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Remembering Rather Ripped Records

Remembering Rather Ripped Records

A friend of mine, Larry Kelp, who hosts a music show on KPFA and was once music critic for the Oakland Tribune, back when they really were an Oakland paper, asked me about a fellow radio programmer from the past. As it turns out, he was gathering historical information for a famed record store about […]

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Listening for Bay Area Tsunami alerts on the radio

I’ve been monitoring the earthquake, tidal waves and nuclear meltdowns happening in Japan this week. I have family close to the coast in Santa Cruz county, so I was worried to hear about Tsunami warnings. EDIS, California State Emergency network online had the basic warnings posted up and down the coast. They just stated the […]

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A meditation on Gaudete by Steeleye Span

It’s the mid-70s at listener supported station KPFA-FM in Berkeley. I’m going through the dozens of promotional 45 rpm singles. (remember? the ones with the big hole in the middle?) No one takes these little 7 inch saucers of vinyl seriously. At this time in history, there was rarely anything interesting or really good in […]

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