Miscellaneous KRAB music programs - 1980s
Classical, Contemporary, Ethnic, Jazz, Electronic, Traditional, Blues, Baroque, Early
Here you will find samples, some complete shows, many partial recordings, of music programs heard on KRAB, listed in rough chronological order. Where we have found multiple recordings of a series of programs, they have been placed in their own pages, which are accessible through the Audio Archives main menu.
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Life Elsewhere with George Romansic, Judith Malmgren, Jim Anderson, and Norman Batley - KRAB 1979 to 1984
Life Elsewhere was first revealed Saturday, Mar 3, 1979 with this notice
It occurred again Apr 28, 1979 with this
It was Gojira (ゴジラ), wasn't it?
And then, in Jan 1980, beneath the title "smith-corona, My Sharona", the manifesto appeared:
Jun 8, 2017 - Just discovered Norman B now has a blog and is streaming audio of a reincarnated Life Elsewhere. You can see and hear it for yourself at: lifeelsewhere.co
Recordings courtesy Gregg Whitcomb and Paul Dorpat
KRAB Music Hall with John Jay - KRAB 1980 (Census time)
On the flip side of Anne MacFadden's Saturday Afternoon Blues cassette (above), is John Jay's KRAB Music Hall substituting for Sunday Afternoon Jazz with Doug Ekblade. Doug did the jazz show from mid-1980 to mid-1983, and the PSA for census workers dates this to 1980.
At the 28:10 the tape shifts to a poetry program.
Recording courtesy Anne MacFadden, AM0002
Sing Out a Woman's Story with Leslie Larsen - KRAB Feb 1980?
"Sing Out a Woman's Story" was mostly a music program, although some episodes included poetry and other content.
Trying to figure out when this was broadcast: At approximately the 36 minute mark there is an announcement that "International Women's Day will start Mar 8 at 6 pm.....". That does not narrow it down much, as IWD special programming almost always started on Mar 8, except for 1981 when it started on Mar 7.
"Sing Out a Woman's Story" aired from Aug of 1978 to Sep 1983, which narrows down the broadcast of this particular program to sometime between 1979 and 1983. On the other hand, Leslie Larsen is credited for hosting "Sing Out" monthly from Mar 19, 1979 to May 1981, but she continued to be on the volunteer list through Feb 1982. Was this program aired in Feb of 1980?
Amongst the producers of "Sing Out" were the following: Betsy Rose, Py Bateman, Eileen Michel, Della Hennesee, Judy Bierman, Betsy Dennis, Karen Berge, Beliz Brother, Joanne Craig, Leslie Larsen (in some guides spelled "Larson"), Doris Brevoort, Kathryn Taylor, Helene Silverman, Kathy Bottoms, Sarah Jacobus, Jill Smith, Karen Thomas, Kristin Means, Annie Rose, Carla Becker, Carol Rutenberg, and Marcie Sillman
Can anyone tell us more about this program, or share additional audio?
Recording courtesy Dennis Flannigan, DF1042
True Blues, with Dave White - KRAB Aug 26, 1981
As an extension from our "prewar blues" show, dark and murky corridors will be swamped with a blue light as the many blind recording greats, including Blind Blake, Blind Lemon Jefferson, and Sonny Terry guide us through the dusty, winding roads of ancient record grooves with your chaperone, Dave White.
Recording courtesy Glen Beebe
Start at the Start, with George Romansic - KRAB Sep 13, 1981
Recording courtesy Gregg Whitcomb
KRAB Music Hall - KRAB Jul 4, 1982
With John Jay. Other somewhat similar programs aired on KRAB featuring recordings made in the first half of the century using prehistoric technology included the following:
Songs Like It Aint But Oughta Be ("Jack Roberts hosts a program of straight music of the thirties. Syruppy
Nostalgic Syrup ("Dave Jones with straight music of the late 20's, the 30's and the 40 's");
Smitty's Old Records (Earl Smith with "songs of the good old days .. ragtime .. vaudeville", 1970-1972);
Yesterday's Sunshine (Ellfed Parry plays old 78's 1975-1976);
Memory Lane (Frank Olin with Old 78's, 1976-1980);
KRAB Music Hall (John Jay, Bill Osborne and Barbara Hayes with "American popular music from the 1890s to 1950, 1980-1984)
Recording courtesy of aircheck collector George Gucinski, who offered this when I posted in several radio history web sites about the KRAB archive project.
KRAB Music Hall with John Jay - Jul 11, 1982
Opening with the last four minutes of Libby Sinclair's hour of music and stories especially for children. That's Libby doing the ID.
Then, it may sound like the theme for Greg Palmer's Sunday show, but it is actually John Jay with KRAB Music Hall. Last week on Jul 4 he played Bing Crosby's version of "Ballad for American's". At a listeners's request, this week, he presents Paul Robeson and the American Peoples Chorus with their version. The poem by John Latouche set to music by Earl Robinson.
Recording courtesy of George Gucinski, GG0002
Music of Burma with Joan Rabinowitz - 1982-1984
Recording courtesy of the Jack Straw Foundation, JSF inv M-1506
Jazz Vocalist Mark Murphy is interviewed by Nick Johnson on Round About Jazz - KRAB Jul 2, 1983
Sometime between the mid 1970's and 1982, jazz spread into Saturday mornings, and none other than late night jazz and bebop host Nick Johnson (aka Captain Baltic) started alternating with Dave Gardner and Traff Hubert. Here is Nick speaking with Mark Murphy at KRAB's Jackson Street studios on a Saturday morning. Murphy was in Seattle appearing at Jazz Alley in the U District (4135 University Way NE).
Murphy died in Oct 2015 at the age of 83. Here's an obit published in No Depression that may be of interest.
Recording courtesy Nick Johnson
The Electrifying Warriors at the Tender Mercy Deliverance Center - KRAB 1983
The first reference I can find to gospel music on KRAB was Dec 18, 1963, a "Big Fat Obscure Jazz- Blues-Gospel Festival", which was a return event of a program that Mike Duffy, Ray Skjelbred, and William R Lovy, Sr. did in the Spring of 1963.
Other highlights over the years included:
Bob West made this recording. According to his notes it features Tim Weatherly with the Electrifying Warriors performing at the Tender Mercy Deliverance Center located at 2520 S Dearborn. Pastor John Sauls presiding. It was aired on "Gospel Pearls" in 1983 or 1984.
Recording courtesy Bob West
Music of India with Shantha Benegal - KRAB Apr 8, 1984
Shantha was a volunteer program producer for almost 13 years. She played and discussed the Music of India. This short clip is from her last show on KRAB, April 8, 1984. She is featured on a web page listing Hindustani Classical Musicians in Seattle Area.
Off-the-air recording courtesy Paul Dorpat
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