Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Cool Radio

Not one but two programs airing tonight, one on AshevilleFM, the other on WCQS, will repay your attention, dear Reader - especially if you're interested in photography and/or music as those two arts are practiced in the great small city of Asheville, NC, USA, third planet from the Sun.

At 6:00PM, photographers Rob Amberg and Tim Barnwell sit down for an interview with David Hurand, long-time host of WCQS' "Conversations". Both these fine lens masters actually focus (if you will) their work beyond the city, in the rural countryside and within the small communities that have persisted there, despite all the pressures otherwise, for many decades, in some cases since the mountains were first settled. Both have new books coming out. It should be a fascinating conversation.

At 8:00, AshevilleFM's Jonathan Price welcomes the world-class musicians of Free Planet Radio to his program "Tenor to Tabla". I had the pleasure of recording the session with Free Planet, so I know that he'll be featuring the rehearsal of two songs and his own insightful interview. Who knows, though, what else Jonathan will throw into the mix? He promises "plenty of non-Western nuggets from my own collection", so it's bound to be worth a listen.

Not sure how long the Amberg/Barnwell show will be archived, and AshevilleFM's archive is not yet up (though I'll try to make sure this one gets uploaded somewhere as soon as possible), so you might just need to tune in, either on the FM dial (WCQS still has a terrestrial signal, at 88.1, but also provides an internet stream), or on your trusty computer (that's the high-bandwidth stream; if you need low-bandwidth, click here).


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