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Teaching a Pole Dancer to Dress For Success

“All dressed up, and no place to go.” But what if you reversed it. “Some place to go but nothing to wear. Let’s take a former pole dancer, who is out of rehab, and looking for a job that pays more than minimum wage. Would she know how to dress for success? Jody Powers who runs

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Hyperlocal

  The story published in the Wall Street Journal is a year old, and a lot can happen in a year.  The piece is about ‘The Patch,”  which  describes itself as a hyperlocal on-line newspaper. According to the article, two years ago the axe was wielded with vigor at the AOL-owned Patch, resulting in the loss of

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Here’s an idea. How about an office party…LIVE…on radio?

The idea of a live wine tasting program on radio, primes the imagination for the sober yet cheerful prologue, and an hour later,  the boisterous conclusion, with a studio festooned with wine bottles and boxes, corks, bits of cheese and crackers, and the wine tasters wishing good will toward everyone.  I was asked to participate

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I Want to Work Out, But I’m Too Tired

What do you do when you are college student  working full time, and studying full time and, like many Americans, carrying a few too many pounds around?  Sandra Hutzler has this  report from the Heartland of America.   The Center for Disease Control reports that more than two-thirds (Nearly 69-percent) of adults are considered to be overweight,

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Drew Laney+Robert Rickman=Unintended Consequences

Okaaaaaaay.  This is what was supposed to happen: Drew Laney, a music therapist, planned to introduce me to music therapy, during her Renaissance Radio program in an attempt to tame my occasional bouts of ill temper.         Drew has created a “Positive Distraction”  CD for me to play to reduce stress, and a “Guided Imagery” CD to relax me.

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HEALTHY Fast Food? Is There Such a Thing?

  Driving…Driving…Hungry…HUNGRY!  And not a healthy place to eat until… Experimental Radio’s Sandra Hutzler tells this story.         Why the apparent fast success for this healthy fast food restaurant?  The answer is obvious, once you hear the explanation.

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So What is Sandra Hutzler Like Now?

Last week we interviewed our newest addition to Experimental radio, Sandra Hutzler.   As you may remember, Sandra’s upbringing sounds like a bad cliché; she lived in a double wide trailer in Kentucky, with her aunts, uncles, parents, brothers, sisters, drugs, alcohol, incest and infidelity.  She  was sexually abused as a child, and rejected by her

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A New Addition to Experimental Radio…And She Almost Didn’t Make It

    Sandra Hutzler (pronounced HUT-slur) looks pretty good, doesn’t she?  But she was raised in a trailer park, sexually molested, rejected by her family while she was growing up, and was even involved in a near fatal motorcycle crash last year.  Yet, she will be joining me soon on the Experimental Radio program on WRFN.  Sandra took a

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An Angry Nation? Solution: Play it Again Sam!

Given the news of the recent killings of police officers and civilians… and the endless commentaries in the broadcast and social media, it would seem that an individual would have very little control over events. True, because the only thing you have complete control over is: YOU! Here is a way to calm yourself down

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Two Novelists Who Wrote About Southern Illinois University Appear on Nashville Radio

  Robert Rickman and Nancy Herzog are the only two authors who have ever written novels about Southern Illinois University-a major research institution and multiple campus university-since it was chartered in 1869. First, it is becoming increasingly evident that self publishing is the way to go for new authors.  But what about after the book

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Bar-B-Q For You Health

No, that’s not what we have in  mind. This is what we mean by healthy backyard eating.             And to put all of these ingredients together with your weekend Bar-B-Q is  Chef Aaron McCargo Jr. of the food Network.  WRFN’s Deniece Barnes of  the “In The Know” radio magazine show,

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It Would Not Be Far Fetched to Say, “If There is a Guest Out There, Anywhere, He Or She Will Eventually Wind-up on ‘In The Know.’

  The longer I work as a volunteer on Radio Free Nashville, the more amazed I am at the sheer variety of programming content, from Heavy Metal to music programmed specifically for children, through “The Flip Side” of records, to Experimental Radio. And what’s particularly interesting is that WRFN (Radio Free Nashville) boasts several broadcasters

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President Obama Has a BIGGGGGG Appetite!

President Obama is 6’1″,  weighs 160, and is 54-years-old, yet he apparently eats like a kid. This according to Sedgewick Lloyd, who produces the magazine show “In the Know” with Deniece Barnes, which comes to you 9:00 Friday mornings on WRFN. How does Sedgewick know the president’s eating habits?  He had breakfast with him of

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Danny Picked the Right Horse For Me, but the Wrong horse for himself!

