Who Did It First? The Easybeats, “Good Times” (1968)

(Above: Add this to your list of all-time "side one, track ones.") Very early in my college radio career - like on my first show - I had a habit of keeping some songs close by so as to sneak them in if time allowed. They fell under "personal preference;" the show was mostly for … Continue reading Who Did It First? The Easybeats, “Good Times” (1968)

Ten Albums: R.E.M., Document (1987)

(Above: File under "fire.") We're continuing the Facebook-inspired meme of "post ten albums that mean something to you but don't say anything about them," except that I'm saying something about each of them. Born to be wild. #9 - R.E.M., Document (1987) By now it's probably very clear to readers of this blog that the … Continue reading Ten Albums: R.E.M., Document (1987)

Great lost hit: Paul Carrack, “Don’t Shed a Tear” (1987)

(Above: The One Good Reason LP) One of the things that gold-based formats consistently get wrong is an over-reliance on the same songs over and over. I know I've ranted about the "decades" channels on Sirius XM before, but they serve as a perfect example of "not going deep enough." Deeper lists equal low cumulative … Continue reading Great lost hit: Paul Carrack, “Don’t Shed a Tear” (1987)

College radio classics: Squeeze, “Hourglass” (1987)

(Above: Another 45 that college radio made me buy. It was a very expensive extra-curricular.) As a part of my month-long celebration of college radio (lining up with the fact that I started in it 30 years ago, which is surreal), I've been going through surviving recordings of shows from my freshman year in radio. … Continue reading College radio classics: Squeeze, “Hourglass” (1987)

College radio classics: The Cure, “Just Like Heaven” (1987)

(Above: the 45 "picture sleeve" for "Just Like Heaven") I've mentioned in earlier posts on college radio - most recently last week's entry on my first-ever show - that one of the goals of the student station is often to introduce audiences to music that they may not be familiar with.  Some stations take this … Continue reading College radio classics: The Cure, “Just Like Heaven” (1987)

The first radio show: WLRA-FM, September 5, 1987

(Above: Sometimes there's an advantage to not throwing things away.) September 5, 1987 was a Saturday.  It was the start of the Labor Day weekend, I had just finished my first week of classes at Lewis University, and it was the day that I was to attempt my first scheduled radio show on the college's … Continue reading The first radio show: WLRA-FM, September 5, 1987

A month of college radio! The Icicle Works, “Understanding Jane” (1987)

(Above: My Intro to Radio book from when I was a student is in my college office. Hopefully there's been an update to this edition since then.) This morning I got an unusual notification from Facebook.  It was in the "memories" section, which highlights posts made on this date over the last few years.  I … Continue reading A month of college radio! The Icicle Works, “Understanding Jane” (1987)

Like a bolt of blue: New Order, “Bizarre Love Triangle” (1987)

(Above: Sometimes the simplest cover artwork is the best.) Thirty years ago today, New Order released Substance, a double LP that's probably best known as the album that casual fans know.  New Order came to be in 1980 after Joy Division split following the suicide of lead singer Ian Curtis. They're best known for "Blue … Continue reading Like a bolt of blue: New Order, “Bizarre Love Triangle” (1987)

Greatest misses: Gino Vannelli, “Wild Horses” (1987)

(Above: "Do you like my hair?") A few weeks ago I went back over the Billboard charts from the last week of July 1985.  The song "Black Cars" was on there, and I promised that if I get back on the air on campus this fall, it's probably to do an 80s show, and I'd … Continue reading Greatest misses: Gino Vannelli, “Wild Horses” (1987)

Greatest misses: Mick Jagger, “Throwaway” (1987)

(Above: the 45 sleeve.  Remember those?) Now that summer school has ended and the grades are posted (hooray!) I can get back to doing some research.  A project that I am very excited about is the WLRA History Project that I began in May.  The 50th anniversary of the launch of my college radio station … Continue reading Greatest misses: Mick Jagger, “Throwaway” (1987)