From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. every weekday, all the familiar complaints about Houston radio disappear in the laid-back, commercial-free climate of KPFT's eclectic, perfectly curated Wide Open Spaces. Sometimes loosely organized around a different theme (Mellow Mondays, Classic Rock Fridays), Wide Open Spaces highlights artists of the independent and Americana-leaning variety, many of them from right here in Texas. Host Roark Smith has a classic DJ's voice, with just enough gravel and hype to make listeners trust whatever he says implicitly. Especially on Fridays, large swaths of the show are devoted to artists playing in the area over the weekend; that's true of any other weekday, just to a lesser degree. And just about every show features at least one on-air performance accompanied by a Q&A session with Smith, who has a gift for getting artists to open up in a way they rarely do anywhere but onstage.