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Catamount Community Radio Radio - January 30, 2011

I was rolling along on my bike, whistling on my way, perhaps, when I passed the automatic money machine, and suddenly remembered that there were no bills in my fold. "Do I have time to withdraw some cash?" I asked myself. I looked at my phone. 9:52. Blessed excrement, Batman. I'm still a good ways from the station and the show is supposed to start in eight minutes? Needless to say, I made it, but those first few minutes were rough. I settled down and got my act together.

The latest brou-ha-ha is that there is a group of people led by certain alumni that is unhappy about the station's classic rock format and want a return to a Top 40 format. It also asserts that they want the station to return to being under student control.

Well, frankly (where did that come from? I never say "frankly"), I really don't care what format the station has. I'm not a big fan of classic rock in general. I'm a mortal enemy of Journey, REO Speedwagon, and their ilk, and I'm a little tired of "Sweet Home, Alabama." But do I have to give up Alice Cooper and Neil Young? On the other hand, Top 40 can get on my nerves, too. Believe me, I'm familiar with it. I have a 14 year-old daughter. Some of it is very well done. Being catchy is what it's all about. I like a lot of the stuff that Taylor Swift does. The latest number by P-Diddy is garbage. "Throw your hands in the air in the club, etc." And my dislike of the Black-Eyed Peas matches my disdain for REO Speedwagon. And then there's Bruno Mars' "Grenade":

I'd catch a grenade for ya
Throw my hand on a blade for ya
I’d jump in front of a train for ya
You know I'd do anything for ya
Oh, oh
I would go through all this pain,
Take a bullet straight through my brain,
Yes, I would die for ya baby;
But you won't do the same.

That's some funny shit right there, though I'm not sure it's meant to be. One thing the protesters are wrong about. The station is run by students. The thing of it is, it's run by students who are "radio people," not "music people." So the way they're looking at it is a little different. The protesters also make unfair comparisons to stations at other universities in the University of North Carolina system. UNC Chapel Hill, for example, has the NPR affiliate WUNC 91.5, for the "adults" (Let's just say for now). The students have WXYC, weird, excellent, exasperating, and totally student-run. We don't have two stations, so we have to sort of straddle the line.

Anyway, here's the link to the Facebook group.

The bottom line for me is that I'm thankful that I've been able to do my show since the last century, with virtually no interference from anybody. I mind my P's & Q's, show up on time, don't play anything laced with obscenities.... It'll be interesting to see how this plays out. One thing I agree with the protesters about is that too much of the time the station is on auto-pilot. It makes for smooth radio, but I'd prefer rough-around-the-edges radio with a human being at the controls.

You know, even though Logan (the manager ... a student, by the way) is pissed, I say it is a good thing. It shows, at the very least, that there is passion about this radio station.

Anyway, what about the content of today's show?

Larry Goldings, playing piano alongside the saxophonist Harry Allen and playing organ with his quartet.

Stanley Turrentine and Shirley Scott did the standard "Deep Purple," which sounds to me like a cross between "Easy Living" and "Night and Day." My little joke was to play El Señor Coconut's cover of "Smoke on the Water" right afterwards.

Randy Newman, a genius, I think:

President Coolidge came down in a railroad train
With a little fat man with a note-pad in his hand
The President say,
"Little fat man isn't it a shame what the river has done
To this poor crackers land."

Beyond that, Nashville Bluegrass Band, Sahib Shihab, Señor Coconut, Mingo Saldívar (covering Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire" in a Tex-Mex style).

Catamount Community Radio, on Power 90.5, Sunday mornings 10-12 (EST).

1. Larry Goldings & Harry Allen – Morning Has Broken
2. Duke Ellington – Daybreak Express
3. Stanley Turrentine & Shirley Scott – Deep Purple
4. Señor Coconut – Smoke on the Water
5. Peter Wolf & Shelby Lynn – Tragedy
6. Kronos Quartet – Smoke Rising
7. Sahib Shihab – Peter’s Waltz
8. Elvis Costello – Every Day I Write the Book
9. Porter Wagoner – Be a Little Quieter
10. Eddie Harris – Born to be Blue
11. Randy Newman – I Think it’s Going to Rain Today
12. Larry Goldings & Harry Allen – The Look of Love
13. Larry Goldings –The Wedding (fragment)
14. Radio Citizen feat. Bajka – The Hop
15. David Allyn – Down with Love
16. Wynonie Harris – Drinkin’ by Myself
17. Olivia Newton John – Please, Mr. Please
18. Zap Mama – Kemake
19. Quantic & Spanky – When You’re Through
20. Coleman Hawkins – While We’re Young
21. Randy Newman – Louisiana, 1927
22. Billie Holiday – I Cried for You
23. Nashville Bluegrass Band – Blue Train
24. Mingo Saldívar – Rueda de Fuego
25. Shaggy – Oh, Carolina
26. Dandy Livingston – Caribbean Rock
27. MF Doom – Fillet of Rapper
28. Mose Allison – I’m Smashed
29. Louis Armstrong – Linger in my Arms a Little Longer
30. Sonny Boy Williamson – Help Me
31. APB – Shoot You Down
32. Larry Goldings Quartet – The Wedding (fragment)


Randy Newman


Mingo Saldívar

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