Comments? Suggestions? Requests? Use the Paper and Pen Open Page!

Have requests?  Comments?  Suggestions?  Now you can post them here on the new Paper and Pen page.  To comment on the Pen and Paper page, go to that page (click on the Pen and Paper menu heading, below the picture of the studio at top), scroll down to the end of the Comments, and add yours.  Newest comments are always at the bottom.

You can, of course, also post relevant comments under any individual post./CL

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HAH Nominated for ‘Ameripolitan’ Award

AmeripolitanLogoA young organization in Austin, Texas, the Ameripolitan Music Awards, now in its third year, is endeavoring to distinguish the growing rennaisance of traditional country music from the pop ‘bro-country’ on the big radio stations, on the one hand, and from the vague category of ‘Americana’ music on the other.

I was notified a month ago that I was nominated in the ‘DJ’ category.  You can see the list of all artist and other nominees HERE. Here’s the notice I got from Silvia Neal:

Congratulations! “Cousin” Lynn Joiner has been nominated for the 2016 Ameripolitan Music Awards in the DJ category. Please let me know by  Friday, October 16th if you would like to be on the 2016 ballot, and if so, if you plan on attending the awards show on Tuesday, February 16th 2016 at The Paramount Theater in Austin TX.

So I said, “Sure” to accept the nomination.  I’m not sure about going to Austin yet, but it’s a possibility.  Is it warm there in February?

The Ameripolitan Music Awards (I don’t want to use ‘AMA’, which signifies the ‘American Medical Association’ to me—how about AMerA?) is not a membership organization—yet; Sylvia indicated that it could become one.  Could it grow into a professional support organization, like the IBMA is for bluegrass?  I have no idea.  It’s new to me.

Since there are no members, the voting will draw on the Internet. If you’d like to vote for me, or any other nominees, you can do so on the website, starting 26Nov, or via a smartphone app, starting now.  Here’s the press release:

(Austin, TX) – Available now for both iOS and Android devices, a new interactive voting app ‘Ameripolitan 2016’, launched by the Ameripolitan Music Awards, offers fans early voting access and the opportunity to learn more about their favorite nominees before placing their vote for the 2016 winners. Designed by Ballot Blaster with voting in mind, fans can watch and listen to 30 second sample videos and mp3s for each nominee, hear a message from Ameripolitan founder Dale Watson, place their vote and more. 

Voting by app available now and online voting to begin Thursday, November 26, 2015 with all voting to conclude, December 26, 2015. Winners will be announced live at Austin’s historic Paramount Theatre during the 3rd Annual Ameripolitan Music Awards on Tuesday, February 16, 2016, at 8 p.m., with music legend and past Ameripolitan winner Ray Benson as host

Fans may vote in the following categories: Honky Tonk – Female, Male, Group; Western Swing – Female, Male, Group; Rockabilly – Female, Male, Group; Outlaw – Female, Male, Group; Ameripolitan DJ; Ameripolitan Venue; Ameripolitan Festival; and Ameripolitan Musician. A full list of nominees can be found here.

“We love the irony of using a modern app for a genre of music with historic roots,” says Dale Watson, founder of the Ameripolitan Awards.  “There’s a practicality to it, but the most exciting aspect is offering voters fresh, exciting content. It’s not just voting – it’s an experience. Users can learn more about each nominee, discover new music and explore artists they might not otherwise know. Our friend Richard at Ballot Blaster worked hard with us to create something new for Ameripolitan fans.”

Designed by Ballot Blaster, ‘Ameripolitan 2016’ is available now for purchase ($1.99) with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Fender Music Foundation, which aims to keep music education alive and available in our nation’s schools and communities. The app is available globally; in English only. Fans may also vote online beginning November 26th without purchasing the app at Only one vote per valid email address.

Tickets to the 3rd Annual Ameripolitan Awards are available at For updates and breaking news, please visit as well as the Ameripolitan Awards social networks on TWITTER and FACEBOOK.

You may wonder why you don’t recognize many of the nominees.  The answer is that previous winners are not eligible for two years afterward (look at the winners from 2014 and 2015).  Says Sylvia Neal:

We came up with this rule so that nominees who had a large following (such as Asleep at the Wheel) would not win every year and we could expose more groups who are great and maybe had not had a lot of exposure.

I suggested she tell the artist nominees we’d play their CDs on HAH if they send them.

