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 (including bluegrass), jazz, blues, reggae, World Music, New Age, fusion, etc., in short, all the types of music that Mixed Bag presents. (We do avoid heavy metal and grungy alternative rock, hip-hop, and commercial pop styles.) The emphasis is on all-original material, or highly original interpretations of old, obscure, or seldom-heard music. In the case of folk or jazz, original arrangements of traditional or jazz-standard material is acceptable. Homegrown Music does not include covers or performances of current popular songs, since radio listeners may easily find the original versions of such songs elsewhere on the airwaves.
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
July 1: Jesse Terry. A fine singer-songwriter who has lived in the New York area and Nashville, Jesse Terry released his second CD Empty Seat on a Plane in 2012, and Mixed Bag and Homegrown Music producer George Graham selected it for the weekly album review series and gave it high praise. This segments is an encore of Terry's 2013 Homegrown Music debut with a specially assembled band performing some new material not available on the CD.
July 8 Dan Masterson. A talented young singer-songwriter-pianist, Dan Masterson recently released his third EP, Learn to Live, which has been featured on WVIA’s Mixed Bag. His original music is quite melodic and he is known for this appealing vocals He makes his Homegrown Music debut with a solo performance of some new material not appearing on the album.
July 15 A Homegrown Music Concert Encore with Fourth House. With the Homegrown Music live concert series on summer hiatus, series producer George Graham is presenting memorable concerts from the archive. This segment features an outstanding but fairly short-lived jazz rock fusion band, Fourth House, who in addition to boasting outstanding musicianship and compositions – the members at the time were mainly recent graduates of the Berklee College of Music -- also featured remarkable vocalist Megan Johnson. The group never released any recordings, but their Homegrown Music performances documented this impressive band. This is an encore of a live performance from 1999.
July 22 Sarah Holgate. A talented singer-songwriter pianist from the Wilkes-Barre area, Sarah Holgate released a CD Somewhere Past Distraction in 2009 to very favorable reviews. She has been performing in New York City as well as in Northeastern PA. This is an encore of her 2010 Homegrown Music debut which featured some new material plus re-interpretations of songs from her CD, joined by a quartet including her brother Eric on bass.
July 29 The Currys. There’s something about vocal harmonies from members of a family who have been making music together for most of their lives. The Currys are two brothers and a cousin who make first rate folk-rock with memorable, hummable original songs with superb vocals. Their CD Follow was featured on the Mixed Bag weekly album review recently to high praise. They make their Homegrown Music debut with some new original material not on their album.
April 14, 2014
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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.