Friday, January 25, 2013

Whither Last Night?

Eeek!  Self Help Radio's "last night" is on "this afternoon!"  In like half an hour!

Are you in Lexington?  You can listen to it on the air at 88.1 fm!

Are you anywhere else?  You can listen at the WRFL website!

Are you reading this any other time than now?  You might find the show on the Self Help Radio website!

I gotta go do a show!

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Preface To Last Night: This Morning

Well.  I have emerged (I hope) from the other side of a sickness - though as I typed that, I coughed & sniffled, so maybe my body knows something I don't - & I think I am sufficiently ready to premiere Self Help Radio at 4pm on a Friday in Lexington.

Do you remember?  My last gig at KOOP in Austin was Fridays from 4:30 to 6:00  pm.  I don't know if it was at all successful - I had a weird issue with a person who hated my show & felt the need to vent under multiple identities on my old guestbook, so I definitely had people who did not like my show - but I got lots of calls & I had a ton of fun.  Perhaps that will be the same on these Friday afternoons.

I started Self Help Radio on Wednesday afternoons in Austin & ended on Friday afternoons.  I found myself doing it in the evening, afternoon & morning (not all at the same time) in West Virginia for a little under a year (the people of Huntington were distinctly underwhelmed by my show, no matter what time it was on).  When I came to RFL, I did it originally from 4:30 to 6:00 am (!) & then from midnight to 1:30 am before finding myself on Monday mornings for a year.

Is it a different vibe, afternoons?  I shudder to even think.  One thing: the station is very quiet in the mornings - the university isn't open yet, & as the morning wears on, people come in, lights come on, chains come off the door (they really do chain the doors closed at the UK Student Center, it's odd).  On Friday afternoon, the opposite will happen - offices will close, people will be leaving, chains will be put on doors (I've never actually seen that happen, though - perhaps they do that at midnight for creepier effect).

Also, I will have been awake longer than half an hour.  That might not necessarily be a good thing.

It's a new era!  Sort of like an era a while ago!  Probably not much of a difference either way!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013


I continue my tradition of, on my birthday week, going back in time & playing my favorite music from a previous year.  When I started the show, I started on the year of my birth, & now, mumble mumble years later, I've found myself in 1977.  Which was a grand year.  For music.  Not so much for me.

I didn't listen to much of this music myself in 1977, but it found me soon enough.  You can listen to lots of amazing stuff from that year now at the Self Help Radio website.  Or, if you'd rather not have to visit that place, you can simply listen to either part one or part two by clicking those links.  Below is listed all them songs I played.

Enjoy, & thanks for listening!

(part one)

"Warszawa" David Bowie _Low_

"Boredom" The Buzzcocks _Spiral Scratch_
"See No Evil" Television _Marquee Moon_
"Showroom Dummies" Kraftwerk _Trans Europe Express_
"Dandy In The Underworld" T.Rex _Dandy In The Underworld_

"Jocko Homo" Devo _Jocko Homo_
"(Get A) Grip (On Yourself)" The Stranglers _Rattus Norvegicus_
"Career Opportunities" The Clash _The Clash_
"In The City" The Jam _In The City_
"God Save The Queen" The Sex Pistols _Never Mind The Bollocks Here's The Sex Pistols_

"The Medium Was Tedium" Desperate Bicycles _The Medium Was Tedium_

(part two)

"Blame It On Cain" Elvis Costello _My Aim Is True_
"Ice Cream Man" Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers _Rock 'N' Roll With the Modern Lovers_
"6.4 Equals Make Out" Gary Wilson _You Think You Really Know Me_
"Love Comes In Spurts" Richard Hell & The Voidoids _Blank Generation_

"The Passenger" Iggy Pop _Lust For Life_
"Pulled Up" Talking Heads _Talking Heads: 77_
"Oh Bondage Up Yours!" X-Ray Spex _Oh Bondage Up Yours!_
"(I'm Always Touched By Your) Presence, Dear" Blondie _Plastic Letters_

"Beauty & The Beast" David Bowie _Heroes_
"Sheena Is A Punk Rocker" The Ramones _Rocket To Russia_
"King's Lead Hat" Brian Eno _Before & After Science_
"Girl" Suicide _Suicide_
"Mannequin" Wire _Pink Flag_

"Memories" Leonard Cohen _Death Of A Ladies' Man_