‘Ameripolitan’ is a puzzling term.  It was invented by Dale Watson, and is described in the booklet of his latest CD, Call Me Insane. call-me-insane-dale-watsonThe explanation on the Ameripolitan website is pretty much the same as Dale’s (not in front of me as I write):

Ameripolitan Music is a new music Genre with prominent roots influence. It is broken into four related subcategories: Honky Tonk, Western Swing, Rockabilly and Outlaw. Artists and bands can fall into one or more of these categories.  Musical and lyrical creativity is critical but to be considered Ameripolitan music, it must retain some of these traditional elements as well. . .

Originally, all of this music was created as string band music to be played for a dancing and drinking crowd. It is important to understand this music, by nature, is participatory. The band and the audience experience this music together, physically and emotionally. It might be said, to truly be Ameripolitan music, it must be music couples can dance to.

I must admit to one reservation.  If you are old enough to remember the Nashville marketing term from the ’60s, ‘Countrypolitan’, you may have one too—that was invented to push ‘sweetened’ (i.e. over-produced) country music (moving away from the ‘Country-and-Western’ category that was considered too hicky) onto urban pop audiences.  That’s not what Dale Watson and his peers play, or aspire to.

A better name, in my opinion, would be ‘Honky-Tonk’ music (maybe ‘Honkytonkin’?).  That’s one of the AMA’s four categories, but really, it encompasses them all—doesn’t it?

 Anyway, this is a quibble, and should not detract from the noble aims of the Ameripolitan Music Awards. And it would be kinda cool to get a new country award to go with last year’s bluegrass one! /CL


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“Beautiful Star of Bethlehem”: The Composer’s Grandson Writes

Almost two years ago I posted an article about the history of a hymn we have plStanleys-Hymps from the Crossayed on the Hillbilly at Harvard Christmas Extravangaza for years and years: The Stanley Brothers‘ recording on King Records of “Beautiful Star of Bethlehem”; that post is HERE.  The credits on the King label listed the song as ‘Traditional’, so I was curious whether there was any information about the composer.  With Sheila Selby’s able help, we found that the song was written by dairy farmer, musician, and gospel songwriter, R. Fisher Boyce in 1938.

On some sheet music and recordings the composer is identified as Adger M. Pace.  It turns out Mr. Pace was the Music Editor for the James D. Vaughan Publishing Company, which paid R. Fisher Boyce for the rights to “Beautiful Star,” and not a penny thereafter.  This was a not-uncommon practice in those days; it probably had something to do with Mr. Pace accumulating a catalogue of perhaps a thousand songs in his name.

Somewhat to my surprise, this post has proven to be the most viewed of any in our little blog, I assume because of the popularity of “Beautiful Star of Bethlehem,” recorded by artists like Emmylou Harris and The Judds in recent decades, and because detective stories like these have an inherent appeal to some of us.  But not until yesterday had I heard anything from someone actually connected to R. Fisher Boyce.

That’s when I checked my HAH email before heading to Cambridge for the show, and was delighted to see this comment submitted by the composer’s grandson!

Hi, My name is David Boyce, son of Franklin and Dean Boyce, and grandson of Robert Fisher Boyce. Thank you so much for the interest you have shown in this song. Oddly enough, daddy said PaPa never intended for the song to be known as a Christmas song. He just wanted to write a song praising his Lord.

The story I was often told is that Pace would only publish the song if he received partial credit for it. I guess that’s how he got credit for writing over a thousand songs. PaPa didn’t really care about the credit, he just wanted to share the song with the rest of the world. I have heard two stories: one is that he received $25 dollars for the rights and the other is he received $30. Not much by today’s standards but during the Great Depression when roughly 20% of the people were unemployed and others making a dollar a day, it must have seemed like a real blessing.

I was a little boy when he passed away. I remember seeing a large box full of manuscripts of songs and poems he wrote. Oh how I wish I could look through that box today to see what else he may have written. Once again, thanks for the great write up and your interest.

God bless,

MAJ David Boyce

TN Army National Guard

Thank you, Major Boyce, for the wonderful letter, and for adding a personal element to the story of the song that has touched so many.  Of course, we have to wonder what might have happened to that “large box full of manuscripts and songs and poems” that your grandfather wrote.  Is there more to be learned?

As a bonus (wasn’t available two years ago), here are The Stanley Brothers with George Shuffler singing “Beautiful Star of Bethlehem.”

It’s available on CD from King, as I posted HERE.


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Oops! They Changed the Clocks, and I Forgot Grandpa!

