Turmoil began as part of Steve Kreitzers' regularly scheduled Wednesday night air slot on WUSB-FM, back in December 1980. Although unnamed at the time, Steve a.k.a. Steve Kaye, a.k.a. Steve K., was mixing punk and hardcore along with the new music of the day. It wasn't until 1983 that he dedicated his show to the playing of punk and hardcore from around the world, eventually calling the program Turmoil. The show aired Wednesday nights, from 8-10pm, through 2003. Steve has had help along the way, starting with Greg Cristman, 1984-1985; Tom Martin 1994 - 1998; Jessica Roach 1996 - 1998, and Ron Pitt 2000 - 2002. Steve is currently working on updating the web site and archiving shows and interviews collected since 1980.
Turmoil airs on WUSB, 90.1 FM, a 4,000 Watt non-commercial radio station broadcast from The State University of New York At Stony Brook. Turmoil operated independently of WUSB, receiving no financial support. It maintained its own separate library, conducted its own interviews, and originally mailed out over 100 playlists monthly to each band played on the program. Playlists were then sent weekly via e-mail. Continuous letter writing and phone contact was made to bands/labels throughout the world.
Turmoil aimed at the exposure of the latest and newest punk/hardcore releases from around the world, whether on record/tape or CD. When possible, interviews were done with touring bands, discussions ranging from their latest release, to their ideals and goals. Some of the bands interviewed on Turmoil include: Black Flag, Nihilistics, The Mob, Stark Raving Mad, Mydolls, Corrosion of Conformity, Raw Power, Ludichrist, Verbal Assault, Instigators, KGB, Shaved Pigs, Dag Nasty, DOA, Nomeansno, Zero Boys, Exploited, Youth Of Today, MDC, 7 Seconds, Scream, DRI, Warzone, Sick Of It All, Leeway, Fugazi, Jello Biafra, Rhythm Collision, Strung Out. Some spoken word artists have also been played including live in-studio readings from Nick Toczek and Seething Wells from England, and Rhythm Activism of Canada. Because of the underground nature of the music, addresses are constantly given out, along with other contact information.
Steve was a contributor to Maximum Rock'N'Roll fanzine (1983-1984). Manager of Slob Records, involving release, distribution, publicity, and mail-orders of Stark Raving Mads first LP (1983-1985). Writer for Task Fanzine (1984-1985). Coordinated first US tour by England's Instigators and Nick Toczek (1987). Producer of Jello Biafra's spoken word performance at SUNY Stony Brook (1987). Assisted Germanys' KGB with their 2nd US tour (1988). Assisted Canada's Rhythm Activism with their East Coast tour (1988). Speaker at IBS Conventions on Alternative Music (1988-1989). Producer of benefit concerts with Citizen Fish, Cringer, Yuppicide, Norman Bates and the Showerheads, Seizure, Lie Detectors. Turmoil interviews have been printed in No-Profit Fanzine from Yugoslavia, University newspapers, and heard on the Roadrunner Punk Radio Show in Australia. Photos taken by Steve K. have appeared on albums from 7 Seconds to Toxic Reasons, and have been printed in various fanzines.
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