WPRB’s “Nocturnal Transmissions” program is among one of the oldest on our airwaves. For 18 years now, Dr. Cosmo has been playing us weird, awesome, and weirdly awesome sounds. On tonight’s program, Dr. Cosmo is diving into his decades-spanning personal LP collection to bring listeners some very extra special music.
“Nocturnal Transmissions” with Dr. Cosmo airs every Friday on WPRB, 10PM to 1 AM ET.
Direct from the desk of Dr. Cosmo, Esq.:
I have spent the past day sorting through boxes of old vinyl LPs from my basement. Some of these records I haven’t laid eyes on in 10 years and, in some cases, I haven’t actually spun these on the air since 1978. I’ve unearthed quite an eclectic collection of audio treasures.
Some of these tidbits are records that we listened to in high school. Some of the selections are from music videos that I worked on over the years in L.A. And, some of these gems date from the 60s (grade school and junior high dates for some of us).
All of this audio came into our lives many years before the wave of digital ones and zeros. Yes, it IS convenient to carry 10,000 songs to the station on my iPod. However, that convenience is just a little too comfortable so I have issued myself a performance challenge to produce a four-hour program using music that I haven’t previewed nor placed on a turntable for between 10 and 30 years. What will happen? What direction will present itself? Just how scratchy are some of these old 7″ jukebox veterans? I will be using the DiscWasher system (remember THAT?) quite a bit, I suspect. So many variables and unknowns…
I am excited.
My AIM is to listen to the music, to split my attention as performer and listener, to honor the role and, as much as I can honorably bear, BE the program.
So, my “usual” mix of digital offerings will be completely replaced by Olde School, black-plastic-with-a-hole-in-the-middle, licorice pizza, VINYL. For tonight’s edition of Nocturnal Transmissions, I will be foregoing the use of my iPod, iPhone, CD and DVD players, computers and using only the turntables in the studio as I spin ‘n’ grin with 33-1/3 r.p.m. and 45 r.p.m. 12″ and 7″ PVC platters in monaural, stereo, and SQ Quadraphonic (for those who still have their 70′s quad gear up & running…I’ll probably have a few words about that somewhere in the mix).