Monday, February 13, 2012

Old Radio Show

My old college radio station, WDCV at Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA, has started a tumblr blog to document the station's history in honor of its 50th anniversary year. Brenda Landis, the station's advisor, has posted some really interesting artifacts there, including audio from a radio show I did back on February 16th of 1989 (almost 23 years ago to the day).

Here is my playlist for the evening:
0:00 New Order - "Dream Attack" [From Previous Program]
0:12 DJ Introduction
0:41 The Stump Wizards - "Firemine"
02:36 Buzzcocks - "Orgasm Addict"
04:32 Camper Van Beethoven - "Harmony In My Head" [Buzzcocks Cover]
07:14 Half Japanese - "Day And Night"
10:01 The Chills - "Bee Bah Bee Bah Be Boe"
12:32 PSA
13:03 DJ Announcements
13:28 Elvis Costello - "Let Him Dangle"
17:54 XTC - "Mayor Of Simpleton"
21:37 Station ID by Vitus Matare of Trotsky Icepick
21:58 Trotsky Icepick - "Mar Vista Bus Stop"
24:53 DJ Announcements
25:31 Angst - "Time To Understand"
28:51 Christmas - "This Is Not A Test"
31:45 Throwing Muses - "Fall Down"
35:18 Lou Reed - "Good Evening Mr. Waldheim"
39:49 DJ Announcements
40:11 Ben Vaughn Combo - "She's Your Problem Now"
43:39 Spinal Tap - "Tonight I’m Gonna Rock You Tonight"
46:12 Iggy And The Stooges - "Your Pretty Face Is Going To Hell"
50:39 Spinal Tap - "Hell Hole"
53:44 Nine Pound Hammer - "Bye, Bye Glen Frey"
55:32 DJ Announcements
56:19 Chris McGregor Brotherhood of Breath - "Country Cooking"
61:26 Tom Waits - "Swordfishtrombone"
64:20 Bongos, Bass And Bob - "The Clothes Of The Dead"
67:46 Captain Beefheart - "When I See Mommy I Feel Like A Mummy"
72:21 DJ Announcements
73:19 Sweet Baby - "Pathetic"
75:07 Field Trip - "Tunneling"
78:03 The Divine Horsemen - "Someone Like You"
82:06 Giant Sand - "Mountain Of Love"
86:00 DJ Announcements
86:54 The Feelies - "Slipping (Into Something)"
91:59 Roger Manning - "The #14 Blues" [cuts off]
Listening to this today is a little embarrassing, especially when I hear my younger self introducing a song by Chris McGregor's Brotherhood of Breath as "sort of a, um, a jazz inflected, um, with reggae type music." Ouch. Perhaps the reason I spoke so little during this program was because I was following Abraham Lincoln's dictum that it is "better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt." Unfortunately, I said just a few words too many that evening to leave room for doubt. But I have to remind myself I was only 19 years old at the time, and even if I didn't know how to describe it, I was at least adventurous enough to play Chris McGregor's music alongside such typical college radio fare as Elvis Costello and XTC.

Some of the music I played on that night I still listen to today, some of it I don't even remember. On the whole, the program is probably a decent snapshot into what was going on in college radio during the late 80s. By this time R.E.M. had become platinum sellers thanks in part to support from college radio, and major labels were starting to look to college radio as a sort of "farm system" where they could break artists before pushing them to larger commercial stations. Further, the spread of industry trade magazines like CMJ were helping to establish an identifiable "college radio" sound, while at the same time homogenizing the medium to some degree. 

For myself, at the time, I just thought I was just playing some music I liked, maybe exposing people to stuff they hadn't heard before, and most of all having fun. Thanks to Brenda for finding room on the internet for this little time capsule. I hope you enjoy it.


Chris Zingg said...

Stump Wizards rock!

Pete Bilderback said...

Yeah they do!

Toilet Help said...

Cool music :)

Mark said...

This was fun to listen to, Pete, particularly since this was EXACTLY the same time I was dabbling in college radio at Michigan State (Winter '89). I felt that I took a trip back in time in the Wayback Machine.

Pete Bilderback said...

Thanks Mark. It's good to know someone other than me enjoyed listening.