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KZSC in Santa Cruz asks: how college radio are you?

My favorite college radio station, KZSC-FM in Santa Cruz, published a zine last year with many wonderful essays and photographs. Among my favorite graphics is a flow chart titled “How College Radio Are You?” full of questions that guide you along, depending on your level of college radio wisdom. So, if you know Prince’s favorite […]

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Good Vibrations! a conversation about Açık Radyo of Istanbul, Turkey

The credo of Açık Radyo of Istanbul, Turkey begins as follows: “We have apparently lost our ability to have fun! Radio, TV, newspapers, and the like are all so terribly tedious and boring; mainstream media mainly serving nothing but a magnanimous mediocracy; being full of sound and fury, signifying nothing but a deafening cacophony. Paradoxically, mass […]

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More Indian sub-continent classical music, please

More Indian sub-continent classical music, please

Coming out from a long Radio Survivor posting hiatus (apologies) and rummaging around for some good classical sounds, I have chanced on Sangeet – Classical Music from the Indian sub-continent, over at wonderful WPRB in Princeton, New Jersey. This morning (Saturday, November 18) the show gave its listeners a generous hit of the incomparable Ustad […]

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KUCR: The Movie

I am so looking forward to the completion of this documentary about KUCR-FM: the radio station of the University of California at Riverside. I have all kinds of fond memories of my stint as a Visiting Assistant Professor at UCR back in 2000. The best thing about that gig was getting to know and becoming […]

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Hybrid Highbrow podcast #3: Classical tango!

  For my third Hybrid Highbrow podcast I have assembled a collection of tango pieces written by late-19th and early 20th-century classical composers. They include Albéniz, Shostakovich, Milhaud, Mompou, Stravinsky, Satie, and Poulenc. Listening to these wonderful compositions, and reading up on the history of tango, I am struck by the explosive impact that this […]

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