*The Graham Bond Organization that included 2 members who went on to the band, Cream, served as the inspiration for the lyrics of a track we'll enjoy this evening. The original version of this track that tells a tale of settlers heading into the desert was released in 1969 by a member of Cream, became a hit in 1970 for this band. Name the group and extra credit for the name of the song....
*This horn-driven band emerged in the late '60's along with similarly inclined, Chicago and Blood, Sweat & Tears, helping to push the sound of brass-infused music into the rock era. And their album in 2018, from which we play a track this evening, celebrated a 50 year anniversary of sorts, of most excellent music. Name the band...
*A track from a 1976 album that made its way into the texture of our respective souls features one of the guitar-playing members on piano and synthesizer rather than his trademark guitar groove. Thus, this song was not really typical of the overall band's usual sound. Name the band, the member and extra credit for the name of the song...
*This legendary artist who started his career in 1961 started exploring the music of the Great American Songbook with his 2002 album. 17 years later then, it was really no surprise to hear this great artist singing with a full orchestra accompanying him. Name the artist...
BATTLE OF THE BANDS
Against The Wind by Bob Seger vs Amanda by Boston
1. Mountain, Theme From An Imaginary Western
2. Tower of Power
3. Eagles, Joe Walsh, Pretty Maids All In A Row
4. Rod Stewart
Battle of the Bands : Bob Seger won with 55% of votes
*This great artist is known not only by the band he fronted, but also as a most significant producer and engineer…working on notable albums with The Beatles and Pink Floyd. Name the artist…
*We’ll enjoy a song from 1992 where the artist sings from the perspective of a man whose long-term marriage is coming to an end. He’s looking back at all they went through, wondering if they can find a way to make it last. While his marriage was strong at the time, the song came true for him in a literal sense in 2014 when he and wife split up. Name the artist…
*1964 was the release of this song that was conceived as a follow-up to The Ronettes, #2 hit, Be My Baby. The writer for this great band heard it on the radio and wondered aloud if he could match it. His wife had some comforting words for him, assuring him he could…and those words became the title for the track. Name the song and extra credit for the artist as well…
*Saturday Night Live used to be really good back in the day (Full Disclosure...I haven’t seen one in quite some time), but the leader of this great band used to watch it religiously back then as well. He caught a performance on one of the episodes that became an inspiration for a song the band released in 1992. Name the band, the leader and extra credit for the name of the band…
BATTLE OF THE BANDS
Frankenstein by Edgar Winter Group vs Hold On Loosely by 38 Special
1. Alan Parsons
2. Neil Young
3. Don’t Worry Baby, Brian Wilson
4. REM., Michael Stipe, Man On The Moon
Battle of the Bands : 38 Special won with 51% of votes
*Chicago has blues roots...might we agree? This band led by its frontman has always included a few old blues numbers in their concerts. Perhaps considered more as a 'Pop' based band, they've always been able to inject blues forms into such offerings. From the midwest to the west coast, this band has been making seriously entertaining music for say 6 or 7 decades now. Name the band....
*Our friends up north in Canada have provided us with some great music most notably from the 60's through today. One such singer/songwriter gave us songs that were literate while remaining down to earth...tracks that found the artist dealing with personal matters as well as global issues in a manner that was both poetic and accessible. Name the artist who started seriously entertaining us all in the decade of the 60's and then beyond...
*This European artist burst on to the scene back in the 70's with a band that had an acrimonious breakup in 1975. After all the legal battles ended, the artist was unable to release any material due to disputes about the band's remaining contractual recording obligations. Eventually, a solo album ensued with an epic track, named after a location where the artist spent most of his time playing music during the legal proceedings. Name the artist, the former band and extra credit for the name of the song...
*Originally considered an R& B band that only played pop to get on the charts, this artist ranked among the most adept British Invasion acts in both styles. Incorporating jazz as well as rhythm and blues, coupled with some elements of their appearance and presentation, earned them a fair amount of fame. The frontman and namesake of the band was a 1960's workhorse releasing 14 albums, some with the help of his band, but went dark for quite a period until this 2014 album. Name the artist...
