Write On

2022-05-07T21:09:37-04:00

Write On! A singer-songwriter is a musician who writes, composes, and performs their own musical material, including lyrics and melodies. In the United States, the category is built on the folk-acoustic tradition, although this role has transmuted through different eras of popular music. Get a Great Gift with Your Donation! Your contribution helps WPKN, a 501(c)(3) organization. Al Bell celebrates the Blues and R&B, playing songs in accordance with his own unique desire to hear one creative piece in juxtaposition with the next. Learn More What inspires me about ‘PKN is that amidst all the differences, there is a ...

Jazz – 100 Years of Mingus

2022-04-09T15:05:45-04:00

Jazz is a music genre that originated in the African-American communities of Louisiana in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, with its roots in blues and ragtime. Since the 1920s Jazz Age, it has been recognized as a major form of musical expression in traditional and popular music. Jazz is characterized by swing and blue notes, complex chords, call and response vocals, polyrhythms and improvisation. Jazz has roots in European harmony and African rhythmic rituals. Charles Mingus, Jr. Charles Mingus Jr. (April 22, 1922 – January 5, 1979) was an American jazz double bassist, pianist, composer, and bandleader. A major proponent of collective improvisation, he is considered ...

Del ‘In Transition’

2022-03-02T07:02:40-05:00

Del ‘In Transition’  with Del LaPietro. Del ‘in Transition’ was made in 2011, with the first show being 11/11/11 on the overnight with Icon, who, at the time was the volunteer director.  After a few fundraisers while answering phones, he asked the question with his baritone voice: ‘Would you like to do radio?’ ‘in Transition’ is a primetime, drive time show broadcasting out to WPKN’s listening audience Live in the studio each and every Friday from 7 to 9 in the morning. It has become a show loosely based on informing our listeners what comes into the library here at WPKN on a weekly basis, the live shows touring ...

Blues

2022-03-20T08:51:27-04:00

Created by African-Americans in the United States in the late 1800s, the blues is a music genre, a style of music, a way of presenting musical ideas, different musical cultures, and an emotion. Its roots are in African American slave songs such as field hollers, work songs, spirituals, and country string ballads. Rural music that captured the suffering, anguish, and hopes of 300 years of slavery and tenant farming, the blues was typically played by roaming solo musicians on acoustic guitar, piano, or harmonica. Early on, the lyrics and instruments of the blues were improvised, giving rise to the one-stringed diddley bow, the percussive washboard, the jug, the spoons, and ...

Muscle Shoals Sound

2021-12-15T15:04:40-05:00

Muscle Shoals Sound Join WPKN on December 16 and 17 for a special fundraiser celebrating the Muscle Shoals Sound. In 1969, The Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, widely referred to as “The Swampers” started a recording studio. The founders, Barry Beckett, Roger Hawkins, David Hood and Jimmy Johnson, were originally session musicians at Rick Hall’s FAME Studios and, together with Hall, they created the “Muscle Shoals Sound.” The Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section provided musical backing and arrangements for major hits by Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, and the Staple Singers. Success in soul and R&B prompted rock and pop performers to record at Muscle Shoals Sound Studios. Recordings included Elkie Brooks, ...

Celebrating Joni Mitchell

2021-11-21T17:21:04-05:00

Join us on November 22-23 for a special fundraiser celebrating the inimitable Joni Mitchell. It’s a day of music, stories and fun as we take a look at the impact and accomplishments of one of this decade’s greatest living artists. A true favorite of WPKN programmers and listeners alike, we are delighted to be dedicated to all things Joni and will have special premiums including a brand new, totally unique t-shirt in her honor (designed by Wendy Flanagan and hand-screened by Liz Squillace). Get a Great Gift with Your Donation! Your contribution helps WPKN, a 501(c)(3) organization. What inspires me about ...

Imagine

2021-09-28T09:15:05-04:00

IMAGINE by John Lennon Imagine there’s no heaven It’s easy if you try No hell below us Above us, only sky Imagine all the people Livin’ for today Ah Imagine there’s no countries It isn’t hard to do Nothing to kill or die for And no religion, too Imagine all the people Livin’ life in peace You You may say I’m a dreamer But I'm not the only one I hope someday you’ll join us And the world will be as one Imagine no possessions I wonder if you can No need for greed or hunger A brotherhood of man Imagine all the people Sharing all the world You ...

American v. British Folk

2021-06-03T11:22:49-04:00

Join WPKN for a special fundraising event American v. British Folk from 7 am to 10 pm on Friday, March 26, 2021. It’s now half-a-century since British folk rock became A Thing, with the early practitioners breaking new ground and inspiring an entire scene that peaked in the late Sixties/early Seventies. Earnest young post-Dylan singer/songwriters moved away from the intimacy of the folk clubs in favour of the nascent college/university circuit. Countercultural iconoclasts The Incredible String Band became a seismic influence on a whole raft of bands now categorised as acid-folk, Pentangle’s use of acoustic instrumentation within a nominally rock framework attracted many emulators (though arguably no real equals), ...

WPKN Young

2021-02-05T21:00:31-05:00

CSNY / Neil Young / Buffalo Springfield - a special, two-day fundraiser February 9-10, 2021 with your favorite hosts at WPKN! WPKN General Manager Music has always been front and center for me. It’s beyond therapeutic. Learn More WPKN Board of Directors, Long Island Director Kevin Gallagher likes to dig. Ask him to tell you about his life, and don’t be surprised if he digs up a tale about traveling the world with the Eurythmics or that he’s been digging WPKN since he became a DJ in 1972. Learn More WPKN Board of Directors On-Air Fundraising Director Lisa is a programmer, board member and ...

Like A Rolling Stone

2020-12-17T13:30:49-05:00

Like a Rolling Stone... The history: The Rolling Stones, a British rock group, formed in 1962. They drew on Chicago blues stylings to create a unique vision of the dark side of post-1960s counterculture. No rock band has sustained consistent activity and global popularity for so long a period as the Rolling Stones, still capable, more than 50 years after their formation, of filling the largest stadia in the world. The program: An all-day music and fundraising special only at WPKN 89.5 FM and streaming at WPKN.org WPKN Board of Directors Library Director I have been Library Director since August of 2012, and have been ...

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