Monday, June 19, 2017

Song of the Week: Crystal Blue Persuasion by Tommy James and the Shondells

This is the first "official"week of summer. I know, it's probably felt like summer much longer. It's been hot here for the last month or so.

What better way to celebrate summer than with the quintessential summer song?  I'm talking of course about "Crystal Blue Persuasion" by Tommy James and the Shondells.  This song was released in 1969 and, for me, represents the essence of the late 60s.

Check out this song being played on vinyl below. Listen to the Song of the Week presentation on Vinyl Voyage Radio at 10am and 10pm (Central/ -5 GMT) on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 and throughout the week.

Monday, June 12, 2017

Song of the Week: "Anna Begins" by Counting Crows

Premiering on Wednesday is "Anna Begins" by Counting Crows, this week's Song of the Week. This song is off a new 180g copy of their debut album, August and Everything After which was released in 1993.

Here is a video of the first time this album was played.

New episodes of the Vinyl Voyage Song of the Week can be heard every Wednesday, at 10 am and 10 pm (Central time/ -5 GMT) and at various other times during the week.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Song of the Week: "Why Can't I Touch You?" by Ronnie Dyson

The first time I heard this song, I thought a woman was singing. But no, it was Ronnie Dyson, one of those rarities in music who had an incredible vocal range.

Ronnie Dyson got his start at the age of 17 in the musical Hair. This is the title track from his debut album released two years later in 1970.

This song is from a musical called Salvation and is Dyson's first hit.

New episodes of the Vinyl Voyage Song of the Week can be heard every Wednesday, at 10 am and 10 pm (Central time/ -5 GMT) and at various other times during the week.

Take a listen to the song on vinyl below.

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Music Magic, this Month on Adventures in Vinyl

This month we are going back to K-Tel for the 1978 compilation Music Magic.  This album features some top hits from 1978--mostly disco, but also some Foreigner and Steely Dan thrown in for good measure.

This album comes from a listener's suggestion. If there is a K-Tel album you'd like to hear, let us know.

Hear Music Magic on the weekends throughout June, 12:30 pm (Central/ -5 GMT) Saturday and 4pm (Central/-5 GMT) Sunday. Plus, 2am (Central/ -5 GMT) Wednesday.

All episodes of Adventures in Vinyl stream on demand at Mixcloud.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

ABBA Merch Anyone?

In my copy of ABBA's Greatest Hits Vol. 2, I found this ad for ABBA merchandise. The ad also states that ABBA will be going on their first North American tour in 1979.

Man, I can sure use one of those "disco visors."

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Song of the Week: "Melissa" by the Allman Brothers Band

"Melissa" by the Allman Brothers Band, released in 1972 is one of my favorite songs.

Gregg Allman, who wrote the song in the late 60s, died on May 27, 2017. He was 69 years old.

New episodes of the Vinyl Voyage Song of the Week can be heard every Wednesday, at 10 am and 10 pm (Central time/ -5 GMT) and at various other times during the week.

Take a listen to the song on vinyl below.

Monday, May 29, 2017

The Original Fidget Spinner!

Fidget Spinners are all the rage at the moment.

What little do people know is that we had our own version of the Fidget Spinner in the 60s, 70s and 80s.

And our fidget spinner came with music.

Get this new design on a t-shirt. Two styles, many options. The basic T-Shirt is only $15.49!

Check out our other designs as well. Father's Day is coming up!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Song of the Week #2: Maps, by Postmodern Jukebox

So Morgan James is one of my favorite singers right now. And boy, can she sing.

I first became acquainted with the singer through Postmodern Jukebox, a very cool and eclectic group that produces modern songs in different historical styles. Many different singers have been featured and Postmodern Jukebox has accumulated an impressive number of views for their videos.

Recently, they released an album in 2016 entitled The Essentials.

Morgan James is on this album singing a 70s soul-like version of Maroon 5's 2014 hit, "Maps."

This version is the Song of the Week.

Morgan James is an amazing singer.  Give her Youtube page a listen.

You can catch new episodes of Song of the Week every Wednesday on Vinyl Voyage Radio, played  at 10 AM and 10 PM Central time.

Monday, May 22, 2017

The Year So Far....

