The first thing I’d like to do with this week’s show is to thank you for listening to the radio. This is my job and it’s people like you who allow me to keep paying the mortgage.
Radio is a communications, information and entertainment medium that dates back more than a hundred years. FM radio has its technology roots in the 1930s.
Radio and music have gone together since 1906 when on Christmas Eve, a Canadian-born inventor named Reginald Fessenden gave a Bible reading and played “Oh Holy Night” on his violin. That was the very first time voice and music had ever been broadcast together. I guess that makes Fessenden the world’s first radio DJ.
The effect radio has had on music (and vice-versa) cannot be overstated. The two remain inextricably entwined. Even in the era of the Internet, radio and music continue to exist in a tight symbiotic relationship.
With that kind of preamble, you might think that this episode of The Ongoing History will feature a bunch of radio-and-music stories. Well, you’d be right.
Songs heard on this week’s show include:
Catherine Wheel, Spirit of Radio
David Bowie, DJ
Ramones, Rock and Roll Radio
Joy Division, Transmission (Peel Session)
The Cure, Close to Me (Extended)
Dave Grohl, Gas Chamber
Elvis Costello, Less Than Zero/Radio Radio (Live on SNL)
The Smiths, Panic
Eric Wilhite–who is quickly becoming the show’s Spotify archivist–has created this playlist based on the above songs.
The Ongoing History of New Music can be heard on the following stations:
- 102.1 The Edge/Toronto – Sunday night at 7
- Live 88-5/Ottawa
- 107.5 Dave-FM/Kitchener
- FM96/London – Sunday night at 7, Monday night at 11
- The Drive/Kingston
- Power 97/Winnipeg (Sunday nights at 11)
- 98.1 The Bridge/Lethbridge – Saturday night at 6, Sunday morning at 10am
- Rock 97.7/Grand Prairie – Sunday nights at 6.
- Sonic 102.9/Edmonton
- The Zone/Victoria
- The Fox/Vancouver
- Live 105/Halifax
- NEW! WAPS/WKTL The Summit/Arkon, Canton, Cleveland, Youngstown
We’re still looking for more affiliates in Calgary, Kamloops, Kelowna, Regina, Saskatoon, Brandon, Windsor, Montreal, Charlottetown, Moncton, Fredericton, and St John’s and anywhere else with a transmitter. If you’re in any of those markets and you want the show, lemme know and I’ll see what I can do.