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Lunch Hour Special 3-9-17 - While My Sitar Gently Weeps - Noon-1 p.m.

John Simon | Posted 11 days ago.
Sitar Textures in Rock Music Over The Years

See My Friends - The Kinks [1965; #10 UK - cited as the first western Rock song with sitar flavoring] Evergreen, Pt. II - Stone Poneys [1967 - from their second LP. Kenny Edwards played sitar on t...

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Lunch Hour Special - 3/2/17 - Noon-1

John Simon | Posted 19 days ago.
Covers Of The Rolling Stones! (with apologies to Dr. Hook) - songs from the Rolling Stones family

Jumpin' Jack Flash - Wynder K. Frogg (1968 - an alias of keyboard ace Mick Weaver, released as a single on Island) Gimme Shelter - Grand Funk (1973 - 45 edit, trimming the LP track to about half i...

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Lunch Hour Special 2/16/17 Noon-1

John Simon | Posted about 1 month ago.
45 Corner - An all-vinyl lunch hour: Radio Station Promo 45s, special single edits and more!

Today we'll hear a bunch of familiar songs that were specially edited and mixed to sound compelling on the radio back in the day. Time to crank the turntables! Riders On The Storm - The Doors (a...

Looking ahead and going forward

Gregory James | Posted about 2 months ago.
What's new with Gregory James

Before I became a DJ for WVBR, I had been a listener for many years. It is truly a thrill to be part of the station's DJ team. For the next few months I will be on the air from 1-4 p.m. on Fridays...

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Lunch Hour Special 1-19-17 (Extended Version)

John Simon | Posted 2 months ago.
The Day Before the Trump Inauguration: What to Play? [* = requests]

Bad Moon Rising - Thea Gilmore [nouveau folk cover of CCR classic] Fortunate Son - Bang Data [cool cover of CCR classic from "Quiero Creedence" compilation] Revolution - The Beatles [mono 45 vers...

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Lunch Hour Special 12/15/16

John Simon | Posted 3 months ago.
Cool Covers!: A Long-Distance Collaboration between a WVBR DJ and his old buddy from back home

After The Gold Rush - k.d. Lang (a Canadian superstar interprets one of her Canadian compatriot's finer moments) She's Not There - Neal MacArthur (cool re-make of the Zombies' classic - by Col...

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Lunch Hour Special 12/8/16

John Simon | Posted 3 months ago.
On the Anniversary of John Lennon's Shooting Death, A Tribute: Words and Music by John Winston Ono Lennon

Help! - Mary McCaslin (1971 - Barnaby Records radio promo 45) * God - Plastic Ono Band (1971) Love - The Lettermen (10/71; #42 - faithful cover of a track from the "Plastic Ono Band" LP) *...

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Lunch Hour Special (12/1/16)

John Simon | Posted 4 months ago.
Beatles and Their Songs

Inspired by a pair of requests that came in - and thinking about John Lennon's tribute next Thursday (12/8). * = telephone requests * Stand By Me - John Lennon (from 1975's LP "Rock 'n' Roll"...

Rob Sullivan's Playlist: 6am-1pm, Monday, 11/7/2016

Rob Sullivan | Posted 5 months ago.
back from Louisiana...

Playlist: 11/7/2016 Bon Jovi- Livin On a Prayer, Green Day- Bang Bang, Incubus-Dig Sim Redmond Band- Life Is Water, Who- Let's See Action Janis Joplin-Piece Of My Heart, Monkees- Me & Magdelan...

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New Content from our Friends at UBC

Anna Kryczka | Posted 5 months ago.
Listen to "Cited" on WVBR!

Cited is a fascinating podcast about research and higher education recorded at the University of British Columbia. Don't think you're interested in research? Well, tune in and think again. You ...

Rob Sullivan's Playlist: 9am-3pm, 11/2/16

Rob Sullivan | Posted 5 months ago.
For Your Listing Pleasure

Gary Clark, Jr- Grinder, Kaleo- Way Down We Go, In The Valley Below- Peaches Jackson Browne- Doctor My Eyes, Gotye- Eyes Wide Open Nirvana- All Apologies, Bully- Trying, Silversun Pickups- Panic ...

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Robert Schwartzman of Rooney Visits WVBR!

Eunu Song | Posted 5 months ago.
Robert Schwartzman, frontman of Rooney and director of his debut film "DREAMLAND," paid a visit to the WVBR Studios as a part of his first time adventuring in Ithaca.

We had a blast hanging out with Robert Schwartzman on Friday, Oct. 28 before his "DREAMLAND" screening at Cinemapolis & his show with Rooney at The Haunt in Ithaca! Robert sat down and chatted on-a...

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Lunch Hour Special (Thursday 10/13/16)

John Simon | Posted 5 months ago.
Words and Music by Bob Dylan, Nobel Laureate

* Positively 4th Street - Bob Dylan (1966 hit single featuring the biting wordplay of an angry young man) Mr. Tambourine Man - The Byrds (1965 single - the first #1 record of the "Folk Rock" era...

Exploring Grunge

Zach Schapiro | Posted 5 months ago.
Listen to Ian and Zach every Tuesday from 7-10 PM

This week on the show we decided to incorporate a grunge exposé. Grunge, a genre originating out of the great northwestern city of Seattle, quickly became one of the most prominent alternative rock...

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Bob Dylan Awarded Nobel Prize in Literature

Eunu Song | Posted 5 months ago.
Singer-songwriter Bob Dylan was named the recipient of the prestigious Nobel Prize in Literature on Thurs, Oct. 13, 2016.

History has been made this year with the first Prize winner to be a popular musician. Share your thoughts about this topic with us at: 607-273-2121.

