In WRUW’s 50th year, we continue to remember some of the shows and programmers of our past with “WRUW Listens Back”, aired Mondays at noon. This weekly one-hour program features archive tapes of shows of some of WRUW’s longest-running and best-known DJs.
Here’s the schedule for the month of October:
October 2 – “Dead Air” from 1982-02-15, hosted by Catherine (Catherine Butler). Catherine’s favorite time slot was 2-5am, with a wildly eclectic freeform program. She was on WRUW from 1981-1990.
October 9 – “Domestic Decay” from 2010-10-24, hosted by A.P. Magee (Mike Salamone) and Stella the Thrash Queen (Stella Cultrona-Salamone). Mike was on WRUW from 1999 to 2013, beginning with “Domestic Terrorism”, a metal/First Amendment show; Stella played metal from 1987-1989, then returned to WRUW in 1998 with “State of Decay”. As their lives merged, so did their radio show. This episode features an interview with their Cleveland heroes, Big Chuck and Little John. Tragically, Stella died in the fall of 2010 at the age of 44.
October 16 – “Rhythmajik” from 2001-11-14, hosted by Joe Banks. “Machine Gun Joe” peppered us with all kind of hybrid beats from 1985 to 2001.
October 23 – “Your Favorite Rebellion” from 2006-08-18, hosted by Joe Riznar. Joe began “rockin’ and reelin'” in 1980, staying until 2007. Joe’s show played everything from rockabilly to more modern sounds. Famous for his theme shows, Joe (as Witchfinder General) will join DJ E.C. and the Mystery Dancer on “Innominate” Friday October 27 at 9pm for a 2017 version of his Halloween special.
October 30 – “Your Johnson’s Hanging Out” from 1994-05-17, hosted by Slim and Max Johnson (Brian Davis and Allen Gittelson). Brian (at WRUW 1987-1996) programmed freeform, spoken word and comedy; Allen (also 1987-1996) joined Brian in 1992 for scripted and unscripted radio fun. This episode features an interview with artist/musician Jad Fair.
“WRUW Listens Back” features all types of programs from the past twenty-five years (and maybe older than that!). If you have a recording of WRUW’s past you would like to share, email Jim Szabo at firstname.lastname@example.org .