1974 New Year’s Eve show Dec. 31

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Despite popular demand, Pittsburgh’s WRCT-FM (88.3) will again ring out the old year by turning back the clock 40 years.

In a radio tradition that’s now more than a decade old, and which is tolerated by tens of dozens of listeners, WRCT’s resident oldies guru, Jay Thurber, will count down the top tunes of 1974 this Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 12 noon.

The broadcast also will be available online at http://www.wrct.org.

The countdown by Kindly Uncle Jay, Your Radio Pal™, who hosts an oldies program on WRCT on Saturday afternoons (www.jaythurbershow.com), will include 1974-current news reports, commercials and other announcements.

The “number one song of 1974” — as calculated by Jay from a completely scientific (ha! ha!) formula — will be unveiled just before 12 noon.

A non-profit radio station owned by the students of Carnegie Mellon University, WRCT-FM is staffed entirely by campus and community volunteers. Broadcasting 24 hours per day at 1,750-watts on the FM dial, WRCT’s signal reaches all of Allegheny County and parts of three adjoining counties.

Its programming includes all types of music, Carnegie Mellon sports, and public-service and educational shows such as “The Saturday Light Brigade,” as well as news from the Pacifica Network. The station signed on at 900 AM in 1949 and moved to the FM dial in March 1974.

WRCT can also be heard online at http://www.wrct.org.

JFK special planned Nov. 23

In commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, Pittsburgh’s WRCT-FM (88.3) will broadcast: “November 22, 1963: Portrait in Sound” at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013.

Produced and narrated by WRCT host Jay Thurber, the hour-long program blends interviews with Carnegie Mellon University alumni (recorded in 2003), the hit songs of November 1963, original news broadcasts and Dallas police radio transmissions.

Thurber, a CMU alumnus, also hosts an oldies program, “Radio 9,” that airs from 12 to 3 p.m. on Saturdays, and features music from the 1960s.

Show notes, Feb. 25, 2012

Remember, the Coolidge Radio Journal is a production of the Coolidge Institute for Public Opinion Research, a non-profit, non-partisan, completely unbiased think-tank that generates free-market ideas for electing Republicans to office.

New music heard recently on Radio 9:

  • Q Morrow: “Who Am I?” from the album “All Around Dude”
  • The Black Keys: “Lonely Boy” from the album “El Camino”
  • Frank Macchia: “Funky Grease Bucket” from the album “Swamp Thang”
  • Bill Frisell: “Revolution” from the album “All We Are Saying…”
  • Jeff Gauthier Goatette: “Joy of a Toy” from the album “Open Source”
  • Charlie Haden and Hank Jones: “Down By The Riverside” from the album “Come Sunday”
  • Tito Carrillo: “Truth Seeker” from the album “Opening Statement”
  • Imported Goodz: “You Make Me Smile” from the album “Ready. Set. Go!”
  • Jonathan Coulton: “Nemeses” from the album “Artificial Heart”

Jay’s Pick to Click: “All We Are Saying…” by Bill Frisell

Jay's Pick to Click: "All We Are Saying ..."

Show notes: Feb. 4, 2012

It’s new! It’s nifty! It’s from the Neville Island Toy Co.!

It’s “Reassessment: A Game The Whole County Can Play“!

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New music this week:

  • The Black Keys – “Money Maker” from El Camino
  • Tito Carrillo – “Blaise on Fire” from Opening Statement
  • Frank Macchia – “Funky Grease Bucket” from Swamp Thang
  • Bill Frisell – “Come Together” from All We Are Saying …
  • Greg Rekus – “The High Cost of Low Prices” from The Dude Abides
  • 11 Acorn Lane – “Happy As Can Be” from Swing Thing
  • Ilhan Ersahin’s Istanbul Sessions – “Etnik” from Night Rider

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Jay’s Pick to Click


Frank Macchia’s Swamp Thang

The lyrics to “You’re a Mean One, Jeffrey Romoff”

As heard on WRCT’s “Radio 9”: You’re a Mean One, Jeffrey Romoff (download MP3)

New lyrics copyright © 2011 Jay Thurber. A parody sung to the tune of “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch,” lyrics by Theodor “Dr. Seuss” Geisel and music by Albert Hague, © 1966 Dr. Seuss Enterprises LP, all rights reserved. (Song parodies are protected speech under the case Irving Berlin et al. v. E.C. Publications, Inc.)

You’re a mean one, Jeffrey Romoff:
And your soul is full of dross!
You’re a bully to your patients, to your nurses and your docs,
Mr. Romoff —
Why you’ve even made us feel sorry (almost) for Blue Cross!

You’re a tyrant, Jeffrey Romoff:
You’re a greedy, grabbing thug!
You brook no competition, and you crush it like a bug,
Mr. Romoff —
I would have to say, in my considered opinion, that you are about as attractive as a diarrhetic stinkbug!

You’re a scoundrel, Jeffrey Romoff:
You’ve put Pittsburghers in hock!
You built fancy new pavilions in Italy and Monroeville,
Mr. Romoff —
And then you went ahead, turned around and gave the finger to the poor, working-class slobs on the South Side and Braddock!

You’re annoying, Jeffrey Romoff;
You’re a cruel, conniving clown!
You’ve bought off the politicians, like you bought up Oakland-town,
Mr. Romoff —
Why, I find it very disappointing that you were able to corrupt Patrice King Brown!

You’re a tycoon, Jeffrey Romoff;
Who gets rich off others’ sweat!
Your collusion and coercion are putting us in debt,
Mr. Romoff —
And if you succeed in finally driving West Penn Allegheny out of business, my fear is that rather than having a primary care physician, all I will be able to afford instead of a checkup is a flea dip and a de-worming and maybe getting my toenails trimmed at the local vet!

You’re a monster, Jeffrey Romoff;
With a monstrous monopoly!
We need a man like Teddy Roosevelt to bust it down to size,
Mr. Romoff —
I would say the four letters that best describe the 99 percent being crushed by the 1 percent of corporate greed in Pittsburgh are U – P – M – C!