Sonic Subversion on Radio Valencia

Back in January, my friend Michael Butler was a guest on Sonic Subversion, a program on Radio Valencia. I’m finally getting around to listening it today. I heard my own name mentioned in the first few minutes, so I think that counts as a great show. Rock on! Also on:Facebook Twitter

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The Day I Quit Caring about NPR

I have posted before about how I spent my adult life as a public radio financial supporter and devoted listener, but since the beginning of the podcast era I have completely stopped caring about NPR, its affiliates, and practically all of its programming. If you look at the comments on that linked post, there is […]

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Thomas Peake Historical Audio

Thanks to Chris Campbell’s reminder, I was reminded that I have CDs of all the MP3s from the 2004 WREK alumni weekend. That weekend was to celebrate the history of the old station in the Georgia Tech Thrillerdome as they prepared to move to the brand new space. Thanks to CDC’s persistence and the kindness […]


Public Radio Fails Me

This blog post has been percolating for a very long time and now I finally am getting to it. As it turns out, it is more timely than I would have expected considering last night’s forum at MPR in Minneapolis (or at least it was last night two weeks ago when I first started writing […]

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One of the best things that has happened to me in the new media era is that I occasionally get to talk to Tony Kahn. I love that guy as a person, as a broadcaster and as a wit. A while ago he was nice enough to give me a copy of the series he […]

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An Open Letter to APM

I am a regular listener to Garrison Keillor’s Writers Almanac and have been since before they had a podcast. However, they screw up some simple things that makes listening to their show kind of a pain. I thought I’d actually email my issues to them, and blog it as well while I’m at it. I’ve […]

The Return (sort of) of Penn Radio

For a while last fall, I was running so far behind in podcast listening that my laptop hard drive kept filling up. In the height of that time, I moved a bunch of files onto my external drive for safe keeping and then kind of forgot about them. Now that I’m actually kind of underloaded, […]

Apologies of the Week

I’m a listener to the podcast version of Harry Shearer’s public radio program Le Show (podcast feed here). A few weeks he read a story out of “Clemson, North Carolina.” I wrote in an email suggesting that perhaps he could slide himself in as an apology of the week for lumping both Carolinas together. I […]

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Friends of WREK Blog

Bad things are afoot in Atlanta. Various factions are trying to take over some or all of the programming on WREK, the Georgia Tech student station. I’ve glancingly mentioned Georgia Public Broadcasting’s attempt to air the commodity NPR programming over WREK’s signal during weekdays. The GT Athletic Association, which cares nothing about radio except for […]


Nicola Griffith on NPR

More about my friend Nicola Griffith. This weekend she was on The Best of our Knowledge. It actually airs in my area but I missed it live on the radio (which is not uncommon.) Apparently they have a podcast feed which means that you can get an MP3 of the show, rather than the craptacular […]


JC on the NPR

My boy Coulton was on the Soundcheck program from WNYC. I listened to it and while I thought Johnny Geekrock did just fine, I thought the show in general and the host in specific sucked. It had all that condescending smugness you associate with NPR talk shows coupled with some general underinformedness. Perhaps that guys […]


The Ongoing Death of Radio

Over at Jon Kincaid’s Personality Crisis blog, Scott Long has a great comment about radio stations switching formats to pick up listeners. I agree with him, nowadays it is just a shuffle of deck chairs on the ship as it goes down. His point is that the loyal listeners will bail at the format change, […]

Dixie Chicks and PBS

Last night An Evening with the Dixie Chicks was on PBS. I recorded it with the DVR and am watching it today. Bless you, little DVR. Pledge drive programming on PBS is watchable again! Bob help you if you don’t have one and have to sit through the mind-numbing faux populism of the on-air pledge […]

Blogging the (Personality) Crisis

A few years ago my buddy Jon Kincaid had a heart attack. One of the advantages of having a hosted box is that you can set up web pages in literally minutes and in fact we did. I registered the domain name, Thomas Peake did the HTML for a webpage with information about the […]

Galaxie 500

I’m listening to an archived copy of Jon Kincaid’s Personality Crisis radio show and on it he played all Galaxie 500 music for his 2 hours. Wow, I haven’t listened to them in at least a decade but I’d forgotten how good they are. Hearing their music makes me feel like I’ve just woken from […]

This American Life Doesn’t Get It

Jon Udell posts this very disappointing exchange between himself and the webmaster at This American Life. In a nutshell, TAL is asserting that Jon is violating their copyright by publishing an RSS feed that points to MP3s that they themselves host. This is exactly the same thing I’m doing with the WREK feeds I host. […]

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Penn Jillette Radio

Although my listening to terrestrial radio has dropped to something that rounds to nil, I do listen to a number of timeshifted and/or area-shifted radio programs. The newest one I have added is the syndicated Penn Jillette talk show on FreeFM. I’m subscribed to this RSS feed which originates from DC. I really enjoy Penn […]

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Personality Crisis does Queen

I’m listening to the most recent episode of Personality Crisis from my outlaw RSS podcast feed. Queen is playing (played?) Atlanta this week, so Jon did a show with a lot of Queen (still going, so I don’t know if all 2 hours were nothing but.) This is seriously good stuff, not the tired things […]

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Two More Outlaw Feeds

I have added two more outlaw WREK feeds to the list: Classics; ancient and modern: feed New Forces; garage and psychedelic rock: feed Also on:


Outlaw WREK Feeds

Here’s a quick list of all the outlaw, unofficial podcast feeds I have set up for WREK programs. Personality Crisis; punk, post-punk and what have you: feed Subgenius mayhem; the Hour of Slack and Bob’s Slacktime Funhouse: feed Desoto Hour; big band jazz (at 90 minutes not really an hour): feed Atmospherics; ambient and electronic: […]

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