When we have to advance the clocks an hour for Daylight Saving Time, and then when we retract them to Standard Time, on Hillbilly at Harvard we always play Grandpa Jones‘s comical lament for “Daylight Saving Time.”  But somehow I missed the news that the first of November was also the end of DST this year, and so forgot Grandpa.

The last time I goofed, back in March of 2013, I couldn’t find a YouTube video of the song—though I did find Grandpa with cowbells; see HERE—but this year I found two: the original, from the ’50s, posted by Universal, and a later version, recorded by CMH a couple of decades later.  Here’s the original:

The Decca LP on which “Daylight Saving Time” appeared has been reissued on CD as part of the Country Music Hall of Fame series; here’s the Amazon link.

I’m buying a copy, as our LP is gettin’ on in years! /CL

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Bill Keith, 1939–2015

Got home Saturday evening (we were out minding four grandkids) to sit down at the iMac and see this sad news from Jim Rooney:

Dear Friends,

Bill Keith

Bill Keith (from his Facebook page; photographer and date not specified)

My long-time dear friend and musical partner Bill Keith left us on Thursday, Oct. 22. For nearly two years Bill, his wife Claire, and sons Martin and Charles dealt with his diagnosis and treatment for cancer with honesty, dignity and clarity. Bill pursued available treatments as far as they went and ultimately accepted the reality that he could go no further down that road. His spirits were lifted enormously when informed that he would be inducted at long last into the IBMA Bluegrass Hall of Fame, and he was absolutely determined to accept the honor in person. It was a joyous occasion. Bill was surrounded by friends and well wishers and accepted their love and support with his usual good humor and modesty. He gave it all he had and went home with Claire to spend his final days in peace, comforted by the knowledge that his time on earth had been well spent and that he had been an enormous help to so many musicians and friends all over the world. He was definitely one of a kind and will be sorely missed. I know that you will join me in sending your love to Claire, Martin and Charles to help them deal with their loss.



Jim Rooney and Alan Mundy present the IBMA’s Hall of Fame Award to Bill Keith (photograph copyright © Jennie L. Scott; used by permission)

Here is the announcement from Claire, Bill’s wife, on Bill’s Facebook page:

Dear music friends far and wide,

We are much saddened to have to announce that Bill Keith left us in the early hours of October 23. Wherever he is now, I know that he has only one regret: that his diminished energy made him postpone, one day too many, the message of infinite gratitude that he very much wanted to post on this forum to all of you.

Your joyful sharings, photos, support, musings, memories, and above all, devotion to music warmed every one of his days, and he never ceased to wonder at the fact that his modest self could inspire so much cheerful devotion.

Bill’s music will live through you all – and as Bill wanted, the Beacon Banjo tuners will also continue their proud tradition, now in the hands of his son Martin.

On his behalf, we thank you all with all our heart.

Claire, Charles and Martin Keith

Bill’s Facebook page is full of tributes and remembrances, so I urge you to go there.  Here’s a wonderful one from local banjo picker and teacher, Rich Stillman:

Bill was a giant. There is no corner of the banjo world that is not better for Bill’s having been there. Groundbreaking stylist, inventor, teacher, author, composer, influence, historian of the banjo, and, above all, musician. More than just about anyone, he was responsible for the wide acceptance of the banjo as a fully capable musical instrument, and he did it all with a sense of modesty and grace that belied his talents, contributions and stature. It’s hard to think of another musician who was both as important, and as accessible, as Bill.

I was fortunate to be a fellow insomniac at the Winterhawk and Grey Fox festivals, and have vivid memories of many two and three banjo jams with Bill at 3 or 4AM on the hill with Ira Gitlin and others, going to bed at sunup with the sound of three banjos playing Liebestraum still ringing in my ears. The tributes on this page show that my experience was not uncommon. Rest in peace, Bill, and thank you.

Just two years ago, Bill was in town to play a 50th-anniversary celebration of the Jim Kweskin Jug Band (Bill had been a member), and fortunately made time to visit Hillbilly at Harvard on Saturday, August 31st.  I had not ever had the opportunity to spend time with Bill, and didn’t know what to expect.  As it turned out the hour we spent on air was a delightful, and memorable, experience for me.  Bill was as friendly and forthcoming as anyone could be, so perfectly at home, as we talked about his career and many banjo-related activities, that we could forget we were on the air.  I hope the listeners got a sense of how interesting he was, and what a perfect gentleman as well. /CL


Bill Keith on Hillbilly at Harvard, WHRB, 31Aug13 (photograph copyright © David R. Elliott; used by permission)

UPDATE 26Oct15: The New York Times has published an obituary of Bill Keith by Bill Friskics-Warren, HERE, which is worth reading.  The article closes with these quotes from Bill Monroe:

. . . Mr. Keith’s tenure with Bill Monroe was brief, but the impression he left was enduring. “Brad, he understands music,” Monroe once said of Mr. Keith, whom he always referred to as Brad, a shortened version of his middle name, because as he explained, there was already someone named Bill in the group. “He’s a good listener and he’s a good man to listen to.”

