For former Hollywood actress Shelley Taylor Morgan, hosting a new radio show focused on iconic movie soundtracks is right up her alley.
Morgan — known by local audiences as Shelley Taylor — is excited to present her new KSQM 91.5 FM radio show “Audio Cinema” to the Sequim community.
“For the longest time I thought, why don’t radio stations play soundtracks?” Morgan said.
“So I’ve created a radio program where I can share with listeners my love of ‘the music that makes the movies.’”
Morgan is known for her career as an actress and is most famous for her role as Lorena Sharpe in the 1980s TV series “General Hospital.”
She also has appeared in cult classics such as “Scarface” and “The Sword and the Sorcerer,” TV shows such as “Hunter” and hosted “E! Entertainment’s” first ever live daily talk show, “Pure Soap” in the 1990s.
When Morgan moved to Sequim in 2004, she later wrote two columns for the Sequim Gazette including “Dish on Dish” and hosts “Weeds & Wildlife” for KSQM.
“Audio Cinema” will air weekly at 9 p.m. on Mondays and 3 p.m. on Sundays on KSQM. The first pilot episode featuring “Gone with the Wind” aired on Wednesday, June 28.
“I’m hoping one of the things that happens through my show is I can introduce the audiences to the music they didn’t realize but are familiar with,” Morgan said.
“The audience doesn’t realize the music in their head is adding to the drama or comedy … ”
For the first few episodes of “Audio Cinema,” Morgan said she is selecting some of the soundtracks from her favorite movies, such as “Blade Runner,” “Fairytale a True Story,” “Peter Pan,” “American Gigolo” and “Out of Africa,” to name a few.
She said each episode will feature soundtracks from a different movie and then later she may explore themes.
“Along the way, we’ll explore an eclectic blend of facts and factoids about filmmaking and Hollywood,” she said.
“It might be about the plot, the movie stars, the film’s director, notes on the production, or some trivia — including my life and career in Hollywood.”
Morgan said personally she likes heart-wrenching music and hopes she is able to touch her audience in some way.
“I tend to like really heartbreaking music,” Morgan said. “My favorites scores are music that pulls at your heartstrings.” Scores — as Morgan explained — are a close collaboration between the film director and the composer.
So far, Morgan has recorded 13-14 episodes and said for the time being the show will continue indefinitely. She hopes for future programs in which she can explore the world of sci-fi movies and soundtracks.
“I’m really looking forward to doing science fiction movies,” Morgan said.
One of her favorite sci-fi movies is “The Day the Earth Stood Still.” She hopes to be able to explore with her audience not only the soundtracks in movies but also what creates the sound effects used in movies.
Morgan is hoping this new program will touch her audience in some way and also she wants to give recognition to composers.
“I want (the audience) to be touched, whether it’s tear jerking or funny,” she said.
“For the most part, you’re not aware of what’s going on in the background but it’s making you feel a certain way and that’s the magic of what the composers do.”
Morgan said in the future the audience will be able to go to KSQM’s website and listen to each episode. She also said KSQM is a volunteer-based nonprofit and is looking for donations and volunteers to help with its programs.
To learn more about “Audio Cinema,” visit www.KSQMFM.com or call 681-0000.