  During a recent conversation on WRFN, turf expert Danny Brewer predicted the horse I should bet on in last weekend’s Belmont Stakes.      

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I Bought the Air Time, So I Know How to Run a Radio Program. Right?

What will it be this time:  Aspirin, Acetaminophen, Darvon, Medical Marijuana? One of the reasons why I got out of commercial broadcasting was because I had to run equipment for people who bought themselves air time because they wanted, “To be on deh radio!” Even the kids working on my high school radio station had some

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Horse Racing,”The perfect sport for the 21st Century.”

It’s simple.  We want it, and we want it now.  Sports writer Danny Brewer compares horse racing to microwaving. And think of this guys.  You’re not the only ones watching the ponies.           But there’s more!            

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Outtakes and Other Embarrassing Incidents.

Infrasound + Radio Transmitter = Police, Fire and Chaos! I am, by nature, a very curious person who never hesitates to test a  hypotheses on-the-air.  Thus the name, Experimental Radio. But every time the experiment has led to uhhhhhhh, great difficulties. I was Just Trying to Earn Some Extra Money OK, Sandra Hutzler didn’t like the pics, so we didn’t

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Meditation, or a Coffee Overdose? Blood in the Museum and JFK. A Broken Studio Window, and Other Incidents.

…and it was all in the same program!  (The pod-cast  link is at the bottom of the page) First: Meditation  * If you want your brain to be seven years younger than your chronological age, go for meditation rather than drinking a lot of coffee.  More about coffee later. This from a recent study reported

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These Business Cards Need to be Absolutely Perfect…Absolutely.

But since nothing can be absolutely perfect, let’s play Plants Vs. Zombies.  Meanwhile, when people asked for my business card…say at the Meetup recently…I made one on the spot. When  I handed my handcrafted business card  to Terri Sterling Donovan that night, the grinding wheels of procrastination stopped with a crunch.  * One thing led to another…  

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This Post is Going to Take Some Explaining

OK, here we go. There was a 1960’s cartoon character named Roger Ramjet…     …and he looked a lot like the guy below named Roger Davis. So his friends started calling Roger Davis…Roger Ramjet!  In the early 1970’s “The Jet” attended one of the top broadcasting schools in the country: Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.

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Working in a Cubicle-Using a Cube, to Think Outside the Box

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“Think outside the box,” is heard a lot in offices, where people work in boxes. But another type of box can be used to escape that type of stifling thinking that we all have learned to hate.  Craig Paxson of New Salem Consulting has developed a way to use a cube, to escape a cube.

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Hunkering Down

Pouring myself a cup of Joe while hunkering down in my vehicle at my weekend black-ops job.   I can’t reveal who I work with, the nature of the operation, or where it’s located.  I can only say we work with  the local P.D.in an ongoing surveillance operation.  And because of the long shifts, I have plenty

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How does she cope with Adult Attention Deficit Disorder?

      It’s not so much a coping mechanism, as a way of life!   As Callan relates, “I am a Jane of all trades, master of none, but I am taking a stab at selling my paintings. I have a Society6 page set up with just a few of them available.  You can

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This Gift Wrap is a Newspaper

The Holiday edition of the Nashville “Contributer” is designed to be used as gift wrap. (after you read it of course)   Nashville musician, song writer, and author Les Kerr feels so strongly about this newspaper, which is sold by the homeless, that he’s written a song about it!              

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A restricted INTERNET? A media monopoly? It would cost you…and you…and you…

    It has been reported that six, or seven corporations own up to 90% of the radio and TV stations in the country.   So the “Jack-FM” in your city sounds just like the “Jack-FM” in my city.  And now Congress is considering eliminating net neutrality.  This is BIG MEDIA in action! Listen!   

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A Politically Incorrect Discussion That is Literally Black and White.

We were born in the most segregated city in the country (Chicago). We both moved to one of the first planned communities in the nation (Park Forest- a suburb of Chicago). We attended the same high school (Rich East).  I was born in 1952, and Darryl was born in 1989.  I’m white, Darryl is black, and

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I lived in Park Forest last century, Darryl lived in Park Forest this century.

