Friday, December 29, 2017

This week on Mix Tape Memories ...

We are going Lo-Fi this week on Mix Tape Memories, for a tape that is barely holding together.  I recorded this tape in 1981 from Chicago radio. I was able to get one last play from it. And it still has some great music, which includes two songs from legendary Chicago DJ, Steve Dahl.

Steve Dahl came to Chicago in the late 70s and quickly made a name for himself with his on-air sidekick, Garry Meier. In 1981, the duo had a show on WLS FM, 94.7.  Dahl, and his band Teenage Radiation, recorded several parody songs at the time, much like Weird Al would later make famous. Two of those songs appear on this mix tape!

Other artists include Bryan Adams, Shooting Star, Go-Gos, Aerosmith,  Climax Blues Band, Billy Joel, Journey and Survivor.

Listen to Mix Tape Memories on Friday nights, at 8 pm central.

This episode repeats at 1am and 1pm next Wednesday.

Past episodes can be heard via Mixcloud.

It's Funky Feel-Good Friday

We are back to our regularly scheduled programing, folks.  And it's Friday. You know what that means.


Thursday, December 28, 2017

Still Holding on to Christmas?

I hate it when the clock strikes midnight on December 26 and all radio stations flip a switch as if Christmas never happened.  Not on Vinyl Voyage.

Today, we are continuing the Christmas music, mixed in with the our regular playlist.

We believe in letting you down easily.


Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Song of the Week - "Weekend in New England" by Barry Manilow

Premiering at 9 am (central) on Thursday, December 28 is this week's Song of the Week: "Weekend in New England," by Barry Manilow.

This is played on my original 45 rpm single from 1976. See (and hear) it below:

Friday, December 22, 2017

"New" Christmas Albums for 2017

Our Christmas library gets bigger and bigger each year. We have been busy recording an eclectic mix of albums for inclusion in this year's Vinyl Christmas. This is a great mix of old and new.

My favorite new album is by Tracey Thorn, the vocalist from the band Everything But The Girl. Her album, Tinsel and Lights from 2012 is sublime; perhaps my favorite Christmas album.  I guarantee you will not be hearing any tracks from this album on terrestrial radio.

Brenda Lee, of course, is a staple for holiday classics. But she has other songs beyond "Rocking Around the Christmas Tree."  Ray Charles is new this year, too. Jazz vocalist Kenny Rankin has some wonderful takes on Christmas classics. Another Elvis is in the mix, too.

Plus, a very great (and rare) album from 1978:  Christmas Disco.

Take a listen. Vinyl Christmas runs through December 27 - Only on Vinyl Voyage Radio.

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

It's Time for the 5th Annual Vinyl Christmas

This all started back in 2012. Vinyl Voyage Radio was a little over a year old.  And I was tired of all of the crap played on terrestrial radio around Christmas. It was like they played the same songs every hour. How many times can a human being listen to Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas is You"?

So, I unboxed a bunch of Christmas albums I inherited from my parents and grandparents and went to work. Since then, our library has more than tripled. And every year we add more.

Come home to Vinyl Voyage Radio for a very special "Vinyl Christmas." These are all of the songs you may remember if you lived in the age of vinyl. You'll hear some familiar classics. But also something you may have not heard in decades. Or something old, that will be for you brand new.

Merry Christmas!

The Song of the Week - "My Favorite Things" by Tony Bennett

We are in full swing now for our Vinyl Christmas here at Vinyl Voyage Radio. For this week, we are spinning a great track from Tony Bennett's  1968 release, Snowfall.  And that track is a jazzed up version of "My Favorite Things."

A new Song of the Week premieres every Wednesday at 10am Central. It then repeats at 10pm and then a few more times throughout the week.

Listen to it played on original vinyl below:

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Song of the Week - "Bad" by U2

My favorite U2 song has always been "Bad," released in 1984 on their great The Unforgettable Fire album. However, the best recording of the song is a live version from their 1985 release, Wide Awake in America. This is the Vinyl Voyage Song of the Week, premiering at 9am Wednesday and repeated at 9pm (Central)

Listen to it now on YouTube:

Song of the Week Anthology, Weeks 21-30

Did you miss any episode of "The Song of the Week" over the last ten weeks? Don't worry. We've got you covered. Catch up with the "Song of the Week Anthology."

