Carter Van Pelt
Carter Van Pelt has been documenting Jamaican popular music as a writer, radio broadcaster, and archivist since the early 1990s. He has a master's degree in arts administration from Columbia University and a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Nebraska. His master's thesis examined collective rights management in Jamaica.
Among his published articles, two are collected as book chapters in Reggae, Rasta, Revolution, ed. Chris Potash (Schirmer Books, Simon & Schuster, 1997) and Let The Fury Have The Hour, ed. Antonio D'Ambrosio (Nation Books, 2004). The Beat magazine has published six of his articles as cover features. In the late 1990s, he briefly published the fanzine 400 Years.
Carter produced the DVD documentary for Burning Spear's album Our Music in 2005 and compiled the Thompson Sound release Linval Thompson: The Early Sessions, including the accompanying DVD, in 2006.
He hosted "400 Years: Radio Free Mondo" on KZUM in Lincoln, Nebraska for eight years and was co-host of "All Star Reggae Thursdays" on WKCR in New York City from 2005-2007. He is currently the host of WKCR's "Eastern Standard Time" on Saturdays from 8-Noon. He has also been a guest commentator for National Public Radio's Morning Edition.
Listen to Carter's past interviews and radio programs at archive.org.