Thursday, March 26, 2009

"It Ain't Right" March 27, 2009

(Week 155)

This RADIOLA! attempts to redress various radio crimes and misdemeanors, some of which hit very close to home.

Tune in Friday at 8 PM Eastern to WHCL (with streaming HERE). The show will be uploaded to my Live365 station shortly thereafter.

Art Shaw and his New Music (Peg LaCentra, v) - It Ain't Right (1936) - Vocalion 4637
Cab Calloway and his Orch - Error in the News (1937) - Vocalion 3912
Rudy Vallee and his CT Yankees - Mad Dogs and Englishmen (1937) - BB B7135B
Ben Pollack and his Californians - He's The Last Word (1926) - Jazz Oracle BDW 8015
Ben Pollack and his Park Central Orch (BP) - My Kinda Love (1929) - Jazz Oracle BDW 8017
Ben Pollack and his Park Central Orch (SL)- Keep Your Undershirt On (1929) - Jazz Oracle BDW 8026
Virginia Liston - You've Got the Right Key But the Wrong Keyhole (1924) - Okeh 8173-A
The Georgians - Somebody's Wrong (1923) - Columbia A 3996
Eddie Cantor - Oh Is She Dumb (1922) - Columbia A3682
Mildred Bailey and her Alley Cats -Honeysuckle Rose (1935) - Decca 18108
Frank Crumit - Nettie Is The Nit-Wit Of The Networks (1938) - Decca 1729 B
Cody Fox and his Yellowjackets - Oh! She's Crazy (1937) - Vocalion 03452
Alberta Hunter with Fats Waller - Sugar (1927) - JSP927 CD 2
Fats Waller - Soothin' Syrup Stomp (1927) - JSP927 - CD 4
Louisiana Sugar Babes - Willow Tree (1928) - JSP927 CD 2
Glenn Miller (Smith Ballew) Moonlight On The Ganges (1935) Columbia 3051-D
Bill Carlisle - I Done It Wrong (1936) - Bluebird 6568
Carson Robison Trio - Oh That Dumb-Bell (1929) - Conqueror 7422
The Revelers with Gladys Rice - Gems from “Oh, Kay!” (1926) - Victor 78
Gladys Rice - Pretty Baby (1916) - cusb-cyl5360d (University of Santa Barbara Cylinder Collection)
Gladys Rice - Jazz Baby (1919) - cusb-cyl5910d (University of Santa Barbara Cylinder Collection)
Gladys Rice and Betsy Lane Shepherd - Cry Baby (1923) - Edison (Diamond Disc) 51227-L
Art Gillham - It's Never Too Late To Be Sorry (1928) - Columbia 1540-D
Eddie Condon's Footwarmers - I'm Sorry I Made You Cry (1928) - Okeh 41142
Fats Waller and his Rhythm - I Repent (1941) - Bluebird 11188
Kay Kyser and his Orch (Harry Babbitt, v) - If I Only Had A Brain (1939) - Brunswick 8440
Arthur Briggs and his Swing Band - Scatter Brain (1940) - Swing 72
Benny Goodman and his Orch - Nitwit Serenade (1934) - Timeless CBC 1-065 Disc 2
Bing Crosby - Maybe I'm Wrong Again (1934) - Decca 309 B
Milton Brown and his Brownies Right Or Wrong (1936) Decca 60645
Ozzie Nelson and his Orch - I'm Just An Ordinary Human (1935) - Brunswick 7326

Thursday, March 19, 2009


WHCL is officially off-air for Hamilton College Spring Break and I think I'll not warm up the transmitter this week.

MySpace is full of crap!

UPDATE (April 4, 2009): Apparently, MySpace has fixed the problem and the link to this site is no longer blocked. The remark about head lice still rankles, though.

When attempting to send a link to a MySpace contact yesterday, I checked the sent message and found that the link (to my RADIOLA! blog at had been disabled, and the following insulting message displayed:

The link you are trying to visit has been disabled.

You have reached a link that is no longer in service. That means the link was very naughty, and, much like head lice, had to be eliminated before it spread.

You may be asking yourself, 'Hey, what was it about that link that got it in trouble?' An excellent question! Usually, it's one of the following reasons:

- The link was spam! No one likes spammers, and we don't like their links.

- You almost got phished! There are people out there who want to steal your MySpace password. They want to log in as you and send spam, harass your friends, change your profile, and generally run amok. Phishing pages are usually designed to look like MySpace to trick you. Other sites may also ask for your MySpace login information to customize your profile, insert videos or slide shows, track visitors, or any number of other things.Don't make it easy for them. ONLY USE YOUR MYSPACE LOGIN INFO ON WWW.MYSPACE.COM!!

- Viruses are not fun! Neither is adware, spyware, or malware. We cut the links to places that are known sources of infection.

If you really did want to check out some spam, viruses, or phishing pages, we're really sorry to have interrupted. We're sure you can find it elsewhere.There's plenty on the Internet

It seems that MySpace has disabled all links to Blogger sites because of a profusion of "spam" sites ending in "" Fine. It's easy to set up sites with free Blogger, and I'm sure many unscrupulous and malevolent people do so. That could have been stated in the message, rather than libel about "head lice," "spam," and "phishing." The irony about head lice in particular was not funny. Whoever thought of that should be flogged.

