I'm Greg Bass, and this is Tapestry. Music has always been a major influence in my life. As a child, I spent many late nights listening to music on the radio. I lived in Mobile, but the stations I listened to were in far off cities, like Chicago. I thought it was extremely cool that an announcer in a studio 2000 miles away could play songs for people like me in God-knows-where America and we couldn't see him. He was anonymous, but he was right there talking to me. I decided one day I wanted to do what he did. I got my first DJ gig at the age of 16. As a senior in high school, I worked weekends in the local top 40 station...
Who comes to mind when you think of NPR? Scott Simon, Michele Norris, Nina Totenburg,. Those are the folks on the radio every day, telling you what's going on in the world. But recently, a behind the scenes voice at NPR has been making a splash: CEO Vivian Schiller.
She came to NPR in 2008. Before that, she was a senior vice president at the New York Times, where she managed the paper's website. Schiller has used her experience in digital media to push NPR into doing more online. This includes apps for the iPhone and iPad and a website full of blogs and video. It's a bit experimental. But Vivian Schiller tells WBHM's Bradley George that's what NPR needs to do to survive....
Radio may be the theme for this month's show, but there is more to life than what comes out of the speakers. So WBHM's Andrew Yeager has a few suggestions for how you can occupy your time away from the radio -- or podcast-or however you're listening to us. It's this month's Three to See...
This month's show is all about radio. And listening to the radio is usually something you do because you want to. But imagine you work a job where you have to listen to the radio because you HAVE to. WBHM intern Kevin Lehner shares his story of working as a valet - where each night he hears everything from Country to R & B...whether he wants to or not.
There are new players on Birmingham's air waves. Players you may not have ever heard of because they don't speak your language. WBHM's Andrew Yeager explains.
In the old days of radio - musicians would often send CD's directly to radio stations in hopes of getting their played on the air. A DJ could literally put a musician on the map by playing and promoting his or her music.
Those days are largely gone and local musicians now find it very hard to get airplay on local radio stations, especially with the demise of programs like Reg's Coffeehouse.
But that's one of the reasons Tapestry started nearly six years ago - to give local bands an on-air venue. And this month, we feature Ian Eubanks. He leads a musical double life. On one hand, Eubanks sings and performs with his death metal band Nymphotomy. But on the side, Eubanks works on his experimental electronic project The Poison Kitchen. The Poison Kitchen combines elements of rock and digital ambience. Here's a sample from his new CD the Assassination LP (AUDIO MONTAGE) Ian Eubanks, talking about his new Assassination LP. The tracks we heard were Impossible Realities and JFK. The Poison Kitchen has a music video screening later this month at the Sidewalk Film Festival.
We've talked a lot about radio this hour, but we want to end with music about radio. So, we enlisted WBHM's Michael Krall to bring us a mix of radio themed songs...
We heard Radio Waves by Michelle Anthony, Mexican Radio by Wall of Voodoo and The Spirit of the Radio from Rush. Elvis Costello, gave us Radio, Radio followed by the silky smooth voice of Nanci Griffith and the song Listen to the Radio. Right now, we're hearing Radio Song by R.E.M.
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Tapestry is produced by Bradley George and Michael Krall. We had help this month from Collin Kurre, Kevin Lehner, Tanya Ott, and Andrew Yeager. I'm Greg Bass. Thanks for listening, we'll see you next month.