Every walk of life has its stars, the famous people who get all the attention.
In business, it’s the CEOs. In sports, it’s the quarterback, the homerun-hitter, the big goal scorer. When it comes to movies it’s the actors and, to some extent, the directors. And in music, it’s the musicians and singers.
But if we’re honest, these people are just the faces of their respective industries and pursuits. Some have real power and influence while others are just figureheads and puppets.
Whatever the case, this one thing is true: Behind them are armies of people who make it possible for them to do what they do–and for the fame they achieve.
And here’s the sad part: While the star CEO or big-time frontperson get all the glory and all the money, chances are there’s a little guy (or woman) deep in the background who’s not getting any credit, even though without this person, the other people wouldn’t be so rich and famous.
Let me give you an example. There’s a very good chance that you’re going to listen to this program on an FM radio. This form of communication was invented by Edwin Howard Armstrong back in 1933. But then the mighty RCA corporation launched a specious legal action against Armstrong over his patents. In the end, Armstrong lost control of his invention and penniless and depressed, he jumped out of a 13th floor window.
That’s the kind of stuff I explore on this program: The people deep, deep, deep behind the music. People without whom rock as we know it would be very different because they invented something really, really cool. They just never got the credit. Let’s fix that.
Songs on this program
Todd Snider, Vinyl Records
Les Paul, Meet Mr. Calaghan
Icky Thump, White Stripes
Marty Ronnins, Don’t Worry About Me
Kinks, You Really Got Me
Jane’s Addiction, Mountain Song
Hugh Le Caine, Dripsody
Nine Inch Nails, Closer
SSQ, Walkman On
Screeching Weasel, Compact Disc
Suzanne Vega, Tom’s Diner
And here’s a playlist created by Eric Wilhite
Don’t forget that you can get the podcast version of this podcast through iTunes or wherever you get your on-demand audio.
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
- Power 97/Winnipeg (Sunday nights at 11)
- Rock 97.7/Grand Prairie – Sunday nights at 6.
- Sonic 102.9/Edmonton
- The Zone/Victoria
- The Fox/Vancouver
- Live 105/Halifax
- WAPS/WKTL The Summit/Arkon, Canton, Cleveland, Youngstown The show runs at 11 am Sunday. This, by the way, is a great option for American listeners who are prevented from listening to the show live because of geo-blocking,
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.