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Free Bound for Glory concert series resumes this Sunday night

Mark H. Anbinder | Posted 6 months ago.
Peggy Lynn and Dan Duggan are performing this weekend on WVBR’s Bound for Glory.

The longstanding Bound for Glory weekly concert series begins its “spring season” this Sunday night with a free show featuring Dan Duggan & Peggy Lynn. Now in its 51st season, the weekly show is on...

Rockin' in the New Year

Gregory James | Posted 7 months ago.
Updated program notes from Gregory James

I am very excited about some new developments in my WVBR disc jockey schedule. I have enjoyed immensely my late afternoon weekday shows for the last 19 months, but I have decided to take a bre...

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Lunch Hour Special 11/16/17

John Simon | Posted 8 months ago.
Who Was That Masked Man??? Uncredited guest players on songs you know and love

Badge - Cream (with Eric Clapton's co-writer and friend George Harrison on guitar) Day After Day - Badfinger (with producer George Harrison on slide guitar and Leon Russell on piano) That's t...

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Lunch Hour Special 9/21/17

John Simon | Posted 10 months ago.
Paul McCartney is Coming to Town (Syracuse on 9/23, actually)

In anticipation of Paul's sold-out show at the Carrier Dome, here's a quick survey of his catalogue. Eleanor Rigby - The Beatles (from Revolver, circa 1966 - this is the "Yellow Submarine Songtr...

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Lunch Hour Special 8/31/17

John Simon | Posted 11 months ago.
Van Morrison's Birthday Tribute

Born and raised in Belfast, Van Morrison's life-long love for American R&B and his love for the magic of radio shines through. Today is his 72nd birthday. Raise a glass to a true visionary! * Br...

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Lunch Hour Special 8/3/17

John Simon | Posted 11 months ago.
Cool Covers of Classical Tracks (like, real "long-hair" music)

A request had come in last week for some music based on Classical composers' work. The only overt qualifier was "Please, not that song by The Toys" (A Lover's Concerto, based on Bach's Minuet in G ...

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A Night for Nicholas Hill

Mark H. Anbinder | Posted 12 months ago.
Ithaca musicians join together for a benefit at Casita del Polaris

Mickie Quinn writes in <a href="">14850 Magazine</a> that Ithaca’s musical community is coming together Friday evening at Casita del Polaris to s...

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Lunch Hour Special - Thursday 7/27/17

John Simon | Posted 12 months ago.
Cool Covers of Classic Tracks [Volume 11]

It's another hour of unlikely twists on songs you know by other artists..... Atlantic City - The Band [1993] Original band members Danko, Manuel and Helms cover Springsteen! * Crossroads - Lyny...

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Lunch Hour Special - Thursday 5/4/17 - Noon-1 p.m.

John Simon | Posted about 1 year ago.
Women On The Covers: Classic Rock tunes with a feminine twist!

Stop Your Sobbing - Pretenders [1979; original by The Kinks. This one produced by Nick Lowe.] So You Wanna Be a Rock 'n' Roll Star - Patti Smith Group [1979; original by The Byrds] Every Little T...

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Lunch Hour Special - 4/13/17 - Noon-1 p.m.

John Simon | Posted over 1 year ago.
Spotlight on the Slide Guitar: Slip-slidin' away!

Long a staple of the Blues (when all you needed was a set of strings and a broken bottle neck), the slide became a staple of Rock music in the Seventies. Here are some classic performances by some ...

Lunch Hour Special Friday 4/14/17

Gregory James | Posted over 1 year ago.
Songs mentioning the days of the week

Sunday Will Never Be the Same (Spanky and Our Gang) Sunday Morning (Maroon 5) Sunday Bloody Sunday (U2) Monday, Monday (Mamas and Papas) Monday Morning (Fleetwood Mac) Tuesday's Gone (Lynyrd S...

Donate to Support Loaves and Fishes

Anna Kryczka | Posted over 1 year ago.
Support Loaves and Fishes by attending Electric Avenue Festival

Loaves and Fishes of Tompkins County is a great organization that supports those living among us. WVBR and EBR are proud to be supporting this non-profit through the Electric Avenue Festival this S...

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Lunch Hour Special 4-6-17 - Noon-1 p.m.

John Simon | Posted over 1 year ago.
Can't Live Without My Radio: A Love Letter to the Medium

Wavelength - Van Morrison (1978; Title track of his LP and a charting single singing the praises of his childhood relationship with late-night radio) Rock & Roll - Velvet Underground (1970 - non...

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Lunch Hour Special 3/30/17 Noon-1

John Simon | Posted over 1 year ago.
Flute Thing - Silver Woodwind in The World Of Rock Music

Flute Thing - Blues Project [1966; "Projections" LP - Andy Kuhlberg plays the flute] * Locomotive Breath - Jethro Tull [1970; "Benefit" LP - Ian Anderson plays the flute] To Put Up With You - The...

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Tickets go on sale Friday for Cayuga Sound Festival!

Mark H. Anbinder | Posted over 1 year ago.
The X Ambassadors have quite a lineup planned for us

We're excited about Ithaca's own X Ambassadors planning a big festival for Stewart Park this September, and tickets go on sale this Friday, March 31st, at 10am at! 14850 ...

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Just Announced for April 15, 2017: The First Annual Electric Avenue Music Festival!

Eunu Song | Posted over 1 year ago.
April 15, 2017 from 12-4PM

WVBR 93.5 FM and Electric Buffalo Records are proud to host the FIrst Annual Electric Avenue Music Festival right here in Ithaca, benefiting Loaves and Fishes of Tompkins County on April 15, 2017 f...

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

John Simon | Posted over 1 year 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 over 1 year 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 over 1 year 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...

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

John Simon | Posted over 1 year 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 over 1 year 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 over 1 year 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 over 1 year 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 over 1 year 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 over 1 year 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 over 1 year 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 over 1 year 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 over 1 year 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 over 1 year 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 almost 2 years 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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