My RADIOLA! blog has been extant since 2005 as a repository for my radio playlists and for links to many other vintage music programs and sites. It is one of the most visited vintage music sites on the internet, and if you type "radiola" into Google, it comes up at the top of the list.

So there's a total lack of tact and sensitivity here. Whenever I'd send my link to anyone on MySpace, I'd look like a phishing, spamming jerk. And I don't send viruses to people. I keep a hygenic machine in this house.

As for "spam," which MySpace seems to strenuously object to, my MySpace home page is clotted with it. There are all manner of sleazy ads for teeth whiteners, one-night-stand dating sites, online casinos, etc. And yes, I know that cheesy advertising pays for the bandwidth I'm using. But it seems that MySpace is a tad inconsistent.

If I did not rely on MySpace as a means to promote and publicize my radio program, I would delete my profile and be done with it. I still may do so. I've already deleted my Facebook page because it was too wearying to participate in all the childishness of e-gifts and online party games. And I refuse to try Twitter. The idea of letting people know (in 140 characters or less) every time I make a sandwich or clear my sinuses is utterly appalling to me.

The libel of the above message may be no big deal to some if nothing much matters to them because there's always tomorrow. But I'm way over the hill, and I find it tiresome to try to be cool and "go with the flow" regarding personal insults. I spend thousands of dollars a year and work a dozen or more hours a week to do a volunteer radio show (which I then upload to Live365) and the implication of fraud stings deeply.

I'm thinking I may be getting a little too old for this internet stuff. It's like a glorified Busy Box. It may not be flashy and fun, but at least my dull old reliable Underwood doesn't call me names.

Friday, March 13, 2009

"Variety Stomp" March 13, 2009

(Week 154)

This RADIOLA! is a musical potluck meal of leftovers and other morsels. In this miscellany, we celebrate the District of Columbia quarter featuring Duke Ellington, play tracks from a Henry Halstead CD that came over the transom at WHCL, hear a bit more Val Rosing, enjoy the West End Jazz Band, and clean out the RADIOLA! fridge.

Tune in at 8 PM Eastern on WHCL (with streaming HERE). The show will soon find its way to my Live365 station.

Duke Ellington - Black Beauty (1928) - The Okeh Ellington, Vol. I (Col. C2K 46177)
West End Jazz Band - Variety Stomp (2008) - “Sunny Side Up” Rivermont BSW-2208
Ipana Troubadors (Willard Robison, v) - Wake Up! Chill’un, Wake Up! (1929) - Columbia 1779-D
Art Landry and his Orch - The Camel Walk (1925) - Victor 19858
Paul Whiteman and his Orch - Just Like A Melody Out Of The Sky (1928) - Columbia 1441-D
Jack Pettis and his Orch- Stockholm Stomp (1926) - Mosaic MD8-213/1
Mike Bernard - Maori (A Samoan Dance) (1913) - Timeless CBC 1-035
Europe's Society Orch - Too Much Mustard (1913) - Timeless CBC 1-035
Henry Halstead and his Orch - China Girl (1924) - Henry Halstead and his Orch 1924-1929
Texas Alexander - The Risin' Sun (1928) - Mosaic MD8-213/4
Bill Carlisle - You're Just Like a Dollar Bill (1936) - Bluebird 6608
Ben Bernie and All The Lads - We Won't Have to Sell the Farm (1933) - Columbia 2804-D
Duke Ellington - East St. Louis Toodle-oo (1927) - The Okeh Ellington, Vol. I (Col. C2K 46177)
The Three Keys - Mood Indigo (1932) - Columbia 2706-D
Waring's Pennsylvanians - Wob-A-Ly Walk (1927) - The Old Masters mb126
Carpal Tunnel Kid (pipe organ) - Inflatagirl (1995) - Recorded at Proctor H.S., Utica NY, Aug. 19, 1995
West End Jazz Band - Hop Off (2008) - “Sunny Side Up” Rivermont BSW-2208
Henry Burr - Women - (1907) The Original King of Pop (Archeophone 5507)
Mike Bernard - 1915 Rag (1913) - Timeless CBC 1-035
Waring's Pennsylvanians - I Love My Baby (1925) - The Old Masters mb126
Henry Halstead and his Orch - Give Me Today (1926) - Henry Halstead and his Orch 1924-1929
Majestic Dance Orch (Chick Bullock, v) - You're Blase (1932) - Banner 32542
Bernie Cummins - Minnie the Mermaid (1930) - Victor 22355-A
Greta Keller - Once in a While (1938) - ASV Living Era CD AJA 5193
Mildred Bailey - Willow Tree (1935) - Decca 18108 B
Mamie Smith - Jenny's Ball (1931) - Timeless CBC 1-068
Guy Lombardo (Milton Charles, organ) - High Up on a Hill-Top (1928) - Timeless CBC 1-087
Radio Rhythm Rascals (Val Rosing, v) - Dinah - Try a Little Tenderness RRR-0007
Four Aces - Rhythm is Our Business (1935) - Champion 40028
Joe Gumin - I'll Think of You (1931) - Timeless CBC 1-087
Duke Ellington - In A Sentimental Mood (1935) - Brunswick 7461
Henry Hall and his Orch (Val Rosing, v) - Here's to the Next Time - Try a Little Tenderness RRR-0007

Friday, March 06, 2009

"Commerce" March 6, 2009

(Week 153)

This RADIOLA! is all about buying and selling--and has cut out the middle man.

