Saturday Night New Orleans Radio

Series produced by Jamie Dell'Apa

Caption: That's me, compliments of Andy Kerr
That's me, compliments of Andy Kerr 

Music from that time when rhythm and blues and rock and roll were emerging but hadn't yet become a predictable formula. A time when musicians were listening to and incorporating these exciting emergences into their own style of music. We focus on music that is difficult to categorize. C&W that sounds like rockabilly and rockabilly that sounds like R&B which sounds an awful lot like rock. That's the sweet spot for the music on the show and, sure enough, that's where the New Orleans sound is centered.

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What does music sound like when it is taken out of context?

When John Coltrane quits walking the bar for dance patrons or some English kids leave gentle pop music for the blues of the American south, they're following their muse. Breaking out of the formula. The result can be a disaster or miraculous. Dr. Demento plays the disasters. We play the miraculous.

Music from that time when rhythm and blues and rock and roll were emerging but hadn't yet become a predictable formula. A time when musicians were listening to and incorporating these music's exciting emergence into their own style of music. We focus on music that is difficult to categorize. C&W that sounds like rockabilly and rockabilly that sounds like R&B which sounds an awful lot like rock. That's the sweet spot for the music on the show and, sure enough, that's where the New Orleans sound is centered.

Songs are arranged in sets originating from an overall theme and between songs are short interstitial sound clips that sometimes tell a parallel story or a contrasting story or are simply audio cultural artifacts used that frame the music. Hide full description

What does music sound like when it is taken out of context? When John Coltrane quits walking the bar for dance patrons or some English kids leave gentle pop music for the blues of the American south, they're following their muse. Breaking out of the formula. The result can be a disaster or miraculous. Dr. Demento plays the disasters. We play the miraculous. Music from that time when rhythm and blues and rock and roll were emerging but hadn't yet become a predictable formula. A time when musicians were listening to and incorporating these music's exciting emergence into their own style of music. We focus on music that is difficult to categorize. C&W that sounds like rockabilly and rockabilly that sounds like R&B which sounds an awful lot like rock. That's the sweet spot for... Show full description


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Caption: Marvin and Johnny with Johnny Otis
Music you've never heard by musicians you've never heard of - tonight some of the thoughts behind why this music works after a half century.

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  • Added: Jul 09, 2020
  • Length: 02:55:44
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Center is Shorty Long and Dolly Dimples (Emidio Vagnoni and Gladys Ulrich) with the Santa Fe Rangers (who all live in Exeter Township, PA)
Music from the French Quarter of New Orleans. After the conventioneers have left the clubs with their souvenir plastic drink cups. After the drun...

Bought by Prairie Public, WXXI, and WYAP


  • Added: Jul 02, 2020
  • Length: 02:56:40
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Augie Garcia in Shorts
In the post WWII era, music was not nationalized yet. That is; the music industry hadn't consolidated. Radio stations played their local favorite...

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  • Added: Jun 26, 2020
  • Length: 02:58:31
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: One of these army men is me at Mardi Gras
Music you've never heard by musicians you've never heard of (except in the case of Burt Ward who you've heard of but isn't a musician and what he c...

Bought by WXXI and Prairie Public


  • Added: Jun 19, 2020
  • Length: 02:56:42
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Rockin' R's
"Music you've never heard by musicians you've never heard of" from my endless music library. Tonight, we're mixing-in a handful of 78 rpm recordin...

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  • Added: Jun 12, 2020
  • Length: 02:56:44
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Washington Phillips with his homemade instrument
Singers who's voices alone are incredibly soulful and evocative. CORRECTED VERSION

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  • Added: Jun 05, 2020
  • Length: 02:57:13
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Medallions
Music you've never heard by musicians you've never heard of from my endless library documenting the post WWII explosion of music.

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  • Added: May 29, 2020
  • Length: 02:57:23
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Mad Mike and the Maniacs
Not the jingles, not the advertising department's idea of music but songs that were written by the musician who's muse decided that a single produc...

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  • Added: May 22, 2020
  • Length: 02:58:03
  • Purchases: 3
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All the musicians and music you've never heard.

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  • Added: May 14, 2020
  • Length: 03:00:46
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Music you've never heard by musicians you've never heard of with a focus on a handful of Canadian rock bands.

Bought by Prairie Public and WXXI


  • Added: May 08, 2020
  • Length: 02:57:35
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Music you've never heard by musicians you've never heard of and plenty of songs about robbing banks and seeing UFOs. And that's why you're grounde...

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  • Added: May 01, 2020
  • Length: 03:00:43
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Teenagers!
Oh the usual dreck followed by the last hour of songs about the most dreamy teenage boy ever!!!! Johnny, Johnny, Johnny!

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  • Added: Apr 24, 2020
  • Length: 03:00:13
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: T. Valentine Bio
The "Your Grounded!" series, this is show #3 of ... oh gawd how many will it be.

Bought by WXXI and Prairie Public


  • Added: Apr 17, 2020
  • Length: 03:08:28
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Screaming Joe Neal!!!
Everyone is grounded but you can frolic with your invisible friends on the radio. Tonight's show is the devil's bargain - working in public radio....

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  • Added: Apr 10, 2020
  • Length: 02:53:48
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Arthur Lee and Love (and some other guy)
Music of your youth listening to the radio after midnight. Plenty of UFO songs and all the songs are music you've never heard by musicians you've...

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  • Added: Apr 03, 2020
  • Length: 03:04:25
  • Purchases: 2
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Broadcasting as an underground liar from my underground lair some of the best of my musical library. A voice for the isolation.

Bought by Prairie Public, WSLR, and WXXI


  • Added: Mar 29, 2020
  • Length: 02:51:44
  • Purchases: 3
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A bit of indulgence before the semi-quarantine. (I'll have the third hour published early next week.)

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  • Added: Mar 22, 2020
  • Length: 02:54:27
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Readymen
With Daylight Savings Time and gas service station songs. See, you never even thought there were songs about these topics.

  • Added: Mar 11, 2020
  • Length: 03:44:36
Caption: Gene Vincent
The Writer takes over to program music and run the board.

  • Added: Mar 09, 2020
  • Length: 02:52:49
Caption: That's me, compliments of Andy Kerr
End of the show are Paladins songs as they probably first heard them.

  • Added: Mar 03, 2020
  • Length: 02:58:58