These are interviews with DJs at WVUD, the Voice of the University of Delaware, regarding their earliest exposure to music, radio and records and how that has led to their hosting a music program on 91.3FM. These interviews have taken place over the last few years; some of the dates referenced are not current. The opinions expressed herein are those of the host and his guests and do not necessarily reflect the views of the University of Delaware.
R&B/Soul DJ Jerry Grant recalls mom's 45's, wiffle ball, soul bands vs. psychedelic bands, Voice of the Theater speakers, the Brown Derby, buying the Rheem organ, letters from prisoners, Dave Gizara, Neal Payne, the Tink, Ron Whitehead, James Brown and more.
Ron has hosted the Red Hot and Blue show for over forty years and still leads Road Block Ron's Traveling Blues Revue at regular appearances statewide. He reminisces about meeting Howling Wolf, George Thorogood, Ernie Lundgren and Bill O'Connor. He also recalls Grimslade, Comfort, Gene Shay, the Stooges, The Sulky, David Peel, Phillips Avenue, Chapel Street, Eric Burdon and The Ron Smith Group.
Map Of The World host Mark Taylor speaks of world music, Hoven Droven, Dave Matthews Band, Bert Jansch, Bob Brozman, Dennis Kamakahi, Arden Gild Hall, John Cage's 60th birthday party, Grimslade, Martha Lidd, Monkees, Washington University in St. Louis, WXPN, Bill Naylor, Carol Nicholls and comparative literature.
Don Berry, host of Friday Avenue C jazz, remembers Ed Hackendorn, Hank Williams, Sunset Park, banjo, William Penn High School, population explosion, the left side of the dial, WXPN, WRTI, WOEL, WPFW, geography, maps, blues, WXDR, George Stewart, Enuttahteman, Toby Celery, Walt Rykiel, Unshackled, Club Tahiti and The Bama.
Doug looks back on singing in the church choir, playing the tuba, doing radio at Case Western Reserve and WXDR/WVUD, and buying records at 3rd Street Jazz in Philadelphia. He also recalls working with comedians Proctor and Bergman, helping produce WXDR benefits starring George Thorogood, and spending time with station alum Ann Cates, currently anchoring news for Westwood One.
Pat reminisces about his long career in radio with stops at WDOV and WDSD in Dover and WTUX/WJBR -AM in Wilmington before landing at WVUD. He also sings the praises of his favorites: Sinatra, Mercer, Basie, Ellington and more. Plus Stash Records, WCAU, Richie Ashburn, UPS and Irving Berlin.
All Tomorrow's Parties host Steve Klinge discusses the Monkees Fan Club, DuPont, Top 40 Countdown, Three Dog Night, Temptations Puzzle People, Tower Theater, WMMR, WAMS, Grandmaster Flash, the Clash, Plastic Fantastic, Jeremiah's Record Exchange, Dickinson College, University of East Anglia and the New Musical Express.
Ken Galvin talks about music personalities he admires, such as Pierre Robert, the late Ed Sciaky, the Hooters, Cindy Lauper, Robert Hazard and how he copes with the challenges of deejaying while visually impaired. Plus Meals On Wheels and the jimbay drum.
Crazy College host George Stewart discusses novelty records, Soupy Sales, the Monkees, Kevin Coyne, Velvet Underground, Audience, Beatles, Spike Jones, Harry Belafonte, Weird Al, Eddie Lawrence, Brother Theodore and more.
John has co-hosted "Rural Free Delivery" one of our popular Saturday bluegrass shows for many years. He recalls his college years in Texas when Willie Nelson could be seen in TV ads for a local car dealership. He also speaks of UT Austin, UPenn, 7-11, RadioShack, TRS-80, Heathkit, WFLN, the Brandywine Friends and the Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festival.
Former station general manager Linda Vrooman talks about her early exposure to her Virginian father's bluegrass and her Austrian mother's yodeling records, her time spent managing Wilmington's Fine Times music magazine, living above Sam's Steakhouse, looking for Bill Stevenson and deejaying at KGNU. She also talks about DOA, Napoleon XIV, Meat Loaf, George Thorogood, Toby Celery, Frank Zappa, Klaus Schulze, Laurie Anderson, and Talking Heads.
Ellen is host of The Greenwillow, our Celtic music program on Wednesday evening. She reminisces about the 9th Ward, Doris Day, the Wizard Of Oz, In Port Said, Joey Heatherton, clogging, Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, New Lost City Ramblers, Fairport Convention and much much more.
Even Steven discusses his four hour "Boptime" show, with segments on The Beatles, rockabilly, Wilmington Delaware jazz history, 40s and 50s R&B, show tunes and the early days of rock and roll. Also Richardson Park School, Conrad High School, Sadie Hawkins Day, Teddy & the Continentals, Mel Berman, Viet Nam and Dreamstreets.
George co-hosts "Rural Free Delivery" on Saturdays with John Lupton, playing bluegrass, country and old time music and entertaining listeners with wry observations on life in general. He recalls his youth in Wilmington, Dick Sisler, the Cleftones, the Weavers, music at Breck's Mill, Arden Gild Hall, Gilbert & Sullivan, Muskingham College, bluegrass, country, old-time music and the Nutcracker Suite.
Scott Birney talks about growing up in Seaford and Kennett Square, Hank Williams, Eddy Arnold, the Dave Clark Five and the Columbia Record Club. Also early intimations of disco, getting the Sin City Band together, the Roots block, the Stone Balloon, and meeting George Thorogood and Graham Parker.
Dr. Gloria James is WVUD's smooth jazz enthusiast and one of the station's most distinctive voices. She discusses Wesley College, Wellesley College, James Brown, Benny and the Jets, Isaac Hayes, Gerald Albright, WJDY Salisbury and Earth, Wind & Fire.
Classical and jazz host J. Michael Foster discusses his long and winding career as music librarian and radio host at some of our finer institutions of learning. He particularly speaks of Robert J. Lurtsema, Hugh O'Brian, French horn, University of Richmond, UNC, UVA, University of South Carolina, and library science.
Carl Goldstein has hosted the "Fire On The Mountain" program featuring Bluegrass, Country and Old Time music on WVUD for over forty-five years. He was also one of the founders of the Brandywine Friends Of Old Time Music, a non-profit group producing local concerts throughout the year in addition to the annual Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festival. In this episode he discusses producing the first Festival in conjunction with Bill Monroe and Ralph Stanley, who headlined the show along with Jim & Jesse and Lester Flatt's group featuring 13-year-old Marty Stuart. Carl reminisces about other bluegrass/country stars appearing over the years, including Alison Krauss, Ricky Scaggs and Patty Loveless. He also recalls growing up in Chester, Pennsylvania and seeing Bill Haley perform at a local radio station with his backing band The Saddlemen, years before they became The Comets and made rock & roll history. He also befriended old time music icons Ola Belle Reed and Alex Campbell at legendary Sunset Park near West Grove, Pennsylvania along with local stars Bob Paisley and Ted Lundy.