From wild audio collages on the InnerSide to collaborating with the legendary Christmas Coup Comedy Players, Curt “Scooter” Schroell has put together more than his share of funny moments on KPFT. He’s also a former member of our local board of directors and a longtime community radio activist.

What was the moment that made you want to get on the radio?

Long time Pacifica listener since the 70s. KPFT and KPFA. When I returned to Houston in the early nineties I became a ‘regular caller’ to ‘Us the Folks’ hosted by Otis Maclay. We got in touch by e-mail, and he invited me to handle the call-in phone line.

He introduced me to digital audio editing, which was very new at the time, and I was immediately hooked

Who is your dream guest, living or not, and what would you ask her/him?

Genghis Khan is my favorite historical figure. Created the largest contiguous empire from the very bottom of a nomadic culture. His empire was arguably the most democratic and inclusive to date. History has not been kind to the Mongols because they are not white. I would ask him for a job in his extensive propaganda campaign, Lao Tsu was a piker compared to Khan.

What listener remark or experience sticks with you?


What interests do you have that might surprise people?

Both my children have been involved in Future Farmers of America. We raise farm animals nearby and are involved in Houston Rodeo events.

What’s the first record you bought with your own money?

Yesterday and Today by The Beatles

What book first inspired you?

Papillon by Henri Charrière

If you were invited to speak at a college commencement, what three things — whether that’s advice, a reading or anything else — would you recommend to your audience?

Mark Twain, Hunter Thompson, H.L.Mencken, Charles Bukowski, Ernest Hemingway.

What song would you want played at your funeral, and why?

“Please Don’t Bury Me” by John Prine. Because it’s not sentimental.

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