Happy 30th Birthday to WMNF, Tampa

WMNF 30th headliners (l to r) Paul Thorn; Samantha Crain and the Midnight Shivers; Amanda Shires (Creative Loafing)

Tampa’s community radio station, WMNF is now 30 years old! When I created my first mailing list (on Dbase II) in 1985, WMNF and its current program director, Randy Wynne, were on it. Over the years […]

Echoes: Earbender Playlist of the Week #19

Echoes is a nationally syndicated program produced by the married couple of John Diliberto and Kimberly Haas. Having started at the tail end of the New Age “craze,” the program picked up where their previous production Totally Wired left off, and has fought the good fight for ambient music for the benefit of many artists […]

KOTO, Telluride: Earbender Playlist of the Week #17

KOTO Ski and Sport Swap (from TellurideDailyPhoto.com)

What’s your take on buskers? Annoying? Happy musical discoveries? People you know but look the other way. One step up from panhandling? You have before you the KOTO Miracle Chart … given last week’s chart loss into the dark recesses of my mind (read-I forgot) and the […]

KUT, Austin: Earbender Playlist of the Week #15

With a view towards measuring the residual effect of SXSW on local radio stations, KUT, Austin, is this week’s playlist of the week. They just turned 50 (you know it’s old because it has three call letters) and are going stronger than any time since I started sending them records in the 80s. It’s a […]

KBOO Portland: Earbender Playlist of the Week #10

KBOO's logo

KBOO, Portland is one of the more diverse and important community radio stations in the country, and is also one of the few that reaches its entire state. Brandon Lieberman has been holding down as music director for a long time, and as a massive record and swag collector (he had cds […]