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,.
February Homegrown Music Concert
WVIA-FM presents singer songwriter, Ashley Daneman and pianist, Andy Milne along with vocalist La Tanya Hall on the next live broadcast of WVIA’s Homegrown Music Concert on Monday, February 9, 2015 at 8 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 .
Ashley Daneman is a singer/songwriter who creates expressive audio landscapes at the intersection of jazz and modern folk music. She crafts organic, vignette-like songs with rich harmonies that the West Michigan Jazz Society aptly describes as “…an uncompromising concoction of subtle and intimate jazz with a touch of hipster singer-songwriter.” Noted as “a fine young jazz vocalist” (USA Today), Daneman’s songwriting has also been recognized through grants awarded and artist residencies such as The Banff Centre’s Jazz and Creative Workshop and Betty Carter’s Jazz Ahead.
Andy Milne draws inspiration from various forms of music, politics, philosophy, comedy, and science fiction. Some of his musical influences include Thelonious Monk, Art Tatum, Herbie Nichols, Bela Bartok, Joni Mitchell and Stevie Wonder. In 2012 he was commissioned by The Japan Foundation and New Music USA to create Strings and Serpents; a multi-disciplinary project featuring artists from Japan, France, Canada and the US. He recently composed and produced the film score for seven documentary films directed by William Shatner. In 2013, Milne was selected to compose an orchestral work for The American Composers Orchestra as part of their JCOI New Music Readings. His highly recognizable group Dapp Theory released their newest CD, Forward in All Directions, produced by multiple Grammy winner, Jimmy Haslip, in September 2014. Vocalist La Tanya Hall will join Milne during his performance on the Homegrown Music Concert broadcast.
La Tanya Hall’s versatility in a variety of musical genres has allowed her to collaborate with some of music’s most celebrated artists, including Diana Ross, Bobby McFerrin, Harry Belafonte, Michael McDonald, Burt Bacharach, Quincy Jones, Aretha Franklin, Rob Thomas, and Patti Labelle. And she has appeared as a soloist in her own right with the American Composer’s Orchestra, the Colorado Symphony and the St. Louis Symphony. In the beginning stages of her career, Hall toured with Harry Belafonte and was a featured duet partner with Belafonte on the song “Skin To Skin,” both on the recording and PBS special, “An Evening with Harry Belafonte and Friends.” She headlined in the final road company production of the smash hit musical show Dreamgirls and also toured with the legendary diva Diana Ross. After working with Ross, LaTanya also did several gigs with the legendary Aretha Franklin.
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Homegrown Music Sessions
Jan. 6 OTiS. An outstanding seven-piece funk and soul band with horns, OtiS released two CDs before the members went their separate ways. This August 2012 session captures the band at their peak, with strong material and first-rate musicianship. (Encore)
Jan. 13 Christa Gniadek. A talented twenty-something singer-songwriter and graduate of the Berklee College of Music, Ms. Gniadek released her first album called Leaving Boston which has been featured on WVIA’s Mixed Bag. She makes her Homegrown Music debut with a collection of new songs performed in a solo acoustic setting on guitar and piano.
Jan. 14 A Homegrown Jazz Special with the JOSHUA DAVIS TRIO. Bassist and composer Dr. Joshua Davis is the Director of Jazz Studies at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, PA, and has performed around the world with such jazz luminaries as Randy Brecker and Peter Erskine. His trio includes pianist Vardan Ovsepian, and drummer Zach Harmon and they perform mostly original compositions. All three make their Homegrown Music debuts. (Note: Start time: 7:00 PM, during WVIA’s All That Jazz.)
Jan. 27 The Jolly Tars. The duo of Ken Purcell (known for his work with the Celtic group the Shanachians) and Jake Laubach perform an entertaining set of old traditional tunes, including sea shanties, Celtic songs and folk songs from both sides of the Atlantic.
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.