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A Multi-Part Celebration of Sun Ra

I saw the email come in from the station with time slots in need of substitute hosts and saw two jazz shows right around May 30, the 24th anniversary of Sun Ra’s return to Saturn. Of course, I offered immediately to cover both shows.

Part 1 of the celebration is an early evening show from May 30, and is usually more of a “traditional” jazz program (whatever that means – heck, I think it’s all jazz and all fits the bill, but one listener called in to complain that I wasn’t playing the right stuff), so I started off with some early Sun Ra recordings with R&B and jazz artists and tried to keep things for the rest of the show a little more on the traditional side of things (as “traditional” as things get with Sun Ra). Early on during the show a couple of listeners called in to say they were really enjoying it (one woman said something along the lines of “I don’t usually like jazz, but I’m really enjoying what you’re playing”)

“Son of a Preacher Man” for this show was performed by The Borna Sercar Trio

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Part 2 is a late-night show on May 31, and I felt I could get a little weirder there. I played several sets of other artists playing Sun Ra tracks or tributes to Sun Ra, too. There’s even a Sun Ra “Fun With Fred’s Phone” feature! (OK, I cheated a little; in anticipation of these shows, temporarily I loaded my phone with ONLY Sun Ra music)

“Son of a Preacher Man” for this show was performed by Rebecca Jenkins

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Finally, there’s a third archive, an excerpt from the following Sunday night (June 4). I had about an hour of Sun Ra music leftover from the first two shows (ready to play yet not enough time), so for the middle hour of my 3-hour Sunday night show, I decided to share that music. I ended up closing the whole show with “Love in Outer Space”, but that’s not included in this archive.

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So there you have it. Seven hours of Sun Ra. Enjoy!

“Sunrise in Outer Space, Love for Everybody.”


Christmas in Hell 2016

The second Omnipop Omnibus christmastree-fire“Christmas in Hell” show – I guess now it’s an annual tradition! Unfortunately, the guys from whom I stole the idea for the show (and who hosted with me last year), Paul & Ted of Berkshire Radio’s Splatto Hour, were unable to make it, so for this year’s show I invited DJ Ryan Cooke of WOMR’s “Reel Music” show (Saturday nights, 9pm to midnight) to join me in the studio. Together we played some of the most silly, weird, tragic, and awful Christmas music you can imagine.

The show broadcast during the regular timeslot of the amazing Lady Di’s “Leggs Up & Dancing” show, and I half expected that some of her listeners might not be thrilled with what we were doing. Remarkably, all of the listener calls we received during the show were supportive of our efforts.

Coming up next is a special Christmas Day edition of the Omnipop Omnibus, featuring an expanded 2 hour Gospel Brunch.

And now sit back, pour yourself a nice beverage, and … um … enjoy? Sure, enjoy, yeah, that’s the word for it.


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2016 So Far – Part 2

2016-So-Far---Part-2I’ve heard some pretty good stuff that’s come out this year, and I just can’t help but share it with you. A couple of weeks ago I played an entire show of 2016 releases, and I continued the feature on 2016 with this show.

It was also WOMR/WFMR‘s fund drive, and I want to thank all the listeners who called in and pledged their love & support. We surpassed the show goal that had been assigned to me by the station, and came just short of the goal I set for the show.

I’d like to point out that you can still contribute to Community Radio WOMR/WFMR – you can donate online at or call the station to donate at 508-487-2619 or 800-921-9667. Just tell them DJ Fred at The Omnipop Omnibus sent you!

This week’s “Son of a Preacher Man” performed by Tom Goss

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2016 So Far – Part 1

2016-So-Far---Part-1It’s just over half-way through 2016, and I figure it’s a good time to go through the music that I added to my collection this year and play a few of the new-for-2016 songs that made an impact on me. Once I started getting into it, I found I really dug way more than I could fit in one show.

This is the first of what I’m pretty sure will be at least two shows, more likely three, of songs from 2016. All the tracks are on 2016 releases, and I’m trying to stay away from archival or “best of” releases, with the exception of the tracks I play in the Gospel Brunch Hour portion of the show.

Happy listening!

This week’s “Son of a Preacher Man” performed by The University of Florida Marching Band

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I’m Sick & Tired of Feeling Sick & Tired

Friendship StampI’ll telll you, sometimes I start to lose hope for this world, but I’m basically an optimist and I try to see the good and keep my hope alive. A couple of weeks ago I was just fed up with what I was reading in the news – the hate was just getting too oppressive.

I know there is light in the world, and in an attempt to voice some of my frustrations and maybe remind myself of that light, I programmed this set of songs. Some of them angry, some of them hopeful. Some new songs about current struggles, some classics about struggles we hoped were over.

It all reminded me that the more things change, the more things stay the same; but in the end, I found it cathartic and I hope you do too.

We gotta travel the spaceways together, folks, we might as well try to get along while we do.

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A Remembrance of Memorial Days Past

P1000617For 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’.

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The Church of Baseball is Open

BaseballAh …. baseball!

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!

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