It's Only Rock 'N' Roll, But It's Her Life

PAYSON PEOPLE

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Rock 'n' roll music is what Suzanne Michaels is all about.

Michaels is back on the radio in Payson as a disc jockey on KRIM 96.3 FM.

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Suzanne Michaels

After spending 19 years as a disc jockey on a classic rock radio station in Reno, Nev., Michaels moved to Payson to be closer to her mother after her father died.

She worked at KMOG, the sister station of KRIM, for seven years before deciding to try something completely different.

She went to work at Bashas' where the money was good.

After a few years in the grocery business, Michaels said, she missed her calling.

"You cannot take the radio out of the girl," she said. "Music is so much a part of my life.

"Music is a unique language that gives us a way to say something we cannot say by speaking."

She said she is back doing what she loves, playing classic rock for Payson residents.

"I did my country music (at KMOG)," she said. "I did my time.

"Music has always been one of the most important things in my life, and this is my opportunity to give to the community what they wanted for so long, and to have a good time at the same time."

Michaels said Steve Bingham, owner of KRIM, called her and asked her to come work for him by saying, "You know your music better than anyone I know."

She said she brought with her 2,000 songs from her personal collection, and in the six weeks she has worked there, she has yet to repeat a song.

"I am in the process of changing it all," she said of the format. Her show is called "Rockin' under the Rim." Between songs, she gives away concert tickets and compact discs to listeners. She is doing something different for Fridays, which she calls, "Audio Asylum."

She said more intense rock 'n' roll is played on this day to celebrate getting through the week and getting ready for the weekend. Normally, she plays classic rock from the 1960s to the 1990s.

Michaels said playing classic rock is her calling, and credits part of her inspiration to a new love in her life, Bill, who happens to be a rock 'n' roll drummer.

"That is my roots. I grew up with that music," she said.

Michaels promises to play all requests that come into KRIM, and if by chance she does not have the song, she will find it.

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