"Respect the elders. Embrace the new. Encourage the impractical and improbable, without bias."
June 29, 2010 6:22 PM Subscribe
The days of the legendary late-night FM DJ are pretty much behind us...with one notable exception. Vin Scelsa
, whose radio career spans 43 years on six different New York City FM stations, has developed a uniquely passionate following through his free-form show Idiot's Delight
, which blends an idiosyncratic array of music new and old, commentary, and book recommendations
. For decades, Vin has used his on-air time to read entire chapters of books, wax philosophical, and add to his remarkable roster of guests
. Faithful fans
chronicle every aspect of the show
, archive past playlists
, and even create works like this very homemade but very informative and worthwhile Unofficial Documentary: Parts 1
Idiot's Delight is also on Facebook
and is rebroadcast on SIRIUS Satellite Radio's The Loft
. He has produced live music series like the 1990s Bottom Line event In Their Own Words: A Bunch of Songwriters Sitting Around Singing, and was music editor of Penthouse for many years.
I was one of the many teenage listeners
who discovered Vin (and the incredible, otherwise-unheard-on-radio music that was a program staple) on WNEW and WXRK in the 1980s-90s and made it appointment listening.. His show has probably influenced the development of my personal taste more than I ever think to give it credit for. The show was supposed to end at midnight, but it rarely did - he'd keep going, pre-empting the automated overnight DJ, until two, three, beyond...and we stayed with him.