Firesign Theatre

 

 Check out The Firesign Theatre on You Tube. They were a mainstay on many of the best free form FM stations during the 1970’s.

John Farrell WZIR FM Renegade Radio @ It’s Best!

Fantastic clip recorded during WZIR FM’s ( Wizard Radio, Niagara Falls, NY) first Birthday in June 1981. Sadly the free form format at the station barely made it past the first year and was gone just two months after this recording was made.

An exceptional set of music by the likes of the Grateful Dead, Michael Hurley, Brinsley Schwarz, Dave Edmunds, Traffic, The Sex Pistols, Cheap Trick and Quicksilver Messenger Service..

Gonzo radio at it’s best. Note the commercial at 11:48 for “Signals from Space” hosted by Dr Lobotomy or the commercial block beginning at 23:23  – leading into the news. Prompting newsman George Prentice to say “This place has a terminal drug problem, I don’t know how they allow this stuff on the air”.

John Farrell plays the straight man with his unique delivery. Hard to find better examples of commercial free form radio than this.

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Free Form Freedom Presents The Folk & Country Rock Webcast

ENJOY A HEAPING HELPING OF FOLK AND COUNTY ROCK NUGGETS
Featuring tracks by the Byrds, Donovan, The Long Ryders, Bob Dylan and The Band and many more !

**Just realized that I got the order of release of Child’s Claim to Fame and I Am a Child by the Buffalo Springfield wrong

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The Byrds – My Way is a first-hand description of the inner workings of the Byrds and Burrito Brothers and other entertainment events: written by James ‘Jimmi’ Seiter (Road Manager, production manager and much more for many bands and live events). It sets the record and previous assumptions straight as to what was really going on, from detailed personal, first-hand experience. He takes you on his journey which began in 1966. Click on the Picture for order info.

CFNY & CHUM FM

Ron Bruchal Into Jim Bauer June 1983

Roger Ashby CHUM FM Late 80’s/Early 90’s

The CFNY clip has everything from Pink Floyd to Prince but the dominant strain of music is 80’s style New Wave.

The CHUM FM clips are from the Morning Mystery Oldie contest which was a long standing feature that started in 1986 and later changed it’s name to  the Morning Mystery Hit  to reflect changing demographics. The feature was put to rest about six or seven years ago. Not free form but fun.

Please also check out the Reiner Schwarz clip recently added to the Radio Corner and Benjy Karch added to the Radio Miscellany section. Other recent additions include The Free Form 45’s and Beach Boys webcasts found below. Next webcast will be a feature on Folk and Country-Rock

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Free Form Freedom Presents The Beach Boy Show

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Next show planned is Free Form 45’s featuring deep cut singles from various artists but I do plan more Beach Boys episodes in the future and here’s a tease below


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Playlist includes music by The Beach Boys and related material by Roy Wood, Psychic TV, The Del Vikings , Todd Rundgren and many more !

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Ron Bruchal on CFNY, WUWU AND MORE – JUNE 28, 1983

This clip begins with the group called  The The and the track “Perfect on WUWU 107.7 FM. After that there is some dial twisting including a bit of Daddy Cool on CFNY at 12:53. You will hear a bit of the  syndicated program Rockline with Bob Cockburn at 13:55 and at 17:20 a DJ from WCMF, Rochester proclaims “history in the making” by having played the first compact laser disc ( Phil Collin’s Face Value album). This part of the clip is possibly from around September 1982 based on a mention of  Billy Joel’s Nylon Curtain as a new release and the introduction of CD’s as a commercial product.

Starting at 17:52 we hear Ron Brushal on CFNY with an interesting mix of music including The Wall of Voodoo’s cover of “Ring of Fire”, Peter Gabriel and Jimmy Pursey with Animals Have More Fun, Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel and more.

