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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.

 

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.

Just came home from the morning radio show…

 

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John Case and I did Winners and Losers on WSHC this morning and, as usual, we had a pretty good show… especially with our regular callers Ralph Petrie and Stu Brown.

I’ve been thinking lately about how much I enjoy doing the two radio programs I’m on each week (got my Saturday show, Talk To Me, tomorrow from 11 to 1) and don’t really know what I’d do without them. Fortunately John picks me up and drives me home on Fridays and my wife gets me to the station on Saturdays and Ralph Petrie drives me home. As long as this keeps up, I have no problems.

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So now I’m putting together the song list for tomorrow morning’s show, plus picking a couple of comedy bits from the Bob and Ray collection, and going over various talking points to cover. Lately I’ve been getting quite a few call-ins — especially challenge requests for rare songs —  so the show has been quite a project.

If you want to call in tomorrow, the number is 304-876-5369… and no matter where you are, you can listen live on the internet at http://www.897wshc.org.

 

Saturday Morning and I’m getting ready for my radio show…

Talk To Me” is on WSHC FM from 11 Am to 1 PM today and I’m getting my music list and discussion topics ready for the broadcast. If you are outside of our local area (we’re a very small university radio station at Shepherd U.) you can listen by going to the web site at http://897wshc.org/listen_live/index.html. and feel free to call in and, well, talk to me: 304-876-5369.

We have only one line, so if someone else is talking you’ll have to wait til they are done (and my regulars, Ralph and Stu, talk a lot.) I also don’t answer the phone when I’m playing old Bob and Ray cuts.

Elly is going to Frederick, MD, this morning for a student Graphic Design Portfolio Review for the Blue Ridge AIGA… this the third time she’s done the portfolio review and she’s going there with our friend, designer Jill Harner. That gives me most of the day to myself, so after the show I’ll be going back home to continue unpacking at the new house.

Another Saturday in West Virginia.

 

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. 🙂

Tomorrow Morning’s Show on WSHC, 89.7:

We’re on a “regular schedule” tomorrow, which means my show, “Talk To Me” is on from 11 AM to 1 PM. I don’t have any special guests tomorrow, but the call-in line is up and running again (304-876-5369) and I’ll take in discussions on just about anything.

Folks away from our broadcasting area can pick up the show at www.897WSHC.org. Give me a call.

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.

Saturday starts my new radio show on WSHC…

Although the times may be moving around a little during football season, I am starting my new program this Saturday at 9:00 am, and this week we will be running until 11:00. I only got the word yesterday, so I may not be able to get guests to talk with… although eventually I want to do a lot of guest interviews and incoming phone calls from listeners. I’m calling the show “Talk To Me,” and that’s what is going to be the dominant theme.

I’ll be playing some of my esoteric song collection as well, the amount of which will depend on how much talk I can scare up. I’d like to talk about politics, the local arts scene, Shepherdstown business, and anything else my listeners want to converse about… within reason.

I’ll still be doing Friday mornings with John Case on Winners and Losers… I’ll ket you know more about my Saturday show then.

If you want to call in this Saturday, the phone number is 304-876-5369. We’ll be on WSHC, 89.7 on the FM dial, or http://www.897wshc.org on the internet. Hope you’ll be there.

 

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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Today at 3:00 PM on BlogTalkRadio.com

Coming up at 3:00 PM Today… Sign on to my weekly radio version of Under the LobsterScope (sorry I missed the regular Tuesday Morning schedule).

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

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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.

Got up early this morning and joined John Case on WSHC…

I don’t usually co-host Winners and Losers on a Wednesday, but John’s regular co-host today is in California, so I surprised my friend by showing up at 7:30.

We had quite a good morning… lots of talk on current issues…poetry and prose readings on the subject of “insanity” (this, in case people tuned in ready to hear the “Are You Crazy?” section with John’s resident psychiatrist)… and a long phone call from our friend Mark.

It’s nice getting out of the house on a Wednesday morning, although I have to get up at 6:oo AM to do it… I’m a late sleeper, since it takes me so long to fall asleep at night. The parking in downtown Shepherdstown (which covers two whole blocks) is really good this early in the morning – plus the Shep U students are on Spring break so there are no cars around. With the exception of the WSHC broadcast area, Knutti Hall is like the dead zone.

Anyway, now I’m back home getting ready to walk the dogs. Then I’ll get around to setting the trap for the small creature who is digging holes in our backyard garden area. I hope you all… Japan Tsunami and Wisconsin union activities aside… have a nice day.

Looks like I’m doing WINNERS AND LOSERS on WSHC tomorrow morning…

…since I haven’t heard from John Case. Guess he’s still in Canada. Oh well, this will round out my week.

I’m going over blues music and such here tonite… and making a list of political stuff to talk about in case anyone calls in to the show (Mark or Dino or Ralph).

By the way… you can listen to the show on line. Just go to http://www.897wshc.org and click on “Listen to WSHC Live”.  To call in to the show dial 304-876-5369 anytime between 7:30 and 9:00 AM when I’m on the air.

There’s also the chance that John will walk in during the show and I can turn over the reins and the door key to the real host of the show (and get some sleep on weekday mornings!)

Cartoon of the Week

Kevin Siers in the Charlotte Observer:

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The effect of Rush Limbaugh as a mental disorder… unfortunately it’s not really a joke.