Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Everybody Klezmer!

Everyone likes klezmer. They just don't know it yet.

In the 1930's there used to be dozens of Yiddish radio stations and hundreds more individual radio programs. There were 30 just in new York city! Not all were playing Klezmer but you get the idea. Today there are only a few in the whole world. Many only squeeze as time leased programming. Nothing wrong with time leased programming mind you. It's just not exactly the bee's knee's as time slots go usually. Below is a small selection of these programs

WUNR 1600 AM Boston, MA
"The Yiddish Voice"
Runs a weekly, hour-long Yiddish-language radio show serving Boston's Yiddish-speaking community since 1994.

WNWR AM 1540 Philadelphia, PA
"The Barry Reisman Show"

...On the air Monday - Friday from 3-4 weekday afternoons. Reisman's blend of klezmer, Yiddish, and Israeli music along with interviews and listener phone calls have made his program a fixture in the Philadelphia radio market since 1965.

WMRD 1150 AM Middletown, CT/WLIS-AM 1420 Old Saybrook, CT

A music program focused on eclectic and contemporary Klezmer & Jewish music. They announce listings of activities from local synagogues and organizations

WMNF 88.5 Tampa, FL
"Sunday Simcha"
Music, local announcements, Dvar Torah, interviews, etc. The audience has grown over the years and includes many non-Jews as well. The music is a mix of Klezmer, Chassidic, Israeli, Yiddish, Ladino, Mizrachi and more.

KEOS 89.1 College Station, TX
"Rejuvenating Heritage"

A weekly radio program exploring all types of Jewish music. It features a mix of Israeli pop/rock, Yiddish, Klezmer, as well as other Jewish inspired music.

And don't forget this...
Damn that was a good CD, a great reason to donate to NPR.