You can listen to the Anthology at the following times:

8am and 8pm Wednesday, December 13
3 am Thursday, December 14
4 pm Saturday, December 16
1 pm Sunday, December 17

Or, you can listen to it on-demand via Mixcloud

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Next on Mix Tape Memories - "Many Songs #4" from 1986

This is one of the few mix tapes I have with the date of creation. In this case, October 18, 1986. I was a freshman in college and listened to this tape taking the bus home on weekends. It features many songs I gleaned from others, in all honesty.

But it really represents the music of my life at that moment in my life.

Just like a good mix tape does.

New episodes of Mix Tape Memories can heard every Friday night at 8pm (central) on Vinyl Voyage Radio.  Past episodes can be heard on-demand via Mixcloud.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Song of the Week - "Midnight" by Yaz

Upstairs at Eric's is one of the best albums of the 1980s. It was hard to pick a song off this debut from the UK synth-pop duo Yaz. Fronted by Alison Moyet there was not a better pop singer in the 80s.

On this episode of Song of the Week, we are spinning the song "Midnight."

You can hear the Song of the Week at 10am and 10pm (Central) every Wednesday.

Only on Vinyl Voyage Radio.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Lost Adventures in Vinyl Episode!

We have produced 53 episodes of Adventures in Vinyl. This one was never added to the archive. Listen to it now! This is The Rock Album, a K-Tel record from 1980. The episode originally aired on Vinyl Voyage back in 2013. It is now available on-demand via Mixcloud.

This Month on AiV: Album 2 of "Super Star Collection" from 1978

Last month, we listened to record 1. This month, we are spinning record 2 of Super Star Collection, a great K-Tel compilation from 1978. This disc has hits from Abba, Johnny Rivers, Steely Dan, the Bay City Rollers and many, many more!

This episode premieres at 4 pm (central) on December 3.

Or, you can listen to it on-demand via Mixcloud.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Mix Tape Memories: "Oh, For a Muse of Fire"

Tonight on Mix Tape Memories we are going back to 1991 for a Mix Tape I made for my long commute to my first real job. This tape contains songs from 10,000 Maniacs, Sam Phillips, REM, Alison Moyet, Indigo Girls, U2 and many more.

New episodes of Mix Tape Memories premiere every Friday night at 8 pm central. The episode then repeats at 1 am and 1 pm central the following Wednesday.

Only on Vinyl Voyage Radio.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

"Someone Saved My Life Tonight" the Vinyl Voyage Song of the Week

Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy was released in 1975 and contains one of the greatest songs ever: "Someone Saved My Life Tonight." Listen tot his classic on vinyl, premiering at 10 am (central) on Vinyl Voyage Radio.

Listen to the song now playing on Youtube:

Friday, November 24, 2017

Mix Tape Memories S1E4: "When Elephants Dream of Blue Music"

This is one of my favorite mix tapes. It was created by my friend, Paloma and sent to me from Spain in the early 90s. We had met while she was a foreign exchange student in high school and have kept in touch throughout the years. There was a time when we would send each other mix tapes with our letters.

The mix tapes that Paloma created put everyone else to shame.  She spent a great deal of time creating unique covers and decorating the tapes, too.

This tape has an eclectic mix of music--from Harry Connick, Jr. to John Denver, from Tom Waits to Prince, from Fairground Attraction to Billie Holiday.

She called this tape, "When Elephants Dream of Blue Music." You can listen to it TONIGHT at 8 pm (central).  The episode repeats on Wednesday 1am and  1pm (central).  Episodes will then be available on-demand via Mixcloud.


Mix Tape Memories S1E3 Now Available On-Demand

Did you miss the last episode of Mix Tape Memories? You can now listen to the episode on demand via Mixcloud.

The tape featured in this episode was created from recording songs off of the radio in the early 80s. did you do that, too? Interestingly, this tape features some jingles and DJs from Chicago radio circa 1982.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

The 2017 First Nations Thanksgiving Broadcast

The Thanksgiving story that we all grew up on is not the whole story.  That moment of mutual peace and respect is a heart-warming story, to be sure. But it is not the whole story. What we fail to recognize is that just a generation after the first Thanksgiving, the Pilgrims and the Natives were at war in what was the worst war per capita to occur on North American soil. That war was King Philip's War and it devastated Native populations in the northeast. Those native who weren't killed, were enslaved and sent to the West Indies. Some survivors escaped to Canada. The Pilgrims saw this victory as a message from God that they had the right to take Native land.  And take land they did.

The rest of the history of the relationship between the United States and First Nations is anything but heartwarming.

If you would like a basic primer on this history, I recommend reading Dee Brown's book, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee. This book changed my view of history.

