Saturday Night New Orleans Radio

Series produced by Jamie Dell'Apa

Caption: That's me, compliments of Andy Kerr
That's me, compliments of Andy Kerr 

Music from that time when rhythm and blues and rock and roll were emerging but hadn't yet become a predictable formula. A time when musicians were listening to and incorporating these exciting emergences into their own style of music. We focus on music that is difficult to categorize. C&W that sounds like rockabilly and rockabilly that sounds like R&B which sounds an awful lot like rock. That's the sweet spot for the music on the show and, sure enough, that's where the New Orleans sound is centered.

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What does music sound like when it is taken out of context?

When John Coltrane quits walking the bar for dance patrons or some English kids leave gentle pop music for the blues of the American south, they're following their muse. Breaking out of the formula. The result can be a disaster or miraculous. Dr. Demento plays the disasters. We play the miraculous.

Music from that time when rhythm and blues and rock and roll were emerging but hadn't yet become a predictable formula. A time when musicians were listening to and incorporating these music's exciting emergence into their own style of music. We focus on music that is difficult to categorize. C&W that sounds like rockabilly and rockabilly that sounds like R&B which sounds an awful lot like rock. That's the sweet spot for the music on the show and, sure enough, that's where the New Orleans sound is centered.

Songs are arranged in sets originating from an overall theme and between songs are short interstitial sound clips that sometimes tell a parallel story or a contrasting story or are simply audio cultural artifacts used that frame the music. Hide full description

What does music sound like when it is taken out of context? When John Coltrane quits walking the bar for dance patrons or some English kids leave gentle pop music for the blues of the American south, they're following their muse. Breaking out of the formula. The result can be a disaster or miraculous. Dr. Demento plays the disasters. We play the miraculous. Music from that time when rhythm and blues and rock and roll were emerging but hadn't yet become a predictable formula. A time when musicians were listening to and incorporating these music's exciting emergence into their own style of music. We focus on music that is difficult to categorize. C&W that sounds like rockabilly and rockabilly that sounds like R&B which sounds an awful lot like rock. That's the sweet spot for... Show full description


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Caption: Wynonie Harris with fans
The best radio show out of New Orleans. Music you've never heard by musicians you've never heard of that all circles back to "who we are."

  • Added: Oct 24, 2020
  • Length: 02:57:21

  • Added: Oct 16, 2020
  • Length: 02:57:16
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Marvin and Johnny
As with every Saturday night, we try to find meaning in music you've never heard by musicians you've never heard of. Why does this music work and...

Bought by KFCF FM, WYAP, and Prairie Public


  • Added: Oct 09, 2020
  • Length: 02:56:15
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Soap Box Derby Cheater and Privilege
Music from the post WWII era when authoritarian, top-down governance was out of fashion and America's third way of using bottom up creativity resul...

Bought by KFCF FM and Prairie Public


  • Added: Oct 02, 2020
  • Length: 02:57:28
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Howie Casey Derry Wilkie and Band
There was the usual Liverpool music scene in Liverpool but there was a spectacular Liverpool musical scene that flourished in ... Hamburg, Germany....

Bought by Prairie Public and KFCF FM


  • Added: Sep 27, 2020
  • Length: 57:42
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Howie Casey Derry Wilkie and Band
It's the basis of this radio show, "how did this music work?" without the interference of a commercial narrative. Not the hits, not the oldies, no...

Bought by KFCF FM, Prairie Public, and RadioFreePalmer


  • Added: Sep 25, 2020
  • Length: 02:56:04
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: That's me, compliments of Andy Kerr
A 15-song sequence of songs put into a sequence where they told the complete story of a romance from start to a memory. Plus the usual unusual.

Bought by KFCF FM and Prairie Public


  • Added: Sep 18, 2020
  • Length: 02:56:50
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: wynona carr
Between a great start and finish, is a good show.

  • Added: Sep 10, 2020
  • Length: 02:56:27
Caption: upsetters with Little Richard
What's the universal feeling we get listening to this show? What brings us back every week? That's tonight's theme. (Partial credit for simply...

Bought by Prairie Public


  • Added: Sep 04, 2020
  • Length: 02:57:05
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Willie Mays Sings "If You Love Me" (and he does a good job of it)
Music you've never heard by musicians you've never heard of. A good sprinkling of New Orleans music tonight and the sounds of 38 cents rattling a...

Bought by Prairie Public


  • Added: Aug 27, 2020
  • Length: 02:56:26
  • Purchases: 1
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New Orleans does masking like no other place so let's get started with great masks.

Bought by Prairie Public


  • Added: Aug 20, 2020
  • Length: 02:56:07
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: My friend Thai opening the "drive up window" for me to spend some time with my mom.
A vacation give-away on the radio that you don't need to be the fifth caller or know the name of any of the songs or musicians. (In fact, you bett...

Bought by Prairie Public


  • Added: Aug 14, 2020
  • Length: 02:56:15
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Harry Glenn the welder/owner of Mar Vel Records of Hammond, Indiana
Songs about elevators and songs from Indiana (that you've never heard by musicians you've never heard of). Post WWII when rock and roll wasn't a t...

Bought by Prairie Public


  • Added: Aug 07, 2020
  • Length: 02:56:32
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Lee Denson / Jesse James
Record companies often have a "sound" that's uniquely identifiable to them. Of course, Chess and Sun Records had their sounds but they recorded a...

Bought by Prairie Public


  • Added: Jul 31, 2020
  • Length: 02:55:51
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Jesse Hawthorne, The Midnight Creeper
Jesse Hawthorne used to do the Friday midnight to Saturday 5am shift (a day before my show) and the Sunday morning gospel show. That's a grueling ...

Bought by Prairie Public


  • Added: Jul 28, 2020
  • Length: 01:54:55
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Hank Ballard
Songs about shotgun weddings, the West, NYC, and every wacky place and thought in between. Music you've never heard by musicians you've never hear...

Bought by Prairie Public


  • Added: Jul 24, 2020
  • Length: 02:59:38
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Hank Ballard
The first part of the show is pre-rock and roll music with a primitive sound. All the music that wasn't Elvis.

Bought by Prairie Public, KUGS Bellingham, Wash., and WYAP


  • Added: Jul 17, 2020
  • Length: 02:57:39
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Marvin and Johnny with Johnny Otis
Music you've never heard by musicians you've never heard of - tonight some of the thoughts behind why this music works after a half century.

Bought by Prairie Public


  • Added: Jul 09, 2020
  • Length: 02:55:44
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Center is Shorty Long and Dolly Dimples (Emidio Vagnoni and Gladys Ulrich) with the Santa Fe Rangers (who all live in Exeter Township, PA)
Music from the French Quarter of New Orleans. After the conventioneers have left the clubs with their souvenir plastic drink cups. After the drun...

Bought by Prairie Public, WXXI Rochester, and WYAP


  • Added: Jul 02, 2020
  • Length: 02:56:40
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Augie Garcia in Shorts
In the post WWII era, music was not nationalized yet. That is; the music industry hadn't consolidated. Radio stations played their local favorite...

Bought by Prairie Public


  • Added: Jun 26, 2020
  • Length: 02:58:31
  • Purchases: 1