bands. And, since Niki performed with several local bands – and has tattoos of several others – it was a natural fit.
“My favorite is Moxie and Re.bel,” she said. “That’s tattooed on my arm.” She also likes Shot Heard Around the World and The Riot.
Her first show was a learning experience, she said, because it was a podcast and she had never recorded anything before.
But it’s gotten easier and better each week since then.
“I get to share local bands and those who work so hard to play,” she said. “It’s all I’ve ever wanted to do.”
Her goal for the show is to expand and reach out to new local bands people haven’t heard yet. Interested bands may contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org via The Curfew Facebook page.
Her advice for anyone who is interested in radio is to just do it.
“If you like music, then share it,” she said. “And be honest. Do your own thing and find someone who will work with you, because WXPI has been awesome to me.”
Niki said her knowledge of local bands comes from experience: she used to be in three local bands – Skylines End, Before the Fallen and The Vindictive – and she is starting an acoustic project with her best friend called Lee and Niki.
“I think people would be surprised to know how young I am because I’ve been going to shows since I was 11,” she said. “But I’m 19 – I’m still a teen.”
Although she works at Hot Topic at the Lycoming Mall and all her friends are in the Williamsport area, she commutes from Mifflinburg, which can make it a pretty long day on Thursdays- especially when she has to work early on Friday mornings.
When asked to pick her favorite songs, she hesitated because, “there are so many good bands.” But she eventually settled on her top five: “That’s my list for today,” she said with a laugh.
Her top five songs:
“Horizon” by Shot Heard Around the World
“The Fix” by Moxie and Re.bel
“To Plant a Seed” by We Came as Romans
“Muther” by Letlive
“The Valley” by Good Luck Varsity
“As long as people want to give local bands a chance, I’ll do this forever,” she said.