KMEL’s DC Keeps the Beat Going During Rona

14 min
Durell DC Coleman (Kola)

Shelter-in-place has slowed down or eliminated work for a lot of folks in the nightlife and entertainment industries, but not radio host, Durell "DC" Coleman.

He's a host on the San Francisco-Bay Area's 106.1 KMEL airwaves from 6am to 2pm every single day, as well as the Damn It's Late Show overnight on Fridays. Plus he works for Sacramento's V101 on the weekends. DC is behind the microphone around 40 hours a week and has a finger on the pulse of the entertainment industry in Northern California, and beyond.

Because he's a member of the media who issues coronavirus updates to listeners, he's considered an essential worker-- which means he gets up and goes to the studio just about every day. 

DC, an Oakland native, is also an investor in the recently opened Caribbean restaurant and bar, Sobre Mesa.

Hell of a time to open a new venue, eh?

German Nelson's cocktail-forward lounge Sobre Mesa, over the table in Spanish, invites patrons to stay a while.
German Nelson's cocktail-forward lounge Sobre Mesa, over the table in Spanish, invites patrons to stay a while. (Courtesy of Sobre Mesa/Thomas Kuoh)

But DC isn't worried. He says Sobre Mesa is still doing deliveries and pick-up service through its sister restaurant, alaMar. And when life returns back to "normal," they'll have another grand opening.

Until then, DC is keeping busy at the radio station, and keeping a tab on the arts and culture scene in northern California. That's what we discuss on this week's episode of Rightnowish.

 

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