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Playlist: Summer Fling - Ideas for Music Stations' Summer Schedules

Compiled By: PRX Curators

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Curated Playlist

Looking to shake things up or try some new programming ideas this summer? Maybe you’d like to offer your listeners a summer fling, or you’d like to give a show or a host a little time off this summer.

If so, here are a few ongoing programs and program series that will do more than fill time on your schedule this summer.

Starting July 1, be on the lookout for one of the smartest and entertaining music criticism shows – Sound Opinions.

See more ideas below. This list was compiled by PRX Music Curator David Srebnik.

Tapestry of the Times #36 - "So Long, It's Been Good to Know You"

From Tapestry of the Times | 58:56

A weekly look and listen to music that falls under the broad category of "Americana." This not a scratchy record show, but an engaging, entertaining and interesting musical program with superb hosting, writing and music selection by Aaron Henkin.


Songs of farewell this hour on Tapestry of the Times… goodbyes to sweethearts, families, and childhood homes.  Music from Chile, Kyrgyzstan, and American legends Woody Guthrie, Lead Belly, Doc Watson, plus cowboy poet Buck Ramsey… Real music, real, people, and the stories behind the sounds.


(Like all Tapestry of the Times material, this program can be licensed for free.)

A Musician's Life (Series)

Produced by WXPN

WXPN’s Tracey Tanenbaum tells the story of musicians’ lives with the help of those musicians (5-minute features).

Most recent piece in this series:

A Musician's Life: Marcia Ball

From WXPN | Part of the A Musician's Life series | 05:00

Marciaball_small "Long tall Marcia Ball" was raised in the town of Vinton, Louisiana across the border from East Texas.  But now resides in Austin.  Her music reflects her roots, a blend of funky blues and boogie woogie. And even though she knows how to raise the roof with her spirited sound, Ball can also deliver an intimate ballad.  She's won eight Blues Music Awards.  Her latest album is called "Peace, Love & BBQ". 

The Tristan Mysteries (Series)

Produced by WNYC

You’ll never think about opera, Richard Wagner or radio in the same way...ever.

Most recent piece in this series:

The Tristan Mysteries: The Sexual Mysteries

From WNYC | Part of the The Tristan Mysteries series | 14:08

Tristanthesexualmysteries_small In this episode of The Tristan Mysteries, we investigate multiple instances where Tristan und Isolde has elicited way more than just applause and discover why Tristan may well have been the world's first pornographic opera.

WNYC's Fishko Files (Series)

Produced by WNYC

Sarah Fishko always gets interesting and intriguing answers to thoughtful and sometimes simple questions (mostly classical, varied lengths).

Most recent piece in this series:

WNYC's Fishko Files: Sviatoslav Richter

From WNYC | Part of the WNYC's Fishko Files series | 07:12

Saraflat_medium_small Sviatoslav Richter, born March 20 1915, was a pianistic phenomenon, whose broad musical range was backed up by dazzling technique. On the 100th anniversary of his birth, WNYC's Sara Fishko considers his musical gifts as well as his unconventional life.  With guests Michael Kimmelman (NY Times critic, pianist and sometime music writer), pianist Vladimir Viardo, and the late pianist and music critic Harris Goldsmith.

*The excerpts from Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition"  are from Richter's live recording made in Sofia, Bulgaria, on February 25, 1958 

European Jazz Stage 2009 (Series)

Produced by Radio Netherlands Worldwide

PRX’s best kept secret and and a program series that offers the definitive answer to the age old question, “Do European musicians swing?”

See also the European Jazz Stage 2010 Special.

Most recent piece in this series:

European Jazz Stage 2009, program 13

From Radio Netherlands Worldwide | Part of the European Jazz Stage 2009 series | 58:35


For the second time the finals of The European Jazz Competition took place at this year's North Sea Jazz Festival. European jazz producers from all national public radio stations across Europe, as well as associated members in Canada and the United States nominated local groups featuring musicians below 30 years of age.

A jury of European jazz radio producers made a blind selection of four finalists. We present them, together with the winners of the Dutch Jazz Competition, The Blazin' Quartet, in the last program of the series, packed with young European talent!