“Before he came along,” Monroe went on, “no banjo player could play those old fiddle numbers right. You have to play like Brad could play or you would be faking your way through a number. It’s learned a lot of banjo players what to do and how to do it where they can come along and fill that bill today.”

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HA’penings: Wisewater Returns to HAH and Club Passim

b87f5-1428864602385The Wisewater trio (identifed as a duo on their website home page—needs updating!) will be making a return appearance on Hillbilly at Harvard this Saturday (24 October), between 10 and 11 AM (short show: off for football at 11:30) and also at Club Passim in Harvard Square on Monday, the 26th.  We made their acquaintance  HERE  in the spring; their website is HERE. /CL

UPDATE/CORRECTION 25Oct15: Had an enjoyable 45 minutes or so on-air with Kate and Forrest, and learned (among other interesting things, like a forthcoming recording from a new father-son-and-others aggregation called the O’Connor Family Band) that the website is correct: Wisewater is back to being a duo, as erstwhile member Jim (who was also Forrest’s college roomate) has gone back to teaching in Alexandria, VA.  Forrest, if you didn’t hear, by the way, was playing an odd instrument, a bazouki mandolin shaped something like a guitar: it has four pairs of strings, but Forrest left the two lower ones unpaired, giving him guitar-like bass notes.  It seemed quite loud in my headphones.

They did a lovely version of Alan O’Bryant‘s “Those Memories of You,” along a couple of Wisewater originals.  Get out to Club Passim Monday evening for more. /CL

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Reminder: No Show Saturday, October 3rd

Larry Flint and The Road Scholars at Sallie O’Brien’s, 19Apr15

Hillbilly at Harvard is making room for WHRB’s 75th Anniversary celebrations tomorrow.  See HERE for details.  Get out and hear some live music—as Ol’ Sinc used to say, “You owe it to yourself!” (see the Country Calendar page). Back on the 10th!  /CL

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HAH Featured in Harvard Magazine Article on WHRB

HARVxCV1x0915_1xHarvard Magazine, which is circulated to an astonishing 240,000 alumni, faculty, and staff of Harvard University (Wikipedia), in its Alumni section for September-October 2015 (Vol. 118, No. 1) featured an article by Craig A. Lambert on WHRB (pp. 63-7).  The article, entitled “A Broadcast Cornucopia,” focused on WHRB’s history and principal music departments (Classical, Jazz, Rock—nothing about its once-prominent News and still excellent Sports Departments), but notably for us, gave prominent attention to Hillbilly at Harvard:

In 1948, Dwight Benton Minnich ’51 (“Pappy Ben” on air) launched Barn Howl on WHRV (the AM predecessor of WHRB-FM), feeding the appetite for country music shared by many Southern World War II veterans at Harvard. His early effort evolved into the longest-running, most highly regarded country/bluegrass program on Boston radio, Hillbilly at Harvard, a Saturday morning fixture now hosted by Lynn Joiner ’61 (“Cousin Lynn”).

Joiner arrived at WHRB as folk music was taking off in 1959 and came to host the weekly Balladeers program—one night featuring a local teenager named Joan Baez. “We may have been the first to air her,” he says. Typifying the playlist, he says, are artists like “the Stanley Brothers [a bluegrass group, floruit 1946-66] and George Jones, the greatest singer in the history of country music,” Joiner adds, “with the possible exception of Hank Williams.” Joiner co-hosted with Brian Sinclair ’62 (“Ol’ Sinc”) from 1976 until Sinclair’s death in 2002. Their formula was one bluegrass, old-timey, or Cajun cut for every two country numbers. “Now it’s just me,” Joiner says.

He has carried on with gusto plus input from a loyal, knowledgeable audience. Hillbilly promotes local concerts and often brings in musicians for live interviews and performances. Joiner plays contemporary country artists, but doesn’t do “pop country” with its lush arrangements, sticking to the fiddles rather than the violins. In 2014, the International Bluegrass Music Association gave Hillbilly its Distinguished Achievement Award, its highest honor outside Hall of Fame induction. . .

