For the first 12 years or so of my life here on Cape Cod, Memorial Day Weekend meant seeing the Incredible Casuals at the Wellfleet Beachcomber, usually on the Sunday of the weekend. That started the “church” season for many of us, as every Summer Sunday afternoon from about 5pm to 8pm we would congregate at da Coma and rejoice in the music the band offered up to us. There was dancing, drinking, and lots of smiles.
I think it’s only been 4 years since the string of Memorial Day weekend shows ended (the every Sunday thing stopped a couple of years earlier), and I sure do miss it. Sure, I’ve found other things to do on Sunday afternoons (my radio show, for example), but if they were to do it again, I know I’d be there in a heartbeat.
I guess I was missing the lads and their music particularly strong this year, because I decided to devote hours two & three of my show to nothing but the Incredible Casuals.
You know, my show only goes until 4, and I could easily make it da Coma by 5 on Sundays …. just sayin’.
When I was 7 years old, I listened to the 1969 NY Mets’ pennant run on my school bus ride home. Our bus driver had the game broadcasts tuned in on a transistor radio at the front of the bus (oh, how I miss DAY baseball games!), and I would run from the bus into my house to watch the ends of games on the family TV (B&W, of course). The Miracle Mets, of course, went on to win the World Series that year, and this boy was hooked.
When I got to Boston, my friends & I tried to go to the first & last games of the season at Fenway (plus many more in between). I probably did that for close to 10 years. For a while (10 years or so) I had a weekend/day game season ticket package at Fenway and went to many, many games, including opening day games every year.
So I guess what I’m trying to say is that Opening Day is a pretty big holiday for me. And this year, I got to do a radio show that day. Of course, I played baseball songs, how could I resist? Some listeners expressed surprise that I had 2 hours of baseball songs in my collection. I have to admit that I have much, much more, so keep an ear out for next season!
We’re not ashamed – DJ Tony Scungilli & I definitely have a long-term bromance going on. The latest manifestation of this bromance has been co-hosting radio shows together. Last fall we took over Matty Dread’s “Soul Funky Train”, a week or so back we co-hosted the Saturday morning oldies show, and this week we took over Jim Mulligan’s “Mulligan Stew”. Usually we just take turns and alternate songs, sometimes we’ll talk about a plan for a set of songs ahead of time, other times we just wing it and play something that seems to make sense after the song that’s playing. The key thing is to have fun and make each other laugh (and hopefully you, the listener, too).
This was the beginning of a 2-show/5-hour slot, with DJ Tony Scungilli of “The Squid Jigger’s Blend” show joining me part way through this show after which we co-hosted Jim Mulligan’s “Mullgan’s Stew” show.
This show starts with a Gospel brunch, proceeds into a set of Soul/Funk Love songs, and later a Keith Emerson Remembrance and the return of “Fun With Fred’s Phone”. I believe it was the first FWFP of 2016 – oh, how I missed that feature!
March 2016 marks my return to the timeslot where it all started – alternate Sunday afternoons. Originally I started off doing this as a sub for Jay Harrington on his show Sitting In, then I got my own slot on alternate Monday evenings, but I always longed for a return to Sunday afternoons so I could continue on with the Gospel Brunch feature.
This was my first show back, and after the Gospel Brunch Hour at the top of the show I decided to honor International Women’s Day 2016 (March 8, 2016) with an hour plus of female-fronted funk.
It was MLK Day 2016 and the first Omnipop Omnibus show after David Bowie died, so I played tributes to both of them. Also thrown in are brief tributes to both Clarence “Blowfly” Reid and Glenn Frey as well as a couple of new-to-2016 songs. The folks in DJ Fred’s Omnipop Omnibus Facebook group seemed to enjoy the show, I hope you do, too.
I was given the opportunity to sit in for Jim Mulligan’s show “Mulligan Stew” the other day. Jim plays a great mix of blues and R&B with lots of New Orleans music. I expanded on that a bit to play a “Gospel Snack” (the show ran 4pm to 6pm, so I thought it a bit late for a full “Gospel Brunch”) and some vocal R&B/doo wop. I hope I got close to the essence of Jim’s show. I sure had a good time playing these songs for you.