BATTLE OF THE BANDS
Cinnamon Girl by Neil Young vs Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right by Bob Dylan
1. Steve Miller Band
2. Gordon Lightfoot
3. Gerry Rafferty, Baker Street
4. Manfred Mann
Battle of the Bands : Bob Dylan won with 51% of votes
“Jean, all the sounds that child makes, I can’t tell if I’m hearing him, the radio or the TV. You best find somebody to give him a bunch of money for that.” That was my southern grandmother’s counsel to my mother on my first questionably creative vocalizations as I tried to mimic the sounds and character voices of my favorite cartoons. Thus began my lifelong journey into sitting in front of microphones.
Perhaps it was somehow genetic that I would spend a good deal of my work life in broadcasting. My mother was a fixture in what has come to be called “The Golden Age of Radio.” She got her start on Atlanta’s pioneering radio stations WGST and WSB. In those days, performances on radio were LIVE. Music, drama, news, interviews and commentary had to be performed in-the-moment and sent straight into the ether with no chance for editing. My mother’s singing partner on air – Atlanta native Bert Parks – brought her to the attention of NBC executives in New York, and she joined the nightly network forays into American homes nationwide.
Through my childhood and teen years, our home in Atlanta became a Southern rally point for her former broadcasting cronies. I could return home from school to find our living room crowded with musicians, actors, broadcasting and voice talent, industry executives and general creative riff-raff. Radio was still a dominant power in that day, and these folks instilled in me an awe of the “Voice in the Night.”
After I completed my education, I tried to break into radio on my own. In those days, there were no journalism studies that had a broadcasting emphasis, so the common path was to somehow garner the basic vocal skills, grasp enough tech expertise to pass an FCC license test...and then go find a job. Said job was usually way out in the cornfields somewhere and consisted of giving the weather and farm report to the cows, chickens and occasional farm hand.
I finally managed to find a broadcasting school in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, that was attached to a functioning station. It was a year-long course, and at the end, I managed to cadge a job at the station for the dark of night. About a year of that -- and in the dead of winter -- and I was ready to head back south.
Almost a year of job apps passed with no takers, but the warmer South that I had run to the previous winter happened to have one of the worst ice storms in its history the year of my return. The whole city of Atlanta was just frozen to a stand-still.
One of the major radio stations in the market was an all-news, all-talk, 24-hour station about five miles from our house. As I listened, I realized that the only folks there to maintain their high-intensity format were a few overnight folks, and by the second day, they were burning out. So, with the unshakable confidence of youth, I slogged the 4.5 miles (mostly sliding on my derriere) to the door of the station. A relentless pounding on the door brought a burned-out wraith of a news announcer to the door, who greeted me with a pleasant, “Whaddyawant-we’reclosed- goaway!” I told him I was an out-of-work announcer and I thought they might need some help during this emergency. He yanked me in by my collar and sat me in front of a mic and said, “Read this.” I blundered through a standard teletype UPI printout of the day, and two minutes into it, another collar yank planted me in front of a live mic. He gave me a card with the station I.D. and introduction blurbs, the latest newscast, and he shut the door. Thirty-seconds later, the red light came on and I charged in.
I stayed there for two-and-a-half days, emptying the snack machines and snagging naps on couches and chairs. When the thaw allowed the real pros back in, I was thanked, patted on the head, and turned out...but not before I had secured the promise of a reference from one of the staff. I think that, without their “any-port-in-a-storm” desperation for a warm body and a semi-coherent voice, I never would have broken in to that industry.
But, the guy was as good as his word, and with his reference and recommendation, I managed to get my start out with the cows, chickens and slowly-filling mudhole that became Lake Lanier on an AM daytimer. That led to several decades of jobs with stations in Milwaukee, Atlanta, Virginia and Washington, DC...and other places I’d rather not talk about.
When radio went relentlessly corporate in the late 80’s, I moved on to other enterprises, but I never lost the love of that “magic medium.”