Considering that HAH occupies a lonely four hours of Saturday-morning air time, and is at this point a historical legacy of WHRB’s past, rather than an integral part of its current programming, it was a distinct honor to get so much ink from Mr. Lambert.  Certainly listeners who continue to enjoy the show will be grateful to WHRB for faithfully providing a home for this fixture (Craig Lambert’s term) of country and bluegrass on Saturday mornings.

The whole article is HERE. /CL

PS Correction: I never hosted Balladeers; I was the Producer.  Hosts included Bill Wood, Alan Katz, and Tom Rush (who of course went on to an illustrious performing career).

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Howdy Old Soldiers!

Soldiers Home

The Soldiers Home in Chelsea (photo from, HERE. © infoUSA.)

A week ago Saturday I received this delightful e-pistle:

From: Debbie [email deleted]


Sent: Saturday, September 5, 2015 12:18 PM

Subject: Thank you

I am a second generation fan of your Saturday broadcasts. My father, a devoted and looong time listener, is 97 years old and is a patient at the Chelsea Soldiers Home 2 Center. One of my dad’s nurses, Jeff , often plays your station for my Dad. You wouldn’t believe how many of the “guys,” all Veterans, will gather at his bed and listen. Many seem disconnected and unaware of much UNTIL Hillbilly at Harvard broadcasts!! I feel I’m with my Dad in our kitchen listening with him when I listen in as well.
I have been concerned for the health of Cousin Lynn over the last couple of months and so happy that you are playing prerecorded shows. I hope this stalwart effluvianado of Bluegrass is well and that you keep the beat going. We love you all and your show lights up the day of the staff and Veterans at Chelsea Soldiers Home 2 Center! Thank you for everything.
Sincerely, Debbie O’Connor, daughter of Walter Edmonds.

To which I responded,

Howdy Debby–
Many thanks for your heart-warming note.  I am glad to report that I am well, but had to spend some time away from the show to help clean out my parents’ house so that it can be sold (my mother passed away this spring at the age of 101).  I’ll be back next Saturday.
I can’t tell you how gratified I am that many of our veterans are gathering in your father’s room at the Old Soldiers’ Home to listen to Hillbilly at Harvard.  I know we have had listeners there for many years (a gentleman named Bill Hughes used to write often with requests), but it is wonderful to have your first-hand account.  Let me know of some of your father’s favorite songs, and I’ll try to work them into the show in weeks to come.
With all best wishes for you, your family, your father, and the guys in Chelsea,
/Lynn Joiner

And I asked her for permission to reprint her letter here.  It was gratifying to get her assent:

I am thrilled to receive your wonderful reply to my email! I would be honored for you to publish my letter.
Your show this morning is exceptional and I called the Chelsea Soldiers Home  2 Center, to tune in for Dad, staff and guys! Just returned from errands so looking forward to rest of show, hopefully.
My Dad’s favorites include anything Hank Williams (especially Honky Tonk Blues, Jambalaya, Cheating Heart.  Lonesome Whistle?  He loved also Lefty Frizzell, Hank Snow, Tex Ritter.  The songs “Found Her Little Footprints in the Snow,” Little Jimmy Brown?  Something about a chapel ????
You’d be heartbroken to know how many precious 78 records my dad tossed years ago!!! A treasure trove I would’ve been happy to give you. :(
All the best in this time of loss and transition.
Thank you again!
Debbie O’Connor

I can’t tell you how rewarding it is to hear from listeners who enjoy the show, and it is especially gratifying to know that many of our elder veterans like to listen.  I’ll make an effort to feature more of the older country classics for them.  Of course there are others who like more bluegrass, and still others who need a does of Sturgill Simpson; the watchword is always a mix of old and new, familiar and unfamiliar—but always leaves on the tree nourished by country roots.

As for the 78s, Debbie: At WHRB we have not had turntables that play 78s for some years now.  I don’t even have one here at home, and I fact I left my father’s in Maryland last week, after finding that the 78 cartridge was missing.  We donated a heavy pile of 78-rpm classical albums to the Friends of the Montgomery County Library Store (they actually take them!).  The 78-rpm singles that WHRB had many decades ago, when I was an undergraduate, have disappeared. Some, I regret to say, were used as Frisbees; some ended up in Ol’ Sinc’s mother’s house; others with Pappy Ben in California.  Fortunately, most of them were popular recordings, so most of the songs have been reissued on LP and CD over the years.