The passing of Chris Cornell last week has set 2017 to be very similar to last year, when we lost such greats as David Bowie, Prince, Carrie Fisher and many others.

Here is a rundown of those we lost so far in 2017 in the music world.

Chris Cornell (May 17, 2017)

The frontman to Soundgarden and Audioslave was the voice of the grunge movement. A distinctive voice, to be sure; a powerful voice that was close to four full-octaves

Singer-songwriter Tom Flannery has a great take on Chris Cornell. Read it here.

Here is Chris Cornell singing his version of Sinéad O'Connor's "Nothing Compares 2 U."

Jonathan Demme (April 26, 2017)

Although not a musician, Jonathan Demme greatly contributed to the world of music through his music documentaries.  Stop Making Sense chronicled the landmark Talking Heads tour. He also created documentaries about Robyn Hitchcock and Neil Young.

Of course, he made other films as well, most notably Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia and Something Wild (to name just a few).

He died on April 26 at the age of 73 due to complications from esophageal cancer.

Cuba Gooding, Sr.  (April 20, 2017)

Cuba Gooding, Sr., father of actor Cuba Gooding, was the lead singer of the  R&B group Main Ingredient. He died on April 20 at the age of 72.

Here he is singing lead in the band's biggest hit from 1972, "Everybody Plays the Fool."

Allan Holdsworth (April 16, 2017)

Allan Holdsworth was a guitar virtuoso. In fact, he inspired so many others. You may not know him by name, but he was a big part of the Progressive Rock movement of the 70s.

He died on April 16 at the age of 70.

J. Geils (April 11, 2017)

The guitarist John Warren Geils formed the J Geils Band in 1968. The band found fame in the MTV era of the 80s with such songs as "Love Stinks," "Freeze Frame" and "Centerfold."

He was 71 years old.

Here he is discussing guitars.

Sib Hashian (March 22, 2017)

Sib Hashian was the drummer for the band Boston. He had, perhaps, the best hair of the 70s.

He collapsed and died on stage at the age of 67 playing a set of Boston's greatest hits.

Chuck Berry (March 18, 2017)

There is no one more influential in the development of rock and roll than Chuck Berry.  His distinctive guitar playing and lyrics helped define the rock and roll sound.

He died at the age of 90 on March 18.

Joni Sledge (March 11, 2017)

Joni Sledge was a founding member, along with her three other sisters, of the funk/disco inspired band, Sister Sledge.

She died of natural causes on March 11 at the age of 60.

Tommy Page (March 3, 2017)

Tommy Page was best known for his 1990 single "I'll Be Your Everything."  He set the standard for boy-band pop of the 1990s.

He died at the age of 46, a victim of suicide.

Al Jarreau (February 12, 2017)

A jazz singer by heart, Al Jarreau broke out into the pop world in the 1980s with the album Breakin' Away.  He even sung the theme for the TV show, Moonlighting.

He died on February 12 at the age of 76.

Maggie Roche (January 21, 2017)

Maggie Roche was the eldest of the three sisters forming the folk and A cappella vocal group The Roches.  They had a very unique sound and provided the soundtrack to the delightful 1988 film, Crossing Delancey.

Maggie Roche died on January 21 at the age of 65 from cancer.

Sylvester Potts (January 6, 2017)

Sylvester Potts was a longtime member of the Contours, a R&B band famous in the 60s for their number one smash "Do You Love Me."

He died on January 6 at the age of 78.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Antique Audio, Episode 1: "Black and Blue"

Yesterday, my stylus broke and I was unable to play vinyl.

However, I did have an extra 78 rpm stylus and a bunch of 78 rmp records. These records are not vinyl, but for the first half of the 20th century, music was delivered on shellac.

This is a recording of "(What did I Have to Do to Be So) Black and Blue" by Louis Armstrong, from August, 1929.

Check back frequently for new episodes of Antique Audio, spinning some of the oldest and historic recordings.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Song of the Week #1: Nobody Number One

Welcome to the very first edition of the Vinyl Voyage Song of the Week.

On this first episode, we are featuring "Nobody Number One" by Over the Rhine.

Karin Berquist and Linford Detweiler form the core of Over the Rhine. Ohio, their seventh studio album was released in 2003. To be honest, there is not a bad song on this album and I had a hard time picking a song for this very first edition of the Vinyl Voyage Song of the Week.

