Radio devotees! WVKR disciples!
Winter is upon us. That means long dark days spent indoors, snowy landscapes, and hours to kill. Perfect for all of us complete or partial introverts, who need an excuse to listen to radio. Keep reading to get a handpicked list of a few of my suggestions for each day of the week, most of which might go under the radar for you seasoned listeners.
Monday afternoons at 12:00, get your fingernails dirty with Sam the Tattoo Man on The Monday Afternoon Recovery Room. Sam joined the station this summer, and he has perfected a brand of witty banter mixed in with his carefully curated selection of gritty garage rock on vinyl. It’s as if you’re sitting at Sam’s tattoo shop as he cracks jokes and spins great tunes, but without the ink on your body forever. Don’t miss it!
Right afterwards, at 2:00 pm, tune into Now That’s What I Call Music Hour! to catch up with WVKR music directors, Thea Ballard ‘13 and Jay Lancaster ‘15. Not only will their voices soothe you as your week kicks off, they’ll also keep you up to date with all the most happenin’ tracks coming into WVKR from record labels and bigwig record execs.
And at 6, let Calvin Balfour take you away with rollicking reggae on Uplifting Vibes. The show is a hit in the community, so if you haven’t listened, you’re missing out.
Tuesdays at 12 noon, on Rude Health, Hua Hsu kicks the funkiest of hip-hop and early soul this side of the Hudson. The show turns a gray day at work by the computer into a combination block-party-and-cookout
Wednesday at 12 noon, Thomas Hill of Vassar’s art library interviews professors about their recent work. Mr. Hill, who works in the Art Library, knows how to bring out the connection between writer and work, while also unpacking a book like a present, with excitement and deep interest.
Thursdays at 12 to 2 PM, Soul Different with DJ Wisdom masterfully mixes and spins a slick collection of hip-hop and soul on vinyl. Wisdom is an experienced DJ on the club circuit, an artist on the tables, and a spiritual presence on the mic.
Friday mornings, at 7 AM, Shane and Mike discuss current affairs on Inside Hudson Valley Politics. Tossing around issues that affect the area with insightful and engaging commentary, Shane and Mike did their first show this summer; they are on-air bulldozers, talking with intelligence and powering through topics with grace and intensity.
Stay tuned with WVKR! We’ll treat you right.
DJ Kool Young Mom