On this Thanksgiving, we are doing a small part in trying to honor First Nations by playing a selection of songs from First Nation artists. Our hope is that on this Thanksgiving, we take a moment to consider those who were here first and who have lived a different narrative of North America. Click on the links below to learn more about these artists.

Annie Humphrey
Bill Miller 
Buddy Red Bow 
Buffy Sainte Marie
Jim Boyd
Joanne Shenandoah
John Trudell 
Mary Youngblood
Pura Fé 
R. Carlos Nakai 
Robbie Robertson
Robert Mirabal
Sharon Burch

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

First Nation Thanksgiving

Last year, we played some native music on Thanksgiving to raise awareness for the Water Protectors, fighting to keep the Dakota Access Pipeline from transversing Native land and potentially ruining water supplies.

This year, we are going to continue the tradition. In honoring the people who populated this continent prior to the arrival of the Europeans, Vinyl Voyage Radio will broadcast a special Thanksgiving playlist, which features the best music for a Thanksgiving dinner, plus songs from various First Nation artists from the United States and Canada.

Join us for this special broadcast, starting at 1 pm (central) Thursday, November 23, 2017.

Only on Vinyl Voyage Radio.

First Nation Artists will include:

Annie Humphrey
Rona Yellow Robe
Bill Miller
Gareth Laffely
Jim Boyd
Mary Youngblood
Buffy Sainte Marie
Robert Mirabal
Robbie Robertson
Joanne Shenandoah
Kelly Derrickson
Keith Secola
Tabitha Fair
Twin Flames
Randy Granger

         and many more.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

"This Bitter Earth" is the Vinyl Voyage Song of the Week

This week, we are going back to 1960 for a masterpiece:  "This Bitter Earth" by Dinah Washington.  This song was released in 1960 and comes from her Unforgettable album.

The Song of the Week airs every Wednesday, at 10 am and 10 pm, Central.  And then throughout the week.

Hear it played on original vinyl below.

Friday, November 17, 2017

TONIGHT: New Episode of Mix Tape Memories - A tape recorded from the radio c. 1981

On this episode of Mix tape Memories, we are placing in the deck a 60 minute tape creatively entitled "Tape 1." When I was in Junior High, I sat for hours in front of the radio waiting for songs to come on and quickly hitting the "record" button to get the songs I wanted.  I think nearly everyone who grew up in that era knows what I am talking about, right?

This was the first of many tapes I made that way. I even kept a notebook, listing every song for each tape. Sometimes, I was even able to capture clips of DJs, too. On this tape, you'll hear Brant Miller, who was a DJ on WLS in Chicago. Today, he is a weatherman.

This episode of Mix Tape Memories premieres TONIGHT at 8pm, Central and repeats next Wednesday at 1pm.

Visit Mixcloud for the episodes on-demand. Each episode is placed on Mixcloud a week after they air.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

S1E2 Mix Tape Memories Now Available ON-DEMAND!

The last episode of Mix Tape Memories, featuring a mix tape from 1988 called "The Tape I Made When i Had Nothing to Do" is now available on-demand, via Mix Cloud.

This tape features some great tunes from The Cure, REM, XTC, B-52s, INXS and many, many more.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Song of the Week - "Miracles" by Jefferson Starship

New episodes of the Song of the Week premieres every Wednesday, 10 am and 10 pm (Central). Listen to this song below played on original vinyl.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

New Episode of Adventures in Vinyl - "Super Star Collection" from 1978

This month on Adventures in Vinyl, we are spinning a double K-tel album from 1978 entitled, "Super Star Collection." This album features songs from the likes of Andy Gibb, Alice Cooper, England Dan and John Ford Coley and many more.

This is a special two-part episode. Part 2 airs in December.

This new episode of Adventures in Vinyl can be heard every Saturday through the month of November at 12:30 pm and Sunday at 4 pm, central. It also is broadcast at 2 am on Wednesday mornings.

You can also listen to it on demand via Mixcloud.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Mix Tape Memories S1E2: "The Tape I Made When I Had Nothing to Do"

On this episode of Mix Tape Memories, we have an old TDK cassette with songs from the Clash, the Cure, INXS, the B-52s, Crazy 8s and many more.  Apparently, I made this tape when I had nothing else to do.

This episode premieres tonight at 8 pm (Central) and repeats on Wednesday, at 1 pm (Central)

Last week's episode is now available via Mixcloud.

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Song of the Week - "Sympathy for the Devil"

We are spinning the 1968 Rolling Stones classic, "Sympathy for the Devil" this week on the Song of the Week.

