Daily News from New York, New York on November 27, 1972 · 89
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Daily News from New York, New York · 89

New York, New York
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Monday, November 27, 1972
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iffel ' z-4 Alison Steele: the girl is one of the boys. NEWS photo by Richard Corkery Night Birds popularity is soaring By MARY REINHOLZ Sometimes, she says, people expect her to look like a raven-haired dragon lady wearing a black cape and carrying a candle. ! Instead, disc jockey Alison Steele is this trim strawberry blonde with blue eyes and freckles who could pass for a fresh-scrubbed farm girl. It's her voice that gives the illusion that she's some sort of temptress a velvet voice so luxuriously seductive that Alison could - make a commercial for gym socks sound sensual. "This is the Night Bird, come fly with me," she half-croons into the microphone, and then takes off on a fantasy trip on the WNEW-FM airwaves. The witching hours are from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. every evening except Sunday, when she switches from 8 p.m. tc ' midnight. "In the hours of the night, the mind becomes more fertile," she reminds an estimated 180,000 listeners, to whom she is swiftly becoming a spokeswoman for the romantic longings of the young. (Her audience is mainly : in the 18 to 35 age group.) Alison's basic task, of course, is to play the music, but before she begins spinning cuts from, say, San tana and the Grateful Dead, the ' Night Bird sets a mystic mood. Has positive attitude Often, she'll begin with blank verse or rhymes of her own invention, or she'll recite Shakespearean sonnets, or come up with sage sayings from Mideastern visionaries like Kahil Gibran ("Our souls are like tender flowers at the mercy of the winds of destiny"). And when she's soft-peddling her own philosophy, it's almost always Pollyanna poetic. "I abhor negativism," she told a visitor a half an hour before air time. "I want to convey a positive attitude so that people will reach out to other people. "It's a bummer sitting around bemoaning how bad things are. That's not going to change the world. I mean, life is really great. You're alive, for openers. Consider the alternative." The Night Bird has been winging it for six years now, ever since WNEW-FM decided to let females test their talents as disc jockeys. At the time she was working at the station, and had been in radio and TV for about 10 vears before that. She's also been an actress, a confirmed "poetry buff" and "always into music," she said. She was married once but is reluctant to discuss her personal life: "All that stuff is pretty mundane." The Steele female has plenty of determination "I've always been aggressive about getting what I wanted" and when the deejay opportunity beckoned she put her vivid imagination to work. Spectacular response "I began to meditate about the mystique of the night. And I thought of the owl, as the nocturnal bird. So 1 wrote out my thoughts and began my first show with them." They went something like this: "The flutter of wings . . . the sound of the night ... the shadow across the moon . . . the night bird spreads her wings and soars above the earth into another level of perception where we exist only to feel." That message, she said, must have struck a nerve, because the radio station's switchboard lit up like a comet. It continues to light up whenever she's on the air. During the past six months she's been swamped with requests for reprints of poetry, with invitations to M.C. college rock concerts and to give interviews and campus lectures. Many of her phone callers are high school boys asking for dates ("They figure I'm 22 or something . . . Just say I'm over 30.") But lately a lot of high school girls have been asking her for advice or simply telling her about their lives possibly because they see in her a successful woman who has remained totally female in an industry dominated by men. "I suppose you could say that I'm one of the boys," she said, referring to her all-male colleagues. "I pull my own weight, and I never ask men to lug my carton of records around. "And I don't turn up my nose when they use raunchy language. But I don't join in with that. I haven't become like them. We have great rapport and although they kid me sometimes, they never treat me like a guy and have complete respect for my femininity." Cheese Sticks are a standout By ELLA ELVIN Flaky Cheese Sticks are irresistable bits of pastry that could lead the most dedicated dieter astray. They are a nice, small touch that easily can steal the w hole show. At a banquet they occasionally accompany a clear soup and serving them with fruit salad is an inspiration. That's where aged cheddar can pay the - supreme complement to fresh fruit. But we think they shouldn't be .overlooked as a cocktail snack. - . FLAKY CHEESE STICKS Two cops unsifted flour Three-fourths teaspoon salt One-fourth teaspoon paprika One-half cup softened butter Six ounces aged cheddar cheese, grated (one and one-half cups) Four or more tablespoons cold water One-fourth cup softened butter Chill: Thirty minutes Oven temperature: 400 degrees Bake: Ten to fifteen minutes Yield : Seven dozen, or more In bowl, stir together flour, salt and paprika. With two knives or pastry blender cut in half cup of softened butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in grated cheese, mixing well. Gradually stir in cold water, one tablespoon at a time, mixing lightly until dough begins to ball and follow fork around the bowl. Turn out on floured board and roll out into rectangle (10x16 in.) Spread with two tablespoons softened butter and fold four corners to the center. Roll out again, spread with remaining two butter and fold m waxed paper tablespoons again. rap and chill in 30 minutes. refrigerator for Roll chilled dough out to about one-fourth inch in thickness. With floured pastry wheel or knife, cut strips one-half by four inches and twist. Place on ungreased baking sheet. Bake in quick oven for 10 to 15 minutes or until golden , brown. Slide to rack to cool. Store in tightly covered tin. 4 45 in jFlr- A fx 1 BRING A FRIEND & DIVIDE THE COST! ONLY 4 EACH PER MONTH (COMPLETE 5 MONTH PROGRAM) (TO THE FIRST 50 WOMEN WHO CALL) WALL ST. AREA 267-3730 MIDTOWN 239-4110 LOSE 10 LBS. Ill 7 DAYS The most modern facilities & plush surroundings SAUNA SHOWERS YOGA MODERN DANCE KARATE DIET PROGRAMS BUST DEVELOPMENT LOCKERS SLIMMING EQUIP. 15 EXERCISE CLASSES DAILY A. 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