IN COMMUTER tra;c, it’s called rush
hour. In radio, it’s called drive time: the
programming that ;lls the airwaves and
keeps those stuck in tra;c from devolving into road rage. Those who do it well are
valued commodities in the broadcasting
world. At the top of the heap, out of Seattle,
on MOVIN ;;.; and syndicated around the
country, is Brooke and Jubal in the Morning.
All of the cast are Costco members and the
topic comes up frequently on the show.
Brooke is Brooke Fox, a former host on
Fox TV’s Dish Nation; Jubal is comedian
Jubal Flagg. Fox and Flagg were not originally a team. Fox was hosting a show on
MOVIN when the program director invited
Flagg to do an audition tape with her.
“They liked how it sounded, and I got
the job,” says Flagg.
“We didn’t absolutely hate each other,”
That was six years ago, and the show is
still going strong. In addition to segments
like Second Date Update, in which some-
one asks the duo to contact a date who is
not responding to calls or messages, there
is Jubal’s Phone Taps (pranks), and come-
dian Jose Bolanos. Their assistant pro-
ducer—Young Je;rey (real name Je;rey
Dubow)—often writes and performs song
parodies. One of those parodies had to be
Asked why there’s such a fascination
with Costco, Flagg says, “Costco’s amaz-
ing.” “The only thing I don’t like is that I
go in and leave with three times as much
stu; as I planned,” adds Fox. “And I’m sud-
denly the owner of a weed wacker and an
in;atable jumping house in my yard. My
husband’s like, ‘Dude, you went to go get
some premade enchiladas.’ ”
You can listen to Brooke and Jubal
online at movin;;;.com/brooke-jubal-in-
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Clockwise from top left: Jeffrey “Young Jeffrey” Dubow, Jose Bolanos, Jubal Flagg and Brooke
Fox from Brooke and Jubal in the Morning at Seattle station MOVIN 92. 5.
CLASSICAL GUITARIST Gabriel Ayala can
express feelings through his music that
“I love sound; it’s the epitome of passion,” says the internationally renowned
music maker, a member of the Pascua
Yaqui tribe. Ayala has played for a pope
(Benedict XVI) and a president (Barack
Obama), in addition to performing with
music icons like Carlos Santana as part
of his more than 100 concerts a year.
In between gigs, he hosts Liner
Notes on radio station KPYT (media.
pascuayaqui-nsn.gov/), and teaches
and performs for young people. “Music
is medicine,” he explains. Having grown
up poor on a southern Arizona reservation, he understands angst and despair
and sets out to heal through the gift of
sound, abiding by his mantra: Honor
elders. Respect women. Love children.
“I want to be a positive influence
for youth, so I walk my talk. I’m drug-,
alcohol- and tobacco-free, addicted
only to my music,” Ayala says. “I don’t
play music for fame or status, but
because it enriches life; it heals.”
Although Ayala earned a master’s
degree in music performance, he was
not a child prodigy and needed to prac-
tice up to 15 hours a day. That dedica-
tion, that passion to be at the top of his
field, continues to be his driving force.
Despite performing around the
world at diverse locales, such as the
Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
and the National Museum of the
American Indian, he has a natural modesty. Onstage, he’s the master.
Offstage, “I’m a man of prayer, a traditional singer and a regular attendee at
ceremonies that keep me grounded.”
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