The Song of the Week premieres every Wednesday at 10 am (Central), repeats at 10 pm and then can be heard throughout the week.

Watch and listen to it being played on original vinyl.

Friday, November 3, 2017

S1E1: "A Rainy Evening, Sipping Coffee in Front of a Fire..."

On this premiere episode of Mixtape Memories, we have a tape in the deck from c. 1991. It is called "A Rainy Evening Sipping Coffee in Front of a Fire." Yes, a little pretentious, I know. 

This mix is unique in that it has couplets of songs by the same artists, and occasional excerpts of rain and thunder from one of those old Environments albums that captured natural sounds. Remember those albums?

This mix also has a range of songs from various decades. From the Guess Who to Everything But the Girl, from Kate Bush to Sting, this album has an eclectic mix, perfect for sipping coffee on a rainy evening in front of a fire.

New episodes of Mixtape Memories can be heard on Friday evenings, 8 pm Central. The episode will be repeated on Wednesday at 1 pm Central.

Have a mixtape you would like to have featured on Mixtape Memories?  Let us know. Click here for more information.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Mixtape Memories - Series Premiere Friday, 11/3 8pm

Six years ago, we produced four episodes of Mixtape Memories, but then life got in the way and production stopped.  But now, it's back!

The first episode of Mixtape Memories premieres on November 3 at 8pm (central). Each week, we will feature a special mixtape from my collection (and maybe yours!).

Each new episode of Mixtape Memories will repeat on the following Wednesday at 1 pm (central) and then be made available on Mixcloud.

If you would like to perhaps submit your own mixtape for inclusion in an upcoming episode, hit the tab above and fill out the form. We would love to hear from you!

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Halloween 2017

On Tuesday, we will be going full-throttled Halloween starting at 2pm, Central (after Adventures in Vinyl). We have some great programs lined up for your Halloween enjoyment.

We have THREE programs we will be repeating:

Color Me Pumpkin Orange at 4pm, 7pm and 11pm

This is the 2017 mix by JB, who writes at F This Movie. This mix has it all: Scary songs and wonderful trailers from horror movies!

The Haunted Mansion in Story and Song at 3pm and 9pm

This Disney release is from 1969 and features the voice of Ron Howard. Great nostalgic Halloween treat!

Famous Monsters Speak at 6pm and 9:30pm 

Originally released in 1963, this is from a vinyl reissue from 1973. It features two stories: "Frankenstein's Monster Talks!" and "Dracula's Return!"

Plus, all sorts of Halloween-themed songs between programs!

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Song of the Week, "Moon Over Bourbon Street"

This week, we are spinning a sublime track from Sting's 1985 debut album, The Dream of the Blue Turtles.  This track, "Moon over Bourbon Street," was inspired by the Anne Rice novel, Interview With a Vampire.

Listen to the song via Youtube below:

The Song of the Week premieres every Wednesday, at 10 am and repeats at 10 pm, Central. Then catch it throughout the week.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Song of the Week-Youtube Playlist

Want to listen to (and watch) videos of past Songs of the Week? Now you can via a special Song of the Week YouTube Playlist.

Friday, October 20, 2017

We are Back! Funky, Feel-Good Friday is on the Air!

Vinyl Voyage is Down

Sorry for the inconvenience. The servers over at Sonixcast are down. It will be up as soon as possible.

If you are looking for Funky, Feel-Good Friday and need your 70s fix, listen to some of our past episodes of Adventures in Vinyl, featuring K-Tel.

You can access the entire Adventures in Vinyl playlist via Mixcloud.

Hopefully, the servers will come back up soon.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

"New York State of Mind" the SOTW

This week we are spinning "New York State of Mind" from Billy Joel's 1976 album, Turnstiles.

Just like all of the Song of the Weeks we have done at Vinyl Voyage Radio, I uploaded a video to Youtube of the song playing on vinyl. The videos are usually flagged for copyright violations, but are usually just monetized by the copyright holder. Not this one. This video was blocked in 239 countries!
As far as I can tell, that's most countries int he world. The only other video to get this Youtube treatment was "A Day in the Life." That video was blocked in "all countries."

If you can, watch it below.

