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,.
WVIA-FM presents humorous folksinger Mike Agranoff on the next live broadcast of WVIA’s Homegrown Music Concert on Monday, March 23, 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 by
Equally at home in the contemporary and traditional camps of the Folk world, Mike Agranoff is a fine musician and storyteller. His prime instrument is the guitar, upon which he shines with intricate fingerstyle arrangements of anything from Tin Pan Alley tunes of the '20s to fiddle tunes to his own music. He also plays concertina, piano, banjo, or sings acapella. He can be uproariously funny, contemplative, and powerfully emotional in the space of a few minutes. Not so much a singer-songwriter as a "singer-songfinder, Mike takes great delight in discovering the little-known hidden gems, polishing them with his own distinctive style, and bringing them to the light of day where they sparkle. The man will capture your attention, and then your heart. Mike is involved in presenting folk music as well. He is one of the prime movers of The Folk Project, New Jersey's oldest and strongest folk music organization. For over two decades he has been chairman of that organization's Minstrel Coffeehouse, one of the longest lived and most respected folk venues in the country. Learn more about Mike Agranoff at http://www.mikeagranoff.com/home.php
In addition to Mike Agranoff, a second performer will be part of this live Homegrown Music Concert. Please check http://www.wvia.org/radio/local/homegrown-music/ for announcement.
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Homegrown Music Sessions
Mar. 3 Tauk. The remarkable instrumental quartet has become a major sensation the jam band scene. Their original music is notable for its multi-layered sophistication with great grooves, often in unusual time-signatures. Tauk put in a memorable live Homegrown Music concert in September. This segment is an encore of a session from 2013 with material which would later appear on their latest CD Collisions.
Mar. 10 Jason O A talented singer-songwriter from Clifford, PA, Jason Olcese is known for his appealing original songs often with a funk-influenced rhythmic groove, which grew out of his background as a drummer. This encore features excepts of three of Jason’s sessions between 2007 and 2010. (Originally scheduled for broadcast Jan.20.)
Mar. 17 The Jolly Tars. For St. Patrick’s Day, 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. This is part two of an extensive recording session by the duo, the first part of which was broadcast in January.
Mar. 23 A Homegrown Music Concert with MIKE AGRONOFF. WVIA’s unique series of monthly live radio concerts continues with the welcome return of a great folksinger and humorist. Mike Agranoff performs material ranging from traditional folk songs to hilarious musical satire, along with some occasional storytelling in verse. He performs on guitar and concertina and often invites audience participation.
Tune in to WVIA’s Mixed Bag (M-F 8-10 PM) for information on additional performers set for this live two-hour concert originating from WVIA’s Sordoni Theater.
Free audience seating reservations are available at the WVIA website, or by phone at 570-655-2808. Note: start time: 8:00 PM.
Mar. 24 From Good Homes. This folk-rock group became nationally popular and was signed to a major label in the 1990s. Their principal songwriter and lead vocalist Todd Scheaffer later went on to found the acclaimed bluegrass-influenced jam band Railroad Earth. This Encore features music taken from their various Homegrown Music studio sessions.
Mar. 25 A Homegrown Jazz Special with JAMES WITHERITE. Central Pennsylvania composer and keyboard man James Witherite has an interesting and wide-ranging career spanning leading a big band, playing bugle and trumpet at horse-racing tracks and recording a CD with an organ combo. It is the latter aspect that is featured on his Homegrown Music debut. He is joined by Tim Breon on guitar with an appealing, swinging organ-based show. Note: Start time 7:00 PM, during WVIA’s All That Jazz.
Mar. 31 Matt Miskie. A fine singer-songwriter now living in the Lebanon, PA area, Matt Miskie appeared on Homegrown Music several times in the 1980s and 1990s. Since then, he has continued to perform and a number of his songs have been done by other artists. He returns to the series for the first time in 20 years with a new collection of his appealing songs.
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.