Note: I touched up a few of Debbie’s hasty Internet typos, like lower-case ‘i’.  I am a little puzzled by what seems to be a new word: ‘effluvianado’.  ‘Effluvium’ generally refers to an unpleasant emission of some sort, but since we know Debbie meant it only positively, I will take it to mean ‘scintillating purveyor’.  Perhaps I should add it to my business card: ‘Bluegrass Effluvianado Par Excellence’.

Thanks, Debbie, for the terrific feedback.  /CL

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The Fall Football Chopping Block—and Pre-emption for the 75th Birthday of WHRB

Harvard AthleticsEvery fall Hillbilly at Harvard suffers some curtailment because of Harvard football.  This year there are three night games (two on Fridays), and two mid-afternoon games (including The Game at Yale!) so only five shows will be affected: see below.  For late risers and those of you in earlier time zones, remember that you can record HAH and listen whenever you like.  That goes for all of you, of course; see HERE.

Football Airtimes 2015

* Sat 19Sep:  at Rhode Island— Pre-game 12:30 pm, game 1:00 pm
(HAH ends at 12:30)

* Sat 26Sep:  vs. Brown—Night game; Pre-game 6:30 pm, game 7:00 pm
(No effect on HAH)

* Fri 2Oct:  vs. Georgetown— Night game; Pre-game 6:30 pm, game 7:00 pm
(No effect on HAH—but we’re pre-empted on the 3rd; see below)

* Sat 10Oct:  at Cornell —Pre-game at 11:30 am, game at 12 noon
TIME CORRECTED! (HAH ends at 11:30 am)

* Sat 17Oct:  at Lafayette—Pre-game at 3:00 pm, game at 3:30 pm
(No effect on HAH)

* Sat 24Oct:  vs. Princeton—Pre-game at 11:30 pm, game at 12 noon
(HAH ends at 11:30 am)

* Fri 30Oct:  vs. Dartmouth—Night game; Pre-game at 7:00 pm, game at 7:30 pm
(No effect on HAH)

* Sat 7Nov:  at Columbia—Pre-game at 12:30 pm, game at 1:00 pm
(HAH ends at 12:30 pm)

* Sat 14Nov:  vs. Penn—Pre-game at 11:30 pm, game at 12 noon
(HAH ends at 11:30 pm)

* Sat 21Nov:  at Yale—(132nd playing of The Game)
Pre-game (1 hour long) starts at 1:30 pm, game at 2:30 pm
(No effect on HAH)

whrb_logoFootball aside, on Saturday October 3rd, WHRB will be in the throes of celebrating its 75th Anniversary, and as part of those celebrations WHRB alumni will gather to spend the morning  reminiscing on-air about their experiences at the station as undergraduates.  Hillbilly at Harvard will be pre-empted, and country music will be in short supply, but some long-time listeners to HAH and other WHRB programming may enjoy listening in to conversation about WHRB, stemming from the days when it was a closed-circuit campus AM station, then a metro-Boston FM outlet, to its presence today on the World Wide Web.

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Off 29Aug and 5Sep, but We Have a Surprise—Ol’ Sinc!

Dr Janie and I have to go down to Maryland to help clear everything out of my parents’ home, now that both my father and mother are gone.  My mother survived only three months past her 101st birthday (see HERE for the 100th), and none of her three sons can take over the house and property (10 acres in Montgomery County), so they must be sold (see HERE for a photo of the house).

We’ll be airing what I call Generic Hours on Saturday August 29th, and again on Saturday September 5th—but, for the first time, we’re going to air two GHs that I recorded with my friend and colleague, Ol’ Sinc (Brian Sinclair).  I’m not sure of the dates; it was probably in 2000.  Sinc had (and has) a lot of fans in the Hillbilly listening audience, and even if you’re a newbie (by HAH standards), you’ll enjoy hearing some of Sinc’s razor-sharp wit and memorable quips.

Ol' Sinc and Danni Leigh at some local club (date and photographer unknown).

Ol’ Sinc and Danni Leigh at some local club (date and photographer unknown).

We’ll probably have one hour in the 11:00 AM slot on each Saturday.  Circle those two dates on your calendar, and if you’re not going to be near your radio (or computer, or iPhone), see HERE for instructions how to record HAH on your Mac or PC.

In honor of the photo of Sinc and Danni Leigh (who was clearly too country for ‘country’ radio), here’s one of the tracks we liked to play—should pull it out again!  /CL

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