The first time St. Louis Park resident Arne Fogel heard his own voice on the radio, he was 18 and hitchhiking. It was the first song the budding singer had recorded—and in a car full of strangers who had just picked him up, he pointed to the radio excitedly, saying, “That’s me! That’s me on the radio!” Thinking their newest passenger was delusional, they kicked him out of the car.
Now, almost 50 years later, Fogel can be heard on the radio and on the web every week. His voice is perhaps most recognizable from his Sunday-evening radio show on Jazz 88 KBEM-FM, The Bing Shift. The show focuses on one of Fogel’s lifelong passions—the music of Bing Crosby.
Fogel started as a singer. He first began recording with his band, the Batch, which quickly led to his involvement in more than 1,000 commercials and advertisements. And to this day, Fogel says he always remembers what it felt like the first time he recorded.
“The first day I walked into a recording studio, it was the fulfillment of a lifetime,” Fogel says. “I never thought I would be working in them for the rest of my life, but there hasn’t been one time that I’ve been in the studio that I don’t take a minute and think to myself, ‘I’m here.’ ”
Fogel continues to perform live. Upcoming performances include the music of Burt Bacharach and Hal David on February 24 and 26 in Hastings, and a show on great songwriting teams at the Bloomington Center for the Arts from March 31 to April 2.