September 26 Dispatch: Crucial NPR coverage of our national predicament/a contested election?/Brian Lehrer hits 31-year mark at WNYC/the radio essay as art form/and a special guest dispatch from Portland, OR

The campaign to portray Kyle Rittenhouse as a hero/Contested election ahead? Two NPR pieces heard on WNYC in the last few days highlighted the frightening potential for more bloody political conflict and a contested election. The first dealt with the public relations campaign to paint Kyle Rittenhouse as a champion of law and order. TheContinue reading “September 26 Dispatch: Crucial NPR coverage of our national predicament/a contested election?/Brian Lehrer hits 31-year mark at WNYC/the radio essay as art form/and a special guest dispatch from Portland, OR”

September 23 Dispatch: Every day is Tuesday/Coltrane birthday broadcast/Too much Heshy/Giuliani goes QAnon/O’Reilly’s back

Good days and bad days, says Hesiod, forgetting that all days are alike—Herakleitos I finally got around to seeing a doctor for a long-overdue check-up. While going down the mental-health checklist—depression, anxiety, feelings of hopelessness, despair—the croaker looked up from her clipboard and said, “But do you have any symptoms, you know, aside from theContinue reading “September 23 Dispatch: Every day is Tuesday/Coltrane birthday broadcast/Too much Heshy/Giuliani goes QAnon/O’Reilly’s back”

September 15 Dispatch: Hatemonger Hal/Radio and survival in a burning world

Some things covered herein: Hatemonger Hal Turner pops up on the AM band/Radio and survival in a burning world/American anxiety, bipartisan Sinophobia and the trade war/DX update/recommended radio history First, some breaking news: Noxious White Supremacist Hal Turner surfaces on WSNR White supremacist and FBI informant Hal Turner has popped up on WSNR 620 AMContinue reading “September 15 Dispatch: Hatemonger Hal/Radio and survival in a burning world”

Shortwave Radio

Some interesting programming can still be found on shortwave bands, though this requires wading through tons of Christian fundamentalists, open white supremacists (including nazis) and other assorted kooks. With the ascendancy of streaming radio over the last two decades, shortwave has lost many of its non-hardcore followers. Now that the mainstream conservative movement has goneContinue reading Shortwave Radio

Classic Rock: Nostalgia, or something like it, by Brendan Byrne

104.3 WAXQ 107.1 WWYZ, “The Boss” To get a handle on the arbitrary abstraction known as “classic rock,” we dispatched Brendan Byrne to see what lurks between the beer commercials and the songs that sound like beer commercials—Ed. Entering a bagel shop in deep Queens several mornings ago I was greeted by the blare ofContinue reading “Classic Rock: Nostalgia, or something like it, by Brendan Byrne”

Pirate Transmissions

Many interesting pirate stations can be found on the radio. Most of these pop up in different frequencies, usually at the very low end of the FM dial. In Brooklyn, listeners can find pirate stations broadcasting in multiple languages including Russian, Yiddish, Kreyol, Spanish and English. Unfortunately many of these pirates often knock out someContinue reading “Pirate Transmissions”

AM Radio—“We can’t let the other side even breathe”

But today, in order to create a totalitarian Lebensraum, it is no longer necessary to resort to extraordinary invasions with the motorized vehicles, tanks and stukas of lightning warfare, since one can use the ordinary penetration of the new media, the information blitz. The abundance of surrounding dangers was formerly posed by belligerent factions armedContinue reading “AM Radio—“We can’t let the other side even breathe””

The FM dial: Woke-hop, left factions, freeform, free jazz and more

A modest survey of some of the things found on the FM dial. WNYC 93.9 WNYC’s stellar, but underutilized, news department has been doing excellent coverage of the protests against police abuse and the violent antics of the NYPD (both topics on which WNYC has been historically weak). WNYC-produced On the Media has been consistentlyContinue reading “The FM dial: Woke-hop, left factions, freeform, free jazz and more”

Local and DX Dispatch by Dick Alexander

Lately I haven’t been getting much sleep so I lie under the covers trawling the waves aided by my tiny radio, the Sony Walkman SRF 59. This is a small and inexpensive radio that is suited to DXing and radio listening in general. DXing is a radio culture term for long-distance listening, i.e. seeking outContinue reading “Local and DX Dispatch by Dick Alexander”

An Introduction: Why radio, why now?

A site dedicated to radio? Why now? We are well aware of the paralyzing complexity of life under quarantine/pandemic, widespread social unrest and an upcoming election. We live in a time of permanent crisis. There is likely to be no “good” time to set this project in motion. Even if COVID-19 were to miraculously disappear,Continue reading “An Introduction: Why radio, why now?”