was one of the greatest storytellers ever to be heard on radio. The Jean Shepherd Project
collects recordings of these historic broadcasts, converts them to mp3 files and makes them available to be revisited by his longtime fans and by those who wish to discover what great American storytelling is all about. [more inside]
posted by carsonb
on Dec 11, 2007 -
Interviews with all sorts of interesting people
. John Hodgman and Henry Rollins
, Brendon Small and Peter Molyneux
, Terry Jones
, Jonathan Katz and Jonathan Goldstein
, Patton Oswalt
, Elmore Leonard
, They Might Be Giants
, Ira Glass
, and many, many more, from all areas of the arts and sciences and stuff. Something for everyone! [more inside]
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken
on Dec 9, 2007 -
The DeZurik Sisters
committed only six songs to record during their recording career, but were the first women stars of the Grand Ole Opry
and the National Barn Dance
. Now WFMU has 32 tracks
of theirs from their early appearance as The Cackle Sisters on the Purina Checkerboard Squares Radio Show. Download away and hear the yodeling that swept the nation in the early 40s.
posted by 1f2frfbf
on Aug 2, 2007 -
After 15 years, Schickele Mix is no more
- "Dedicated to the proposition that all musics are created equal" - That's the tag line of Schickele Mix
, the best, broadest, funniest, and most interesting music education program ever heard. Created and hosted by Peter Schickele (best known for his other entertaining music education creation - P.D.Q. Bach
- a fictional composer son of Johannes) Schickele Mix juxtaposed Bach with the Beatles, Elgar with Duke Ellington and the Everly Brothers, Tuvan throat singing with twanging Texas Swing, or Schubert with Spike Jones in "suites" demonstrating the universality of musical techniques and themes. Checkout the playlists
and you'll see what I mean. After 15 years of broadcasts and re-broadcasts, Schickele Mix is no more. This is a shame, since three and a half years of educational weekly programs could be repeated for new audiences, if not continuously, then with a gap of a couple years until something better comes along. These programs have such rich content, it's a shame future audiences can't be created. I've got to wonder whether it's not just the 5 cycles of repeated playings (which, by the way, I've never gotten tired of) that's the whole reason for its disappearance from the airways. The program depends on a wide range of recorded music. Perhaps the new proposed performance royalties
, or even merely their threat
, have managed to claim Schickele Mix as a victim. As Peter Schickele said at the end of each program, "It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that certain je ne sais quoi.
And with the apparent demise of Schickele Mix, we've lost a serious source of that important "je ne sais quoi."
posted by fpatrick
on Jul 22, 2007 -
was a unique and well produced radio drama set in New Zealand. It was science fiction, a thriller, a soap opera. It aired in 96 five minute episodes, but died mid-storyline
when it's creative team- like so many creative teams- couldn't get it together.
posted by jiiota
on Jul 18, 2007 -
How do you do: since 1950, Pacific Garden Mission in Chicago, Illinois
has produced dramatized salvation stories which are now syndicated around the world
. 2,950 weekly one hour stories have been produced so far, and the variety of wayward paths these poor sinners have taken is astonishing, running the gamut from "Gambling, Lying, Fear
", to "Country Music, Bigamy, Pride
" to "Jewish, Seeking, Piano
)." Whatever their false beliefs, all these fortunate folks have one thing in common (well, besides being voiced by the same few people
): their hearts and minds and lives have all been UNSHACKLED!
With impressive production values and sound effects created onstage during the live taping, it may be the last true radio drama. Sadly, PGM does not evangelize open audio formats; Real or WMP only.
posted by contraption
on Jul 12, 2007 -
("new dawn") is a phenomenally popular radio drama broadcast out of Kigali, Rwanda
. The soap, funded by Dutch NGO La Benevolencija
, follows the story of two star-crossed lovers who come from opposing villages involved in an increasingly violent struggle. Thought Rwandan law makes it difficult to discuss the genocide in the media, the show aims to open a dialog using the fictional villages of Bumanzi and Muhumuro as a proxy for Hutus and Tutsis.
