Shortcuts

Series produced by Peter Bochan

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Mixing music, dialogue from soundtracks, press conferences, sound effects and other sources, Shortcuts has presented a wide variety of themes over the past forty years, including programs on growing up, growing old, going crazy, being afraid, alone, in love; shows on music, space, race and politics from Watergate to Obama Care, plus retrospectives featuring the major events of each passing year. Recorded and mixed digitally, shortcuts features no narration, it's message evolves from the careful juxtaposition of the various elements.

Daily News: "a stunning stereo mix of music, news, movie dialogue, commercials and other sound sources...shortcuts is a theme-oriented program with no narration, a splice-of-life montage.... After the Three Mile Island catastrophe, Bochan produced "A Shortcut to Harrisburg" in which a Nuclear Regulatory Commission official repeatedly assured the public that "everything was under control" while Elvis Costello sang "Accidents Will happen" in the background."


"The yearly Shortcuts series has become a genuine pubradio tradition-- something we radio folk look forward to, secure in knowledge our listeners are gonna love it. It's a musical voxpop & sound-bite tour of the past year, and a tour de force of sonic-editing sweat, song, speech, and segue. 2007's Shortcuts got it all: global warmth, Imus' hot seat, The Sopranos swan song, steroids in baseball, and Bhutto's assassination. Instant nostalgia, history and overview. Weeks after we broadcast the 2006 Shortcuts we were still getting gushing listener calls" "What was that great hour you played with news-clips and pop-culture and music and all kinda mixed together and..." etc., etc. Shortcuts is an annual audio extravaganza and audience pleaser.

(Producer) Barrett Golding , KGLT
Bozeman, MT
January 4, 2008 Hide full description

Daily News: "a stunning stereo mix of music, news, movie dialogue, commercials and other sound sources...shortcuts is a theme-oriented program with no narration, a splice-of-life montage.... After the Three Mile Island catastrophe, Bochan produced "A Shortcut to Harrisburg" in which a Nuclear Regulatory Commission official repeatedly assured the public that "everything was under control" while Elvis Costello sang "Accidents Will happen" in the background." "The yearly Shortcuts series has become a genuine pubradio tradition-- something we radio folk look forward to, secure in knowledge our listeners are gonna love it. It's a musical voxpop & sound-bite tour of the past year, and a tour de force of sonic-editing sweat, song, speech, and segue. 2007's Shortcuts got it all: global... Show full description


60 Pieces

Order by: Newest First | Oldest First
Caption: WBAI Staff, Credit: 1960s
In honor of radio pioneers Larry Josephson, Steve Post and Bob Fass, a look back at the early days of free form radio at Pacifica and WBAI in New Y...

  • Added: Aug 21, 2022
  • Length: 59:39
Caption: Betty White
An extra hour of celebration of those who've left us this year, with music and events that broke too late to be included in A Shortcut Through 2021

Bought by KAAD-LP


  • Added: Dec 31, 2021
  • Length: 58:55
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Stephen Sondheim, Credit: Al Hirschfeld
A retrospective of the entire year, including the major political, cultural and emotional events, with music and celebrations of those who've left us.

Bought by The Pulse--Messiah College Radio, KAAD-LP, RadioFreePalmer, KVSC, Hawaii Public Radio and more


  • Added: Dec 16, 2021
  • Length: 59:54
  • Purchases: 13
Caption: The Worker
Labor Day extended special with history of worker's daily struggles mixed with cultural and musical references

  • Added: Aug 27, 2021
  • Length: 59:07
Caption: Fred Willard
An additional hour of tributes from just a few of those lost in 2020

Bought by Mississippi Public Broadcasting


  • Added: Dec 27, 2020
  • Length: 58:50
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Ruth Bader Ginsburg
A final look at an impossible year, 12 months of incredible drama, played out over the world stage in an hour long retrospective

Bought by KMUN, WCAI / WNAN Cape & Islands, Mass., KBUT Crested Butte, Colo., Mississippi Public Broadcasting, KKRN and more


  • Added: Dec 23, 2020
  • Length: 59:09
  • Purchases: 13
Caption: Safe Social Gathering, Credit: Facemask Meeting 1955
A thirty minute Pandemic overview featuring the latest information, health warnings and preventative measures, mixed with music from a variety of m...