Through the years, I have managed to keep my hand in by doing voice overs, audiobooks, narrations and the like. But that feeling of in-the-minute flowing communication that is radio was something I didn’t think I would ever get to experience again.
So…when the opportunity to build a streaming community radio station was presented to me, I enthusiastically joined Craig Looney in building Inside The Gates Radio here in Big Canoe. The station just celebrated its fifth anniversary, and we now have live programs seven evenings a week. My contribution to these live forays comes on Saturday evening and runs under the moniker, SongSense. I hope you will join me -- and all the ITG DJs -- “on the air” with lovingly-curated music, and the news and information of Big Canoe.
Radio’s appeal has been consistent as America’s most popular medium. According to Nielsen 92% of US adults listen to the radio every week. Who among us doesn’t have a favorite radio station or DJ that we remember fondly? I have several from the past and some that I still enjoy. There is a relationship that develops between listeners and DJs. When you hear your favorite DJ or radio station regularly, it can be like hearing from a friend. Add to that, music is one of life’s most enjoyable experiences (that from Psychology Today). Music can bring us pleasure, provide a means of escape, evoke feelings of nostalgia, and becomes a part of who we are. It can get us excited, help us to calm down and make us feel happy. That is powerful.
Growing up in Wisconsin, my family always had music on. Being the youngest of five boys, my older brothers exposed me to bands like the Beatles and the Rolling Stones while I was young, while the other kids at school were listening to bubble gum artists. And while I do enjoy the many options available on TV, my preference is still listening to music.
While in college at the University of Wisconsin I was a DJ at the student run radio station WSRM. This was 1980-1981. I enjoyed it but felt it was not a career path for me. Two of my older brothers had tried that, and I saw how difficult it was. The hours were long, and the pay was low with little to no job security.
Over our careers my wife Debbie and I lived in seven different states, and at each place I found radio stations to keep current with the latest music. I heard unique regional acts and learned which artists resonated with music lovers all over the country. Fast forward to 2019 when we bought our home in Big Canoe. Debbie moved here first with our pets while I stayed back and finished my career in Insurance. When I read in Smoke Signals that a new radio station formed in Big Canoe, I thought how cool it was, and became excited at the possibility that I might be able to be a DJ again.
Beats Working was a name that I thought was fun. The double entendre captures the essence of how to start the weekend; something upbeat and fun, while also being glad to be done with the work week. I start my Beats Working program a little earlier (4:00 PM) than my fellow DJs so people can still listen to the show before they start their weekend.
Each week I include music from the early days of rock and roll (the 1950s) to present day (2020s) and all decades in between, with the largest share coming from the 1960s to 1980s. There has been so much music put out over the years, and I try to include the great tracks that artists have created throughout our lifetimes. And I include different types of music, not just Rock, but Rhythm and Blues, and Alternative. Music can be like an old friend. If you hear a tune you forgot, it can give you a wonderful feeling, and bring back memories, where you were, what you were doing, who you were friends with, etc.
It’s also fun for me to engage with our listeners. I have two segments on each show where the listening audience gets to play along, the Canoe Connection and the Double Take. In the Canoe Connection, I play four songs that have a theme running through them, and listeners text me with their guesses on what the theme is. I have had many interesting guesses (trust me!), and some have given me ideas for future shows. For the Double Take, I play two songs that have the same title, but are completely different songs, and the audience votes on which one they prefer. Often listeners have strong opinions on which artist should win. The comments that come in with the voting are very entertaining!
Last year Debbie created a Facebook page for Inside the Gates Radio, and she too has a real calling for this. The pictures she finds that go along with the shows and programs are outstanding. We have over 800 followers and likes on Facebook.
Being a DJ is a way to share my love of music with friends and family. Since starting my Beats Working show, I have had friends say that I missed my calling, while others have said I have found it. Either way it is a lot of fun. Sharing music is a great joy, and it has been wonderful to be a part of the station’s success. I cannot wait to see what the next few years bring. I hope you can listen and play along every Friday at www.insidethegatesradio.com!
It Beats Workin’!
Jeff Weigl email@example.com 703-727-5789