A soap opera may seem like an unlikely vehicle to tackle a topic of such national importance, but it's actually not uncommon
. And, certainly, Rwanda is a country that knows all too well about the power of radio
posted by meta_eli
on Jul 8, 2007 -
"I've said all along, we are in this together." John Simson, executive director of SoundExchange
- the royalty collecting arm of the RIAA - extends an olive branch through 2008 that will cap the advance payments internet broadcasters will have to cough up at $2500 per year.
This comes in the wake of the Day of Silence,
(it was June 26, did anyone notice?
) spearheaded by Los Angeles-based terrestrial/online radio station KCRW
(home of the brilliant Morning Becomes Eclectic
) and SaveNetRadio,
during which some of the biggest names in online radio - include Live365, NPR
- went dark for 24 hours, airing a one-hour broadcast twice during that day on the history of flat fees in public broadcasting. [direct .mp3, 38mb]
Under the much-maligned changes made by our government's Copyright Royalty Board, the top six internet radio stations would have had to pay 47 percent of their total revenue (anticipated to be around $37.5 mil.) to the RIAA, starting this July.
The Internet Radio Equality Act [summary, in its entire pdf glory]
has been introduced to the House of Representatives, seeking to permanently reverse this decision.
posted by phaedon
on Jul 3, 2007 -
When people think of Old Time Radio, they usually think of the standards: Amos 'n Andy, Burns and Allen, Dragnet, etc. etc. I won't link to them because they are all over the 'net, and you can find them easily. But you almost certainly don't know about Vic and Sade
... and you should.
Read the good Wikipedia article
first, to whet your appetite even more, then go listen
! [more inside]
posted by woodblock100
on Jun 25, 2007 -
Is this the future of non-satellite radio?
So an old rock station flipped formats in the wee hours of the morning. "Lone Star 92.5
will not air traditional spots. Instead, the station will have 'sponsors' whose content will be integrated in throughout the hour [a la NPR].
Lone Star 92.5 will feature such artists as ZZ Top, The Old 97's, Stevie Ray Vaughn, and of course, Willie Nelson. In fact, the Red Headed Stranger will also serve as the voice of the station."
This just might be the significant step it takes HD Radio
to rise to the challenge of satellite radio
Those who claim to know radio
cynically predict the new format will go down in flames. Maybe they just say that because it is a part
of the universally reviled Clear Channel Communications
posted by Doohickie
on Apr 23, 2007 -
IPR: Irrational Public Radio
"We love NPR, PRI, & MPR. We are fans of All Things Considered
, Morning Edition
, Car Talk
, This American Life
, Fresh Air
, and Prarie Home Companion
. We like the commentaries, the features, the independent member station programs. We love them all dearly. But we also think they're begging to be made fun of. So here we are."
posted by jdroth
on Mar 29, 2007 -
In Our Time
Faced with a wet weekend indoors, I realised it's time to dig into the archive
of In Our Time
, the most unashamedly intellectual radio discussion series every produced. Broadcast on BBC Radio 4
, and hosted by Melvyn Bragg
(sorry, make that Lord Bragg
), the show's format is simple: Take a topic that's shaped our world, invite a handful of academics who specialize in that field, and chat. But remember: Commercially suicidal program(me)s like this wouldn't be possible if it wasn't for the unique way the BBC is funded
posted by humblepigeon
on Mar 24, 2007 -
Stand By For Crime!
Archive.org presents the astonishing adventures of Chuck Morgan, intrepid radio muckracker and crimefighter, as he battles The Communist Menace, investigates The Wetback Murders, and solves The Marijuana Mystery. Circa 1953; twenty-six half-hour episodes in mp3 format, each approximately 9 MB.
posted by stammer
on Feb 4, 2007 -
Alan "Fluff" Freeman
has died at the age of 79
he gave up broadcasting in 2000
, due to poor health, he will always be remembered as the man who invented the chart rundown, complete with background music and jingles.