Á Grútu
(Kristjän Martinson)                                                                                      1’09


Deja vu (Árpád Oláh)                                                                                                     8’00                       

Giant Steps (John Coltrane)                                                                                        9’57

Tzumo Acoustic Trio, recorded July 11, 2009 at Yenisei Hall,
North Sea Jazz Festival, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Melody (Pablo Held)                    

Two Questions One Answer (Pablo Held)                                                       10’36

Pablo Held Trio, recorded July 11, 2009 at Yenisei Hall,
North Sea Jazz Festival, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Bed of music for announcement or station call:

Paint as you Like (Michael Moore)                                                                        1:00


Emina (S. Ivanovic)                                                                                                        5’03

Winterwaltz (M. Rorby)                                                                                            6’29

Blazin’ Quartet, recorded July 11, 2009 at Yenisei Hall,
North Sea Jazz Festival, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Á Grútu (Kristjän Martinson)                                                                                    6’02

K Trio, recorded July 11, 2009 at Yenisei Hall,
North Sea Jazz Festival, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Bubba the Hut (Dale / Roligheten)

The Mystery of the Sound ‘Sch’ (Roligheten)                                                 6’54

Albatrosh, recorded July 11, 2009 at Yenisei Hall,

North Sea Jazz Festival, Rotterdam, The Netherlands



1. Part I                                30’44

2. Station break                  1’00

3. Part II                               26’21

4. Promo  0:30                      0’30




Blues & Beyond (Series)

Produced by WXPN

The Blues is a many splendored thing, especially when it’s created outside of the U-S-A. Host Jonny Meister knows and shares all.

Most recent piece in this series:

Blues & Beyond #326: bluesman Linsey Alexander has "Been There, Done That"

From WXPN | Part of the Blues & Beyond series | 59:01

Alexander_small In this hour of The Blues & Beyond, bluesman Linsey Alexander has a funky and witty new blues album out called "Been There Done That." Alexander draws on some old blues themes but places them musically and lyrically firmly in the 21st century. We'll check out a few songs from the album. Also, the "Crazy Blues," the very first blues hit back in 1920 from Mamie Smith and a red hot new version from Catherine Russell.  We'll hear Cassandra Wilson, both from her new album "Another Country" and as a guest with Tery Lyne Carrington's Mosaic Project, an all-female ensemble, plus banjoist Bela Fleck with the Marcus Roberts Trio, the late Cuban guitarist Manuel Galbán of the Buena Vista Social Club, and singer Rhiannon, stretching our everyday notion of singing.

promo included: promo326


Produced by Joyride Media

A musician with excellent musical tastes, and one who also knows how to construct a music set and music program for radio. This is your chance add a member of the Clash to your station’s Host List.

Most recent piece in this series:


From Joyride Media | Part of the JOE STRUMMER'S LONDON CALLING series | 59:00

Strummershow_small Episode 8 begins with the last of Strummer's BBC shows that original aired on July 15, 2001. The last half is a new epilogue feature on Strummer's life, including classic songs from the Clash and Strummer's solo career.

PART 1 - JULY 15, 2001 (29:00)
Radio One - Mikey Dread
Global a Go-Go - Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros
Good To Be On The Road Back Home Again - Cornershop
Peno - Saban Bajramovic
La Bamba - Ritchie Valens
Roots and Culture - Shabba Ranks
Aida Baoury - Orchestra Baobab -
N?Wolof Beat on The Brat - The Ramones

MUSIC BED BREAK (1:00) Train In Vain - The Clash 

PART 2 - EPILOGUE (29:00)
London Calling - The Clash
Armagideon Time - The Clash
Washington Bullets - The Clash
The Magnificent Seven - The Clash
Johnny Appleseed - Joe Strummer & the Mescaleros
Omotepe - Joe Strummer
Rock the Casbah - Rachid Taha
Keys to Your Heart - The 101'ers

The Needle Drop (Series)

Produced by Connecticut Public (WNPR)

A music program worth considering if your station's mission is to direct your audience to new music. Excellent, well thought out music selections and well crafted assembly. (Full Disclosure: I've been a volunteer “advisor," working with this show and its host/producer for 2+ years.)

Most recent piece in this series:

The Needle Drop: 06-26-13

From Connecticut Public (WNPR) | Part of the The Needle Drop series | 57:02

4448989_small This week on the Needle Drop, we're spinning new tracks from BADBADNOTGOOD and Lee Bannon. We'll also be sampling a bit of music from the new Darkside remix album that takes on tracks from Daft Punk's Random Access Memories. The latest full-lengths from Jon Hopkins and Smith Westerns will be explored as well.