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Reser's Pieces: "The Big Broadcast" for January 11, 2015

by Rich Conaty

I recorded this show before I did last Sunday's live one. I expected to like the last one more, since it included Al Bowlly and Henry "Red" Allen, but this one may be better. Sometimes the birthdays line up so well, I'd have to go out of my way to wreck it. There are three distinctive voices: Henry Burr, Sophie Tucker and Russ Columbo. Burr began recording in 1903, and was active until his passing in 1941. Sophie Tucker was making cylinder recordings in 1910, and I remember seeing her on "The Ed Sullivan Show." Russ Columbo had a short, tragic life.

UKNY On FUV For January 10

by Kara Manning
Emmy the Great (courtesy of the artist,

Curl up with a cuppa, whether hot tea or mulled wine, for tonight's UKNY at 11—it's ridiculously cold out there–for thoughtful new releases from C Duncan, Emmy the Great (pictured), Drewford Alabama (aka former Noisettes co-founder Jamie Morrison), Cara Mitchell, and the duo of Maxïmo Park's Paul Mitchell and Field Music's Peter Brewis. There will be suitcases hoisted and long journeys taken, from the South Pacific to outer space, so do come along for the ride.

The Bottomless Pit With Marshall Crenshaw For January 10

by Marshall Crenshaw
Joe Cocker (courtesy of the artist's Facebook page)

For the umpteenth time (and counting) it'll be an "All 45 RPM Night" on "The Bottomless Pit" at 10 tonight. All the music that we'll hear on the show will be at least 40 years old—and that's a promise. The proceedings will include an overdue tribute to the great and sadly late Joe Cocker; I have lots of 45s with his name on them. We'll also hear from Buck Owens, Webb Pierce, George Riddle, Red Foley, Eddie Noack, and many many more.

Vin Scelsa's "Idiot's Delight" For January 10

by WFUV Staff
Lucinda and Miller Williams (courtesy of the Miller Williams family)

Tonight on this frozen, deep winter edition of Vin Scelsa's "Idiot's Delight"® at 8, a celebration of compassion as powerfully elucidated by American poet and academic Miller Williams who passed away on New Year's Day. Miller was the father of Lucinda Williams and he presented his poem "Compassion" at the 1997 inauguration of President Bill Clinton; in turn, his daughter recently set those words to music, as found on her 2014 album Where The Spirit Meets The Bone.

Since "Idiot's Delight"® begins online only due to Fordham basketball (the entire show returns to 90.7FM around 9 p.m.), Vin has a long, moody, cinematic opening planned for the top of the show as well as music from John Cale, Professor and Maryann, Donovan, TV on the Radio and more.

Question of the Day: Pants in Song?

by Corny O'Connell

This Sunday is the No Pants Subway Ride. You can participate here in New York where the event started in 2002 or in any of the dozens of other cities around the world where riders go sans slacks. You can also participate in the Question of the Day by suggesting a song about pants, shorts, jeans or the like. Drop 'em in the comments below and we'll spin a set after 9am.

Here's what we played:

David Essex - "Rock On"