Sunday, May 23, 2010

Summer On The Radio

To my fabulous radio friends!

Tomorrow night, Monday, May 24th, Teacher On The Radio takes the night off, so I can travel to Asheville, North Carolina for the sold out Michael Franti & Spearhead show at the Orange Peel; I am going to cover the opening act & special guests One eskimO for

To replace that show in my life, I have a something fun on tap for this Friday morning May 28th (hopefully from 8:30am-10:30am CST), a special Memorial weekend kickoff broadcast, devoted entirely to new music & recent releases. Listen in the car, listen at work, & as always, let me know if you are listening, by Facebook wall post or text message, so I can give you a shoutout.

After Friday's special, I have just two regular Monday night shows (9-11pm CST) planned until my early summer adventures begin.

Monday, May 31
TOTR 87: Chains Across The Trees, for Mick Vranich
This edition features spoken word for the earth by the late Detroit poet Mick Vranich, a fierce poem of peace & resistance by John Trudell, & songs about trees by various artists.

Monday, June 7
TOTR 88: Reasons To Roo
The teacher will talk us through the Bonnaroo schedule, dropping tracks by folks we might get to see perform live in Manchester.

From Bonnaroo weekend & well into July, the teacher will be on the road to see friends in Michigan, attend a convention in Texas, & hopefully catch three dates on the U2 360 tour. However, as I write this note, the future of the U2 tour hangs in the balance based on the news of lead singer Bono's emergency back surgery this past Friday.

Regardless of how that shakes down, I will miss four or five Mondays, with the scheduled re-boot of the program coming on Monday, July 19. Future themes that I have in mind include neighbors & neighborhoods, fear & fearlessness. As always, I seek suggestions of themes as well as song ideas for each particular show.

Thanks to those of you who have requested archives of previous shows. As of now, the shows are not being recorded or archived anywhere. One of my goals for this summer, however, involves learning to create “Blogcasts.” If the plans work out, I will supplement the live, on-air programs on WTTU with various audio files of pre-recorded programs that I will stream indefinitely from the blog. Any advice about how best to create these & where to store files, etc. is welcome.

As always, I will regularly post of my comings & goings on Facebook, post playlists & blog at, & write about U2, current music, & pop culture at

Enjoying the peaceful marvels of May,

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