“It’s a Nice World to Visit”: Eight Years at Freeform Portland

When Freeform Portland first broadcast eight years ago, at the beginning of April 2016, it changed the Portland radio landscape for the better. My first show was April 5 that year, and I’m happy I was part of the initial schedule.

I chose “It’s a nice world to visit” as my radio show name because it reflects a less cynical nature. Over the years I’ve tried my best to honor that ideal. As circumstances in my personal life have changed, my show has moved to a few different days and time slots. You can hear it now every Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m.

Jeff Ross in the studio

I’ve made a commitment to the station and more importantly, the listeners: I endeavor to do a new show every week. When you tune in at 2 p.m. on Saturdays, you’ll hear two hours of music selections that aren’t the same as the prior week. The show I present has no higher purpose than to be entertaining. If you happen to tune in to my show, and crack a smile, tap your foot to the beat, enjoy a segue from one song to next, or hear a song you might never have heard before and are intrigued by that song, well then, I’ve done a good job.

Freeform Portland broadcasts 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and has a full schedule of all sorts of music, presented by a number of volunteer DJs—emphasis on “volunteer.” Everyone at Freeform Portland volunteers their time, energy and knowledge by choice, because they want to.

My time at Freeform Portland has been my best experience in radio because of the people who are dedicated to making great radio, and a great radio station. The volunteer nature of the station is one of the best aspects, as it helps to ensure that there are always new voices and ideas coming to the station, adding new shows and diversity of sounds for our listening audience.

I’m among a handful of people who were a part of the first schedule and remain with the station. And I hope that years from now I’ll still be a part of Freeform Portland. I’ve loved music since I was a small child. And as I collected music, I learned the joy of sharing music. Thank you everyone who has listened to my show and supported Freeform Portland over the years. It’s truly you who makes it possible for me to do my weekly show, and for that I’m extremely grateful and appreciative.

Listen to Jeff Ross’ “It’s a nice world to visit
on Saturdays from 2 – 4 p.m.