Sunday, December 26 2010 @ 03:00 PM GMT+5
Contributed by: Mark Piepkorn
The WVEW on-air personality profiles Chris has been posting are a great idea, so I’m just gonna go ahead and steal it. I cohost a show (with a mysterious, beloved, and possibly dangerous robot) on the community station in Bellows Falls, WOOL 100.1 FM. Though the broadcast ranges don’t overlap, the stations serve overlapping markets and are complementary. Both offer internet streaming — www.wool.fm and www.wvew.org.
Name: Mark Piepkorn
Show Title: A Pretty Big Place With Lots of Room
When is your show on? Wednesdays, 7 – 9 pm
How would you describe your show? It’s a mischievous grab bag of hand picked, genre-hopping musical delight, careening from dorky to difficult to divine. Crunchy, chewy, sweet, and salty… a generally uptempo and wide-ranging adventure. What’s a little musical schizophrenia among friends anyway? (I’m doing everything I can to avoid the word “eclectic,” it’s tired and deserves a break.) I do happen to like themed, stylistically restricted, predictable shows as much as the next person, but this ain’t one of those. Why be cromulent when we can embiggen!
Real-time song info and occasional other tidbits are posted on Twitter and Facebook (“Follow” on Twitter or “Like” on Facebook to get that stuff fed to your account — Facebook seems to be the preferred user alternative). RSS and SMS are available, and if you know what I’m talking about I probably don’t have to get into that. There’s also a website at www.prettybigplace.com with playlist archives and blog posts.
What’s the first song you ever bought? The 45 (!) of Autobahn.
What’s your most recent musical discovery? Mezz Mezzrow — he did some great swingin’ jazz in the ’30s and ’40s and only hit my radar lately. And I found a Replacements bootleg a couple weeks ago that I’m psyched about.
What do you do when you aren’t on the radio? Wonder where the money will come from.
Latest personal accomplishment: Fighting back this lousy cold I’m getting over.
Is there anything you’d like to answer that no one ever asks you? There’s so many things that people never ask me; maybe this is something we should leave alone. Come to think of it though, a couple people have wondered lately about the robot thing, but I just don’t actually know what the deal is with that. (Another quote: “Sometimes you just have to let art flow over you.” — The Big Chill.)
Thanks for taking time with iBrattleboro. No problem!
You can listen to WOOL at 100.1 on your FM dial if you’re in range, or streaming online at wool.fm. WOOL will be upgrading to full power in the near future. Radioke will be back in the spring, yay!, and the Buckwheat Zydeco will be in town on February 10 — HOT!Share on Facebook