My friend Buck Rooster (no, not his real name) does a radio show each week on WCOM, a community-run station in Carrboro, N.C. The show is called Random Acts of Music, and each week, Buck explores songs tied around a theme.
This week, I will join him as guest DJ, and the theme will be news. We’ll play songs about journalism, and we will also chat a bit about that topic and, more specifically, the newspaper industry. Print media have, as noted here, changed a lot since Rupert Holmes placed a classified ad in “Escape (The Pina Colada Song).”
The show airs Thursday from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. EDT. If you live in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro area, turn your dial to 103.5 FM. If you live outside the area, you can listen via the station’s website. I hope that you’ll tune in, and yes, we will be taking requests.
UPDATE: I regret to inform you that my gig as a guest DJ on WCOM has been postponed. We’ll try again on
Thursday, June 27 Thursday, July 11.
FURTHER UPDATE: The show went very well tonight — good music and good conversation. Thanks to Buck Rooster and WCOM for your hospitality. Here’s a sampling of songs we played:
“Sunday Papers” (Joe Jackson)
“Mr. Reporter” (The Kinks)
“Fred Jones Part 2” (Ben Folds)
“Want Ads” (Honey Cone)
“Six O’Clock News” (Kathleen Edwards)
“Yesterday’s Papers” (Rolling Stones)
“News of the World” (The Jam)
“Newspapers” (Stan Ridgway)
“Dirty Laundry” (Don Henley)
“On the Cover of the Rolling Stone” (Dr. Hook)