Radio shows

‘Sing All Kinds’ Radio: The ABCs of Love Show

This week’s edition of “Sing All Kinds” on WYXR featured me remembering to take off my mask before I talked but also a couple of CD malfunctions. Still, overall I’d grade it an upgrade in execution. To paraphrase David Porter, I’m just trying to make it better each and every week.

The show can be streamed (and downloaded) after the fact on the show page. Next week’s show, in honor of the Indie Memphis Film Festival, will be “The Movie Show.” 

Here’s this week’s show:

And here’s this week’s playlist:

  1. “The ABCs of Love” — Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers
  2. “Alison” — Elvis Costello 
  3. “Bonita Applebaum” — A Tribe Called Quest
  4. “Charles” — Scrawl
  5. “Donna” — Clem Snide
  6. “Evangeline” — Los Lobos
  7. “Hey, Miss Fannie” — The Clovers
  8. “Gloria” — Them
  9. “Hannah Hunt” — Vampire Weekend
  10. “Irma Jackson” — Merle Haggard
  11. “Jolene” — Cory Branan (didn’t actually play)
  12. “Kathleen” — The Blasters
  13. “Lola” — The Kinks
  14. “Mary Anne” — Marshall Crenshaw
  15. “Nadine” — Chuck Berry
  16. “Ophelia” — The Band
  17. “Peggy Sue” — Buddy Holly & the Crickets
  18. “Lovely Rita” — The Beatles
  19. “Sheena is a Punk Rocker Now” — The Ramones
Radio shows

‘Sing All Kinds’ Radio: The We’re Gonna Make It Show

It’s not just a very sporadically updated blog. It’s now a radio show. The first edition of my weekly radio show for the new WYXR radio (91.7 FM in Memphis, wyxr.org everywhere) was Thursday afternoon.

It was the first time in more than 20 years I’ve done a show. The muscle memory remained, but if doing a radio show is like riding a bike it might take a couple of weeks to keep it from wobbling. There were a couple of times I started a song without having it’s channel set to go live. I forgot to drop my mask when I talked, which is why I sound muffled. And I was a little distracted on the mike anyway because I was trying to remember all the buttons I needed to press and when. I’m expecting at least 20% fewer flubs next week.

The show — every Thursday at 4 p.m. — will be thematic. The first show attempted to reflect the mood of the moment. Next week will be “The ABCs of Love.” You’ll have to tune in to see what that means. You can listen to the stream of this week’s show at the link below (note: the first song on this stream is the last cut from the previous show).

And here’s this week’s setlist:

The We’re Gonna Make It Show

  1. “Please Don’t Bury Me” — John Prine 
  2. “This Year” — Mountain Goats 
  3. “Badlands” — Bruce Springsteen
  4. “Buck Up” — Carsie Blanton
  5. “Seems Like a Long Time” — Rod Stewart
  6. “Bon Bon Vie” — T.S. Monk 
  7. “Tread Water” — De La Soul
  8. “Ultimate” — Gogol Bordello
  9. “Life in Marvelous Times” — Mos Def
  10. “Hope the High Road” — Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit
  11. “Good Fortune” — Todd Snider
  12. “Don’t Ever Change” — Amy Rigby
  13. “Time Tough” — Toots & the Maytals
  14. “Michael and Heather at the Baggage Claim” — Fountains of Wayne
  15. “All the Best” — John Prine