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Blood Donation Opportunities this Month

Anna Kryczka | Posted about 2 years 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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A Chat with Graham Nash

Eunu Song | Posted about 2 years 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 about 2 years 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 about 2 years 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 about 2 years 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 about 2 years 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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Join us tonight at the Ithaca Farmers Market!

Mark H. Anbinder | Posted over 2 years 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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New Gunpoets album and a special acoustic cut

Mark H. Anbinder | Posted over 2 years 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 over 2 years 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 over 2 years 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 over 2 years 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 over 2 years ago.
Everything you need to know about this week's iteration of the quadrennial running of the elephants.

Keep your eyes on http://www.wvbr.com/staffs/61 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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New video from the Gunpoets!

Mark H. Anbinder | Posted over 2 years ago.
Ithaca's home for local music is WVBR

Ithaca area favorites the Gunpoets dropped their first ever music video this week, and here it is! It's for the song "We Sing, We Dance," the first single from their album "Bombs Away," which offic...

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What you heard Friday night (7.2.16)

Anna Kryczka | Posted over 2 years ago.
Happy July 4th weekend

Looking for a playlist for your July 4th weekend? Checkout "Freedom", a two-record set put together by Sessions Records and released in 1975. Featuring artists such as Jefferson Airplane, The Anima...

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Lunch Hour Special (Thursday 6/30/16)

John Simon | Posted over 2 years ago.
Songs With No Words: Instrumentals from the Rock Era

Mostly guitar- and keyboard-driven (w/ occasional sitar or saxophone). * indicates telephone request. Beck's Bolero - Jeff Beck (Truth) with Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, Keith Moon & Nicky Hopki...

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Throwback Thursday?

Mark H. Anbinder | Posted over 2 years ago.
Playing your Real Rock Radio

Thursday mornings this summer have been a "retro rewind" experience for me, and I'm sure some WVBR listeners! I've been DJing the morning shift each Thursday for about a month now, and it feels goo...

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Vinyl Records on a Friday Evening

John Simon | Posted over 2 years ago.
What happens when the Rock 'n' Roll Club is on vacation?

The R 'n' R Club has set the bar pretty high. I decided to keep the vinyl spinning for one show while they're away. Here's a partial playlist (2 hours of nothing-but-vinyl) Catch The Wind - Blue...

Lunch Hour Special (Thursday 6/9/16)

John Simon | Posted over 2 years ago.
For the Class of 1966 for their 50th Reunion

As the Class of '66 descends upon Cornell this weekend, here are some of the songs on the chart two weeks after they graduated. I Am A Rock - Simon & Garfunkel (at #3 for the first of two weeks)...

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Lunch Hour Special (Thursday 6/2/16)

John Simon | Posted over 2 years ago.
It's Charlie Watts' 75th birthday. An hour full of the Rolling Stones' drummer in action!

I sent out word a few days ago to some of my drummer buddies asking "What would play for Charlie's birthday?" Here's the list (with some commentary to boot). (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction - crit...

Lunch Hour Special (5/26/16)

John Simon | Posted over 2 years ago.
Cool Covers by Americana Artists (Real Rock Radio with a Twist)

Ruby Tuesday (Stones) - Shawn Colvin & Steve Earle (brand new) Friday I'm In Love (The Cure) - Yo La Tengo (2015) Bad Time (Grand Funk) - The Jayhawks (1992) Darkness Darkness (Youngbloods) - So...

Lunch Hour Special 5/12/16 (Slope Day)

John Simon | Posted over 2 years ago.
In conjunction with today's big outdoor party, here's an hour of great live tracks.

Allman Brothers Band - Whippin' Post [live at the Atlanta Pop Festival, July 1970] The Who - Shakin' All Over [Live at Leeds, February 1970] Chambers Bros. - Love, Peace & Happiness [Atlanta Pop ...

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Picking Up the Pieces

Matt Harkins | Posted over 2 years ago.
On Trump as Presumptive Nominee

Since last Wednesday, I’ve been watching the dust settle as society comes to terms with the fact that “Donald Trump” and “presumptive nominee” are now being used in the same sentence. It was imposs...

April: National Poetry Month

Rob Sullivan | Posted over 2 years ago.
Poets on the air

Many thanks to Kathy May, Stacey Murphy, Vikki Armstrong,Yvonne Fisher, Becca Harper and Jay Leeming for stopping by to read and share what writing means to them and some of their inspirations. It ...

For What It's Worth

Matt Harkins | Posted over 2 years ago.
There's something happening here, and what it is ain't exactly clear...

On a Wednesday in November of 2004, I showed up to school the day after 200,000 votes in a county in Ohio delivered George W. Bush a second term in the White House. It was a casual dress day, and I...

Happy Star Wars Day

Anna Kryczka | Posted over 2 years ago.
May the Fourth be with you

May the 4th is Star Wars Day. On this day back in 1985 "Return of the Jedi Weekly 98" is published. Also "I, Jedi" is published in 1998. This was the first novel published that centered around a ch...

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The Art of Zaniness

Veronica Perez | Posted over 2 years ago.
A music video I mentioned last show (4/22)

M's "Pop Muzik" is minimalistic, strange, and unforgettable. The writer of the song, Robin Scott, says that, “whereas rock and roll had created a generation gap, disco was bringing people together ...

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Radiohead Erases Social Media Clean

Eunu Song | Posted over 2 years ago.
The English rock band's Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram posts were deleted yesterday while fans received eerie snail mail -- Perhaps hinting at a new album?

Don't worry about blaming your sluggish internet loading speed this time -- the new Facebook profile picture is really just a square of white nothingness. Radiohead, the famed English rock band...

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