The Song of the Week can be heard on Vinyl Voyage Radio on Wednesday, 10 am and 10 pm (Central) and then throughout the week.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Color Me Pumpkin Orange! Special Halloween broadcast

If you missed "Color Me Pumpkin Orange," a special Halloween mix assembled by F This Movie's JB, you can catch special repeat broadcasts at the following times, Central:

(Click on the date to add to your Google calendar)

Saturday, October 14   10pm
Friday, October 20 11 pm
Sunday, October 29, 1:30 pm
Monday October 30, 8 pm
Tuesday, October 31  4 pm and 7 pm and 11pm

The broadcast is also available via Mixcloud.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Coming soon: Color Me Pumpkin Orange

This year, Vinyl Voyage Radio is proud to present Color Me Pumpkin Orange, a special Halloween presentation curated by JB, a contributor to F This Movie, one of the best movie websites and podcasts on the internet. Each year, JB puts together an extremely eclectic mix of Halloween songs and sounds and this year we will broadcast his mix in its entirety.

Color Me Pumpkin Orange features obscure movie promos, and a wonderful selection of Halloween themed songs that are "drenched in Halloween goodness." The artists include Louis Prima, the Specials, Cab Calloway, the Monkees, Cher, Harry Nillson, Radiohead and many, many more.

Graphic courtesy of JB.

Color Me Pumpkin Orange premieres on Friday, October 13th at 8pm central. Listen...if you dare!

Click on the link to set a calendar reminder:     

More broadcasts will be announced. And Color me Pumpkin Orange will soon be available on demand, as well.

Happy Halloween!

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

SOTW22- Nick Gilder - Here Comes the Night

I was first introduced to Nick Gilder when his song played on Spotlight, a K-Tel album from 1978.  And I was instantly taken by it.

Recently, I picked up an unopened copy of Nick Gilder's 1978 album, City Nights. For this week's Song of the Week, we are featuring "Here Comes the Night."

"Here Comes the Night" can be heard at 10am and 10pm Central on Wednesday, then throughout the week.

Take a listen to the song being played for the first time on vinyl below.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Last Chance: "Tom Petty: A Retrospective"

This is your last chance to hear Tom Petty: A Retrospective. This Vinyl Voyage special will air at 2 pm (central) on Saturday, October 7 and Sunday, October 8.

Add to

AIVE51 Get Dancin': Hot Hits to Get You Movin' (1983)

This is the 51st episode of Adventures in Vinyl and we will be spinning a K-Tel album from 1983 called Get Dancin': Hot Hits To Get You Movin'. This album features 12 dance-inspired songs from a variety of artists including Laura Branigan, the Pointer Sisters, Toni Basil, Kool and the Gang and many more!

You can listen to this episode at the following times (Central)

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

In addition, you can listen to it on demand via Mixcloud

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Tom Petty Retrospective, TONIGHT

Join us for a very special tribute to the late Tom Petty, TONIGHT at 8pm (central).  Repeats at 5 am Friday and Saturday afternoon at 2pm.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Tom Petty Retrospective-Tell Us Your Fav Tom Petty Memories

Join us TONIGHT at 8 pm (Central) for a very special Tom Petty Retrospective.  Have a favorite Tom Petty song or memory that you want to share? Let us know. You can leave a message and it may be included in the show.  Call us at


SOTW - "Breakdown" by Tom Petty

Tom Petty never seemed so much a rock star.  Looking more like that awkward child in middle school that we all were, Tom Petty had an ordinary aura about him. Yet he was anything but ordinary.  On Monday after hearing the news and trying to process everything that was happening in the world, I wandered into Barnes and Noble and purchased Tom Petty and the Heartbreaker's Greatest Hits on vinyl. Looking over the track list is was easy to see that this man was a bonafide rock star.

This week on the "Song of the Week," we are spinning Tom Petty's 1976 classic, "Breakdown."

The Song of the Week can be heard at 10am and 10 pm (central) Wednesday and throughout the week on Vinyl Voyage Radio.

Or, listen to it below on vinyl.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Song of the Week Anthology (Y1E2)

It's been 20 weeks since we started the "Song of the Week."  Join us today at 4 pm (Central) for Episode 2 of the Song Of the Week Anthology, featuring the songs from the last 10 weeks.

This special episode can be heard at the following times, central:

Saturday, September 30   4 pm
Sunday, October 1           1 pm
Wednesday, October 4     8 am and 8 pm
Thursday, October 5        3 am

The episode is also available on demand via Mixcloud:

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Getting Political on this Song of the Week

Yep. It's been a crazy week.  Let's just say it: protesting is as American as it comes. Don't forget: this country was rooted in drunken men throwing rocks and ice at British soldiers.  And taking a knee at a football game is not disrespectful--it is a fulfillment of the American ideal of protest. If you are more concerned about the flag than you are about injustice, especially in communities of color, than this song is not for you.

