This week's episode was a difficult puzzle to complete, and I admitted as much during one break when I said I couldn't find a segue into the Lord Kitchener song. Other than that, somehow this week's trail mix hit the spot; I received a nice compliment online and picked up a couple of virtual friends. I rely on this kind of thing since my own self-assessments are untrustworthy.
I don't have time for an extended post. But I will say that this past Saturday was a lot of fun. We broadcast some important and exclusive "public affairs" content and survived our first live sporting event on-air. During my show, the studio was bustling--in the "live room" next door, another host was doing a four-person recording for later broadcast, while a couple of management-types were shuttling equipment out to the Cass Park rink for that evening's roller-derby coverage, and yet another volunteer was taking a GPS unit up to our new transmitter location so that we can report accurate coordinates to the FCC.
I'm comparing this level of activity and capability with the way things were when Bombast began. The next episode effectively marks our six-month anniversary. We had what must be one of the softest launches in history, debuting the night before Thanksgiving with a couple of hours' notice and no promotion. The first two programs were mixed on a small console more appropriate for home recording than professional broadcast use, and I received strict instructions not to adjust any of the faders before being left completely alone in the studio. No one came in on any kind of business, and I knew that no one would--there was very little "business" then. It almost feels like a real radio station now.
BOMBAST playlist, 2013 May 11, 1500-1700:
- Marnie Stern: "Nothing is Easy" [Kill Rock Stars]
- West African Rhythm Brothers: "Adura" [Honest Jon's]
- Dub Spencer & Trance Hill: "Rasta Pasta" [Echo Beach]
- Akron/Family: "Way Up" [Dead Oceans]
- King Timothy: "Gerrard Street" [Honest Jon's]
- Paula Kelly Orchestra: "Life for Life" [Brainwashed] / "Physical Evidence"
- The African Messengers: "Highlife Piccadilly" [Honest Jon's]
- Walls: "Ecstasy" [Mojo Magazine]
- Wolf People: "NRR" [Jagjaguwar]
- Adventure: "Nervous" [Carpark]
- Matmos: "Staircase" [Brainwashed] / "Physical Evidence"
- Eric Hayden: "Give Her the No. 1" [Honest Jon's]
- Kristin Hersh: "What'll We Do with the Baby-O" [4AD] / "Listening Parlour"
- Dean Blunt: "Dread" [Hippos in Tanks]
- Beacon: "Late November" [Ghostly International]
- Lord Kitchener: "My Wife's Nightie" [Honest Jon's]
- Nudge: "Greener" [Brainwashed] / "Physical Evidence"
- Melvins: "Carpe Diem" [Ipecac]
- Danny Scrilla: "Thorium" [Civil Music]
- Young Growler: "V for Victory" [Honest Jon's]
- PJ Harvey: "Victory" [Island]
- Lord Beginner: "Mix Up Matrimony" [Honest Jon's]
- U Roy: "Drive Her Home" [Virgin / Frontline]
- Johnny Cash: "I Got a Boy and His Name is John" [Columbia] / "Listening Parlour"
- Colin Stetson: "What Are They Doing in Heaven Tonight?" [Constellation]
- Randweg: "Comico Pera" [Funken]
- A Place to Bury Strangers: "Sunbeam" [Brainwashed] / "Physical Evidence"
- Ulrich Schnauss: "A Ritual in Time and Death" [Scripted Realities]