I am Delaine Faris, Big Canoe’s Rock and Roll Woman and your musical hostess on Wednesday nights. Welcome to The Journey….only on Inside The Gates Radio. This show explores rock’s classic roots through today’s new music…..and a little of everything in between. And, that is how I start every new edition of my show from the woods, waters, and wonders of Big Canoe. But, how did I get here? What is The Journey?
Well, my love for all things rock started as a little girl growing up in Houston, TX in the 1960’s. My Dad could play any song he heard on our upright piano after a single listen and we would entertain each other for hours. Him playing and me singing and dancing beside him to his versions of Fats Domino, Jerry Lee Lewis, Hank Williams, and Cole Porter. He loved all genres of music and so did I. He knew every note and I knew every word. I did not have my Dad’s piano talents and he tried in vain to teach me. I had a different plan. I had seen something on TV that rendered my Dad’s piano obsolete. It was a group called the Beatles and I decided I wanted to play the drums like a guy named Ringo.
My Dad was a firm no on the little girl rock drummer idea, believing that juvenile delinquency was sure to follow, so we picked up a new hobby. He was a switch engineer for the phone company who also loved electronics. So, we would build Radio Shack hobby kits together. It was a glorious moment when the last wire was connected and a bulb lit or a sound was heard. And one of those kits was a magical radio and radio would become my constant companion throughout the 70’s. Just pause a moment to think about the incredible rock music, the concerts, and that new type of radio station that hit the airwaves around that time …. FM Album Oriented Rock.
Fortunately for me, Houston, TX was the home of one of the most legendary FM AOR stations in the US. 101 KLOL Runaway Radio was the coolest thing in the world taking a style-queue from the pirate radio stations blasting from across the border in Mexico, who could play anything they wanted free of the US government regulations. And, they had a woman DJ. Dana Steele became my idol and her listeners were known as, Steelworkers. A couple of other musical hosts that became cultural icons started to influence this budding young wanna-be DJ. On Saturday at noon, a new show came out called Soul Train with, Don Cornelius and on Friday at Midnight, I would stay up for Wolfman Jack and the Midnight Special. On these shows, I would see Al Green, Sly & the Family Stone, Grand Funk Railroad, and Fleetwood Mac among many others. Everything was influenced for me and my friends from our clothes to our hair to our attitudes. We were now Rockers!.
Enter the early 1980’s and a cultural earthquake was about to strike. Video Killed the Radio Star, by English Band the Buggles was the first music video shown on MTV in the US, airing at 12:01 a.m. August 1st in 1981. Did video kill the radio star? Did commercial interests ruin our beloved FM stations as Tom Petty sings, in The Last DJ? Debatable, because after four decades and a long career that started as non other than a Radio Shack store manager, I find myself behind a streaming community radio station microphone living my lady DJ dreams with six of the most talented fellow DJ’s I could ever find. A “Journey” if you will.
What can you expect to hear when you tune into my show on Wednesdays at 6:30 PM EST? Rock from past to present and everything in between from R&B to Soul to Country and a sprinkle of American Classics, think Sinatra. And with a nod to FM radio’s album oriented days, each week we play a perfect album side uninterrupted and recommended by a listener. We pride ourselves at Inside the Gates Radio for our direct connection to our listeners. Throughout our shows, our listeners interact with us via text from Big Canoe and all over the world through the magic of technology and internet streaming. Tune in Wednesday for a Journey not measured in miles, but in the joy of our listeners celebrating time spent together with a drink of choice and the music of our lifetimes.
Live Show: “The Journey”
Wednesday Nights 6:30 PM EST
Text during live show: 404-444-2070