But it is.

It is for all of us.

"Fight the Power" by the Isley Brothers is this week's Song of the Week.

The Song of the Week can be heard on Vinyl Voyage Radio at 10 am and 10 pm Central on Wednesday, and throughout the week.

Watch (and listen) to this song spinning on the platter below:

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

SOTW - "Rocky Mountain High"

This song forms the basis for one of my oldest musical memories. Yes, John Denver was a staple in my house. And this song was one of my favorites.


Taken from John Denver's Greatest Hits from 1973, this song, like the majority of songs on the album, were rerecorded versions of the songs. However, this version was the only one I knew growing up.

Listen to the "Song of the Week" at 10 am and 10 pm, Wednesday and throughout the week on Vinyl Voyage Radio.

Take a listen to the song played on original vinyl below.

Monday, September 18, 2017

It's Manic Monday

All 80s, all day long. Plus, doves crying. Lots of doves crying.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Nights in White Satin -- Song of the Week

The Vinyl Voyage Song of the week is the quintessential unrequited love song. And it was written by a 19 year old.

From their 1967 release, Nights in White Satin was written by Justin Hayward. The song was inspired by his girlfriend giving him some satin bedsheets.

The Song of the Week premieres every Wednesday on the 10s, am and pm, Central time. It then repeats throughout the week.

Here it is spinning on original vinyl below.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Rainy Days and Mondays--The Song of the Week

I'm not ashamed to admit that I am a fan of the Carpenters. And Karen Carpenter had one of the most majestic voices in pop music.

On the Vinyl Voyage Song of the Week, we are spinning "Rainy Days and Mondays." This song is a sublime reflection of that melancholy state we have all experienced at one time or another.

Hear this song on Wednesday, September 6 at 10 am and 10 pm (Central). You'll even hear a clip of Karen singing the song without the music track.

Friday, September 1, 2017

AiV 50th Episode: Time Machine!

Back in 2010, I opened up the boxes of records I had in storage in my basement and was taken back to my childhood and to simpler days. Among the albums, of course, were countless K-tel compilations. I wanted to share this with the world and in 2011, Vinyl Voyage Radio was born. In January of that year, the very first episode of Adventures in Vinyl was released. It featured the first K-Tel album that I purchased: Music Power from 1974.

And now, we are at our 50th episode!

In honor of our 50th episode, I decided to revisit an idea I had a few years ago. What if we created our own K-Tel compilation? There are songs that have punctuated the K-Tel catalog throughout the 70s. These songs were a big part of my childhood.  Last year I posted an idea: If K-tel would release a new album featuring iconic songs from their catalog, what would go on that album? My response was Time Machine.

Originally, my version had just 14 songs. For the 50th episode of Adventures in Vinyl, I decided to go all out. "20 Original Hits, Original Stars!" The album on the show will be comprised of recordings from K-tel Albums between 1972 and 1980. The Best of K-Tel.

Oh, I even made a retro commercial, too:  

The episode Premieres on September 2, 2017 at 12:30 pm (Central). Hear it throughout the month of September. 

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

"Escape" by Journey - The Song of the Week

I've been on a Steve Perry kick lately. Man, I miss him. What a voice. Back in junior high, Journey's album, Escape changed my life. Well, that may be just a little exaggeration. However, it did set in motion my taste in music during junior high. I remember walking the dog, my boombox blasting Journey for all to hear.

The title track of the album had a particular resonance to this 13 year old in 1981. And it is the Vinyl Voyage Song of the Week.

This album was so big, it even served as a basis for an arcade game. A very weird arcade game, I must say. A game into which I push countless quarters back in the day.  Check out this below:

Check out my vinyl copy of Escape being played below.

"Escape," the Vinyl Voyage Song of the Week, can be heard at 10 am  and 10 pm (Central) on August 30, 2017.  Plus, throughout the week.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Song of the Week - "Cactus Tree" by Joni Mitchell

Hear the song of the week on Wednesday, 10 am and 10 pm (Central) and throughout the week.

Listen to it below played on original vinyl.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Song of the Week--"Let It Be" by Aretha Franklin

It was a hard weekend, with the news coming out of Charlottesville. As usual, I turn to music and placed a 1970 album on the platter from Aretha Franklin.

Her cover of "Let It Be" moved me. This is the Vinyl Voyage Song of the Week.

Listen to this song at 10 am and 10 pm, Central TODAY and throughout the week on Vinyl Voyage Radio.

Or, if you want to hear it now, click on the link below.