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,.
May 5 The Coal Town Rounders. A first rate bluegrass quartet from Northeastern Pennsylvania, the Coal Town Rounders make their Homegrown Music debut performing mostly original material as a preview to the group’s appearance at the Susquehanna Breakdown Festival in Scranton May 8 and 9.
May 12 A Tribute to Eric Doney and Rick Chamberlain. The past two months saw the passing of two of the outstanding jazz musicians on the Poconos scene, trombonist Rick Chamberlain, one of the founders of the Delaware Water Gap Celebration of the Arts Jazz Festival, and pianist/composer Eric Doney. Both had lengthy national and international careers. In 2004, Eric headed up a memorable live Homegrown Music concert with a large group, featuring his then-wife vocalist Vicki Doney performing great arrangements of blues, jazz and pop songs. Rick’s trombone was prominent in the One Flight Up Horns that he headed. It’s a group that performed a few times at the Delaware Water Gap festival, but was in particularly fine form on this spirited WVIA studio concert, which is encored as a tribute to Doney and Chamberlain.
May 18 A Homegrown Music Concert with BILL CARTER & THE PRESBYBOP GROUP and DAVID LIEBMAN. WVIA’s unique series of live Homegrown Music concert broadcasts continues with an evening of outstanding jazz, featuring one of the jazz’s most acclaimed saxophonist/composers.
Rev. Bill Carter, when he is not playing jazz, is pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Clarks Summit, PA, but he has maintained an active jazz career touring extensively with his Presbybop group. The group has just released a new CD called Jazz for the Earth, which includes a new work “The Beyond Banff Suite” which the group will be performing with Dave Liebman as special guest.
Dave Liebman is a winner of America’s highest jazz honor, the National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters Fellowship, and has had a remarkable prolific career, including stints with Elvin Jones, Miles Davis and many other collaborations over the years from duo to big band. Mr. Liebman is well-known to Homegrown Music listeners for his remarkable performances on the series. This time, in addition to being a special guest with Presbybop, he will be performing in a duo with pianist Bobby Avey from Liebman’s Expansions group.
This is a special extended concert promises an evening of very memorable music. WVIA’s members and listeners are invited to attend the live concert broadcast in the station’s Sordoni Theater. Seating is free by reservation on a first-come-first- served basis. Reservations may be made on the WVIA website or by calling 570-655-2808. Note special start time of 7:30 PM.
May 19 Bourbon & Bliss. A pair of transplanted Virginians, the husband-wife duo of Elizabeth Eckert-Ross and T. Scott Ross both had extensive but different musical backgrounds when they came together first at the Shenandoah Conservatory where they earned their music degrees. Now living in the New York area, Bourbon & Bliss recently released their debut EP The Trouble We Crave which has been featured on WVIA’s Mixed Bag program. The group makes their first Homegrown Music appearance with their enjoyable original acoustic music.
May 26 Bedful of Metaphysicians. This is one of those “legendary” groups that came together for Homegrown Music some 30 years ago. Jody Kennedy and the late Charles Alexander made music that was virtuosic with jazz-rock fusion influences but also featured quirky, often humorous lyrics. Their sole LP, which was praised lavishly in “Spin” magazine at the time, and which featured some of the Homegrown Music sessions from 1983-84 has become a collector’s item. This encore features highlights from their HGM appearances, which to this day remain highly original.
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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.