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. 

Become Ungovernable Radio Intro-FINAL

#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!


Live in Hollywood-Ronstadt

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