Country and Western classics, pirate reggae style (with audio)

Flatbush, Brooklyn-based pirate station Crossroads Family Radio (105.5 fm) has been taking the artform to new levels with their country show. Tuesday nights at 7, you might catch all sorts of country classics along the lines of Patsy Cline or Waylon Jennings. Or some of the sentimental stuff, like Kenny Rogers or schmaltzy 70s classicsContinue reading “Country and Western classics, pirate reggae style (with audio)”

Indie and the 606 massive, by Dick Alexander

In 1980 WNYU 89.1 FM began broadcasting a radio show called the New Afternoon Show from 4 pm till 7 pm every weekday with a different DJ each day. That radio show was the brainchild of station programmer and DJ Sal LoCurto with the help of station manager Vincent Montuori, both NYU students who prettyContinue reading “Indie and the 606 massive, by Dick Alexander”

“Something is happening here, but we still don’t get it…” NYT/Wapo take on conservative talk radio

In the last three days, both the New York Times and the Washington Post ran articles on conservative talk radio. The February 9 Washington Post story, “Rush Limbaugh is ailing. And so is the conservative talk-radio industry,” gloats at what it thinks is a likely collapse of the medium. Author Paul Farhi makes some goodContinue reading ““Something is happening here, but we still don’t get it…” NYT/Wapo take on conservative talk radio”

January 12 dispatch: How NYC AM radio responded to the pro-Trump mob’s storming of the Capitol building (with audio)

This dispatch won’t be too extensive. If you follow this stuff, an obvious pattern begins to emerge: the right-wing radio hosts will largely defend Donald Trump at all costs. We will present the more notable moments, and the notable exceptions. Curtis Sliwa and Juliet Huddy, for instance broke from the normal narrative, with Huddy displayingContinue reading “January 12 dispatch: How NYC AM radio responded to the pro-Trump mob’s storming of the Capitol building (with audio)”

Early January dispatch: More thoughts on radio and survival in a burning world

Fire catches up with everything in time—Herakleitos …Yet it is a great mistake to suppose that the only writers who matter are those whom the educated in their saner moments can take seriously. There exists a subterranean world where pathological fantasies disguised as ideas are churned out by crooks and half-educated fanatics for the benefitContinue reading “Early January dispatch: More thoughts on radio and survival in a burning world”

Early December dispatch: lost gems resurfaced/Paris is still burning/brilliant forgeries/commercials as economic indicators/it’s Christmas time again and again and again/and much, much more

Life circumstances have kept us from updating this site as often as we would like. As long as we are required to spend a large portion of our waking hours chasing money, these labors of passion get relegated to the backseat. In our ADHD-addled age, content often takes priority over quality prose. In 2021, we’reContinue reading “Early December dispatch: lost gems resurfaced/Paris is still burning/brilliant forgeries/commercials as economic indicators/it’s Christmas time again and again and again/and much, much more”

May He Rest in Peace, radiofiction by Peter Rugh

Editor’s note: we present our first piece of radiofiction, May He Rest in Peace by Peter Rugh. There is much to chew on in this tale of love, loss and a community radio fund drive. Mother always complained Father was a loudmouth. He wouldn’t shut up when he was dead either.  He enjoyed making noise,Continue reading “May He Rest in Peace, radiofiction by Peter Rugh”

D. Alexander’s Freq Amp Hardware Show: Bluetooth transmissions and the kitchen sink

Editor’s note: This latest hardware review by Dick Alexander comes with an appeal. For years, the Grundig S350 was my main radio, until the adapter died a decade ago. If anyone reading this has an extra 6V adapter they are willing to sell, please drop a line at freq-amp@protonmail.com. In my last dispatch, I reviewedContinue reading “D. Alexander’s Freq Amp Hardware Show: Bluetooth transmissions and the kitchen sink”

Post-election dispatch. Contested election or contested reality? Reactionary AM scrambles to forge a narrative in real time/Weird Giuliani Audio/Brian Lehrer, On the Media, Reveal deliver the goods/WBGO steps it up/Friday night funk on FMU, and more…

Editor’s note: As we were getting ready for this dispatch to go out, the New York Times ran a short blog on how conservative radio hosts are covering the contested-election story. The Times piece largely relies on the number of times certain terms like “fraud” appear in a show’s transcripts. They contrast Limbaugh and HannityContinue reading “Post-election dispatch. Contested election or contested reality? Reactionary AM scrambles to forge a narrative in real time/Weird Giuliani Audio/Brian Lehrer, On the Media, Reveal deliver the goods/WBGO steps it up/Friday night funk on FMU, and more…”

Good News Dispatch. Whole lotta legends. Cousin Brucie and Tony Orlando bringing the oldies to WABC/Bacharach is back/Tom Robbins launches “Deadline New York” on WBAI/Dick Alexander: Bluetooth Beauty and the DX’ers Dream

Whole Lotta Legends: Cousin Brucie and Tony Orlando on WABC Saturday Nights This time around we’ve got mostly good news. Since September, Bruce “Cousin Brucie” Morrow has been back on the air at WABC AM, after a 45-year absence. Morrow is one of the all-time-great rock ‘n roll disc jockeys, and it’s a pleasure toContinue reading “Good News Dispatch. Whole lotta legends. Cousin Brucie and Tony Orlando bringing the oldies to WABC/Bacharach is back/Tom Robbins launches “Deadline New York” on WBAI/Dick Alexander: Bluetooth Beauty and the DX’ers Dream”