Launching July 9
“When I was a little boy I was intrigued by the earth and its many places and creatures,” Greg Lawson says. “I loved going to the city library to read books about foreign places, which had the natural effect of whetting my appetite for travel. At night, when it was time to go to bed I would crouch next to the little radio in my bedroom to see what distant AM radio signals I could pull in. Clear night air would always reward me with voices coming in from far away places, e.g.: stations from Texas’ Rio Grande Valley, WLS in Chicago or KSL in Salt Lake City were some of the most consistent arrivals. These experiences made me want to travel the world. Sometimes I would even dream of having a job in broadcasting.”
“Thanks to those books, and further stimulation from our family’s continental road trips, the fires of wanderlust were continually being stoked. The radio gig, however, didn’t arrive until my late twenties when I took a weekend job working 8 hours a day at KDB in Santa Barbara. Gathering, editing and reciting news on the hour was my task, all the while keeping the classical music format on the air between newsbreaks. That radio job proved to be a double milestone in life, first as it fulfilled a childhood dream; secondly, it turned out to be the last time I had an employer.”
“Since then, I chose to be personally responsible to find my way. With a couple of minor exceptions, I’ve spent most years in the visual arts. As a photographer from the age of fourteen, I mastered all still-camera formats and, fueled by an intense passion for place, amassed a large collection of global images. Nearly always, my trips were self-funded and self-directed, which of course made much of my hunger also self-induced. But that is the price of independence, and I really wouldn’t choose to do it any differently.”
“The richness of world travel is embodied in the connections we make and engagements we have with people and creatures found in unique cultural spaces. Language and culture differences are sometimes challenging, mostly rewarding and always exciting. Opportunities to experience Earth and its creatures at their immediate source proved quite formational too, for this is where the need for an unbiased social space, suitable for all humanity started tugging at me decades ago.”
Greg Lawson’s Wake Up show is not about waking from sleep, it’s about maintaining conscious awareness of our opportunities to contribute positively to a better society, a better place for all. The Wake Up show not about ‘left wing,’ or ‘right wing’ politics, rather, its about supporting and uplifting the entire body of humanity, the one that we might imagine each of those wings is wanting to support.
“I promise, you won’t hear the grinding sounds of a propaganda mill,” Greg says, “but listeners will consistently hear a clarion call inviting us to greater unity, one calling out to us from the most ancient of social spaces.”
Most importantly the Wake Up show will introduce a non-aligned movement that has a positive and purposeful mission; one that is, in the most classic sense, ‘of the people, by the people and for the people.’
Greg Lawson is a practical naturalist, photographic artist, gallerist, producer, publisher in the realms of art and philosophy, and speaker in behalf of human equity and the responsible management of planetary resources.