I was excited to finally get this album on vinyl, which they re-released a few months ago.

This is "Nobody Number One."

More information can be about the band can be found at Listen to it on vinyl below.

I have been listening to Over the Rhine since I stumbled on their 2nd album, Patience, in 1992. In fact, their song "Flanders Fields" inspired a novel I am writing. That novel is entitled, Lilac Wine.

Vinyl Voyage Radio Song or the Week is a new feature. New episodes premiere on the 10s central, every Wednesday. And then throughout the week.

Only on Vinyl Voyage Radio

Sunday, May 14, 2017

New Additions for May (So Far)

As always, we are constantly adding new music to Vinyl Voyage Radio.  Here are some new additions to our library for May, 2017.  Most of the albums are from the 80s--just in time for Manic Monday!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Rio, 35 Years Later

Join me as I play my original 1982 copy of Rio, by Duran Duran on this, the 35th anniversary of its release. 8 pm, Central.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Shhhhh. We're cheating on K-Tel

I feel a little bad right now. This station began in 2011 as a means to highlight my many K-Tel record compilations. Indeed, the very first thing we played on the station was K-Tel's "Music Power" from 1974.

This month, all of that changes with the new episode of Adventures in Vinyl.

On this episode, we are featuring a different compilation album.

From K-Tel's primary competitor: Ronco.

This month, listen to Ronco's 1973 compilation, "Good Vibrations." This album features hit songs from Mac Davis, Melanie, Albert Hammond and many more.

This episode can be heard all month at

Saturday 12:30 pm (Central/GMT -5))
Sunday 4 pm (Central/GMT -5)
Wednesday 2 am (Central/GMT -5)

Or, listen to it on-demand via Mixcloud.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Last Weekend to Hear K-Tel's Country Road

As we wrap up the month of April, this will be the last weekend to hear K-Tel's 1975 compilation, Country Road. This episode can be heard at 12:30 pm (Central/ GMT -5) Saturday and 4 pm (Central/ GMT -5) Sunday.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Another place to Listen to Vinyl Voyage

Vinyl Voyage is now available on!

This is a great site with a wide variety of internet music stations, including Vinyl Voyage Radio. Plus, there are opportunities to listen to some other stations as well, especially if you are tired of the Pandora and Spotify models. These are real stations run by real people. Give it a listen.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017


It's one of the oldest tropes in radio.

And now it is on Vinyl Voyage.

Two for Tuesday is now here. Every Tuesday we will be playing songs in pairs--two songs by the same artist all day Tuesday.  Enjoy!

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Jesus Christ Superstar

I was first introduced to Jesus Christ Superstar in high school by my friend Alane, who used to watch the movie every Easter with her family. I was hooked.

In honor of that tradition, Vinyl Voyage Radio will again be playing the original 1970 London concept album of Jesus Christ Superstar this Easter Sunday.  If you are only familiar with the Ted Neeley version from the 1973 film, you will find this one to be very different.

To JCSS aficionados, this  album is known simply as "the Brown Album."  Released in 1970, it features Ian Gillan in the title role. Plus, Murray Head as Judas and Yvonne Elliman as Mary Magdalene.

This album pre-dates any stage performance of the production as a musical. It began its life as a "rock opera" concept album and was only performed a couple of times as a stage concert before opening on Broadway in October, 1971.

This production is unique in the story of Jesus in that it focuses strictly on the political side of the story, while glossing over the religious aspects.  Considering when it came out, that should not be too surprising.

Andrew Lloyd Webber won a "Most Promising Composer" Award at the Tonys in 1971.

Join us for a listen. Jesus Christ Superstar will start at 12 pm central time on Sunday, April 16, 2017.

Only on Vinyl Voyage Radio.

Saturday, April 8, 2017

"Country Road," This Month on AiV

As Donny and Marie sang, "I'm a little bit country...."

On this episode of Adventures in Vinyl, we are going back to 1975 for the K-Tel compilation, Country Road. We don't play much country here on Vinyl Voyage Radio, but when I found a great. clean copy of this album at Goodwill, I needed to have it. Honestly, I don't know to much about country music but here it is, a country album now on Adventures in Vinyl.