  I’ve lived in:  Illinois,  Iowa, Michigan, California, Arizona, and currently Tennessee, but have rarely met anyone  from Park Forest.  This past March I met Darryl Stallworth, a Rich East letterman who graduated in 2005. I graduated in 1970.  Darryl and I compared notes about our town… Check out the entire podcast by clicking Park Forest on

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48 years ago, this instant hit captured “The Summer of Love.”

  “San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair)” brought me to ‘The City,” if only to visit.  Yet that song prompted me to move to California in 1979.  CLICK on WRFN’s Steve Haggard who hails from California, and would fit into “The Summer of Love” had it taken place last summer in

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Al Roker talks about “The Storm of the Century,” which killed more ten-thousand souls.

With more than ten-thousand killed-no one knows the exact death toll-the 1900 Gulf Coast Hurricane was the deadliest in U.S. history. WRFN’s Deniece Ward Barnes talked with Al Roker about his book, “The Storm of the Century.”               

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“Next on WRFN is, is the……I forgot.”

Many Baby Boomers experimented with recreational chemicals during the Far Out 60’s and the Roaring 70’s.  And they accidentally encountered brain fog, or actually sought it.  But now…  Shortly after my M.D. took me off of Crestor, because my cholesterol was in the normal range, a former nurse I work with, told me that my

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Trains, Planes, Automobiles, Trucks, Helicopters, and a Parrot in Need of Thorazine.

          WRFN’s Candy Gunn had a recording studio in her home, which was located next to: Nashville International Airport,   I-40  and busy train tracks.  This made recording rather challenging, but what prompted her to move was a nagging  roommate and a mentally ill parrot.      

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What Does it Take? Genius? Talent? Education? OR…

Is Calvin right? Ummmmmmmm.  Maybe, says Nashville performer Steve Haggard. CLICK the microphone in the photo taken at WRFN radio. Steve Haggard has hosted a weekly radio show, The Haggard & Haggard Radio Hour, on WRFN since 2008. Despite being on a small indie label — Nashville’s Renegade Record Label, Wild Oats Records, which he

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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, 37-years Later

    In September of 1978, U.S. Navy Corpsman Art Liberty responded to the worst air disaster in the country at the time.  Art  stuffed the memory of death and destruction fur 37-years, until it burst out  in a  restaurant this April. CLICK below.       To hear the pod-cast, CLICK on the microphone

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Tapping the Principal’s Phone, and Putting his Conversation On-the-Air.

He did it!         Working at a high school radio station can teach a student many skills.  At WRHS we learned how to: run a control board, produce programming, announce, write copy, fix the equipment, wire tap. steal government property,  broadcast spurious emissions, and commit other felonies and misdemeanors.  CLICK my younger self to

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Fear in the United States, Vern the Accordion Man, Professor Lujack, The Best Fright Video, and Psycho 1960

Is it genuine, or are we being paranoid?  The theme for this week’s Experimental Radio Program is Fear in the United States.   It helps some people to ameliorate their fear with some accordion music.   That’s why Vern the Accordion Guy was on hand. Vern is on WRFN every Tuesday at 11:00 AM (CT),  And

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Fun Power Outages? Medical Pot Efficacious? Maybe not. Plus Professor Lujack and Vertigo, 1958.

  We have an interview with a lady who actually looks forward to power failures. Why?   WRFN’s Diana Hardt joins us. Choral Music from the Hardt,  1200 Noon (CT) on WRFN Diana plays choral music from all periods (Middle Ages through Contemporary), formats (unaccompanied, with instruments, with orchestra), and types (songs, madrigals, motets, masses, cantatas,

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The first program: What does modern radio need?

Modern radio needs to take the old fashioned, clean it up, polish it, supercharge it, and plunge it into the 21st Century.   We will listen to the greatest disk jockey to have ever lived, and a jock from the golden age of disk jockeying who is still on-the-air.              

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Sounds…

Sound is Radio, and Radio is Sound. With a slug of irony, we’ll start  and end the program with sound that you can’t hear but you might feel;  dreadful feelings penetrating to the depths of your soul.  We take you first to the haunted London Underground (subway) which is infested with infrasound. Click the window, and

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Six Great Films You May or May Not have Seen

Are you tired of watching modern films with their predictable plots, or worse, totally implausible scripts?  Maybe the special effects star in the show, rather than the actors? During the current episode, we experiment with six irresistible films. Click the celluloid for the pod-cast.   The films below are on the program. We’ll start with a commentary on American

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