Blog 3.9 Experimenting with the fruit based alternative supplement "Bitter Melon" this week and I seem to have more energy. I don't think it's a placebo effect because sometimes I'm sure something will work and it just gives me a rash. Sometimes I expect nothing and it winds up helping. On this one, I was ambivalent but it seems to help me breathe easier, even with my "old codger" issues. So, good find. I'm hearing good things from people I trust about it helping with their diabetes issues. It's worth studying up on. That's NOT a paid ad, btw. Just sharing info.
Blog 3.8 New Jayson Tanner Show tonight at 10pm Eastern featuring new music from Neko Case, Caleb Caudle, Nathaniel Rateliff, Sarah Shook & The Disarmers, Mavis Staples w/Jeff Tweedy, I'm With Her, David Crosby, Birds of Chicago, Sue Foley, Van Morrison, Chris Hillman, Heather Maloney, Zac Brown, Sharon Jones, Blackberry Smoke, Shakey Graves & more. We're always eclectic with lots of "Cosmic" Americana.
Blog 3.7 - yes, it WOULD be nice to have a surplus but every bit of money coming in from listeners, and augmented by my own credit cards, goes directly into programming expenses. Mainly for licensing fees. Radio ain't cheap. It can be, but it'd only be cheap if you were using a radio stream as a Ham Radio, never playing music, and just sat there and yacked at people all day & night. Me? i'm all about the music.
Blog 3.6 Thanks to William for contributing today! You're all helping to get the Spring Fund Drive off to a great start! 105 Collected so far, Only 790 to go and then we can shut up about it for a while! You're all appreciated very much. Peace. - Jayson
Blog 3.5 Thanks to Bernie and Maury for today's donations! Up to 70 already for a good jump on the Spring Fund Drive. 830 to go!
Blog 3.3 And thanks to Phyllis, for getting the Spring Fund Drive going. only 890 to go!
A Cup for Our Times!
Blog 3.3 - Our Winter Fund Drive was a success! Thanks Bruce & John for putting us over the top. Thanks to everyone who's contributed to make sure we stay on the air. And now.... here comes Spring!
900 a quarter seems to just cover the bases. It's a little higher now because some of the licensing companies have raised their fees so our artists can get a raise.
Interest on paypal adds up quickly, too. Webhosting costs money. Music itself costs money. Yes I do get some promo stuff but most of what you hear is music I've bought for the station. And sometimes we have to replace a microphone or a laptop or something basic like that. There's Internet fees & more.
We don't have a huge overhead because there's no fancy studio or tower to worry about. But since this is my only "job", I do have to put on my fundraiser hat now and then. If I could I'd pay for it all myself. Maybe if they ever get that Basic Income thing going. I haven't won any lotteries lately so I do rely on the kindness of strangers.
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Our Current Most Popular & Most Played Tracks 3.10.18
1. Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats - You Worry Me
2. Slaid Cleaves - Take Home Pay
3. Willie Nelson - Last Man Standing
4. Samantha Fish - Don't Say You Love Me
5. Josh Rouse - Businessman
6. Kerri Powers - Mine the River
7. John gorka - Nazarene Guitar
8. Sarah Shook & The Disarmers - Good as Gold
9. Decemberists - Severed
10. Mary Gauthier - Bullet Holes in the Sky
11. Zac Brown & Sir Roosevelt - It Goes On
12. Ryan Adams - Baby I Love You
13. Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real - Fool Me Once
14. Eilen Jewell - Don't Leave Poor Me
15. Kim Richey w/Chuck Prophet - Whistle on Occasion
16. First Aid Kit - It's a Shame
17. Neko Case - Hell-On
18. Caleb Caudle - NYC in the Rain
19. Jim James - I Just Wasn't Made for These Times
20. Janiva Magness - On and On
Most Popular This Past Week (but not new):
Neko Case - Bracing for Sunday
Hurray for the Riff Raff - End of the Line
Cowboy Junkies - Moonlight Mile
Top Featured Albums:
Chris Stapleton - From a Room Vol. 2
Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters
Lukas Nelson & The Promise of the Real
Mavis Staples - If All I Was was Black
Steve Earle - So You Want to be an Outlaw
Samantha Fish - Belle of the West
Chris Thile - Thanks for Listening
Ruthie Foster - Joy Comes Back
Calexico - The Thread That Keeps Us
Mike Mangione & The Kin - But I've Seen the Stars
Brandi Carlile - By the Way, I Forgive You
Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit - The Nashville Sound
Van Morrison - Versatile
Wood Brothers - One Drop of Truth
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."I got into radio when I was 19 out in Walla Walla, Washington. after some time at Whitman College's KWCW I landed a job at KTEL - a little news, sports and country music station. Before too long I became their music director. It was my dream job, really. Same station Family Guy & Batman's Adam West began his career, btw.
Moved to Florida in the mid 80's and spent some time as Music Director at Class 103 in Naples, back when they were 'THE' station to listen to. After that I hosted a popular weekly Sunday Jazz Brunch show on WAVV-101.
I got out of radio for a while to pursue other interests and wound up back on the air at Eye-Q Radio in Miami where I began exclusively playing Americana and alt.country. This was back in 2000. Moved to North Carolina and found myself continuing the Americana/alt.country show at WCOM, a little community station here in Carrboro.
The show got "syndicated" on a few other internet stations in the USA and UK - which was very cool. But a weekly 2 hour show just wasn't enough for me.
Once I finally figured out how to put the pieces together for a full time internet-based radio station, and thanks to the generosity of friends who believed in this project (and my ability to pull it off and create something innovative, fun and interesting) - Wrecking Ball Radio was born in 2011. The station continues to survive ONLY on listener donations and, for that, we are eternally, extremely grateful."
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