Harding pharmacy professor moonlights as radio DJ Aug 04, 2011
SEARCY, Ark. — By day, Dr. James Nesbit can be found teaching classes as an assistant professor in the College of Pharmacy at Harding University. But every Thursday and Sunday night he lays aside the medical books and transforms into his alter ego as “The Doc” to invite listeners to enter “Doc’s Apothecary Dream World.”
“The purpose of the show is to reveal that the best music of the1960s was not heard by the general public,” said Nesbit. “Thus, we play obscure, unknown and unheard-of music, mainly from the 1960s. Our main focus is on American garage bands, however, we also play rare and unheard-of British bands, freak beat, surf/hot rod, Merseybeat, folk rock, psychedelic, Flower Power, bubblegum, pop and more.”
Nesbit, who is a pharmacist, also has a master’s degree and Ph.D. in communication from University of New Mexico. He co-hosted a radio show in Albuquerque called “Psychedelic Fever,” and when he came to Harding, he said he enjoyed the music he heard on KVHU.
“I especially liked listening to ‘Night Flight’ on Friday nights. Occasionally I would call in and request a song, but I was afraid my requests would be too obscure, so one day I emailed the host of the show. He responded to me immediately, and after finding out I love old 60s music, he gave me a tour of the KVHU studios, introduced me to [Professor] Dutch Hoggatt, and they asked me if I would be interested in doing my own show.”
“Doc’s Apothecary Dream World” is a family affair, and Nesbit uses his own personal music collection for the show — including more than 3,000 record albums and well over 2,000 CDs. His sons, 16-year-old Jacob and 13-year old Jared, help him with the twice-weekly show and, according to their papa, are crucial to its success. Jacob runs the computer when they record vocals, sets sound levels, downloads music and produces the show. Jared acts as an editor, piecing the show together once his papa has laid down the vocals, adding sound effects and background music.
“Both boys help me write the show and add jokes and other comments to the dialogue,” said Nesbit. “Without their input, the show would be dull … we want to do something that will resurrect radio back to the days when you could hear more than just the same old, same old retreads played over and over again.”
The family also sees their show as an opportunity to make a difference in God’s kingdom and bring a positive influence to the airwaves.
"We want to glorify Jesus in an out-of-the-box sort of way. We shine light in the musical darkness and try to find the lost — isn't that what walking with Jesus is all about?"
Tune in to “Doc’s Apothecary Dream World” on Harding’s KVHU 95.3 FM Thursdays at 9 p.m. and Sundays at 8 p.m.
Photo submitted by Dr. James Nesbit: (left to right) Jacob Nesbit, Jared Nesbit, Dr. James Nesbit