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Thursday, January 14, 2021

AM in the AM

Radio station WEAG-AM 1470 (founded in 1957) was an important part of my life as a kid - my dad had it on in the car every morning when he drove us to school (AM radio only, speaker in the center of the dash) listening to the Jerry Collins Show. In between big band tunes, Jerry (not even sure if I've spelled his name correctly) would stand on the sidewalk in front of the JCPenney in Midland Center and interview folks as they strolled by doing their shopping. [As a kid I was thrilled when, while shopping at JCPenney one day, I discovered on the front wall the mic jack that Jerry used. Yes, I was a weird kid.] By 1985 Walker Johnson had purchased the station, changed the calls to WMDR ("The Music Doctor") and gone Top-40. By the time that I was involved in the station (early '90's) the format was easy listening. Now its calls have again changed (WBCR) and it's a mostly satellite-fed far-right religious format. One of the more interesting programs during my brief tenure at the station was a Sunday morning time slot that was sold (very cheaply) to a local preacher - "Sounds of the Holiness, with the Reverend Charles T. Wilson". Rev. Wilson (of Louisville, TN) would show up in the studio accompanied by various and sundry members of his extended family - wife, children, mother, mother-in-law, infants - and he would preach and they would (in various combinations) sing a cappella. Occasionally Rev. Wilson would add his rather pitch-erratic basso to the vocal mix as the spirit struck him. I believe that musicologists would call these various vocal performances, er, "folk" or "primitive art." Rev. Wilson's preaching leaned towards the old-timey fire and brimstone - what I can interpret of it, that is. Between his accent, his, er, dental care issues, and his specific religious jargon, I can get about every second word, on average. What does slip through are an occasional gem that I've endlessly sampled for mix tapes over the last two decades - "A woman's place is to stay home and take care of the children, praise galeah" (sp?), "Charlie G-G-Goddard", "I praise God that my shoes fit", "I'm glad to be the husband of one wife/don't need two wives", "my Muver", and a dozen various verbal tics, Glossolalia, and random made-up words. When I was younger my friends and I found these tapes (I have several) endlessly amusing.* As an older (and in some ways more mellow) person I can listen and feel some more compassion for Rev. Wilson and his family and their sincerity (despite his atrocious religious beliefs). The family looked pretty much as you will probably imagine when listening - typical East Tennesee rural poor. Despite the low cost of the two half-hour time slots each Sunday (7:30 and 10:30) paying for the time was constantly a struggle - in this program you can hear him ask, as he often did, that cans and papers be left in front of his trailer in Louisville so that he can recycle them to pay for his airtime. With a name as common as Charles Wilson, you can expect that the internet doesn't turn up anything useful. I'll bet that he's still alive, though getting up there. If you know any more about him, please drop me a line in the comments.

 *OK, I admit, I'm still amused.


Wednesday, July 08, 2020

It's a Garden Party

Garden Theater

Once upon a time. . .

There was a classic 1918 vaudeville house-turned-cinema-turned-performance space in Charleston, SC called the Garden Theater. It was located in the heart of downtown on King Street.

Also located in Charleston, on the bridge of the USS Yorktown, were the radio studios for an affiliate of the SCETV radio network, WSCI.

Neither of these exist anymore. (don't get me started on either. . .)

In 1989 these two institutions came together to produce the Charleston Folk Festival: specifically, this particular performance by Roger Bellow and the Drifting Troubadours, topping the bill of what was billed as the "triple threat" night. On this night the band consisted of:
Roger Bellow-guitar/fiddle/banjo/vocals, Bob Sachs-mandolin/guitar/vocals, Don Earl-dobro/vocals, Dick Daniels-bass.

This recording was eventually aired on WSCI.

