Thursday, November 22, 2012

Turn Your (Internet) Radio On

Turn Your (Internet) Radio On*, an offering of internet and broadcast radio alternatives for your listening pleasure as you go about your holiday routine.

Victor Robert Venckus presents his Annual WZBC Pow WowIf you are a member of NEFolk you will have already received the reminder. Today's listening gem comes from independent college/community radio station WZBC (Boston College, Newtown, MA). On Thanksgiving Day (a.k.a. the Native Americans' National Day Of Mourning), Victor Robert Venckus presents his Annual WZBC Pow Wow. He's been doing this, well, forever over 20 years now. From noon until midnight, Victor plays Native American and Native American-inspired music in all possible genres, including rock, folk, country, traditional, new age, and spoken word. He also has live reports from the demonstrations in Plymouth and possibly interviews regarding Native American spirituality and politics. Tune in to WZBC 90.3 FM, or listen online, for the perfect soundtrack for your Thanksgiving dinner or whatever you happen to be doing that day.

Thanksgiving from Smithsonian Folkways. Thanksgiving from Smithsonian Folkways” explores themes of thanks, homecoming, and food. David and Billie Ray Johnson’s bluegra
ss rendition of “Kentucky Waltz” and Elizabeth’s Cotten’s blues, “Vastopol,” convey the feeling of contentment and peace in Thanksgiving, while Jim Nollman’s cover of “Froggy-Went-a-Courtin’ (300 Turkeys)” and Don Bryant and Pete Kuykendall’s version of “Turkey in the Straw” encapsulate the joy and fun of this time of year. The playlist features more, including Native American and Georgia church choirs, and Brian Mackness’ contribution titled, fittingly, “Family.”

For other listening ideas, view the suggestions in Community and Independent College Radio**, where you'll find a listing of special Thanksgiving/National Day of Mourning  programming.

* Apologies to Albert Edward Brumley.**Community and independent college are types of radio service that offer a third model of radio broadcasting  beyond commercial and public service. Community and independent college stations serve geographic communities and communities of interest. They broadcast content that is popular to a local/specific audience but which may often be overlooked by commercial/mass-media and so-called "public" broadcasters. Community and independent radio stations are operated, owned, and driven by the communities they serve. Community radio is not-for profit and provides a mechanism for facilitating individuals, groups, and communities to tell their own diverse stories, to share experiences, and in a media rich world to become active creators and contributors of media. Click here for a guide to community and independent college stations located in the greater northeast US.

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