This saturday, from 2-5pm United States eastern time, I will return to the radio station I blogged about earlier for a short, free-form radio show. Readers interested becoming listeners, in hearing my Lord Humungusesque voice, or simply a collection of rather unusual music strung together with a logic unique to me, are encouraged to listen live at 89.3 fm (if you live in a the Research Triangle area of North Carolina) or online by clicking here.
As mentioned in the earlier post, I will take requests, either by telephone (I announce the number frequently during the show), or here in comments. For instance, a song from Marian Call's new album will be played in the opening minutes of the show. As a bonus, I won't be as technically inept as I was last time (when I hadn't played DJ for almost ten years), because I've done five shows in the past two months. Radio DJ'ing is not like riding a bike: you do forget, but I've knocked off the rust.
Request rules, since I wasn't clear enough about them the first time:
The station's format is "popular music of the 20th and 21st centuries". This means I will not play Stravinsky. "Popular music" doesn't mean Top 40. It means, in this context, "not classical". I expect to play rock, pop, jazz, blues, hip hop, country, old-time and bluegrass, gospel, funk, big band, electronic, and "world" music (whatever that means) in the course of the show.
Your request needs to be something really good or really special, as defined by you and, just as importantly, by me. If you would like for me to play a song by an 80s cheese pop novelty band like M or Thomas Dolby, I'll probably beg off, because M and Thomas Dolby suck.
Your request should be neither too popular nor too obscure. I won't play "Stairway to Heaven" because you and I have both heard it a zillion times. Your cousin Irving may play in Kalamazoo's finest Klezmer band, but if they haven't released an album on a label with moderate distribution, I can't play it because the station's large music library won't have it. (At the same time, we do have an awful lot of music, accumulated over almost forty years of the station's existence.)
Free-form radio is getting rare. A good free-form show is rarer still. I like to think I'm good at it because I've been doing it a long time, and I get better every time I play. Listen, and if you're not careful, you might learn something.
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