Tune in Friday, March 6, at 8 PM Eastern to WHCL (with streaming here). I'll upload the show this weekend to my Live365 station.

Gene Kardos and his Orch - You've Got To Sell It (1931) - The Old Masters MB 121
Ben Pollack and Park Central Orch (Belle Mann v) - Buy, Buy For Baby (1928) - Jazz Oracle BDW 8015
Ipana Troubadors (Willard Robison, v) - Wake Up! Chill’un, Wake Up! (1929) - Columbia 1779-D
Joe Haymes and his Orch - Uncle Joe's Music Store (1933) - Columbia 2781-D
Jimmie Grier and his Orch - Second Hand Heart (For Sale) (1932) -Victor 24175
Ben Selvin and his Orch (Dick Robertson, v) - Last Doller (1931) - The Old Masters MB 102
Johnny Marvin - I'm In The Market For You (1930) - Victor 22440
Waring's Pennsylvanians - I Found A Million Dollar Baby (1931) - Collector's Choice CCM-175-2
Paul Whiteman Orch (Ramona Davies v) - Raisin' the Rent (1933) - Victor 24316
Dorsey Brothers Orch (Bob Crosby v) - I'm Goin' Shoppin' With You (1935) - Decca 371 A
Arden-Ohman Orch (vFrank Luther) - I've Got Five Dollars (1931) - Victor 22627
Charlie Higgins - Charlie Goes Shopping on Saturday Night (c. 1932) - Toast of New York
Mississippi Sheiks - Sales Tax (1934) - Bluebird B-5453
Dixon Brothers - Sales Tax On The Women (1936) - Bluebird B-6327
Tom Dickey's Showboys - Fifteen Dollars A Week (1938) - Bluebird B-7920
Carpal Tunnel Kid - Among My Auctioneers - 2008-12-02 Home Recording
Tom Lehrer - Selling Out - The Remains of Tom Lehrer (Rhino)
Billy Murray - The War In Snider's Grocery Store (1914) - Victor 17809
Rev J.M.Gates and Congregation - Good Bye To Chain Stores, Pt. 2 (1930) - The Best of (Columbia)
Lucille Bogan - Groceries on the Shelf (1933) - Columbia CK 65705
George Olsen and his Music (Ethel Shutta v) - This Little Piggie Went To Market (1934) - Col. 2878-D
Jan Garber and his Orch - I've an Evening For Sale (1933) - Victor 24438
Rudy Vallee and his CT Yankees - Here It Is Monday And I've Still Got A Dollar (1932) - Columbia 2730-D
The Tiger - Money is King (1935) - Arhoolie Folklyric CD7004
Wilmoth Houdini - Poor But Ambitious (1940) - Arhoolie Folklyric CD 7010
The Lion - I Am Going To Buy A Bungalow (1938) - Rounder CD 1077
Howard Godfrey's Waldorfians - Love for Sale (1930) - Toast of New York
Henry Allen and his Orch - There’s a House In Harlem For Sale (1934) - Banner 33178
Mills Brothers - Swing For Sale (1937) - Decca 1147
Connie Boswell - In A Little Second Hand Store (1933) - Berigan Mosaic Box Set (orig. Brunswick 6552)
Gracie Fields - A Cottage For Sale (1930) - The Romantic Gracie
Al Bowlly (Victor Young Orch) - If I Had A Million Dollars (1934) - Decca 293 A

Wednesday, March 04, 2009


This Saturday, March 7, The Carpal Tunnel Kid will perform a set of his own music during the regular Poetry Group 13 event at Thornberry's Restaurant, 1011 King Street, Utica NY. (Parking is in the large lot adjacent to the Stanley Theatre complex on Genesee St.) The event begins about 9 PM, with various poets, spoken word artists, and musicians from the Utica area. The Carpal Tunnel Kid will be playing the closing set after 11 PM.

The Carpal Tunnel Kid (also variously known as Andy Senior and as the host of RADIOLA!) is coming out of seclusion to accommodate those who need a salubrious dose of trenchant musical satire and lighthearted scurrility--and because someone actually asked him to perform. He fully intends to check his much-vaunted good taste at the door.

General admission to Poetry Group 13 is five dollars. Come early for dinner or a few drinks at Thornberry's, and stay to enjoy the evening's festivities, capped off by the appearance of that rarest of birds, The Carpal Tunnel Kid.

Many thanks again to Budd Wadas for organizing this event.

Tuesday, March 03, 2009