About Us

2008 – 2013

Campfire Island broadcasted a radio show on KAOS 89.3 FM (in Olympia, WA) (almost) every Saturday night from Sept. 2008 to Oct. 2013. Our first Campfire Island radio show was on September 13th, 2008. While you can tell we’re from Olympia, WA and Gainesville, FL – the show was really about the national underground of punk, post-punk and hardcore – it was about celebrating music and people and stories.

Here are just a few of our favorite shows:

January 24th, 2009 – hosted by Frank with Pat Maley (Yo Yo records) and Aaron Kruse
July 24th, 2010 – hosted by Frank with Lucas Andrews (KNOW YOUR SAINTS, ANCHOR DOWN)
May 21st, 2011 – hosted by Joe Barresi with Chris Bauermeister (JAWBREAKER, MUTOID MEN)
December 3rd, 2011 – hosted by Frank with Ben Trogden (Nuts! Fanzine, WEIRD TV
March 31st, 2012 – hosted by Seven & Frank with Shannen Hansen (HYSTERICS)
June 16th, 2012 – hosted by Mackenzie & Frank with Maria (RAGANA)
March 16th, 2013 – hosted by Mackenzie & Frank with SURVIVAL KNIFE live in studio
September 14th, 2013 – hosted by Tim Grisham including his interview of Ian Mackaye

At this point we have over FIVE years of radio playlists that you can search around in and even some AWESOME interviews that you can listen to. We, and our guests, are into punk, post-punk and hardcore music and any other music made by punks… or anything related that makes sense. Thanks for taking a look.

Campfireisland_logo1.jpgTypically, the first hour of the radio show was mostly new music and current touring bands… the second hour was anything in the full 30+ years of punk that we wanted to play. There were frequent guest djs, and usually co-hosts. Our playlists should be enough proof that there were some kick ass radio shows going on, but a lot of the playlists have full low-fi audio of the related show – so enjoy yourself… and keep buying records.

The whole shebang here is named after Joe Strummer’s last painting, which his friends received on a Christmas Card the day he died. For the full story, watch: “The Future is Unwritten: JOE STRUMMER” by Julian Temple. Which is recommended without reservation.



Yup, we moved to Seattle. We’re not done yet, but the focus really shifted to recording videos which is now documented in our video project MACHINES WITH PROBLEMS. Plenty of videos still showing up as we can get to posting them.

The show calendar shifted focus to Seattle for the last two years, rather than Olympia, but it eventually became too much to keep up with. Also, thank you, but we are no longer accepting music submissions for the radio show. You’re welcome to get in touch though. Always nice to hear from you: campfireisland(at)gmail(dot)com

Totally responsible:

Frank is from Gainesville, FL where he co-founded Wayward Council and otherwise survived three generations of mayhem in one decade. Twenty years of going to shows may have left him a little rattled, but it was his roommates in the “emo-violence” band Palatka that gave him such a short attention span.  After 6 years in Olympia, it was time to move North to the “big city” of Seattle – so far so good.


MackenzieMackenzie is the other half of this project. After a long list of co-hosts and regular guests, Mack stuck it out the longest and probably swallowed someone’s heart in the process. He’s now the undisputed champ of upcoming music awareness and new jams.

There is a long list of awesome people who made the radio show, and everything else, happen over the years: Mackenzie, Lucas, Tim, Shannen, Isaac, Meredith, Howard, Jason, Julia, Joe, Wicks and more. Check out the INDEX which is a full list of shows and guests!