February 9

I was mighty intrigued when a WCBN colleague (insert pipe tobacco into corncob here, and adjust your smoking jacket lapels) mentioned the fact that an Alan Lomax-esque amateur recording engineer headed over to a Harlem jazz club called Minton’s Playhouse a whole bunch in the early 1940s and taped jazz musicians doing their thang. Some of the material recorded by this guy–Jerry Newman, for those following along–later were pressed as albums for public consumption, one of which I play on this show. So intriguing, the many avenues by which sounds travel to our ears!

On that note (har har), the results of additional amateurish recordings are peppered in this here episode of Break Your Radio.

along with a bunch of electronic music that I just felt like sharing at the beginning of the show. officerfishdumplings anyone? anyone?

huh, what’s that noise? Oh, it’s Rob, drilling pieces of wood in the FM studio.

(1 hour)
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Please do stay tuned, for next week is a very special Fundraiser Edition of Break Your Radio. Buy yourself a NEW WCBN shirt (or three)! Perhaps some coffee? How about other stuff! Rest assured that those bucks of yours will be devoted to perpetuating the radio waves emanating from ground zero, i.e., 88.3 FM WCBN-FM Ann Arbor. We love you.

P.S. I really do believe that people who play trumpets should be called trumpeteers. So there, it’s an emboldened vocabulary word, like in a textbook. That means it’s true and important.


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