Moldy Oldies show returns!

After a four-week hiatus, I’ve decided to return today for a “first day of summer” edition of the Moldy Oldies show on WCUR. It will be from 4 to 6 p.m. this afternoon (although I may decide to start a bit earlier). My focus today will be on “songs of summer,” although I will be happy to play requests as well.

If you are unfamiliar with the Moldy Oldies show, this is a program I’ve been doing for many years on WCUR. As faculty adviser to our campus radio station, I feel that it is important for me to spend some time every week “in the trenches” doing a show on the air. Besides, I enjoy playing music from an earlier generation. So on most Thursday afternoons during the school year, I’m on the air from 4 to 6 p.m. I typically play mostly classic pop music from the 1960s and 1970s, with occasional tunes from before or after these decades. I often have a guest or two each week, and regularly feature an interview segment at 5 p.m. (coordinated by my former student and now “Associate Producer” Kathy Schlegel).

I don’t know how many more shows I’ll do this summer, but I’ll try to keep things going for at least some of the time. Since I’m on sabbatical leave this fall, I hope to have guest hosts fill in for me, as I won’t be able to be on campus. Doug “Mush” Carrol has said he would do a few, and I believe Kathy will also pitch in to keep things going with the interview segment.

So if you want to enjoy some tunes from the past, listen to WCUR-FM 91.7, or online at, Thursday afternoons from 4 to 6 p.m. To call in requests, dial 610-436-2478, or send an instant message to AIM screen name wcur919.

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