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Blood Donation Opportunities this Month

Anna Kryczka | Posted 5 months ago.
The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give blood to support cancer patients and other patients during Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October.

The Red Cross must collect about 14,000 blood donations every day to help patients, and volunteer donors are the only source of blood products for those needing transfusions. Donors of all blood ty...

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Lunch Hour Special (10/6/16)

John Simon | Posted 6 months ago.
"Alternate Universe: Versions of Songs You Know By Other Artists"

Hello It's Me - The Nazz (Todd Rundgren's first band recorded this song two years before his hit version) Sweet Caroline - Bobby Womack (released as a single a year after Neil Diamond's big hi...

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A Chat with Graham Nash

Eunu Song | Posted 6 months ago.
WVBR spoke with Mr. Nash on Thurs, Sept. 22 to promote his show in Ithaca on Sun, Sept. 25, 2016 at the State Theatre of Ithaca. This interview has been edited and condensed.

Graham Nash of The Hollies and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young spoke with WVBR on Thurs, Sept. 22, 2016 about his solo career, new music, and playing in Ithaca. "This Path Tonight," Mr. Nash's fir...

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Lunch Hour Special (9/15/16)

John Simon | Posted 6 months ago.
Lunch Ladies Special: Women Rock The Airwaves

I Just Want To Make Love To You - Cold Blood (Lydia Pense & band) Magic Man - Heart (Ann & Nancy Wilson & band) Everybody Wants To Rule The World - Patti Smith (from her album "12") Don't Get Me...

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Lunch Hour Special (9/8/16)

John Simon | Posted 7 months ago.
Labor Day in the Rearview Mirror: songs about everyday working stiffs

Factory - Bruce Springsteen (1978 - from "Darkness On The Edge Of Town" LP) Factory Girl - Rolling Stones (1968 - from "Beggars Banquet" LP) Working Girl - The Members (1982 single - check Yout...

Poem ( untitled ) Read on Air ( Wednesday 9/7/16 )

Rob Sullivan | Posted 7 months ago.
Rob Sullivan original work

Nothing cleaver comes to mind precious perceptions prescribed by muses floating on Summer breeze indwelling another hand's soul this a day quite ordinary with nary a hint, a wink a nod to s...

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Lunch Hour Special (Thursday 9/1/16)

John Simon | Posted 7 months ago.
Cool Covers Revisited - alternate versions of classic tunes

Here, There & Everywhere - David Gilmour & Friends (10/15 - the McCartney tune as interpreted by the Pink Floyd family) Your Move - Robert Downey, Jr. (2004 - featuring guest vocals by composer an...

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Lunch Hour Special (Thursday 8/3/16)

John Simon | Posted 8 months ago.
Born To Write: Songs From the Pen of Bruce Springsteen (as interpreted by others)

This Little Girl - Gary "U.S." Bonds (4/81; #11 Pop - Bruce revived Bonds' career by writing and cutting this record with him) (She's Got) The Fever - Pointer Sisters (1978 - from their album "P...

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Join us tonight at the Ithaca Farmers Market!

Mark H. Anbinder | Posted 8 months ago.
The Rock & Roll Patrol will be at Steamboat Landing and so should you

The Ithaca Farmers Market now has a Thursday Night Market at Steamboat Landing! This week the WVBR Rock & Roll Patrol will be at the Thursday Night Market, and so should you! Fresh produce of co...

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Lunch Hour Special (Thursday 7/28/16)

John Simon | Posted 8 months ago.
Celebrating the Summer Ham Music Festival - July 28, 1973: The Band, The Allman Brothers, Grateful Dead in Concert

600,000 music lovers, hippies and locals descended upon the sleepy hamlet of Watkins Glen, NY on this very date 43 years ago. Thanks to caller Glen from Watkins Glen, we'll play some live tracks fr...

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New Gunpoets album and a special acoustic cut

Mark H. Anbinder | Posted 8 months ago.
The boys from Ithaca are on a roll!

The Gunpoets had a prime time slot on Thursday night at the GrassRoots Festival, and of course WVBR was at the Trumansburg Fairground with thousands of our closest friends and fellow music-lovers. ...

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Lunch Hour Special (7/21/16)

John Simon | Posted 8 months ago.
Cat Stevens Has a Birthday Today - spotlight on the songwriting of Steven Georgiou (now known as Yusuf Islam)

Here Comes My Baby - Cat Stevens (ca. 1966 - from his days as a fledgling Pop star) The First Cut Is The Deepest - PP Arnold (expatriate American Soul singer had the first crack at this one in '67...

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Bits from Cleveland: Day 1

Matt Harkins | Posted 8 months ago.
RNC Goes Unhinged and on the Fringe

Before I get to my report, I'm going to promote my Twitter again. (@mpharkins). Because of the strict security, they don't allow backpacks in the convention site, so I don't have a laptop or the ab...

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Lunch Hour Special (Thursday 7/14/16)

John Simon | Posted 8 months ago.
Hot Time, Summer in the City! With temperatures hovering around 90 degrees, let's make some noise

Summer In The City - Lovin' Spoonful (their only #1 record - Summer of '66) Dancing In The Street - Martha & Vandellas (stunning stereo version from '64) (Love Is Like a) Heatwave - Linda Ronst...

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Republican Convention Preview!

Matt Harkins | Posted 8 months ago.
Everything you need to know about this week's iteration of the quadrennial running of the elephants.

Keep your eyes on for in-depth reports and @mpharkins on Twitter for updates in-between. Stay tuned to WVBR-FM for periodic call-in reports. Like the station on Facebo...

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