Skyler Kallabat, aka DJ SkyRISE (Scott Sprague)
WKNR/Keener 13 jocks reunite
If the world feels a little “Keener” on Saturday, it may be because a momentous reunion is taking place that day in New York as a group of former WKNR/Keener 13 (1300 AM Detroit/Dearborn) personalities will gather at the Red Eye Grill across from Carnegie Hall for dinner. The confab, organized by former Keener program director Bob Green, will draw former Keener jocks from all around the country, including Scott Regan, Rockin’ Robin Seymour, Pat St. John, Jerry Goodwin, Jim Brooker, John
Meagher, Frank “Swingin’” Sweeney, Jim Kerr and Gary Stevens, as well as Steve Schram (of Michigan Radio) and Scott
Westerman (MSU Alumni Association), who run the Keener 13 website.
“These are all the guys I idolized growing up, and getting to work with them was a dream come true,” says St. John, who’s now on afternoons on Sirius XM’s “60s on 6” channel. WKNR debuted in October 1963, rebranded from WKMH, which started in 1946. The Keener Krew helped document the rise of Motown and ’60s Detroit rock, with Regan, in particular, so tight with Motown’s acts that he became a songwriter.
Music in the Sky
A Russell Warehouse loft was the site Saturday of a music videotaping featuring 19-year-old Skyler Kallabat of Bloomfield Hills, aka DJ SKYrise. Sky, the son of celebrity hairstylist Bashar Kallabat, has been involved in classical piano competition since the age of 3 and also plays tenor sax and guitar. He writes his own music, much of it inspired by his dad.
“A lot of the inspiration comes from our travels around the world, paired with my incredible exposure to music of the ’80s and ’90s from great concerts like Aretha, Prince, Madonna,
Britney, Diana Ross, Boy George and Missy Elliott,” Sky says. It’s electronic music, but more. “It’s a new musical style that goes back to the basics when it comes to structure and sound — a mash of genres,” he says. It’s also music that makes folks dance until they sweat like nobody’s watching, which is what they did until late in the evening Saturday. DJ SKYrise recorded his first single in New York last month with international hip-hop dance music guru Frenchie BSM. It’s called “West Hills” and is now available on iTunes. Skyler jets off Sunday to play Amsterdam, Berlin and Paris.
Yatooma girls rule
The fashionably adorable Yatooma girls — Olivia, 12; Gabriella, 9; Sophia, 5; and Ava, 4 — ripped the runway Wednesday at Lyudviga Couture in Birmingham as they modeled in a private preview of Lyudviga’s summer collection. The Yatooma girls’ dad, attorney Norman Yatooma, hosted, with proceeds benefiting his Yatooma’s Foundation for the Kids, which gives support (financial and otherwise) to children who have lost a parent. The Yatoomas were among a host of great-looking models who displayed Lyudviga’s fancy drag for women and girls as some 100 guests looked on, to the sounds of soothing jazz from the Simone Vitale Band.