DARE TO BE STUPID: A Two Hour Tribute To Weird Al

Saturday, April 27 at 3pm (PST)

So, this is something I’m co-hosting this Saturday as part of a Musical Heroes broadcast.  I want your requests.  (626) 888-WADE.  Call in RIGHT NOW!  We’ll take your voicemail and then play it live on the air on Saturday, only at wade881com.

I want to thank super talented artist Miranda Dressler for graciously allowing me to use her artwork for the above flyer.  Go check out her website to see her artwork and check out her Etsy store to get your own print (sans all the text).

WADE881.com Rides Again! 2/7 7-11PM

We’re back! Eagle Rock’s best mix of music is going live from 7-11PM this Thursday, Feb 7 on WADE881.com. Get your requests in at 626.888.WADE

Here’s the lineup:

7PM Artificial Intelligence: An Hour of Warp Records hosted by tb
8PM Everybody Hz: The 90’s with Russ
10PM Fuckin’ Jammin’: Genre crossing jams with Jammin’ Master Freddie and The Duke

See you on the air!

Radio Heroes: Jean Shepherd

Few people realize that the legendary Jean Shephard is first and foremost a radio man. From 1957 to 1977 he was a fixture of late night radio on NYC’s WOR. His freeform, honest and hilarious take on America was hugely popular among listeners, who rallied to his defense each time the station threatened to take him off the air due to his unorthodox methods.

His lengthy monologues we delivered on-air uninterrupted, and without the use of scripts. He’d work on the stories for weeks, committing them to memory before his broadcasts. Playboy Magazine printed the text versions over the years, and he later collected them in print volumes. The most famous, In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash was the basis for the classic filmA Christmas Story, a recounting of life growing up in 40’s America.

Shepherd is a precursor to David Sedaris; he’s able to capture the intense internal drama of childhood with a keen ear to its rhythms and sounds. The words may have changed over the last half-century, but the core feelings remain true.

His natural storytelling ability (and his amazing voice) gave the film it’s backbone, and is one of the reasons it endures today.

Check out Jean’s radio work on The Brass Figlagee or on the comprehensive Flick Lives.