Radio Days Gone By... and Ahead


December 9th, 2009 ~ American Routes is dedicated to radio as a medium, bringing you great vernacular music from across the landscape. We also like to hear the voices of radio's fellow travelers like: the resonant octogenarian, hipster, and "word jazz" man Ken Nordine, up close in his Chicago studio; mystery novelist, songwriter and radio head Kinky Friedman of Texas; St. Louis' Antique Radio Museum -- home to 10,000 old radios -- and the self-proclaimed "radio addict" Jasper Giardina who collects them. That plus a present day music mix designed to glorify the past and future of radio.

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  • Open Bed: St. Louis Blues Sidney Bechet
    The Best of , Blue Note
  • Who Listens To Radio? Sarah Vaughan & Quincy Jones
    Tip Of The Freberg: The Stan Freberg Collection 1951-1998, Rhino
  • SEGMENT: Jasper's Antique Radio Museum in St. Louis, Pt. 1
  • How Do I Know It's Sunday Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians
    The Best of: Early Years, Collector's Choice
  • Ain't Misbehavin' (I'm Savin' My Love For You) Leon Redbone
    On The Track, Warner
  • Remember Billie Holiday
    The Essential Billie Holiday: Songs Of Lost Love, Verve
  • Instrumental: Nostalgia Fats Navarro
    The Savoy Story, Vol.1: Jazz, Savoy
  • CLIP: WHN-AM, New York
  • The Bridegroom Special Sam Medoff And The Yiddish Swing Orchestra
    Music From The Yiddish Radio Project, Shanachie
  • SEGMENT Jasper's Antique Radio Museum in St. Louis, Pt. 2
  • Remember Then The Earls
    The Doo Wop Box: 101 Vocal Group Gems From The Golden Age Of Rock 'N' Roll, Rhino
  • Turn On Your Volume, Baby Smiley Lewis
    Shame, Shame, Shame, Bear Family
  • CLIP: WLBB-AM, from Carrollton, Georgia
  • Dance All Night with a Bottle in Your Hand Uncle John Paterson & Ben Entrekin
    Everybody's Tuned to the Radio: Rural Music Traditions in West Georgia, 1947-1979, Center for Public History, State Univ. of West Georgia
  • Instrumental: St. Louis Blues Clarence Gatemouth Brown
    Gate's On The Heat , Verve
  • SEGMENT: Kinky Friedman
  • Drug Store Truck Drivin Man The Byrds
    Dr. Byrds and Mr. Hyde, Colombia/Legacy
  • Mr. Record Man Willie Nelson
    The Early Years: The Complete Liberty Recordings Plus More, Liberty
  • CLIP: Willie Nelson from KOKE-FM, Austin
  • Sugar Bee Doug Sahm
    The Roots of Doug Sahm: Son of San Antonio, 50181
  • CLIP: ID & advertisement from KSIG, Crowley, LA
  • La Valse de KLFY Michael Doucet
    Allons Cajun Rock 'n' Roll, Ace
  • Open Bed: Mother Trucker Chico Hamilton w/ Joe Beck
    Thoughts Of… , Koch
  • CLIP: WMMR-FM, Philadelphia
  • Fall In Philadelphia Daryl Hall and John Oates
    Whole Oates, Atlantic
  • CLIP: WHAT-FM 100% Negro Radio, Philadelphia
  • Hook And Sling Eddie Bo
    Funky Funky New Orleans, Funky Delicacies
  • CLIP: Rufus Thomas recreates WDIA rap
  • Walking The Dog Rufus Thomas
    The Complete Stax-Volt Singles 1959-1968, Atlantic
  • I'm A Fool To Care Gatemouth Moore
    Hey Mr. Gatemouth: The Complete King Recordings, Westside
  • Instrumental: Jumpin' With Symphony Sid Lester Young
    The Complete Aladdin Sessions, Blue Note
  • Jumpin' With Symphony Sid King Pleasure
    King Pleasure Sings / Annie Ross Sings, Prestige
  • I Heard It Over The Radio Ornette Coleman
    Beauty Is A Rare Thing: The Complete Atlantic Recordings, Rhino
  • SEGMENT: Ken Nordine
  • Instrumental: Cool Cal Tjader
    Cal Tjader's Greatest Hits, Fantasy
  • CLIP: King Cole Trio Time, NBC radio
  • When I Take My Sugar To Tea Nat King Cole
    The King Cole Trios: Live 1947-'48, Vintage Jazz
  • Variations on 'Mood Indigo' Duke Ellington
    The King Cole Trios: Live 1947-'48, Vintage Jazz
  • You're The Cream In My Coffee (#2) Nat King Cole
    The King Cole Trios: Live 1947-'48, Vintage Jazz
  • CLIP: This Is Jazz hosted by Rudi Blesh
  • Ain't Gonna Give None Of My Jelly Roll This is Jazz Orchestra w/ Momma Alberta Price
    This Is Jazz Vol.5: The Historic Broadcasts, Jazzology
  • John Henry This is Jazz Orchestra w/ Leadbelly
    This Is Jazz Vol.5: The Historic Broadcasts, Jazzology
  • End Bed: Memories of Professor Longhair Dr. John
    Dr. John Plays Mac Rebennack, Clean Cuts