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How Radio Was Done Part 88

Oct. 9, 2008
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1986 radio continues with an extended listen to some of the coverage given to the Challenger shuttle explosion of that year. From the lengthy, tension-filled, on-the-spot reporting of the disaster immediately after lift-off, to later analysis of what went wrong (including pleas from the booster makers not to launch that day,) to where this first-ever crash of the shuttle left the space program, and throwing in some appropriate music of the year. Following this, we move back into fun with some radio production promos, a little Firesign Theatre, some Negativland from OTE in 86 at their annual stockholders picnic, and more 86 music.
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How Radio Was Done Part 87

September 25, 2008
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After some technical difficulties eliminating the OTE theme for this week and caller assists to pass the time, 1986 radio begins with a long look at the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in Russia accompanied by some Russian rock from the era, Crosley Bendix with an 86 review of /”fear,/” Some 86 hits like /”Take My Breath Away/” and /”Computer Blue,/” and some 86 talk radio in which left meets right.
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How Radio Was Done Part 86

September 18, 2008
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With one last listen to 1985, we play almost an entire OTE show from that year, the first year entire OTE shows were kept on tape. This one is, /”Im Not Sure,/” a live performance by Negativland involving a quiz show concept about TV commercials with callers as contestants. Some technical difficulties occur in this broadcast producing a few silent gaps, but almost the whole show is there, with your host, Dick Goodbody. This is how OTE used to be done in the early days when the whole group was participating every week.
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How Radio was Done Part 85

August 28, 2008
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1985 radio continues, but with a focus on TV. The computer age has arrived and we celebrate with bits from The Firesign Theatres 85 release, /”Eat Or Be Eaten,/” followed by Max Headroom, his story and a mix of the BBC pilot show introducing him, and a /”live/” appearance with David Letterman. Then the music biz (Fantasy Records) and the /”Copyright On Love,/” and we move into the country with cowboy truckers, their music, and some truck stuff from OTE in 85. Then the pesky Soviets again, and an on-air call to Radio Moscow from OTE in 85.
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How Radio Was Done Part 84

August 21, 2008
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Negativland appears prominently for a while in Time Zones, Body English (Negativland does KPFAs live coverage of President Reagans Second Inaugural Address), a Crosley Bendix review and other stuff made in 1985. A nice combination of Hollywood, Radio Moscow, The Strategic Defense Initiative Star Wars system, Ricky Nelsons plane goes down, Lefty Louise on God, SCTV and soviet jamming, hits and anxieties, plus rock DJs in LA, Chicago and elsewhere.
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How Radio Was Done Part 83

August 14, 2008
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We begin 1985, and this one is mostly devoted to language censorship in music and features Frank Zappa from some of the many media interviews he did on the subject around 85. This is when the /”PMRC/” emerged as a religiously motivated group looking to label Rock albums for obscene language. Zappa debates them on radio and TV (Larry King, Crossfire, Johnny Carson), backed up in this mix with some examples and lots of Receptacle callers.
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How Radio Was Done Part 82

July 24, 2008
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Once more for ’84, featuring Roger Waters and Malcolm McLaren releases of the year, then on to Paul McCartney’s movie flop of ’84, Reagan on God and abortion, Larry King interviews Frank Zappa on music censorship and warning labels, and the nuclear bomb and Star Wars defense debate continues. So does Howard Stern vs. Z-100 and other music, stations and DJs from ’84.

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How Radio Was Done Part 81

July 17, 2008
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Amateur radio takes the radio stage in 1984, with /”Jamcon 84/” by Negativland performing on OTE back in that day. Interspersed are all kinds of Ham radio and CB jamming not appearing on that CD, also some punkish songs, Z-100 vs. Howard Stern in NYC, Malcolm McLarens /”fans/” and Japanese radio, President Reagan addresses religious broadcasters on God, and Frank Zappa is interviewed on KPFA about satanic gangs.

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How Radio Was Done Part 80

July 10, 2008
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The art music side of ’84, with Laurie Anderson in a “Speaking of Music” talk on KPFA describing her process, equipment, and music with Charles Amirkhanian. Also Jacki Apple and Marina LaPalma with some rare text/music pieces, and a couple “Sound Spots” featuring avant music of the day. Howard Stern threatens to quit if Soupy Sales gets his own syndicated radio show and Howard doesn’t, The Firesign Theatre does Shakespeare, and some extended clips from OTE in ‘84.

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How Radio Was Done Part 79

June 26, 2008
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84 continues with lots of Star Wars, High Frontier, Reagan, Larry King mixes Central and South American machinations, and nuclear offense and defense (the /”Nuclear Shield/” edit), and Communists on the brain with The Art Of Noise. Also, big chunks of OTE from 84, including transitions, mean cop blues, Time, Pain, and too many F.U.s, but we did it anyway. Callers call, music and DJs from the year, and more to come.

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