Tuesday, August 5, 2008

New Sound, Outages & a Thank You

If you've tuned into NeverEndingWonder Radio lately you may have noticed an improvement in the audio quality. Esteemed Internet broadcaster and marvelous musician Wayne Greene (check out www.radiowayne.com for your immense listening pleasure) turned me on to Stereo Tool - an incredible software processer that has done wonders for audio level consistency on NeverEndingWonder Radio, as well as a clearer, cleaner sound. Why not check out our new sound now?

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We also had a series of outages recently. Something weird going on with the power in my apartment caused momentary power outages which knocked the station off the air momentarily. Not sure what was going on but thankfully it has stopped! If it happens again while you're listening, just hang on - if I'm around the station will resume broadcasting in just a few minutes.

And now it's time for a long overdue acknowledgement and thank you. As you know, NeverEndingWonder Radio specializes in music & comedy that's off the wall, rare, unusual, hard to find, off kilter, experimental and just plain weird. Our library is large- over 35,000 tracks right now, and thousands of albums in my collection waiting for digitization, not to mention new CDs from independent artists across the globe that are sent to me weekly.
A favorite artist of mine is Dickie Goodman, inventor of the "break-in" or "cut-in" record, where snippets of songs are cut into a running story, usually in the form of a newscast or interview, for comedic effect. His first experiment in this manner was "The Flying Saucer Part 1." It was a hit record and also caused a scream of protest from record labels who, of course, wanted a taste of the action.
Break-in records became quite popular in the 50s and 60s. Goodman himself continued releasing new Break-ins up into the 80s. A slew of lesser knowns and at times downright unknowns releases hundreds of break-in records- often in very small pressings. Record collector Bill Dann has spent years and thousands of dollars collecting break-in records, monster novelties and other obscure recordings of all types.
Bill Dann, out of the kindness of his heart and with great generosity has sent me several hundred monster novelties and obscure break-in recordings that I am very thankful for. The original 45 rpm discs were lovingly remastered and transferred to CD by engineer Mark Birdsong, who himself created several of the break-in records. These contributions by Bill Dann are greatly appreciated and are a wonderful addition to NeverEndingWonder Radio. I can't thank you enough, Bill.

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