My radio show on WECI

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It's almost, but not quite, embarrassing to admit how much time I spent as a kid playing "Radio DJ" in my room.  I had a Fisher Price turntable along with a cassette deck hooked into a surprisingly advanced "be your own DJ" toy mixing device, and I would spin tunes for hours, paying particular attention the cross fades, the track notes announced in between songs, and faux news and weather reports to my non-existent listeners.  You create art for yourself regardless of whether someone else gets to view/hear it, right?

I think my excitement about recording and broadcasting forms of creativity has continued since.  I was always working to produce video and audio recordings for fun in high school, I had a radio show and was a news reader and the training director on my college's station, and I've since dived head first into the world of podcasting (though that's paused right now).

This summer I've had the pleasure of taking on a new show at that same college radio station, WECI 91.5 FM here in Richmond, thanks to the initiative of friend and co-worker Nate.  It's one of Richmond's great but under-utilized and under-supported public media assets, and despite being a little rough around the edges sometimes, it's still a neat place to work in radio.

I'm currently on from 10 PM-midnight on Wednesdays, and the show is called "Mix Tape" - it's a pretty random collection of music meant to evoke the thought processes and amalgamating that goes into creating mix tapes or CDs.  (The reality is probably that very few people listen, which makes it much easier to wax poetic on the air, knowing that big rig drivers passing through in the night are my likely primary audience.)

You can listen online if you're not local, and while I can't promise anything, you're welcome to make requests and give feedback by phone or via Twitter.  Thanks to everyone who's tuned in thus far!

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  1. A post-mortem and playlist from tonight's show, for those who listened:

    It didn't quite go as planned, in that with about 45 minutes remaining the next show DJ came in and brought about 27 kids with him who promptly sat themselves down in the broadcast studio and stared at me while I finished the show. They were pleasant, but I wasn't exactly prepared for the physically proximate audience. There were also problems with the single computer in the studio with Internet access, and various other small glitches - hopefully you didn't notice. Except for the part where, flustered, I recommended that everyone break up with everyone else at the first sign of unhappiness. Ooops.

    The upside was that there was such a great listenership that I didn't even realize at the time - folks streaming online and locally...childhood friends, friends from far away, co-workers, family - WOW! That's really heartening. Someone said they bought some music tonight because of the show - nice.

    Here's a playlist from the Breakup edition of Mix Tape:

    1. Paul Simon - "50 Ways To Leave Your Lover"
    2. Phish - "Fast Enough For You"
    3. Mr. Mister - "Broken Wings"
    4. Sinead O'Connor - "Nothing Compares 2 U"
    5. Tracey Chapman - "Smoke And Ashes"
    6. Genesis - "In Too Deep"
    7. Dido - "Here With Me"
    8. Poison - "Every Rose Has Its Thorn"
    9. Cranberries - "Linger"
    10. Bonnie Tyler - "Total Eclipse Of The Heart"
    11. Bon Iver - "Re: Stacks"
    12. Sonny Boy Williamson - "The Sky Is Crying"
    13. Indigo Girls - "Left Me A Fool"
    14. Jeff Buckley - "Last Goodbye"
    15. George Michael - "Kissing A Fool"
    16. Natalie Merchant - "Beloved Wife"
    17. Air Supply - "All Out Of Love"
    18. Willie Nelson - "Always On My Mind"
    19. Carly Simon - "Coming Around Again"
    20. Zac Brown Band - "Jolene"
    21. Puff Daddy - "I'll be missing you"
    22. Dave Matthews Band - "Let You Down"
    23. Bob Marley - "No Woman No Cry"
    24. Fleetwood Mac - "Never Going Back"
    25. R.E.M. - "It's the end of the world as we know it"

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