  • Added: Mar 17, 2020
  • Length: 29:16
Caption: Still Hope, Credit: Daniel Johnston
Celebrating more of those that we lost in the past year with tributes remixed from the cutting room floor of 2019

  • Added: Dec 27, 2019
  • Length: 59:33
Caption: Greta Thunberg
An emotional retrospective of the past twelve months, featuring the major events, the culture, the climate, and the politics, dramatically mixed wi...

Bought by KSFR, KVSC, KMSU, KMRE-LP Bellingham, Wash., KVMR and more


  • Added: Dec 20, 2019
  • Length: 59:59
  • Purchases: 11
Caption: Life During Wartime, Credit: by Josh Brown
A retrospective of the Second Decade of The 21st Century mixing the sounds and emotions of an incredibly dark and stormy decade into a three hour m...

Bought by KRCB 104.9 and KVMR


  • Added: Dec 09, 2019
  • Length: 02:57:47
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Stan Lee, Credit: Drew Friedman
More looking back through the past year with tributes, tragedies, traitors and comedians in another remix from the cutting room floor of 2018

Bought by KRCB 104.9 and KUOW


  • Added: Dec 26, 2018
  • Length: 59:38
  • Purchases: 2
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A retrospective of another troubling year featuring the marches, the elections, the shootings, bombings and all the fake news, mixed with the music...

Bought by KUNM, 'The Sea', KRCB 104.9, KMXT, KISU and more


  • Added: Dec 21, 2018
  • Length: 59:49
  • Purchases: 10
Caption: Goodbye Village Voice
A look back at the last twelve months, a retrospective of a truly transitional year with a disturbing loss of morals, constitution values and major...

Bought by 'The Sea', Indie3 Radio, RadioFreePalmer, KDUR, North Country Public Radio and more


  • Added: Dec 21, 2017
  • Length: 59:22
  • Purchases: 13
Caption: Bill Clinton 1992
It's the 25th anniversary of the election of Bill Clinton, the Rodney King verdict and the resulting riots in Los Angeles, Johnny Carson retired fr...

  • Added: Nov 19, 2017
  • Length: 02:04:02
Caption: George Harrison & Patti Boyd 1967
Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of The Summer of Love as we travel back to 1967 with LBJ, Mick Jagger, Frank Zappa, Julie Christie, John Cage, Timot...

Bought by KRZA and RadioFreePalmer


  • Added: May 17, 2017
  • Length: 30:36
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Chuck Berry bw
A thirty minute tribute to the legendary Chuck Berry

Bought by KZMU Moab Community Radio and KRZA


  • Added: Mar 21, 2017
  • Length: 30:01
  • Purchases: 2
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The tributes continue on this third hour of Shortcuts, celebrating more of the lives lost to 2016, including Princess Leia, George Michael and others

Bought by KVMR


  • Added: Dec 28, 2016
  • Length: 59:07
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Scotty Moore with Elivis
This special mix features another gathering of the many artists, actors, musicians, comedians and celebrities who left us in 2016--from Muhammad Al...

Bought by KVMR


  • Added: Dec 23, 2016
  • Length: 58:57
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Muhammad Ali
An immersive retrospective of one of the most turbulent years in history, with political upheavals, worldwide economic meltdowns, racist confrontat...

Bought by KVSC, KSRQ, KUNM, WCAI / WNAN Cape & Islands, Mass., KZYX and more


  • Added: Dec 20, 2016
  • Length: 59:14
  • Purchases: 9
Caption: Young Hillary
"Presidential Shortcuts 2016" takes a historical look at elections from Teddy Roosevelt to Barack Obama while comparing Donald Trump and Hillary Cl...

Bought by WCAI / WNAN Cape & Islands, Mass.


  • Added: Oct 28, 2016
  • Length: 59:26
  • Purchases: 1