The Pitch's Questionnaire with Artspeak Radio's Maria Vasquez Boyd

The Artspeak Radio host and producer shares her vision of KC.


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Name: Maria Vasquez Boyd

Occupation: Producer and host, Artspeak Radio; founding member, Latino Writers Collective; member, the Ukulele Fight Club

Hometown: Kansas City

Current neighborhood: Independence

Who or what is your sidekick? My iPod

What career would you choose in an alternate reality? Study gorillas in their natural habitat.

What was the last local restaurant you patronized? Jack Stack in Martin City

Where do you drink? Joe's Standard in Blue Springs

What's your favorite charity? Chain of Hope

Favorite place to spend your paycheck: Legacy Music

What local phenomenon do you think is overrated? Seriously, I avoid First Fridays. Ick!

Where do you like to take out-of-town guests? Cascone's

Finish this sentence: "Kansas City got it right when ... " Union Station was restored. Imagine the untold stories of folks throughout its history.

"Kansas City screwed up when it ... " Overdeveloped in all directions. Stupid overdevelopment.

"Kansas City needs ... " To quit being in the middle of the country and move a little more to the north - perhaps we would experience cooler summers, yes?

"People might be surprised to know that I ... " Am really shy. Yes, it's true. Sort of.

"On my day off, I like to ... " Play my ukulele and run. Not at the same time.

"In five years, I'll be ... " Schlepping my bass fiddle to gigs.

What TV show do you make sure you watch? American Horror Story

____ take(s) up a lot of space in my iTunes: Indie and local music

What movie do you watch at least once a year? It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

What local tradition do you take part in every year? Dia de los Muertos at Mattie Rhodes

Celebrity you'd like to ride the Mamba with at Worlds of Fun: Jack Black

Favorite person or thing to follow on Twitter: No one and nothing is that important for me to follow on Twitter. There, I said it.

Person or thing you find really irritating at this moment: The enormous egos of others

What subscription - print, digital, etc. - do you value most? Smithsonian

Last book you read: Global Babies, by the Global Fund for Children

Favorite day trip: Lawrence

What is your most embarrassing dating moment? I've forgotten because I've been married forever. Phew, dodged that bullet.

Interesting brush with the law? Arrested for civil disobedience at Whiteman Air Force Base.

Describe a recent triumph: Producer and host of Artspeak Radio on KKFI 90.1 Community Radio

Listen to Vasquez Boyd and Blair Schulman on 90.1's Artspeak Radio. Check for the schedule.


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