This album features all sorts of country music from a wide range of country artists--from classic Honky-Tonk to crossover hits. Some of these you'll probably know. Others, not so much.

If country music is not your thing, give this album a try. You might be pleasantly surprised.

I sure was.

This new episode of Adventures in Vinyl can be heard throughout the month of April

Saturday 12:30 pm (central)
Sunday 4 pm (central)
Wednesday 2 am (Central)

Or, listen to it on demand via Mixcloud

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Vinyl Voyage Radio Featured Station

This month, Vinyl Voyage is one of the featured stations on StreamFinder. Click on the link to check it out.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

WCFL in Chicago

One of the great radio stations of Chicago was WCFL--a radio station originally run by the Chicago Federation of Labor. It went on-air in 1925 and served as a means to get the union's message out to the masses.

Located at 1000 on the AM dial, WCFL operated as basically a talk and news station until 1965 when it changed to a Top 40 radio station. At the time, only WLS Radio was offering pop music.  WCFL quickly became one of the more popular stations in Chicago, and also operated on the FM dial at 104.3.

Here is some audio from WCFL from 1967-1971 (courtesy of

WCFL, also known as "The Voice of Labor," soon featured DJs who would become a staple of Chicago radio: Dick Biondi, Larry Lujak, and Clark Webber.  Like WLS, WCFL produced weekly "radio surveys" to highlight the most popular music being bought and sold in Chicago.

During the mid-to-late 1960s, WCFL also produced promotional record albums. Two years ago we featured Double Gold.  Recently, I purchased another WCFL album, this one from 1968.  It is called 21 Hit Icebreakers.

This album features some great tunes from the 60s, including songs by Van Morrison, Ray Charles, the Knickerbockers and many more. I uploaded the entire album to the Vinyl Voyage Mixcloud channel so you can listen to it whenever you want.  Enjoy.

New AiV--The Beat: Soundwaves of the 80s (1982)

There's a new K-Tel album on the platter for this month's Adventures in Vinyl. We are setting the K-Tel time machine back to 1982 for The Beat: Soundwaves of the 80s.  The album features mostly New Wave hits from 1981 and 1982.

This is actually a great album, with some tracks from the Go-Go's, Duran Duran, Haircut One Hundred, Split Enz, the Waitresses and more.

This album comes courtesy of Jermaine, who lives in New Jersey. He's a big fan of the show and just loves K-Tel. Thanks for the suggestion, Jermaine!

You can catch this episode throughout the month of March at the following times, Central:

Saturday: 12:30 pm (18:30 GMT)
Sunday: 4:00 pm  (22 GMT)
Wednesday: 2:00 am (8 GMT)

Or listen to it on-demand at Mixcloud.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

New Additions to the Vinyl Voyage Library

It's been a busy weekend, that's for sure. Not sure how much work I got done for my real job, but it sure was fun loading these albums in the Vinyl Voyage machine.

It started off with The Monkees. A lot of the Monkees.

Plus a lot of Styx:

Suzanne Vega:

The new Bruce Springsteen:

And Supertramp:

More coming!

Friday, February 17, 2017

It's Funky Friday!

Don't be sad and lonely like Marsha. Get your groove on! It's Funky Friday!  All 70s, all day long!


Monday, February 13, 2017

Saturday, February 11, 2017

New Episode of AiV: "Danger: High Voltage" from 1981

Join us his month on Adventures in Vinyl for a great K-Tel compilation from 1981. This is Danger: High Voltage!

This album features music from Styx, the Police, Pat Benatar, Heart, Eddie Rabbit and many, many more!

Plus, we'll take a look at the music and events of 1981. Plus, a mystery movie clip.

This episode of Adventures in Vinyl can be heard at the following times,, Central:

12:30 pm Saturday
4:00 pm Sunday
2:00 am Wednesday

Full episodes of Adventures in Vinyl can be heard on-demand via Mixcloud.

Friday, February 10, 2017

It's Funky Feel Good Friday

Get your 70s groove on and boogie to the beat! All 70s music all day--plus 70s commercials, movie clips and news.  Consider this your Vinyl Time Machine!

Saturday, February 4, 2017

We're Back!

