Programming for Friday, August 23, 2019

Good Morning, Ungovernables! Happy Friday, and a special Friday, at that: It’s All-Girl Friday here at #BecomeUngovernable Radio. When I decided to do this, one of my intentions was to right the wrongs done to many women pioneers in rock music who still can’t get air time even after all these years in the business.

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I’m talking about women like Linda Ronstadt, Bonnie Raitt, Maria Muldaur, Lucinda Williams, and others who should hold a place of prominence on what are known as Classic Rock stations (and that includes Sirius). We want to right that ship here. This is their day.

 

10:00 a.m.   Joni Mitchell Live at Red Rocks, August 30, 1983

The irrepressible Joni Mitchell turns in a fine performance here.

1:00 p.m.    Howard Zinn: You Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving Train

In a wide-ranging discussion held at the Massachusetts School of Law, Dean Lawrence R. Velvel interviews American Historian Howard Zinn about a variety of topics, including Zinn’s take on what true Patriotism is, his view on terrorism, and what they don’t want to hear about the myth of American Exceptionalism.

3:00 p.m.    The All-Girl Revue, Volume 1

7:00 p.m.    The All-Girl Revue, Volume 2

Programming for Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Good Morning, Ungovernables! How are we this fine morning? By the time you see this, I’ll be off to work, but there’s some great stuff coming up for you today.

The Boob Tube

10:00 a.m.   Bob Dylan Live at Budokan

1:00 p.m.    Chris Hedges and Matt Taibbi Discuss The State of Our Media, Part 1

And it isn’t pretty. In fact, it’s downright dismal.

3:00 p.m.    Chris Hedges and Matt Taibbi Continue, Part 2

5:00 p.m.    In the Spotlight: The Music of Linda Ronstadt

I have said it once and I’ll say it again. There’s nobody that can touch the voice. There may never be anyone with this ability for a very long time. There certainly isn’t anyone out there right now, and there has never been another singer that can sing so many genres so adeptly. Sit back and listen to a master at work.

7:30 p.m.   Albert King & Stevie Ray Vaughan: In Session

Speaking of masters…

Programming for Thursday, August 15, 2019

Good Morning, Ungovernables! Here’s your programming for this Thursday, and it includes a two-part feature on the controversial blocking of a special on the Israeli lobby due to intense pressure from Israel.

Yardbirds

10:00 a.m.   The Yardbirds Live at B.B. King’s Blues Club

1:00 p.m.     Chris Hedges on the Israel Lobby, Part 1

The controversial documentary The Lobby was blocked due to intense Israeli pressure. However, copies of this film were released by the Chicago-based Electronic Intifada, the French web site Orient XXI, and the Lebanese newspaper Al-Akbar. Chris Hedges interviews Electronic Intifada co-founder Ali Abunimah, and journalist Max Blumenthal about this documentary. Part 2 airs tonight at 7:00 p.m.

4:00 p.m.     The All-Girl Revue

As we prepare a brand new “all girl” playlist, let’s listen to volume one and its great cast of singers again.

7:00 p.m.     Chris Hedges on the Israel Lobby, Part 2

We air part 2 of the Hedges interview on The Lobby.

 

Programming for Saturday, August 3, 2019

Happy Saturday, Ungovernables! And so the weekend begins (unless you’re in retail, like I am where the shopping never stops). Here is your programming for today!

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10:00 a.m.   The All-Girl Revue: Various Artists

One of the big goals of this station is to elevate the pioneer women of rock. People like Linda Ronstadt, Bonnie Raitt, Laura Nyro, and others whose playtime on rock radio over the years has been stifled by focus on the men. It’s as simple as that. Linda Ronstadt achieved the popularity of a Mick Jagger as a female in music at a time when music was very anti-female, and finally — five decades later — her story will be told. She is but one of the featured artists on this great playlist.

By the way, Volume 2 of this playlist will debut next week. 

1:00 p.m.    Robert F. Kennedy’s ’68 Election Townhall Speech

I adore nobody. I fully respect several, however, and this man is one of them. Would we have had a different nation? In my heart of hearts, I believe yes. Perfect? Utopia? I hate to tell you this, but that does not exist anywhere. But I will tell you something else as well. Had John and Bobby Kennedy lived out their normal lives, we would not be here. We would not be in utopia. We would have our problems and issues. But we would not be here. And I also believe this was not coincidence.

4:00 p.m.    Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Live at the Olympic (The Last DJ Tour)

I say it all the time: It does not get any better on the road than this. If you haven’t experienced this band live, you haven’t experienced this band. This is, without a doubt, one of the tightest bands ever in the history of music. We’ve got a ton of stuff like this and, apparently, Mr. Petty left behind enough unfinished business to keep us going for a very long time.

7:00 p.m.   Lies, Half-Truths, and Omissions: Revisionist American History, Ep. 1

Deb Della Piana takes on the ghost of Christopher Columbus, not one of the good guys no matter what they want you to believe. This will be the final airing of this episode before the first airing of Episode 2.

 

 

 

Programming for July 13, 2019

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Good Morning, Ungovernables! Here is your special programming for today!

11:00 a.m.     In the Spotlight: The Music of Linda Ronstadt

An amazing talent has been silenced by the ravages of Parkinson’s Disease, but she’s left us a musical history like no other female singer of her generation, spanning every possible kind of music there is. Today, we put Linda Ronstadt in the spotlight she so richly deserves.

