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,.
Live Homegrown Music Concerts - Tauk - September 15th
WVIA-FM presents the instrumental rock fusion band, Tauk on the next live broadcast of WVIA’s Homegrown Music Concert on Monday, September 15, 2014 at 8 p.m. at the WVIA Public Media Studios in Pittston, PA. Also featured in this concert will be saxophonist Tom Hamilton.
Reserve your free seats for the live concert-broadcast in the Sordoni High-Definition Theater at the WVIA Studios by calling 570-655-2808 or by visiting http://www.wvia.org/about/sordoni-theater-reservations/.
TAUK is a heavy instrumental rock fusion band created by Matt Jalbert (guitar), Charlie Dolan (bass), Alric “A.C.” Carter (keyboard-organ), and Isaac Teel (drums). The transcendent instrumental band seamlessly brings together genres as diverse as melodic rock, fusion, gritty funk, progressive rock, ambient, classic rock, hip hop and jazz.
The band’s latest album, Collisions, is a breakthrough in that it captures the essence of TAUK’s entrancing live shows. The 10-song album spans delicate ethereal textures, highly imaginatively funky drumming, labyrinthine arrangements, and fiery solos—often in the same song.
To learn more about TAUK, visit their website at http://taukband.com/.
Listen to Full Episodes
Homegrown Music Sessions
Sept. 2: Ian McFeron. 2013 Acoustic session by singer-songwriter. Helped to lay the groundwork for his current CD "Acoustic." http://ianmcferon.com/
Sept. 4: Three Imaginary Boys. Young melodic rock trio from Wyoming Valley, in encore from 2013 http://www.threeimaginaryboysmusic.com/
Sept. 15:Homegrown Music Live Concert with acclaimed instrumental rock & fusion band Tauk and veteran saxophonist Tom Hamilton, who will be giving a CD release concert for his new album "A Work in Progress." 8 - 10 PM. http://taukband.com/. Start time 8 PM.
Sept. 16. Cara Marie. Known for her work with the popular NE PA regional band Cara's Mosaic, Cara Marie relocated to Arizona. But she returned for a visit and put in a Homegrown Music session with new songs. http://www.carasmosaic.com/
Sept. 23. Cabinet. Encore of the popular bluegrass/jam band's 2007 debut Homegrown Music session. http://www.cabinetmusic.com/
Sept. 30 Joe Matzzie. Fine nationally-touring singer-songwriter making his Homegrown Music debut. http://joematzzie.com/
April 14, 2014
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.