Friday, February 12, 2010

A Rarity and a Remembrance ---and a TRADITIONS Thought

Both Ron Olesko and I will be in attendance this Sunday on the program since our annual fundraiser is still under way. I will be making a few comments about what and who we play on the program over time and how it something that you will not hear elsewhere on the radio dial----in this area and on commercial radio. Wait for the comments on Sunday; but, an example would be that WQXR will play newer artists performing newer classical music along with newer artists interpretation of the older classics---and the conductors and orchestras of the here and now as well as the past. You get the idea as it relates to TRADITIONS.

So---the rarity. One of the artists that has been played (and much requested) over the years and who's family I had the pleasure of having on the program a number of years back is KATE WOLF. This coming Sunday her music will be a part of the show---including some others that you might not hear elsewhere or, perhaps, only one or two pieces that are commercially well known. Stay tuned.

Now we get to the rarity---which would not work on radio but YouTube has proven to be a boon to letting us always revisit the past while also viewing the present---perhaps too much amateurish "present", but no editorializing now. While there is just so much there and so much more coming down the proverbial Pike every second one has to search and find the rarities---and this is one. Kate Wolf---not as a performer (there are plenty of great videos there---Austin City Limits) but her doing what I try to do---and, hopefully, in her league---Kate, if you read her bio, was also a radio host---DJ if you will---I like host. This video captures ever so briefly her warmth and charming voice and features an interesting performance by---well,you can see that:

I hope you will be joining us this Sunday on the air or on the web---we will have a few other artists that you will not be hearing in other places too frequently. Ron, as well, will have a few interesting and unexpected things to present----AND--we certainly hope you will call and pledge to the program---any amount is appreciated in the same way as any other pledge amount. You can also pledge by e mail to and if you call this Sunday---the number is 201 692-2012.

Check a previous blog---below---for the schedule of premiums which are our way of saying thanks to you and for you to thank yourselves for keeping a program you feel at home with on the air for another year---as you have done for over 30 now.

Finally let me just offer a personal thought about large and small venues and , as the term used "the great unwashed"(a term that comes from a novel from the "50s - or "60s" about radio). The government is looking into the possible merger of Ticketmaster and Live Nation and the monopolistic aspects of this. "the great unwashed" ---they work hard and throw money at these behemoths to within shouting distance of a stage that features the name and hyped performers---be the smart (I guess "washed and showered") ones that realize that you will have a better and more meaningful time visiting your local venue where you interact with artist for a fraction of the cost---and the artist is, usually, more relevant and intriguing. You can also join TDF and get show tix for a fraction of the box office charges.

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