2:30 p.m.     Chris Hedges on America’s Sacrifice Zones

Listen as Chris Hedges talks about communities destroyed by mankind and left to die on the vine. Flint, Michigan, is but one such sacrifice zone.

4:00 p.m.     Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: Live in Chicago (2003)

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers deliver a kick-ass performance in Chicago in 2003. It’s one for the books, folks.

7:00 p.m.     Howard Zinn: The Hidden History of the American Working Class

The common man and woman lost a strong, vibrant voice when Howard Zinn passed away in 2010. But what he has taught us lives on.

9:00 p.m.     Under the Influence: Various Artists

Whether it’s legal or illegal, we’ve all been there. These folks sing about it. This is a great playlist.

Both the new Tom Petty and Linda Ronstadt set lists will be added to the Playlist page!

 

Programming for Friday, July 12, 2019

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Good Morning, Ungovernables! Today is the 12th anniversary of the actual Collateral Murder event. In honor of our two political prisoners, we will be dedicating all of our “talk” programming today to interviews about or with Julian Assange.

Here’s our special programming for today:

10:00 a.m.    Mudcrutch Madness

For those of you who do not know who or what Mudcrutch is, this is the band that Tom Petty left Gainesville, Florida with on his quest to make the best fucking music on the planet. Mudcrutch didn’t have much success out there…until it morphed into Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers. Petty brought Mudcrutch back together in 2009, and the result was quite different.

1:00 p.m.     Chris Hedges Interviews Kristinn Hrafnsson, Editor-in-Chief of WikiLeaks

The politically-motivated imprisonment of Julian Assange and continued persecution of Chelsea Manning are issues of prime importance to us. This is an excellent and timely interview.

4:00 p.m.     The All-Girl Revue

From Linda Ronstadt, to Patti Smith, to Aretha Franklin. It’s an all-girl party! We also throw in some Joni Mitchell, Joan Baez, and Irma Thomas. Hey, but who’s name dropping?

7:00 p.m.     Crucifying Julian Assange

Chris Hedges and John Pilger on Assanges’ political imprisonment and what he faces down the road.

 

 

 

Welcome to Day One!

Welcome to what feels to me like the umpteenth introduction of #BecomeUngovernable Radio. I promise, however, this one is for real. I promise to try daily to post special programming. Not only will we have some of the best music around, but we’ll have podcasts, interviews and, eventually, “live on air” programs. 

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#BecomeUngovernable Radio operates from 6 a.m. to midnight every day. All times are Eastern Standard Time. Times may change or be adjusted as demand requires and our audience grows!

At present, we have about 25,600 of our 50,000 songs uploaded. We will continue to upload over the next several weeks. As we upload more, we will add more special programming. 

For our official “launch” on Sunday, July 7, here is the planned special programming that will break up what we call the “General Rotation” (which we hope you will love).

9:00 a.m.  That Sweet Soul Sound

Generally speaking, a classic Motown play list featuring Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, and Aretha Franklin, to mention just a few.

1:00 p.m.  Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Live from Lucca, Italy (2012)

You haven’t experienced the Heartbreakers if you haven’t experienced them “live.”

4:00 p.m.  Interview: Chris Hedges with WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Kristinn Hrafnsson

The politically-motivated imprisonment of Julian Assange and continued persecution of Chelsea Manning are issues of prime importance to us. This is an excellent and timely interview. 

7:00 p.m.  Linda Ronstadt, Live in Hollywood (1980)

Despite a prolific career, there has never been an official Linda Ronstadt “live” album until February of this year. All songs were chosen by Linda Ronstadt for this amazing performance coinciding with the release of Mad Love.

First Live Album Ever!

 

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Back in the day, Linda Ronstadt was a road warrior. During the 70s alone, I saw more than 30 “live” Linda Ronstadt performances from the storied Boston Garden (the shittiest acoustics on the planet but a great atmosphere) to the L.A. Forum for the Living in the U.S.A. tour. To this day, I never understood why an album of her live performances was never released. If you’re a music lover, you can always find stuff out there, but most is recorded by her fans.

I saw Ronstadt for the final time at the South Shore Music Circus where she played with Marvin Hamlisch’s band singing classic Nelson Riddle before she brought out her usual road warrior rockers to cap off the evening. It was brilliant. She retired in late 2009, knowing that something was wrong with her singing. She felt as though she was straining and screaming, not singing. Ronstadt was subsequently diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in 2012, and is no longer able to sing. That’s the crime of the century for me.  As Joni Mitchell says, “don’t it always seem to go that you don’t know what you got ’till it’s gone…”

This year brings a wealth of riches for Ronstadt fans. Not only is there a Tribecca Film Festival documentary about her called The Sound of My Voice, but her very first official “live” album — called Live in Hollywood — was released in February. All the performances were chosen by Ronstadt herself, and all were recorded in 1980. The band largely features the players on her Mad Love album — the NY musician set, not the traditional LA musician set — featuring Bob Glaub on bass and the frenetic Danny Korchmar on lead guitar. The term ‘frenetic’ is not meant to be insulting. His guitar work is legendary.

We will be featuring this gem over the weekend. Here is the set list:

  • Can’t Let Go
  • It’s So Easy
  • Willin’
  • Just One Look
  • Blue Bayou
  • Faithless Love
  • Hurt So Bad
  • Poor Poor Pitiful Me
  • You’re No Good
  • How Do I Make You
  • Back in the U.S.A.
  • Desperado