Roger Bellow and the Drifting Troubadours @ The Garden Theater Charleston Folk Fest 2-18-89

Don't Let Your Deal Go Down
Sweet Temptation
I'm Waiting To Hear You Call Me Darlin'
Sleep With One Eye Open
Just Joshin'
Let Me Rest
John Hardy
Guess Who's In Town?
Milk Cow Blues
Listen to the Mockingbird

Joined by Vollie, Chet, Bert, and Thorn for:

Leather Britches
Canaan's Land

Thursday, September 05, 2019

Radio-Free* Image Free Radio

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Image Free Radio was the first locally-produced specialty show on community radio WYLA-LP 97.5 FM in Charleston, SC.

Hector Qirko was the Host/Curator, with station manager Kevin Crothers serving as Executive Producer.

Qirko brought his extensive expertise as world traveler, musician, and anthropologist to a show featuring a broad array of music:
"exceptional music from wherever I stumbled onto it"~HQ

  1. Image Free Radio Season One/05-18-2016
  2. Image Free Radio Season One/05-25-2016
  3. Image Free Radio Season One/06-01-2016
  4. Image Free Radio Season One/06-08-2016
  5. Image Free Radio Season One/06-15-2016
  6. Image Free Radio Season One/06-22-2016
  7. Image Free Radio Season One/06-29-2016 (ry cooder)
  8. Image Free Radio Season One/07-06-2016
  9. Image Free Radio Season One/07-13-2016  (lowdown)
  10. Image Free Radio Season One/07-27-2016
  11. Image Free Radio Season One/08-10-2016 (Terry Hill)
  12. Image Free Radio Season One/08-17-2016 (j neufeld)
  13. Image Free Radio Season One/08-17-2016
  14. Image Free Radio Season One/08-24-2016 (steve cunado)
  15. Image Free Radio Season One/08-31-2016

*since some idiots decided that a broadcast forum for local artists "doesn't fit the mission."

Tuesday, June 11, 2019


Back in the days before mp3s and file trading, even further back before the days of trading burned CDs, there was a thing called a mix tape. Before Facebook, before Myspace, before even the mass use of the WWW, there were things called groups on Usenet and mailing lists. One of these was known as Audities and primarily focused on the genre known as powerpop. This is a mixtape trade from a regular Audities poster named Cathy Gale that I just rediscovered in a box that was otherwise heading to the trash. Enjoy!

Cathy Gale - Poppin' Around LA

Thursday, April 04, 2019

Stan Freberg Presents the Radio Advertising Bureau

Here's Stan Freberg, most well-known to the general public as a comedian/satirist and recording artist, in his ad-executive guise, shilling for the radio advertising industry on a one-sided LP (is it really a long player if it's only one side and nine minutes?).

More Than Meets The Ear

A1 –Stan Freberg The Disaster Corporation Of America
A2 –Stan Freberg The Disaster Corporation Revisited
A3 –Stan Freberg Do People Really Listen To Radio Commercials?
A4 –Stan Freberg Marshall McMedium Interview
A5 –Stan Freberg The Electronic Dress
A6 –Sarah Vaughan And Stan Freberg Sarah Vaughan In Person! "Who Listens To Radio?"

Arranged By – Quincy Jones
Conductor – Quincy Jones
Vocals – Sarah Vaughan
Written-By – Stan Freberg
Published By – Freberg Music Corp.
Produced For – Radio Advertising Bureau

Voice Actor – Bill Woodson (tracks: A1, A2), Byron Kane (2) (tracks: A3), Naomi Lewis (2) (tracks: A5), Paul Condylis (tracks: A4), Stan Freberg

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

10 "Command"-ments

Here's cheapo label Spin O Rama trying to get onboard the hi-fi gravy train, specifically hitching their train to the 35 mm film recording process pioneered by Command Records. Despite the prominent "35" in the title, however, the album was not recorded in the 35 mm process but was done on typical magnetic tape. Both the album cover and the "technical data" section of the notes mimic the Command Records design, as well. I'm convinced that Tony Calioli is a made-up name, as well.

Tony Calioli and his Band-Process 35 Percussion (Spin O Rama 1960)

A1O Sole Mio
A3La Rosa
A4Mambo Ravioli
A5Bill Bailey
B1Finiculi Finicula
B4Cielo Napoli
B5El Choclo