Monday, May 16, 2011

Crap From the Past and KFAI

KFAI (K Fresh Air, Inc.--the nonprofit organization that owns the station) is a community broadcaster from Minneapolis, Minnesota which is staffed mostly by volunteers. They employ a block formatted schedule with a wide variety of eclectic programming.
My favorite show on KFAI by far is Crap From the Past which can be heard Friday nights at 10:30 local time. Hosted by Ron "Boogiemonster" Gerber, CFtP is "a pop music radio show for people who already know plenty about pop music." As taken from the introduction to each show, this would include such things as "funk, rock, Peter Gabriel singing in German, soul, old-school rap, ABBA singing in Spanish, glam, hair metal, Milli Vanilli singing in English, and, of course, disco." Themed shows have included songs with especially good bridges, songs that spent exactly one week on the Billboard Top 40 and songs that involve telephones (a two-parter!) It's weird, wonderful stuff and the best part is that every show has been archived all the way back to 1999 (with some internet-only and pre-KFAI shows dating back to 1992.) As a child of the eighties who used to listen to Casey Kasem religiously but was more interested in the songs that barely flirted with the charts, this show is right in my wheelhouse. Gerber and I both lived in western New York around the same time and had a healthy appreciation for CFNY and Toronto record stores so maybe there's some kind of cosmic musical connection....all I know is I LOVE THIS SHOW! It's a graduate level course in pop music. Start earning your degree now!

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