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,.
Sept. 1 The Packway Handle Band. This popular Georgia-based national bluegrass-jam band recently performed shows in Northeastern PA. As part of their itinerary, they paid a visit to WVIA for a great energetic performance of their original music.
Sept. 8. A Homegrown Music Concert Encore: Dakota Reunion. The Homegrown Music live monthly concert series returns next month, but for this final of the summer concert encores from the archive, we have a memorable 2005 concert by Bill Kelly and Kerry Hludzik, founders of the band Dakota, who achieved worldwide success in the 1980s, opening for Queen on their tour. The band was actually founded at WVIA for a Homegrown Music session in 1977 when Kelly and Hludzik, then members of another internationally popular, locally-based band The Buoys were looking to create new music as an outside project. Those WVIA sessions led to the band being signed. Twenty eight years later, Kelly and Hludzik reunited for a series of performances, including this duo concert in which they do acoustic versions of their well-known songs and some newer ones. With a new Dakota project due out soon, it was a good time to revisit this great concert.
Sept. 15 Dan Masterson. A fine singer-songwriter-pianist, Dan Masterson has released two EPs that have been featured on WVIA’s Mixed Bag program. Masterson also appeared on a Homegrown Music live concert. This is an encore of his first WVIA session in 2014 for Homegrown Music.
Sept. 22 The Cosmic American Derelicts. This long-running and versatile New Jersey based band, returns to Homegrown Music for their seventh appearance on the show with a new collection of rootsy original rock.
Sept. 29 Jefferson Thomas. Singer-songwriter Jefferson Thomas has been on the scene since the 1990s, with his albums featured on WVIA’s Mixed Bag since then. After living in Atlanta for a while, he returned to his native Northeast, and has been maintaining a steady touring schedule. He makes his Homegrown Music debut with a solo acoustic performance of a number of new songs.
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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.