Photograph by John Munson, New Jersey Herald and News
When Gary Radford, an associate professor of communication at William Paterson, needs a break from
the academic tedium, he picks up his guitar to join four other professors in a band named,
appropriately -- "The Professors."
The band, formed about two years ago, plays a mix of blues, rock and heavy metal. Besides Radford,
its members include Stephen Cooper, J, T-ski, and Robert Kubey. J teaches at Fairleigh Dickinson University;
the others teach at Rutgers University. Most of the members became connected through their student/professor
mentor relationships. Kubey was originally Radford's instructor and dissertation committee member; J, the
band's vocalist, who received her bachelor's and master's degrees from William Paterson and just
completed her doctorate at Rutgers, was one of Radford's students.
Last month "The Professors" got their first major gig in New York City at Kenny's Castaways on Bleeker
Street. "To play in New York City was like a dream come true," said Radford. They also performed for 400
people at the annual conference of the International Communication Associationin Chicago last May, and this coming
September 2 the group is expected to perform at William Paterson for the campus-wide, all-day celebration of
its new status as a university.
Radford, who has played guitar since he was 13, has written some of the songs for the band."About
half the material is original," he says,
and many of the group's songs relate to their academic life. The group has its own website
at http://www.theprofessors.net and hopes to produce a
CD someday soon. Considering the group's talent and novelty, Radford is also hoping for a chance at a television
appearance on a show like "Late Night with David Letterman."
This page last updated July 16,
2020 by Gary Radford.
Many thanks to Kurt Wagner, Marie Radford, and Jon Oliver.