The music of the 192os and 1930s was not being played on any local station, commercial or public. This is a shame, because it has a lightness and a vitality totally lacking in other musical realms. Also, it could be sophisticated, smart, and funny. It is not the over-processed, demographically-targeted pop of later years. It was all in one take, all on one mike, spontaneous, and totally in the moment. Hence it is still fresh, joyous, and new, even after 75 years.
The program will be drawn from my sprawling and unwieldy collection of CDs, LPs, and 78s. What I will play from week to week is anybody's guess. There will be Satchmo and Bing, but also such neglected greats as Annette Hanshaw, Jabbo Smith, Eddie Lang, and Joe Robichaux, among dozens of others. I'll try to keep it light and fun. Nor will I shy from a touch of irony when the moment demands it.
"Radiola" is scheduled to run through the end of July.