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Hey radio fans… we have a special schedule today due to football season:

My “Talk To Me” show will be on WSHC this morning from 10:30 AM to Noon. We’ll have 90 minutes for your eclectic song requests, discussion of politics with 3 days to go until all of this is decided, and perhaps some comments on the results of Sandy.

If you are too far away to call in at 304-876-5369 remember you can also Listen Live at our web site from anywhere in the world. Just go to 579WSHC.org and click on “Listen Live” and you can join our regular morning call-in group (join Ralph, Stu, Bobby and Oinky and the rest of the gang… we’d love to have you on the team.

Elliott Simon’s shown is on before ours from 9:00 to 10:30 AM.

OK… I’m putting my show together so I can get out of the house on time.

 

Finding something to do to keep from going mad!

 

I’ve had a bad day today… physically tripped up by a small seizure while I was doing dishes and an afternoon of trying to stay awake. This is, unfortunately, what life has become… I can’t drive (by law…until I’ve gone a year without a seizure as certified by a doctor) and, since Elly works (which I can’t do outside of the house), I bounce off the walls and am bombarded by televised boredom. If it were not for my laptop and the internet I might as well be in a coma.

So I guess I’m going to start writing something outside of my blog. There is a joy in constructing ideas out of words which I am beginning to look forward to each morning. What I do with what I write is not apparent right now, but I expect it will be realized sooner or later.

I’m tending toward creating a radio drama that I might be able to add to my Saturday show at WSHC, or do with John on the Friday morning show. I’ve been researching radio scripts from the 30s and 40s and I find them fascinating. Some are funny, some are adventures, all of them are strongly character-based since there is little opportunity for scenery (other than sound effects) in radio work.

When I get something finished I’ll let you know.

 

Back on the radio this morning… I’m so glad!

I’m over in the outer studio at WSHC 89.5  as Elliot Simon finishes up the last hour of his show. I’m setting up my music list for the two hours I’ll be on the air from 11 AM to 1 PM (and, by the way, if you are out of our very small listening area, you can hear the show on the internet by going to http://897wshc.org/ and clicking on “listen live”. Actually, I have friends and family all over the country who listen, so I know we have the reach.

This is the first time in several weeks that I’ve been able to do the show, since I had my accident, broke a bunch of bones and was in the hospital, then laid up at home for quite a while. When I was finally able to move around last week we went to Wisconsin for my son’s wedding, so I missed last Saturday as well. But the “Talk To Me” show is back on today… if you want to call in and talk or request a song, the number is 304-876-5369.

Since this is one of my favorite activities, this is a happy day. I hope my pal Ralph Petrie gets in for the12 to 1 hour so we can have the segment we call “The Petrie Dish”… no one knows more about popular music history than Ralph and it’s fun to get questions answered.

Bye, now… tune in if you can.

This morning I have a two-hour show at WSHC (89.7 FM)

Our new schedule starts today now that Shepherd football season is over, and my Talk To Me show runs from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM … delightfully scheduled over lunch (another reason why the audience will be minimal.) It’s also available during the same time period (EDT) at http://www.897wshc.org.

I’ve invited our local R&R expert, Ralph Petrie, to be my guest… I hope he shows up. Ralph, as you probably know, hosts The Extended Porch on Friday afternoons, plus he subs on a lot of shows when folks are away and is John Case and my biggest caller during our shows. I don’t know what we would do without Ralph’s input (he keeps us on our toes to do station IDs).

Anyway… I hope you will tune in … and call in at 304.876.5369.

– Bill

Not sure what I am going to do with tomorrow morning’s “Talk To Me” on WSHC…

As of this morning the telephone is still not working in the studio, which makes call-ins on the show an impossibility. So far I have no guests to come in and talk. If I have any luck, I’ll find someone today.

I think I come on at 10:30 AM tomorrow… whatever time I do come on it will be just after Elliot Simon and just before the Football guys.

Hope you’ll tune in (and…on the longshot chance that the phone is fixed… call in.)

Oh yeah, it’s Elly and my 33d wedding anniversary tomorrow as well. 🙂

Just got back from the Winners And Losers show at WSHC

John Case and I did our usual Friday morning routine, although, if not for my wife’s car, I wouldn’t have made it on time… I discovered a dead battery in my car due to the back door being ajar and the rear interior light being on all night. Now I’m back and I can take care of jumping it.

Still planning my first Saturday radio show for 9:00 AM tomorrow… 2 hours to cover and still have no one to talk to (although John said he’d call in.) I’ll be going over to Mellow Moods in a little bit… maybe I can find someone there.

Ostensibly, I would like my show to be mostly conversation, but I fear tomorrow will be lots of music unless I get call-ins (304-876-5369) who want to discuss almost anything… even the SU Rams football game later in the day (that shows you how desperate I am.)

Maybe I’ll play some selections from my friend Jeff Haddow’s recent musical version of Jane Austen’s “Sense and Sensibility”… he just sent me the CD and it sounds pretty good. I also have the usual mix of rock, blues and folk.

Anyway… it’s a much cooler day outside than it has been and I hope you have a good one.

My podcast goes live at 10 AM…

Working on it now…hope you will tune in… if you can’t it will be available all week at the BlogTalkRadio site:

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If you want to call in during the live show, the number is 1 (661) 554-9186.

My new podcast is at 10 AM… I’m getting ready.

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Having missed my time yesterday on my birthday because I was playing my new Canjo and ignoring time and the world, I am now ready to get it on today… actually in just over an hour.

Hope you will tune in… if you can’t it will be available all week at the BlogTalkRadio site:

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If you want to call in during the live show, the number is 1 (661) 554-9186.

Sorry, friends…Podcast moved to tomorrow morning at 10 AM

Wouldn’t you know that, given my birthday and all, I’d get caught up in cards and messages…and the great present I got from my wife and dogs (just the thing I wanted, in fact)… a 1-string Canjo! (the picture is just an explanation… my canjo is a Budweiser can with a dark maple neck. I love it!)

We’ll have the Podcast tomorrow morning, May 25th at 10 AM. Maybe I’ll play the Canjo for you (I’m learning Tom Dooley.)

If you want to call in during the show, call 1 (661) 554-9186

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Here’s my podcast for today on BlogTalkRadio:

Still learning how to do this right… and this was my first time with a guest over the telephone. My biggest problem was the couple of seconds delay between asking questions and getting answers, so the guest and I kept stepping on each other.

I also had a music opening, which did not work… I’ll have to find out why… there are however 2 clicks in empty time when I thought I was turning the music on. Oh well, as I said last week, it will get better (just as this week was better than last week.)

To hear today’s show, with poet Tom Donlin reading his fine work, click here:

My thanks to Tom Donlin for being my guest this morning.

Today was my first UTL Podcast…

This morning at 10AM, the Under The LobsterScope half-hour podcast went live for the first time. I admit it was AWFUL, not AWESOME… but this was my first time.

It will get better, though. When it gets really good I’ll submit it to iTunes which will make it much easier for you to pick up.

Come back next Tuesday (and every Tuesday) at 10 AM and hear the improvements. Call in if you want to.

Meanwhile: you can click on my name or picture below and play the “On Demand” recording of this morning’s Podcast.

– Bill

Listen to internet radio with BillTchakirides on Blog Talk Radio

btw: I’d appreciate comments (or e-mail if you want to click on the mailbox) and suggestions from you. Listeners always know more than producers.