Radio - Local Programs
with George Graham
Part of Mixed Bag, Tuesdays at 9pm on WVIA-FM
Homegrown Music with George Graham presents a wide range of rock, folk, bluegrass, jazz, blues, reggae, World Music, fusion, etc., in short, all the types of music that Mixed Bag presents, with new studio sessions from the region's finest and most creative musicians. The emphasis is on all-original material, or highly original interpretations of old, obscure, or seldom-heard music. Each show features a different performance, with occasional encore broadcasts from the series' nearly 40-year archive.
The series presents monthly two-hour concert-broadcasts from the Sordoni High Definition Theater at WVIA. To reserve your seat for an upcoming concert,.
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Homegrown Music Sessions
May Homegrown Music Concert
WVIA-FM presents Bill Carter and the Presbybop Quartet with special guest David Liebman on a live broadcast of WVIA’s Homegrown Music Concert on Monday, May 18, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. at the WVIA Public Media Studios in Pittston, PA. Seats are free, but limited. Reserve your free seats by calling 570-655-2808 or by
Additionally, Dave Liebman will be performing an additional set as a duo with pianist Bobby Avey.
Bill Carter and the Presbybop Quartet’s new CD Jazz for the Earth features "Beyond Banff," a six movement suite of "eco-jazz" celebrating the beautiful and fierce landscape of the Canadian Rockies, and human responsibility for our environment.
Presbybop Music is a musical venture of Bill Carter, jazz pianist and Presbyterian minister. After years of pretending to split the life of faith from the music of jazz, Bill has been trying to find links between the two halves of his brain. Presbybop Music is his attempt to integrate his strong Presbyterian faith with the rhythms of bebop. In 1993 he formed the Presbybop Quartet with Al Hamme, his college music professor from Binghamton University. With the lineup of drummer Ron Vincent and bassist Tony Marino, the band has evolved into a consort of musicians who have been turning heads on the musical scene - and adding new dimensions to the faith and worship of the Christian church.
Based in northeastern Pennsylvania, this group of consummate professionals has presented concerts and jazz worship services in churches around the country. Their music has been widely acclaimed. To date, Bill's Presbybop Quartet has recorded eight compact discs: Faith in a New Key, Dancing Day, Fragile Incarnation, Stand On Your Head, John According to Jazz (with biblical storyteller Dennis Dewey), Welcome Home (with vocalist Warren Cooper), Psalms Without Words, and Interior Window. Learn more about Bill Carter and the Presbybop Quartet at http://www.presbybop.com/index/.
David Liebman’s career has spanned over four decades, beginning in the 1970s as the saxophone/flautist in both the Elvin Jones and Miles Davis Groups, continuing as a leader since. He has played on nearly three hundred recordings with over one hundred under his leadership or co-leadership. He is the Founder and Artistic Director of the International Association of Schools of Jazz (IASJ) existing since 1989. Awards include (Jazz Educators Network Legend of Jazz (2013); National Endowment of the Arts Masters of Jazz (2011); the Order of Arts and Letters (France 2009); Jazz Journalist’s award for Soprano Saxophone (2007); Grammy nomination for Best Jazz Solo (1998); Honorary Doctorate from the Sibelius Academy (Finland-1997). He is currently Artist in Residence at the Manhattan School of Music and has consistently placed in the top three places for Soprano Saxophone in the Downbeat Critic’s Poll since 1973, winning first place in both the Downbeat and Jazz Times Critic’s Poll in both 2011 and 2012. More information about Dave Liebman can be found at http://davidliebman.com/home.php.
Apr. 7 Bella Ruse. A charming duo of Kay Gillette and Joseph Barker, Bella Ruse play witty original music that can harken back to the 1930s, and they include instruments such as kazoos, glockenspiel, toy piano and use a typewriter for percussion. It’s a thorough enjoyable and fun session from 2011. (Encore)
Apr. 14 Frank Viele. Connectcut-based rock singer-songwriter Frank Viele was voted winner of “Best Live Act” of 2014 in the New England Music Awards. He has been touring performing his brand of rock, funk and souls since 2012, and is releasing his first full-length album Easy Money in April. He makes his Homegrown Music debut in a solo acoustic performance.
Apr. 21 A Homegrown Music Concert Sampler. As part of WVIA’s annual spring Public Radio fundraiser, Homegrown Music producer George Graham will be presenting an anthology of highlights from recent live Homegrown Music concerts. Note: start time 8:30 PM.
Apr. 28 Skip Monday. A young duo from the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre area, consisting of guitarist-vocalist Kaylin Karr and percussionist Nathan Montella (a second generation Homegrown Music participant), Skip Monday play enjoyable acoustic original music that borrows a little from contemporary pop, but features a breezy very “unplugged” sound in their Homegrown Music debut.
Rogue Chimp / Clarence Bucaro
Generally, a performer must has no less than 20 minutes of completed music to be considered to be part of Homegrown Music. The ideal length is about a half hour, with the maximum length of just under an hour. (Longer segments can be broken up and broadcast on two different programs.) The length of each song thus determines how many tunes would be involved. Submit a physical demonstration recording on CD (or even cassette) to the following address: WVIA-FM, George Graham - Homegrown Music, 100 WVIA Way, Pittston, PA 18640-6197. The sound quality of the recording is not important, as long as all the instruments and vocals can be heard. Homemade recordings or recordings made from the mixing board at a live show are fine. Include what you feel is representative of the music you wish to perform on Homegrown Music, and the recording should preferably include all the personnel you hope to use during the studio recording session. You may include a large selection of songs, or just a few if you feel they accurately represent your style, level of musicianship and creativity. Be sure to include an e-mail address or phone number at which you can be reached during the evening.
If you wish to check on your demo's status, phone (570) 602-1165, during weekday evening hours. Because of the huge proliferation of music and bands on the internet, there is no guarantee that sending a link to a website will result in an audition. To ensure that the music will get a fair hearing, please send a physical recording to the above address.
Meet the Team
One of the first staff members at WVIA. Produces and hosts Mixed Bag, All That Jazz and Homegrown Music on WVIA Radio, and the Homegrown Music Concerts on WVIA-TV.
Graham was the first employee of WVIA Radio, and has been on the WVIA staff since 1972. A native and resident of Carbondale, PA, he is a magna cum laude graduate of Duke University, where he majored in electrical engineering. He joined the WVIA staff in connection with the studio design and construction of WVIA-FM, but with his four years of on-air experience at the Duke University radio station, he immediately moved into on-air work. He sought to bring the kind of eclectic contemporary music radio programming that marked student radio at Duke (where he was program director) in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
He introduced Mixed Bag, which has become purportedly the longest continuously-running program of what is now called "album adult alternative" music in the country. Graham introduced Homegrown Music, a program to spotlight talented regional artists in performances from the station's studio. The series has been running continuously as a weekly series since 1976, and includes weekly recording session broadcasts, and monthly live concerts performed before a studio audience.
He also hosts WVIA's All That Jazz, and presents extensive annual radio coverage of the region's jazz festivals from Delaware Water Gap and Scranton. Graham has written for regional publications, and also works as a free-lance recording engineer, producer and mastering engineer.