He is probably best known for Pick of the Pops
, which reached a mainstream audience, but was also a champion of rock music. Along with John Peel
and Tommy Vance
, Fluff was the last of the three great DJ's I grew up listening to on late night radio. I'm too young to remember his Radio Luxembourg shows, but The Saturday Night Rock Show on Radio 1 was compulsory listening, part for the music and part for Fluff's unique catchphrases and jingles, particularly Sign of the Swingin' Cymbal (rm)
which became his theme on all his radio shows. He was also the inspiration behind the Harry Enfield character Dave Nice
. We'll miss you Fluff. Not 'arf!
posted by bap98189
on Nov 28, 2006 -
have become an essential piece of technology for people who spend time in avalanche terrain. Beacons, as they're also known, operate on an international standard frequency and can be used to find other transceivers (hopefully still attached to people) buried under snow, giving rescuers a chance to find victims before they suffocate. [more inside]
posted by mistermoore
on Nov 16, 2006 -
September 30th, 2002, scientists intercepted a 10 minute radio burst from the galactic center, 26,000 Light Years away. 77 minutes passed, and it repeated. And again. The signal repeated 5 times that evening.
Some think those signals are weird mysterious.
Others think they are interesting mysterious.
posted by Lord_Pall
on Oct 25, 2006 -
Bob "Mad Dog" Lassiter, dead at 61.
Bob was one of the most notorious and entertaining "confrontational radio" hosts to ever sit behind a microphone. WFMU
's The Professor wrote
, "every other talk host I’ve ever heard usually gets off on like-minded callers, but not Bob. In fact, he was often quite impatient with callers who agreed with him."
Bob was an absolute master of baiting the listening audience, ensnaring many callers who thought that they were clever enough to outwit him. Of course, none
of them were
. He once played "dead air chicken" with a belligerent caller for 11 minutes straight, saying absolutely nothing until the caller finally gave up and hung up his phone. Tapes of these broadcasts
have been prized by aircheck collectors for years, many of which are now available as mp3 downloads at BobLassiterAirchecks.com
knew he was dying, yet he actively resisted any measures that would improve his health. He blogged
nearly every moment of his last days, often in graphic detail
. His last written words
were posted yesterday.
posted by melorama
on Oct 17, 2006 -
Already listened to everything This American Life offers or maybe looking for something a bit smarter and full of science? Maybe you'll like Radio Lab
. Maybe you'll like the mind-blowing and historically expanding episode on music
. Maybe older
history is your cup of tea -- how about biblical times
and how they sit in shoeboxes in Oxford. A stack of shows available via podcast, MP3 download (and some .RAM, sorry)
posted by Ogre Lawless
on Oct 13, 2006 -
This American Life
is now offering free podcasts. A while ago, someone noticed MP3s of This American Life episodes were sitting in a publicly accessible directory. People soon starting making podcasts. This American Life asked them to stop. Most of them did
. Fans of the show were disappointed. Now the podcast is available directly from TAL for free.
posted by scottreynen
on Oct 12, 2006 -
Radio Sherpa We show you what is playing on your favorite radio station right now. If you see a song or program that you like, just click on the album art to make your selection. You can play the song, learn more about the artist or song, or even buy it.
Only in Boston at the moment.
posted by srboisvert
on Oct 4, 2006 -
: on the 9th of September three Cambridge engineering students launched
a balloon equipped with a camera and tracking devices. It reached a height of 32km and took 857 photographs
during its three hour flight, some
showing the curvature of the earth. You can also download a KML file
to follow the balloon's flight path in Google Earth.
posted by jack_mo
on Sep 23, 2006 -
One might think that in today's world of cell phones, text messaging and the Internet, you shouldn't write off ham radio
just yet. Not only can Morse code be faster than text messaging
, but when when you need it most, you can still communicate with the world
[PDF]. If you're lucky, and the conditions are right, you might be able to chat with operators hundred of miles away thanks to tropospheric ducting
. There's more to ham radio than just the old chatter, though: you can use the ham radio bands to operate radio-controlled planes, send and receive TV
[PDF] (sort of), wirelessly connect to networks
, or talk with astronauts
posted by Godbert
on Aug 1, 2006 -