Two Hundred Thirty-One.
Thursday, 2020.06.20, 12:28 AM CST.
A few more thoughts and details about myRadio SRO sessions.
Current Mood: Mildly elated but
a little lonesome due to the pandemic, plus a bit under the weather.
Current Scent: Close Up by Olfactive Studio.
I'll repeat this first part up front from the last blog update:
want to hear me playing classic alternative and club/dance tracks, WEEKLY,
then on Saturday nights at 7:00 PM central time, you need to tune in
post is mainly to describe my feelings about Radio SRO, as well as what
you can genuinely expect when you tune in.
biggest thing: Don't expect an exact copy of what you used to
hear from KTOW Progessive Radio. That's not what this is meant
to be. Radio SRO will be very similar, but also quite different
in a number of ways.
I'm feeling about this whole thing:
want you to imagine being so emotionally worn-down that you almost gave
up the main activity that people identified with you, something that
you had enjoyed for a long, long time. You stopped putting together
DJ events, you stopped DJing at events for months... and you just decided
to become more reclusive.
how I felt last year. I can't give you all the details, but emotionally,
I was a wreck. I no longer wanted to organize events, and DJing
just didn't give me the same excitement that it used to. I'd been
DJing for thirty years, and I was just about ready to hang up the headphones.
now, following a series of events that have led up to this point in
my life (as described in my last
blog entry), I find myself:
"events" which don't require a bunch of setup or teardown
the type of classic alternative music that I have loved for decades.
up with Tim Barraza, THE person who started KTOW Progressive Radio.
having listeners that like what I'm doing and respect me.
getting paid on top of all of that.
what I'm doing.
have ANY idea how lucky I feel?? Ridiculously lucky.
I feel... resurrected, in a way. "Badger Kelley" has
been given a new lease on life as far as the DJ thing goes. This
was a turn of events that I never saw coming, and I can't find the words
to properly express how thankful I am that people are tuning in and
are a few things you might want to know about what you're tuned in to
one of my sessions on Radio SRO:
era is the music from?
majority of what you hear will be tracks that would have been played
on KTOW - so, anywhere from the late 1970s up to 1991.
Tim's support and encouragement, I am expanding the scope of Radio SRO
to include tracks that I'm confident would have made it onto KTOW, if
only the progressive radio era had continued. Most of the "more
recent" tracks will still be from the 1990s; for instance, we all
know that Depeche Mode's "Barrel of a Gun" and "It's
No Good" would have been played on KTOW. Nightcrawlers' "Push
the Feeling On" would have made it onto the "Party Train,"
no doubt. Even Michael Hutchence's posthumous, self-titled solo
album fits in wonderfully with the Radio SRO alternative format, even
though it was released in 1999.
past the 1990s? I wouldn't rule it out, but that wouldn't happen
very often at all.
all of the tunes always be "alternative?"
on one's definition of "alternative." You're not going
to hear Pearl Jam or Nirvana. Tracks that are played as part of
"The Edge" Z-104.5's everyday programming are generally out
of the question.
are a few tracks that have had mainstream success that will make its
way into the playlist now and then. Two prime examples would be
M|A|R|R|S' "Pump Up the Volume" and Deee-Lite's "Groove
Is in the Heart." Both had commercial success but they also
kind of "fit." Of course, some of the Cure's work and
some of Depeche Mode's work crossed over to mainstream success... but
does that mean that I'm not going to consider playing "Lovesong"
or "Enjoy the Silence?" Of course not. Black Box
is another good example; even though "Strike It Up" and "Everybody
Everybody" were massive crossover tracks, the first Black Box song
I ever heard was "Ride on Time," played by JT and the other
guy on the KTOW Party Train.
for the most part, you'll hear classic alternative tunes - some well-known
and some a bit more obscure. As an homage to KTOW's reggae offerings,
you may hear a reggae tune from time to time.
the SRO-i Groovy Train, you'll hear a mixture of classic alternative
dance tracks, house, techno/rave, and even the occasional hip-hop song.
(After all, artists like De La Soul, Digital Underground, and Eric B
+ Rakim were often featured on KTOW.)
to hear a LOT of remixes and extended versions on Radio SRO and the
will be classic remixes, and some will occasionally be more modern remixes
of classic tunes. Since my earliest days of DJing, I've specialized
in purchasing and collecting thousands of rare remixes from around the
world. I've got a whole post about that right
some of the tracks will be remixes that I have produced myself.
:) These are generally very, very exclusive mixes that you'll
never hear anywhere else.
is this just some geek playing tunes from a big MP3 collection?
is being played directly from a laptop. Everything is being played
from REAL VINYL and CDs. Now, I'm not above purchasing
MP3s online and then burning them onto CDs (I've done that a number
of times), but you're never going to catch me just standing in front
of a laptop and pushing keys.
do I disappear from the broadcast from time to time?
A lot of
times, I'll head into the next room (where the "Walls of Records"
are) to get more music. Food runs and dashes to the restroom are
are all those things on the shelves behind me during the broadcast?
this asked a couple of times so far during the broadcasts, so I figure
I'll cover it here. They're Atari 2600 games. Remember the
old Atari system from way back in the early 1980s? That old video
game system has been one of my main obsessions for almost forty years,
and I own over four hundred of the games with their original
boxes and instructions. Yes, I still play the Atari from time
to time... and get this: There are still people programming brand
new games for it, and a lot of them are magnificent.
sound gear is used?
putting this section in for those of you who are audio/gear geeks.
A lot of the items toward the bottom are rarely used for the broadcasts,
but here's what's on hand.
SL-1200 MK2 turntables.
M44-7 -or- Ortofon Concorde QBert edition turntable cartridges.
ISO-Tone turntable stands.
CDJ200 CD decks.
+ Heath Xone:43 Mixer.
+ Heath Xone:XD-53 Headphones.
Kaoss Pad Quad -and/or- Alesis AirFX outboard effects units.
SP-202 phrase sampler.
is Fascination Street?
that there are sometimes references to the Radio SRO/Groovy Train sessions
being broadcast "live from Fascination Street." Fascination
Street is a club that doesn't exist, but if it did exist, it could likely
be found at 6157 E 51st Place in Tulsa.
the main thing that makes me happy about each performance?
the online chat. The more people who are having friendly, fun
chat during the performances, the better I feel about performing.
After all, even though I'm the guy playing the music...
experience is about you all.
would be nothing without the listeners. So, whenever I'm online
performing, PLEASE don't be shy about saying hello and starting up a
always, a huge THANK YOU to everyone tuning in, enjoying the music,
and offering your input. This is something I hope that I can continue
to do for a long, long time.
editing 2020-06-20 3:44 PM CST: Wording/formatting.]
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