The server has successfully switched and we are spinnin' vinyl once again. The stream should now work on every platform (except TuneIn--that should be fixed soon. They have to manually update the stream).  Enjoy!

Disruptions of Service

If you are a regular listener of Vinyl Voyage Radio, you may have noticed lately that there have been some disruptions in service. Unfortunately, there is a hardware issue on the server run by our hosting partner, Sonixcast. Therefore, Vinyl Voyage Radio will be moved to a different server sometime in the near future.

This means that we will have a different stream addresses and all of the players will need to be reformatted and adjusted.  This will be done quickly on our end. But some platforms, such as TuneIn and our Roku Channel, may take longer.

We apologize for the inconvenience. Hopefully, this will be the last time this will happen and the vinyl will stream uninterrupted.

Thank you for your patience.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Stevie Wonder and Some Guy With a Guitar

Stevie is awesome. Recenlty, a guy with a guitar singing in a lobby in Los Angeles got the surprise of a lifetime: Stevie Wonder. Apparently, Grayson Erhard, who was performing in a Los Angeles hotel, had problems remembering the lines in Stevie Wonder's 1972 classic, "Superstition." Little did he know that Stevie Wonder was in the audience.  This is a great moment, caught on video, as Stevie joins him on stage.

Monday, January 16, 2017

"Songs of Resistance and Hope" Now On-demand

If you missed our special Martin Luther Kings Day special, "Songs of Resistance and Hope," you can now listen to it on demand via Mixcloud.

This special features the music of the Isley brothers, Nina Simone, Ray Charles, Richie Havens, Steel Pulse, the Staple Singers, Mavis Staples, Carmen McRae and many more.

Martin Luther King Day Special Broadcast


The show begins at 7 pm Central time. You can listen below, or download our FREE app in your smartphone app store.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Presentation 2017

Join us on January 16 for our 2nd annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day special presentation. This year's theme is "Songs of Resistance and Hope," featuring artists such as the Isley Brothers, Ray Charles, the Staple Singers, Marvin Gaye and many more.

The show airs at 7 pm central on Monday, January 16, 2017.


Thursday, January 5, 2017

The 2016 Retrospective is now available on-demand

Haven't had a chance to listen yet to Vinyl Voyage Radio's special, A 2016 Retrospective: Those we Lost? Now worries. It is now available on-demand at Mixcloud.

Monday, January 2, 2017

2016 Retrospective: Those We Lost

Vinyl Voyage Radio presents a special retrospective regarding the musical artists we lost in 2016. In the last year we lost over 600 people in the music industry.  On this special, we highlight just a few. Join us for over an hour of music from some of those we lost in 2016. Hosted by Bruce Janu.

The show can be heard at the following times (central):

January 2 - 9 pm
January 3 - 10 am
January 4 - 7 pm
January 5 - 3 pm
January 7 - 1 am and 4 pm
January 8 - 1 pm
January 10 - 6 pm
January 12 - 6 am
January 13 - 3 am

Next week, the special will be available on demand.

Episode 42 Adventures in Vinyl: Souled Out (UK version)

Happy New Year!  We begin the 2017 season of Adventures in Vinyl with a great treat. On the last episode, we spun K-Tel's 1975 release, Souled Out.  This month, we will listen to the UK version of the album.

K-Tel released multiple versions of many of their albums in different regions. The UK version of Souled Out has a different track list than the US version. And, in my opinion, a better track list, too.

This episode comes to us courtesy of a listener who goes by the name Johnny Gators. He sent me a vinyl rip of this album. He also has a show on the No Hold Barred Radio Network, a channel specializing in adult comedy and talk.

Listen to Adventures in Vinyl, Souled Out (UK) at the following days and times.  Or, stream on demand via Mixcloud

Saturday 12:30 pm (Central)
Sunday 4 pm (Central)
Wednesday 2 am (Central)

It's Manic Monday!

Another Monday, another day of 80s music. It's Manic Monday!

Sunday, January 1, 2017

We are Back Up!

Thanks for your patience. The server is back up and we are streaming some great vinyl music!

Vinyl Voyage is Down!

Sorry, everyone.

Our host service, SonixCast, has moved our stream to a different server. Once that is up and running, we should be back on the air. Thanks for being patient. I'll let you know when we are back up and running.