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From friend, Jens Stevens

September 21, 2006 at 2:32 pm

Ted and I did a radio show together for almost three years on KRLX. It started out after I went to visit him in Winnetka in the summer of 2003 and we realized that we both liked the Dropkick Murphys and some other similar punk music. He gave me a bunch of his music, and I gave him a bunch of mine, and the next year we decided that a radio show was clearly in order. It started out as Jens and Ted's Excellent Adventure, and when Ted was away getting treatment Mark Sielaff would fill in, eventually joining the show as a permanent co-host. I always loved when Mark and I would get a phone call from Ted, who would be listening online, with a song request.

When Ted was in the studio, we would always blast the music (it was not "easy listening" by anyone's standards,) and rock out, with me drumming on the table and Ted playing some mean air guitar and singing along. We always joked that we could form a mean cover band.

We also loved sharing the studio with other people, with Ethan Mooar, Molly Bergen, Dave Friedlander-Holm and Will Dixon, among others, stopping by to play some of their music and plug events that they were involved with.

We played what my roomates called "Jens music", but really I always thought of it as Ted Music. Ted's responsible for about half of the music that I have on my computer right now. I've found over the last couple of weeks that there is no better way to remember him than to put my ITunes on random and marvel at how many of the songs I have remind me of him. I remember Ted coming back from his first term off fighting cancer, rejoining the show, and playing all these inspirational songs that he listened to as he had been undergoing chemo and making such incredible progress. They were pretty inspirational to me too. Those songs, like "Give it All" and "Rumors of My Demise," by Rise Against, "Los Angeles is Burning" by Bad Religion, "The Giver" by Hot Water Music and "Mercy Me" by Alkaline Trio, will remind me of Ted for the rest of my life. They are his songs. And I'll always smile when I hear them and think of our weekly air guitar sessions in the basement of Sayles.

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