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,.
November Homegrown Concert
The Currys & The Bog Swing Group
Monday, November 3, 2014 at 8 p.m
The Currys have developed their brand of homegrown, harmony-rich Americana through summers of writing and performing on the Florida Gulf Coast. Brothers Jimmy and Tommy Curry and cousin, Galen Curry gained a following, performing regularly at festivals and venues around the Southeast. In August of 2012, The Currys headlined a tour across Ireland which was the subject of a PBS documentary. The following year they teamed up with bassist Matt Kauper and drummer Johnny Humphreys to track their debut record. Released in the spring of 2014, the resulting albumFollow is a testament to the countless hours spent in musical symbiosis, shaping the words and melodies of three distinct singer/songwriters into one cohesive voice. Learn more about The Currys at http://www.thecurrysmusic.com/.
The Bog Swing Group performs the music of the 1920's, 30's, and 40's in the style of hot jazz or hot swing. The band is made-up of Roy Williams, Ian O'Hara, Jacob Cole, Nick Driscoll, Anthony Hannigan, and Mark Woodyatt. In Absentia: Kevin Williams, Shane O'Hara, Coleman Smith. Their influences include Django Reinhardt, Stephane Grapelli , Sidney Bechet, Louis Armstrong, Joe Venuti, Eddie Lang, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Kid Ory , and Hoagy Carmichael. . Visit The Bog Swing Group’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Bog-Swing-Group/101063356654391.
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
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Homegrown Music Sessions
Oct. 7: 56 Men. The name of this rock quintet from the Philadelphia area comes from makeup of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. The band features long-time veteran musicians whose appearances on the Homegrown Music series go back to the 1980s. Last year they released a CD called Landing Lights, and the group provided a preview of some of the songs in this April 2013 Homegrown Music session. The band is known for their upbeat, melodic rock influenced by the British Invasion. (Encore) https://www.facebook.com/56Men
Oct. 14: Empire in Decline. This Northeastern PA rock trio is a successor to the quartet Plus 3 who appeared on Homegrown Music in both studio and live settings. They serve up similarly appealing original rock and pop songs in their all-new Homegrown Music debut.
Oct. 21: Scott Krokoff. Singer-songwriter Scott Krokoff is also a practicing attorney. He writes articulate and often poignant songs. His CD Realizations and Declarations Vol. 1 was spotlighted on WVIA's Mixed Bag. This segment is an encore of Krokoff's 2013 Homegrown Music debut. http://scottkrokoff.com/
Oct. 28: George Wesley. One of Northeastern Pennsylvania's best-known and durable musicians, George Wesley has been a regular guest on Homegrown Music since the late 1970s. His reggae-based music is always appealing and danceable, especially so in this encore of a WVIA studio session that led to one of his CDs. http://georgewesley.com/
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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.