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Jim Reid and James Scott – CFNY 1983

Drum machines and synths and a techno vibe was dominant at CFNY during this period but as you will hear on this clip the station could be still be counted on for  variety. You will hear Jim Reid play Marvin Gaye and Bebop Deluxe who are thought of as a new wave band but they actually predated the new wave and released their first album in 1974. I always thought of their earlier work as the thinking man’s Queen.

Jim Reid may have been the DJ with the longest tenure at NY during the “Spirit of Radio” era. His set is followed by James Scott another stalwart of the Spirit. We get to hear James play Chris de Burgh, “Oh Superman” by Laurie Anderson and even some mid 60’s Bob Dylan. interesting listening and a free form ethos still apparent at the station.

Listen near the very end for an AD by Ivor Hamilton for his import show.

Quality is poor particularly on the first half compounded by the fact that the Bebop Deluxe tune uses the phasing effect.

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Jim Santella – In The Belly of The Beast

Jim Santella could be called the Dean of all Buffalo DJ’s from the free form era and beyond. He started his professional career at Buffalo’s first free form called WYSL.  That station changed it’s called letters to WPHD and Santella also made the transition.  He later moved to 97 Rock where he stayed for many years. More recently he had a blues show on public WBFO and has since retired.

This clip finds him firmly in new wave land on WUWU FM ( June 1983) playing tracks by Q-Field, The Talking Heads and more. Some jazz by Jean Luc Ponty for a change of pace. My favorite musical selection on the clip is “Church of The Poison Mind” by Culture club which finds Boy George in full Motown mode.

An interesting commercial with Jeff Gordon for a WUWU party  plays during the first break.

There’s around the dial twisting starting at the 47:00 minute mark you can hear Rick Ringer on CHUM FM announcing his last set. Yes this was the time when they actually played Quiet Riot. You can also hear James Scott on CFNY announcing an interview with Kajagoogoo by The Live Earl Jive later that day. Unfortunately I did not stay on any one station for too long during the dial changes, save for a classical station near the end.  Quality is so so on the clip and falters badly at the end as the tape rolls off the reel. Highlighting the ephemera of the listening experience.

The clip ends where it began in “the belly of the beast” with Jim Santella. That phrase, used by Santella in his ID’s, quite aptly described the format and vibe at WUWU FM and I hope you enjoy this clip from one of the legendary broadcasters from Western New York.

Cross Posted in the Radio Corner.

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A Mixed Bag – WCMF, 97 Rock and WUWU 107.7

This is an intriguing clip that provides a picture of the rock radio dial in western New York during the summer of 1982.

Things get started with selections played on the Import/Export show on WCMF FM – Rochester, New York with Unkle Roger hosting. Alternative rock and some of it never played in Toronto (cuts by The Dream Syndicate, Fleshtones, The Cramps and Chesterfield Kings). CFNY was not big on this type of garage rock but WCMF’s Import Export and WUWU gave well deserved exposure to the genre.

You also hear a bit of mainstream AOR by way of WCMF and 97 Rock from Buffalo All of the tracks are recorded off the radio but the announcements for some are missing unfortunately,

The best part of the clip is near the end when we hear Jeff Gordon on WUWU playing a comedy cut by George Carlin and a special dance mix of Our House by Madness called Madhouse.  Creative programming could still be heard in some quarters in 1982 and Jeff Gordon’s segment is a great example.

Listen also for a syndicated segment from Pete Fornatale of WNEW FM. He was one of the legendary free form Jocks and in later years hosted the “Mixed Bag” program on WNEW and WFUV.

Cross posted at the Radio Corner.

 

Get The Connection – Last Weeks Winner Plus Chance to Win Stones Album !

 Revised- New and Improved

This audio program  details the answers to last week’s  quiz plus the winner is announced. There’s also eight more short clips at the end of the program. Get the artists and connections and you might win a copy of the Rolling Stones “Their Satanic Majesty’s Request” with the original 3 D cover. Vinyl is not in great shape but the cover is swell.

Yes I’m trying to emulate the free form programming of days gone by.

First person to email me at javedjafri@rogers.com with the correct answers will win the album.  Good luck !

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